Raw Matcha Brownies, Soft Serve, and a GIVEAWAY

I like matcha but I don't use it very often. Do you? I should actually get into a habit of using it more often as it has such great health benefits, and it has a wonderful taste (if used properly, otherwise it can be too strong and bitter). Over the years I've made things like matcha ice cream, matcha white chocolates, matcha swirl cheesecake, and enjoy a simple matcha frappe of almond milk and matcha blended together. It can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Today I have two new recipes to share with you: matcha brownies that are raw, vegan, and nut-free, and matcha soft serve. Both are delicious!

At CHFA West (Canadian Health Food Association Expo), I discovered DoMatcha. I sampled and learned about their incredible organic matcha and have teamed up with them to bring you today's recipes and giveaway! I learned that a high quality matcha powder is very bright green, has a more "full" flavour, is sweeter in taste, and has a "green" flavour. DoMatcha has all of these qualities - the colour in particular is a stunning shade of bright green.

What is Matcha?

If you're not familiar with matcha, its basically powdered green tea. Carefully selected green tea leaves are steamed to prevent nutrients from oxidation and keep the green colour. Next, the stems and veins are removed before the rest of the leave is slowly ground down to a very fine powder.

Some Benefits of Matcha:

  • The L-theanine in matcha increases alpha waves in the brain - this helps us feel more calm, creative, alert, and mentally focused (note, there is NO L-theanine in coffee).
  • Rich source of antioxidants.
  • Improved memory, concentration, and enhances mood due to the production of serotonin and dopamine which is a result of the L-theanine.
  • Increased energy and endurance.
  • Increased metabolism (which helps your body burn more calories).
  • Detoxification.

What About Caffeine?

The difference between the caffeine in matcha and the caffeine in coffee is that the caffeine in matcha is absorbed slowly and steadily. Any of the negative effects that are usually felt from the caffeine are relieved by the relaxing and calming effect of the L-thanine. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea and coffee. For example, one cup of coffee has 80-120mg of caffeine while matcha has 20-35mg of caffeine. It's not advised to drink it on an empty stomach though - I've learned this long ago. Even decaf green tea can make me queasy on an empty stomach. And it's best to drink it at least 4 hours before bed.

DoMatcha makes both a Ceremonial Matcha and a Summer Harvest Matcha. The ceremonial grade is harvested in the Spring at the first flush - only the brand new top leaves are chosen. The leaves have a very smooth but strong flavour and have a very high value. The summer harvest DoMatcha is handpicked in August when the leaves have been on the plant longer and have more of an astringent flavour. It's less expensive than the ceremonial one but perfect for using in desserts or blending into smoothies and drinks.

DoMatcha comes in a cute tin, inside a silver pouch and its recommended that you store in the fridge in it's pouch. They explain that matcha is like a raw, living food so keeping it refrigerated will maintain its freshness and help it last longer (I had no idea that matcha should be kept in the fridge!).

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will win these DoMatcha products:

  • Tin of ceremonial matcha (the highest quality)
  • Ceremonial bowl
  • Bamboo whisk
  • Bamboo scoop

You'll be able to prepare traditional matcha drinks and dessert recipes like the ones I'm sharing with you today 🙂

NOTE: this contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winner is Darylann.

To ENTER:

  1. Leave a comment below answering this question: Do you like matcha and how do you enjoy it? (I like it best frothed with almond milk and also matcha soft serve).
  2. For a bonus entry "like" DoMatcha on facebook (and comment HERE saying "Liked DM".)
  3. For a second bonus entry "like" Sweetly Raw on facebook(and comment here saying "liked SR").

The contest runs until May 31. The winner will be contacted by email and will have 24 hours to respond to claim your prize.

This contest is only open to residents of Canada. Good luck!

Matcha Soft Serve

Here's my 5 ingredient soft serve that is so healthy you could eat it for breakfast! I topped it with THIS chocolate drizzle.

