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Mochi Matcha Brownies Anyone? This Recipe Takes No Time At All!

By Team Matcha

Mochi Matcha Brownies Anyone? This Recipe Takes No Time At All!

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Matcha, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies - Oh My!

By Eric Brinkman

Matcha, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies - Oh My!

 

Warmer weather means social gatherings, especially potluck dinners. If you know me, I always bring easy to prep dishes, like roasted veggies, or salads, but this year I'm challenging myself to be the dessert guy. Here's a great recipe for my current favourite cookies. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments :)

Ingredients 

  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces) all purpose flour or chickpea flour
  •  1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Earth Balance ( Vegan Butter ) at room temperature
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts
Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Matcha tea powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, and 2/3 cup granulated sugar. Beat on low speed for a minute or so until just combined, before turning the mixer up to medium-high. Continue beating until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

3. In the bowl of a liquid measuring cup, gently whisk together 2 large eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Lower the mixer to medium speed and alternately add the dry ingredients (from the 1st step) and the egg and vanilla mixture in batches. Continue beating until the batter is smooth, before stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

4. Turn the mixer back on to its lowest speed. Add 2 cups white chocolate chips one cup at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition. Add 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts and mix until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

5. Position the oven rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 (F). Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.

6. Use 3 tablespoon cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly golden on the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes, before using an offset spatula to transfer the cookies on to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you want to make your own matcha cookies, order and use the discount code Cookie10 for 20% off.



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Your Favourite Summer Cocktail Awaits! Matcha, Aloe Vera Juice, and Watermelon.

By Eric Brinkman

Your Favourite Summer Cocktail Awaits! Matcha, Aloe Vera Juice, and Watermelon.

Since it's getting warmer, we've gathered  flavours we associate with Spring/Summer, for a special recipe. What are those flavours? Well, aloe vera juice and watermelon, and do they go well with matcha? Absolutely! 

World class cocktails take creativity, but not necessarily a lot of prep. Walking into this recipe, I thought it might take an hour, but it required 25 minutes. If you ask me, that's definitely worth it. Enjoy the recipe below, and leave a comment if you get to try it at your next bbq!

fresh pressed watermelon juice

List of Ingredients: ( Serves 10 )  

 3 x mini watermelons
 1.5 litre of aloe vera juice
 4 heaping table spoons of matcha
 1 bag of ice
 1 bag of mint

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Gear:
Blender
2 litre jar (used old pickle ja                         
Cocktail glasses

 

  1. Blend and remove seeds. You should have a nice puree left once done.
  2. Chill the puree in your fridge for 1hr
  3. Mix matcha with aloe vera juice
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Add 1 shot of vodka or gin
  6. Pour matcha infused aloe vera over ice.
  7. Add watermelon puree till almost full
  8. Garnish with mint or basil
  9. Serve 

 

                             
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delicious Matcha Green Tea Doughnut Recipe

By Eric Brinkman

Delicious Matcha Green Tea Doughnut Recipe

With the rise of artisan doughnuts in 2016, we decided to share our own recipe with you. Nothing beats sharing a doughnut with a friend over matcha. Now you can skip going to the cafe, the lineup, and save money at the same time. Read more below!

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
(optional)
2/3 cup oil (I used vegetable)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions

1.In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (first 5 listed above).
2.In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients (the last 5 listed above).
3.Pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined.
4.Fill greased donut pan 2/3 full with batter and bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes.
5.For the glaze, whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder and 1/4 cup boiling water.
6. Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze and allow them to set before serving.
7. These are best the day they are baked. But if you have leftovers, be sure to save them in a sealed container, so the cake doesn't dry out.

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Chronic Pain? Matcha Can Help With That!

By Eric Brinkman

Chronic Pain? Matcha Can Help With That!

