The last two weeks I’ve been doing a #matchachallenge with Teapigs. This involved taking the recommended daily dose of matcha (1g / ½ tsp ) each day to see how it makes you feel. I’ve written about matcha at some length here and here. To sum it up, matcha is a super-power whole leaf green tea, antioxidant rich, energy boosting, metabolism boosting, stress reducing, yadda yadda . . .
I’ve had matcha in porridge, with yoghurt, as a latte, and in these new matcha bites, but mostly as a plain old clear tea first thing in the morning before yoga. I’ve really noticed the days I have it before yoga that my concentration is better and I love the natural energy burst it gives. As for the antioxidant benefits, I think you’d need to keep taking it for a while to see if it has a marked improvement on your health, but for a energy hit, thumbs up!
You’d need to eat the whole batch of these matcha bites to get your full daily dose of matcha, so I made these for fun rather than as part of the challenge. The matcha gives the bites a wonderful light green colour. If you didn’t want to use matcha I’ve also made these with orange essence and cardamom. Great dribbled over a carrot cake!
In this recipe, I’m using coconut butter (sometimes called manna or bliss or raw coconut goodness) along with matcha and cashew butter. You’re probably familiar with coconut oil, but haven’t tried coconut butter. I don’t have it in my cupboard very often, because it’s entirely possible to go though a jar in a few days. Beyond the fact that this isn’t a very purse friendly ingredient, I can’t imagine an entire jar is particularly good for a waistline either!
Coconut butter is the ground flesh of the coconut. It’s rich and creamy, fatty and unctuous. Being a saturated fat it’s solid at room temperature, which means when mixed with other ingredients it sets quite firmly. The butter is rich and naturally sweet, so no added form of sweetness is required for these bites. Often natural food is labeled as sugar free, even though it still contains a stack of honey (guilty as charged). These, my friends, are entirely, legally, free of added sugar, making them a satiating comforting snack. Hurrah!
- 2.5 Tbs coconut butter
- 2 Tbs cashew butter
- ½ tsp matcha green tea powder
- ½ tsp extract of choice, e.g vanilla or peppermint. (optional)
- 1 Tbs pistachio nuts, finely chopped
- Melt the coconut butter by placing the glass jar in small saucepan of simmering water. When the butter is soft, give a good stir and place 2.5Tbs in a small bowl with the cashew butter. Stir until the two butters are unified.
- Add the matcha powder, (and flavouring if using) and stir thoroughly
- Spoon into silicone moulds, and top with crushed pistachios. Place in the freezer to set for 30 minutes before popping out.
- Best kept refrigerated in an air-tight container.
Its probably worth adding that I’m of the general opinion that the consumption of superfoods and supplements isn’t a requirement to be healthy and is no substitute for a balanced diet, so I choose to include them in my diet from time to time as I see fit (and can afford). Do you like matcha? What do think about superfoods?
*Many thanks to Teapigs for the Matcha.3