1 can full fat coconut milk*

1 large avocado

1 tablespoon matcha powder

3 large SOFT medjool dates, chopped

2 tablespoons maple syrup

Pour all BUT 1/4 cup of the coconut milk into an ice cube tray(s) and freeze. Dice and freeze the avocado. When the milk and avocado are frozen, add them to a high speed blender along with the remaining ingredients (pour the 1/4 cup coconut milk, maple syrup, and dates into the blender first for easier blending). Blend until smooth and eat immediately. Optional: top with the chocolate drizzle from THIS recipe.

*Note: when I open a can of coconut milk, its usually always separated so I dump it all into the blender and blend it before using it for recipes or storing in the fridge for smoothies.

Raw Vegan Matcha Brownies

These brownies raw, vegan, and NUT-FREE which is rare for a recipe like this. They have just the right amount of matcha for my liking. They're dense and chocolatey with a sweet velvety matcha frosting.

Brownies

1 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds

1 cup shredded coconut

2/3 cup pitted packed dates

1/2 cup raisins

1/3 cup cacao powder

2 teaspoons matcha powder

1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt

3-4 teaspoons water (depending on the moisture level of the dates)

Process the seeds and coconut down to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add the dates, raisins, cacao, and matcha. Process until all ingredients are ground down and combined. Add the water, starting with 2 teaspoons. I used 4. Make sure the mixture easily holds together when pressed in your hand (the dough is a bit different than using nuts). Press into the bottom of a 9x5" bread pan.

Matcha Frosting

1/3 cup mashed avocado

4 tablespoons warm water

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha

Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Spread over the brownies. Freeze for 2 hours until firm or set in the fridge for at least 5 hours to firm up. Slice. Drizzle with chocolate sauce if desired.

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.

Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!

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91 Comments
  1. Danielle
    May 24, 2017 at 17:22
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    I am not a Canadian resident but I am going to still play just for the fun of it... because I love your blog and although I have used Matcha in the past, I really didn't fully understand all its wonderful benefits!!! Thanks, as usual, for sharing and I liked DM and SR on FB. Bonne chance to the lucky winner!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:40
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      Aw what a lovely comment, thank you Danielle! :D Yes, its really neat, all the benefits that matcha has!

  2. kate
    May 24, 2017 at 17:29
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    It would be nice to just use a Thai coconut, instead of a can. I don't consider using canned foods to be particularly healthy....Powdered foods are different, but liquid in a can is less than desirable...

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:39
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      For sure you can use a fresh young coconut instead of the canned. I find the canned to be very convenient and more affordable.

  3. stacey bradford
    May 24, 2017 at 17:32
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    I like matcha almost any way when it's added with a little milk and sugar... you really can't go wrong. These recipes make my tummy grumble! Can't wait to try them.

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:38
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      Thank you! I hope you try the recipes :))

  4. stacey bradford
    May 24, 2017 at 17:33
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    "Liked DM". "liked SR"

  5. May 24, 2017 at 18:44
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    I LOVE MATCHA. One of my favorite ways is as an ice cream for sure. either just blended with frozen bananas or also adding in some coconut milk for extra creaminess. I have found that it als pairs nicely with bluberries so topping off the icecream with a blue berry compote and of course melted chocolate :)!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:37
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      Mmmm such delicious ideas! My mouth is watering!

  6. Sharon B
    May 24, 2017 at 19:07
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    Instead of bullet coffee I make bullet matcha! Matcha, raw cacao, organic coconut oil....YUM!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:44
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      Ooh I love that idea!!! Bullet matcha! Im going to try it, thanks!

  7. May 24, 2017 at 20:53
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    I once had Matcha coated chocolate and it gave a magical twist to it! I fell in love with Matcha 💚 Liked DM Liked SR 😀

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:44
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      Yum that sounds sooo good!