If you're any bit like me, you spend the weekends or evenings doing your best to enjoy life's offerings in the outdoors! Often, long hours on a bike, snowboard, or even just your feet are deemed taxing for the human body. Are sore muscles, sore feet, bad back a common pain in your ass? Well, guess what! Matcha can help you recover from these sorts of pains. 

For the longest time, I stood by the core principles of matcha, like weight-loss and energy. However, I hadn't studied much of its anti-inflammatory qualities. Recently, we received a call from a customer requesting matcha for his bad back pain. I asked him more about his story, and he had a serious car accident 5 months prior. The gentleman mentioned had tried everything, but only matcha had really helped his back. Now, it is part of his daily routine, and he can't live without it. For a similar story, read here.

I've outlined the two major reasons matcha can help with inflammation below:

1) The EGCGs in Matcha inhibit the activation of white blood cells, making Matcha a promising anti-inflammatory substance.

2) These EGCGs contain a compound that block the production of cells that can damage bone.


 

 

 

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How To Make Hydrating Matcha Face Scrub ( 3 Ingredients Only!)

By Eric Brinkman

How To Make Hydrating Matcha Face Scrub ( 3 Ingredients Only!)

 

Did you know, similar to the healing effects matcha has when ingested, it’s great for healing when applied topically as well!

Thanks to the high content of chlorophyll, not only does it act as a great detoxifying agent, it is also a great source of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and healing properties for your skin. We’d like to share all these great, natural healing properties of the matcha you know and love. So, we’ve branched out to bring you our Matcha Hydration Scrub. A balanced combo of a gentle sugar scrub to rid your skin of unwanted dirt, the soothing properties of coconut oil, and of course our Matcha Green Tea.

Steps

1) Set your ingredients out on the counter. It's much easier to create the face scrub when everything is within reaching distance.

2) Whisk water and matcha together till diluted. Only add enough water to make a matcha paste. Too much water will be messy and will provide an unsatisfactory end product.

3) Pour the matcha mix over the coconut oil, and mix till evenly distributed.

4) Add sugar till desired consistency. More sugar, more exfoliant. 

5) Wait for the mix to thicken as it sets.

6) Apply to skin, wash away with warm water.

If you want to try your own matcha scrub, you can order your own 30g tin here.



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What Is L-Theanine?

By Eric Brinkman

What Is L-Theanine?

What is L-theanine? Well, L-theanine is often noted as the secret to keeping a zen state. How did monks practice meditating for hours on end? Some think l-theanine was their secret.

Let's break it down: it's an amino acid, and one of the active ingredients in matcha green tea powder.  It can be compared to lavender, or lemon balm, although those can make you sleepy, this naturally occurring substance relaxes you, without sedation. How cool is that?


Why is L-Theanine so important? If you have a busy schedule and have become accustomed to coffee or other sources of caffeine, you'll know the feeling of being anxious or feeling an "edge". The burn out is almost unavoidable. L-theanine is known to diminish this "edge", leaving you energetic with no crash, a necessity in this world. 

100-200mg of l-theanine should be taken to get a the recommended daily dose. You can get your fix by purchasing l-theanine in bulk, or exclusively from green tea/matcha consumption. It's also considered to be one of the more rare amino acids in existence, which also makes it the most valuable.

Who needs l-theanine? It's popular with tech start ups, and anyone in the tech industry who is accustomed to long hours and hard work. It is also useful for those that want to get a few more hours in their day, without being stimulated so much they can't fall asleep. Whether you are a young parent, a yoga teacher, or auto mechanic, you'll likely benefit from giving it a try.

When is our favourite time for l-theanine? We like to drink matcha tea after dinner, as the l-theanine  settles us  enough that sleep is still possible upon laying down.

Curious to give it a try? Use discount code ltheanine at checkout for 20% off. Just click here. 

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A Documentary Supported By Us! Learn About The Future Of B.C's Forestry Industry

By Team Matcha

A Documentary Supported By Us! Learn About The Future Of B.C's Forestry Industry

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