finding your perfect matcha.

check another mark for me in the “best coworker ever” column. i usually bake for my coworker friends’ birthdays and major holidays. but when i bake on a tuesday for no reason? i’m pretty great.

i recently got a pouch of kiss me organics matcha green tea powder. i love green tea lattes from starbucks but knew that i could recreate it at home for much less money and a lot less calories (no syrups, sugars, etc. here).

the bright green colour comes from using the entire tea leaf, and while the resealable pouch may look tiny, a little goes a long way. one teaspoon in your morning latte or smoothie will give you energy for hours, plus a strong flavour from the saturated powder.

we all know the benefits of green tea, and when they are amplified into an organic powder, i’ll say yes.

137x the antioxidants of brewed green tea

  • matcha green tea can only be used in a powdered form because, unlike brewed green tea, it contains the entire tea leaf which dramatically increases the nutritional content
  • antioxidants are essential as you age to boost your body’s natural defences against oxidation. researchers have found that a high level of dietary antioxidants can prevent many age-related diseases

all day energy with increased focus

  • matcha provides 4-6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant

metabolism boost

  • consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35-43%

improved skin health

  • scientists have discovered that matcha green tea helps protect the skin from harmful uv rays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.

so, i’m not sure if all these benefits hold up when you mix it with sugar and flour and butter, but i’m going to believe they do, so you can, too.

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matcha white chocolate cookies

ingredients:

  • 1¾ cup all purpose flour
  • 2½ tbsp kiss me organics matcha powder
  • ⅔ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup powder sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips

sift together flour and the matcha powder. (this matcha doesn’t clump, but my flour was a pain)
in a medium bowl, cream together the butter, powder sugar, and salt until soft and light.
add the egg yolks and beat well.
gradually add the flour and matcha powder.
fold in the white chocolate chips.
shape the dough into two round logs.
wrap the logs in plastic wrap. chill in refrigerator for several hours or overnight if you can.
preheat oven to 300 degrees. remove the dough from plastic wrap and cut into 1/4 inch thick cookies. place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
bake for 20-22 minutes, then cool on a rack.

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have you tried matcha powder? don’t you wish you were my coworker?