  8. Jennifer
    May 24, 2017 at 21:09
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    I adore matcha and am going to be trying both of these recipes immediately! I usually just buy an almond milk matcha latte, because I am lazy, but brownies? I am in!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:45
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      Haha, yesss you must try the brownies!!! :D

  9. May 24, 2017 at 21:28
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    I love matcha no churn ice cream, but those brownies look amazing too! :)

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:45
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      Thank you! I hope you give them a try :))

  10. Sandra Lee
    May 24, 2017 at 22:19
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    Matcha almond milk latte or frappe! Your recipes look amazing, as always. I enjoyed reading your post and learning more about matcha... like the caffeine absorption. Interesting!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:46
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      Thanks Sandra! Yes matcha is so incredible!! I need to eat it more often.

  11. Michelle Breau
    May 24, 2017 at 22:26
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    I have always wanted to try it! Thanks for the chance as I've never had Matcha before! :)

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:46
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      Ooh you definitely need to try matcha! :))

  12. Heather Davis
    May 24, 2017 at 22:58
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    I have only tried it hot and as an iced latte. These look delicious! Thank You

  13. Linda Huffman
    May 24, 2017 at 23:08
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    I have only had matcha in drinks. Sometimes I've liked it and other times it's awful. Liked DM Liked SR

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:47
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      I know what you mean. Just the right amount has to be used or its too bitter!

  14. Kendra
    May 24, 2017 at 23:19
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    I like Matcha best in a "lime pie" smoothie bowl

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:47
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      That sounds incredible!

  15. May 24, 2017 at 23:31
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    Liked DM and SR.... I like matcha frappes with almond milk and ice cubes :) these sounds SO GOOD!!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:49
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      Mm now I'm craving a frappe!! And thank you :D

  16. Emily Myers
    May 24, 2017 at 23:45
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    I love Matcha!! I make a latte with Tocos, Vanilla, Coconut oil, Sea Salt and a little maple syrup. Or I'll make a chocolate version of the latte! So good!

  17. Aviva
    May 25, 2017 at 01:19
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    Amazing lovely dearie. OK I like frothy matcha latte or soft serve too!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 02:50
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      Mmm frothy matcha! Its too late in the date but Im SO having one tomorrow!

  18. Aviva
    May 25, 2017 at 01:19
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    Liked do matcha

  19. Aviva
    May 25, 2017 at 01:21
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    Liked SR

  20. Deanna
    May 25, 2017 at 02:01
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    Matcha is best in a smoothie with almond milk, banana and ice. Yum!

  21. Connie Steinthorson
    May 25, 2017 at 02:50
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    I love Matcha, my favourite recipe for matcha is my chocolate raspberry matcha frappe ~almond milk,frozen raspberries, cocoa powder, touch of pure maple syrup, matcha topped with true cinnamon! Good luck everyone Liked DM and liked SR!!!

    • sweet_raw
      May 26, 2017 at 00:04
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      Wow that sounds incredible Connie!!

  22. Sheila
    May 25, 2017 at 02:55
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    I love making peppermint matcha lattes with coconut milk for a morning pick me up.

    • sweet_raw
      May 26, 2017 at 00:05
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      Mm peppermint matcha latte sounds amazing!!!

  23. Maddy Fry
    May 25, 2017 at 04:54
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    Matcha is so good when combined with coconut milk to make a latte!! DM and SR both followed!!

  24. Suzanne Favot
    May 25, 2017 at 11:27
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    I haven't tried Matcha yet but after seeing your recipes (LOVE how the ingredients are so easy to find!) I have ordered some lol hope I win some more 😘 Loyal SR follower Liked SR and Liked DM

    • sweet_raw
      May 26, 2017 at 00:05
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      Ooh you must try matcha Suzanne, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.. and matcha lattes are deelish! <3 :D

  25. Linda
    May 25, 2017 at 15:02
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    I like matcha as a straight tea or mixed with chocolate.

