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).
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!).
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.
- 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).
- For a bonus entry "like" DoMatcha on facebook (and comment HERE saying "Liked DM".)
- 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.
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.
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.
Wishing you a wonderful rest of the week!