7 Ways To Get Your Matcha Fix

It's the kale of the tea world, only better


Matcha, a more potent form of green tea, has become a bit of a work day addiction for some of the ELLE team, whether it's a morning pre-workout tonic or an energy boost before a 4pm meeting. There's just so much about it to love: matcha fights aging, cancer and high blood sugar. Not to mention it boosts your metabolism and gives you a steady three-hour caffeine kick without the wide-eyed jerky feeling one gets after having had one too many flat whites. It's basically the kale of the tea world, only better. But how to drink and eat it? Alice Tate rounds up our favourite ways. 


1. Matcha Latte
Matcha gives a caffeine kick with the antioxidants of a super food, which is why more people are ditching the regular latte and going for a matcha version instead. Try chef Tess Ward’s easy-to-make version.
1 heaped teaspoon Matcha Powder
50ml Boiling Water
200ml hot Milk, you could use almond or soy, if you prefer.
Honey or Sugar, to taste
Boil the kettle. Use a whisk, or milk frother to mix 1 teaspoon matcha powder with 50 ml boiling water. Add the water gradually whilst mixing to combine. Froth the milk until light and aerated, then add the water and dissolved matcha in the milk, mixing as you go. Sweeten to taste with honey or sugar. Enjoy hot or cold.



2. A super smoothie
Pick a superfood like, say, avocado, and then add matcha to give it a boost. Tess Ward gave us inspiration with her Avocado, Honey and Matcha Smoothie recipe. Drink it as a morning energy boost before your Barry's Boot Camp class.  
1 Avocado
1 large Banana
2 tbs Plain Probiotic Yoghurt
1/2 tsp ground Ginger
2 tsp Honey
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea
1 1/2 cups Milk (Almond Milk, Soya Milk or Coconut Water)


3. Matcha Cookies
You heard right, cookies. These green treats are perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. They're great with your mid-morning brew and about as close to healthy as a cookie is going to get. Bonus: the recipe, thought up by Teapigs, is pretty quick and easy. Now go forth and bake.
200g butter
200g sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
300g plain flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of matcha
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
Beat butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Slowly add in blended dry ingredients. Mix well to form a soft dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Roll out and cut with a cookie cutter. Bake at 200° centigrade, Gas mark 6 for about 10 minutes


4. Matcha Creme Fraiche
Mix up your dinner party dish and add matcha to your creme fraiche, says Dan Doherty of Duck & Waffle. 'Serve with smoked fish like eel. The mellow matcha helps set off the smokiness along with the acidity of the creme fraiche. It works with pickled herrings too. Add the matcha to taste, just a pinch is usually okay. You'll see the colour of the creme change from a light green.'

5. Matcha Ice Cream
If Shackfuyu can do it, you can too. We’re talking about green tea ice cream, or more specifically matcha ice cream. Try the restaurant's soft serve, which is served with their wonderful kinako french toast, or if you fancy a challenge, make your own. 
100ml whole milk
60g cane sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tablespoon matcha powder blended with 2 tablespoons water to form a smooth paste
200ml double cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Scald milk mixture over low heat, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar, then remove from the heat. In a small mixing bowl whilst the 3 egg yolks lightly. Slowly pour 1/4 of the hot milk into the egg yolks, whisking as you go to temper them, then add the yolk mixture back into the remaining hot milk. Cook, stirring constantly, over low heat until it thickens a bit. Remove from heat and pour back into mixing bowl. Combine the matcha paste, cream and vanilla and add the milk mixture. Whisk to blend and cool, then cover tightly and chill thoroughly. Follow the directions for your own ice cream maker.


6. Matcha Doughnut
Making something sweet a little better, Crosstown brought together two of our favourite things: matcha and doughnuts, and developed the matcha-glazed doughnut. That glaze, full of antioxidants, takes some of the guilt off. But don't fool yourself, a doughnut is a doughnut. You won't exactly score any health points here, but it certainly tastes good. 

7. Matcha, Coco and Lime Truffles
Matcha is good for us. Coconut oil is good for us. These truffles must be great for us. Jax Coco credit their Extra Virgin Centrifuged Coconut Oil with being the purest organic coconut oil in the world, and that coupled with the antioxidants and amino acids in matcha pretty much put these truffles in superfood territory.
(Makes 28)
3 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut - plus 1/2 cup for coating
2 cups ground almonds
½ cup Jax Coco extra virgin coconut oil
½ cup honey
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 2 limes
A pinch of sea salt
1 tsp matcha powder
Place all ingredients in food processor till it comes together. Roll a small ball in the palm of your hand, roll in coconut and place on a sheet of baking paper on a tray. Place in freezer to set for minimum 30 minutes.


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