  26. Linda
    May 25, 2017 at 15:54
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    Liked DM

  27. Linda
    May 25, 2017 at 15:55
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    Liked SR

  28. Paula Norton
    May 25, 2017 at 16:44
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    love doMatcha and I use it in my healing tonics as well as in my skincare applications :) been a fan for years!!

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 18:39
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      Ooh matcha in your skin care products, that's genius Paula!

  29. Darylann
    May 25, 2017 at 18:20
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    I have a mug of matcha every morning - Love the benefits of l-theanine! I've also made raw matcha chocolates & matcha lattes with a lavender infused honey. Just bought your book & can't wait to test out all of your lovely recipes :) - Liked SR

    • sweet_raw
      May 25, 2017 at 18:39
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      Wow it all sounds delish and so great that you have it every day! Awesome, I hope you enjoy the recipes - make the snickers right away :))

  30. May 25, 2017 at 18:44
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    Yum! I'm definitely going to try that ice cream. I don't use matcha as much as I'd like too either. I think my favorite way to enjoy matcha is those Japanese bean paste jelly treats. That was the first time I had matcha so maybe it's just the nostalgia. :)

  31. Taylor Gillespie
    May 25, 2017 at 19:30
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    I love matcha mochi ice cream!

  32. Taylor Gillespie
    May 25, 2017 at 19:31
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    Liked DM!

  33. Taylor Gillespie
    May 25, 2017 at 19:32
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    Liked SR!

  34. A homie raw chef, 🐝 gan veganish 😬😳, yoga instructor, meditator, former marketing firm owner, mama, wifey, and lover of life ;)) peace out 🤓
    May 26, 2017 at 02:36
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    Likey liked DM & SR and insta blooper likey 😬😳 ✅. Matcha Truffles are fun and yum -/ raw cashew/pistachio, dates, shredded coconut, pure coconut oil, and Matcha. Mmmm mmm ;))

    • sweet_raw
      May 30, 2017 at 16:50
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      Mmm matcha truffles sound fabulous Karen!! :))

  35. mollyparnis
    May 26, 2017 at 13:01
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    I ike matcha in smoothies and also as an ingredient in raw pies/cakes.

  36. Meagan P
    May 26, 2017 at 13:29
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    My favourite thing to use matcha in is making traditional vegan japanese desserts, such as dango - sooo yummy! Having a good quality matcha makes such perfect desserts. I liked SR and DM!

  37. Amy
    May 26, 2017 at 16:58
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    I spent 6 years in Asia and ate Matcha in a variety of forms! I love it almost any way it's prepared: as tea, whisked with almond milk, ice cream, jelly desserts, in chocolates, in the Asian pancake/ice cream cookies, and I'm really looking forward to trying your matcha recipes.

    • sweet_raw
      May 30, 2017 at 16:54
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      That sounds fantastic Amy!! And in answer to your question, you can find my treats at Ageless Living Market downtown in Victoria. I've stopped doing the farmers markets and wholesale to stores. I do occasional courses, the best thing is to subscribe to regular blog posts because I share details for upcoming classes in my posts. :))

  38. Amy
    May 26, 2017 at 16:59
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    Liked DM

  39. Amy
    May 26, 2017 at 17:00
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    Liked SR. Also "followed first." I see you're in Victoria, but don't see anything about a shop or any courses in the Victoria area. Will there be the opportunity to attend one of your courses locally? Thanks!

  40. Christine Lee
    May 26, 2017 at 21:42
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    I love matcha. I drink it as tea or in a latte with almond milk. I would love to make matcha coconut milk icecream one day.

  41. Lesley C
    May 27, 2017 at 04:11
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    Oh my gosh, I love matcha so much! I've been making a lot of matcha banana nice cream which is a big hit with my kiddos!

  42. Lesley C
    May 27, 2017 at 04:12
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    Liked DM!

  43. Lesley C
    May 27, 2017 at 04:12
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    Liked SR!

  44. Isabelle Martin
    May 27, 2017 at 16:54
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    Hi Heather! I dont' like matcha, I LOVE it! In ANYTHING: vegan yogurt, ball snacks, name it. But I particularly like it in an Iced Matcha Latte using maple or strawberry matcha. It 's simply DIVINE! I hope all is well with you, Heather!!

