Mix and Matcha: Five Yummy Desserts With Green Tea Powder

matcha cupcakes
Matcha Cupcakes
-- also known as green tea powder -- has long been touted as a healthful alternative to coffee. After all, it's loaded with antioxidants -- 10 to 15 times the amount found in regular green tea bags -- which are thought to protect against cancer and heart disease.

Typically enjoyed as hot tea, matcha is also used as a dessert flavoring -- as you most certainly have noticed from the recent torrent of matcha smoothies, ice cream, cupcakes, and countless other sweets. Here are some of our favorite places to find matcha:








matcha cake rollsMatcha Cake: Matcha powder typically lends a lovely -- and natural! -- green color to most foods. Heather Baird from Sprinkle Bakes used it to color her adorable Matcha Cake Sushi Rolls. They look like the real thing!






chocolate matchaMatcha + Chocolate: Matcha has a wonderfully clean, complex, and delicate bitter flavor that pairs particularly well with sweeteners -- especially chocolate. It's only a matter of time before matcha truffles make their way into candy stores all over the nation.




matcha cheesecakeMatcha Cheesecake: Turns out matcha is the perfect way to jazz up an ordinary cheesecake. This dessert is becoming more ubiquitous -- especially in Japanese fusion restaurants. I like mine with a chocolate brownie crust.











matcha macaronsMatcha Macarons: East meets West in these Japanese tea-flavored French confections -- talk about combining two food trends in one! I love the idea of filling them with chocolate butter cream.









matcha donutsMatcha Donut: Matcha in donuts? I'm not sure if that's the really the best idea, but, hey, I'll try anything once.







Have you ever cooked with matcha?

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