It makes a delicious tea, there’s no doubt about that. But did you know there are a lot of uses for matcha outside the mug? You’d be surprised at some of the things that taste incredible when you add a little matcha!
With its vibrant green colour and unique flavour, how could you not go crazy and add it to everything you can think of to see what tastes nice? Happy culinary accidents are probably how so many of the world’s favourite dishes were created!
From popcorn and protein shakes to cocktails and ice cream, here are some of our favourite alternative (and quite frankly, genius) ways to enjoy the taste and benefits of matcha:
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There are thousands of smoothie recipes out there like this one full of fruity goodness. Whatever smoothie you make, we bet it tastes delicious if you add a scoop of matcha. It’s a great way to enjoy the health benefits while still enjoying your favourite smoothie!
Delicious Matcha Lattes
Adding milk to your matcha is just the first step, but there’s so much more you can do to take your matcha lattes to the next level. Try adding a little coconut oil before frothing it up for an extra creamy latte or add a little vanilla extract or cinnamon to make it even more interesting.
Iced Matcha Tea / Latte
The best on a hot summer’s day when you still want your energy boost but can't think of anything worse than drinking a hot drink. Iced matcha lattes like this one are incredibly quick and easy to make, and so refreshing!
Matcha helps to increase concentration and focus, while giving us a more sustainable, longer-lasting energy boost than coffee. It’s a great alternative to the harsh coffee buzz before the gym when you want to get the most out of your workout. Simply add matcha to your regular protein shake and enjoy!
Matcha Chia Puddings
Matcha chia puddings are the simplest thing ever, require basically no effort and are great as a protein rich snack or quick breakfast. Check out this recipe for a great starting point. Then you can add vanilla, cinnamon, honey or pieces of fruit – go crazy!
This isn’t going to satisfy the same cravings as buttery cinema popcorn smothered in nacho cheese sauce, I won’t even go there. BUT, if you love having popcorn at home and want to try something different, check this recipe. Using matcha on popcorn gives it an umami-rich, savoury taste. Movie nights will never be the same again!
Matcha can be used as an ingredient in cocktails (or non-alcoholic mocktails) and pairs especially well with the flavours of mint and lime in this mojito. Typically matcha goes very nicely with other green, fresh and earthy flavours. Why not experiment and invent your own refreshing, summery drink?
Matcha Ice Cream (It can be healthy!)
What if we told you that you could make delicious, healthier matcha ice cream at home, with only 4 ingredients? Well, you can! Best of all… you don’t need a proper ice cream machine! Click here for the recipe.
Baking & Deserts
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Baking with matcha can give an amazing vibrant green colour and fantastic flavour to your creations. It can be used to make some deliciously unique breads and cakes. This donut recipe from Emma Duckworth inspired us to add our own matcha twist to it. We sifted 1tbsp of matcha into the dry ingredients and halved the amount of lemon so the flavour of the matcha can shine through.
Which grade of matcha should you buy?
If you’re drinking matcha on its own and want to experience the full depth of flavor, we’d recommend our Ceremonial Grade Matcha. Ceremonial Grade matcha has no bitterness and a sweeter, more delicate taste.
For lattes, smoothies, baking and other culinary creations, we’d recommend trying our Everyday Matcha. It also has no bitterness, the flavour is just a little stronger to allow it to shine through other ingredients.
Share your creations with us!
Have you used any of the ideas in this post? Have you got a different way to enjoy matcha? We love seeing all the creative ways to use matcha, so be sure to share them with us on our Instagram page for a chance to be featured! Just use the hashtag #EnsoMatcha.
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