    • sweet_raw
      May 30, 2017 at 16:48
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      Haha you're the best Isabelle! So great that you love matcha! And now you have me craving an iced matcha latte!! Mmm :D

  45. Isabelle Martin
    May 27, 2017 at 16:55
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    Liked DM! :-)

  46. Isabelle Martin
    May 27, 2017 at 16:56
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    Liked SR.

  47. marissa
    May 28, 2017 at 12:52
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    I've never tried, but I bet it's good with coconut milk!

  48. Tricia
    May 29, 2017 at 18:31
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    I have not been able to try matcha yet but I hope to. After seeing your creations I really can't wait to try!

  49. Angela B
    May 29, 2017 at 21:03
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    Liked SR

  50. Angela B
    May 29, 2017 at 21:03
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    I like it in "Ice cream"

  51. Amanda
    May 29, 2017 at 21:21
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    Liked DM

  52. Kristi
    May 30, 2017 at 20:07
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    Have never tried matcha! It sounds delicious though :)

  53. Kristi
    May 30, 2017 at 20:07
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    Liked DM :)

  54. Kristi
    May 30, 2017 at 20:08
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    Liked sweetly raw!!

  55. Bouncingsonia
    May 30, 2017 at 22:04
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    SOY MATCHA LATTE. Simple yet delicious. In the summer I'll do an iced version with coconut milk. (I don't have fb so I'm unable to like you or dm, but I like you anyways ;p)

  56. Meredith
    May 30, 2017 at 22:07
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    I've only had matcha lattes that I've made with coconut milk, almond milk, coconut sugar, maca, and cacao. More like a matcha hot chocolate. I like SW on Facebook and DM in Facebook as well!

    • sweet_raw
      May 31, 2017 at 16:34
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      That sounds delicious!!

  57. Lily Wolfe
    May 31, 2017 at 04:52
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    I love matcha milkshakes and matcha muffins!

  58. Bhumika Mehta
    May 31, 2017 at 06:11
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    I haven't tried getting creative with Matcha at home as much. I usually take it in my greens but want to try something coconutty with it! Also, liked DM, and your fb page! ❤

  59. Andria
    May 31, 2017 at 16:29
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    I love matcha! At one time I gave up coffee exclusively and only drank my matcha and felt so much better for it! I often just had it whisked plain or sometimes as a latte with almond milk. Excited to try as a dessert now! I must be the only person not on Facebook Heather! Think I need to join soon! 💚💚

    • sweet_raw
      May 31, 2017 at 16:32
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      Matcha is a perfect coffee swap! Haha yes you need to join FB! :D

  60. Debbie Gouly
    June 8, 2017 at 20:50
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    I am learning to enjoy matcha more through your blog :) So excited to make the raw vegan matcha brownies!!! Thank-you so much for sharing...Liked DM

    • sweet_raw
      June 8, 2017 at 22:16
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      Thanks Debbie, I hope you enjoy the brownies! :D

  61. Gloria Mohr
    June 10, 2017 at 11:47
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    Is this product safe? I am concerned about it's use and that it comes from Japan. That it could be contaminated and toxic due to the nuclear fall out. What are your thoughts regarding this matter?Thank you.

    • sweet_raw
      June 13, 2017 at 18:35
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      Good question - the company says that their matcha comes from Kagoshima, 1000 miles south of Kukushima. They do extensive testing of the leaves there, and then they test the leaves again when it gets to Vancouver. They send it to a lab in Illinois after that - both the tin and the matcha itself get tested.

  62. shaliciouz
    July 15, 2017 at 11:40
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    Hi Heather, tried the raw matcha brownie today and it was very delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

    • sweet_raw
      July 21, 2017 at 17:32
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      Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)

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