If matcha powder is something that's relatively new to you, it's time you got yourself caught up on all of the great things you can use it for. It's not just for the taste, but the health benefits of matcha that you could be missing out on are too great.
I've you've never seen it before, it's a potent green tea powder that's used in a number of different recipes - rather than just tea itself. It's often thrown on desserts, used as a food seasoning, and drank in a number of different drinks. The green shade is very easy to identify in the recipe, and once you try it, it will be a color that you grow to love, and a feeling you can't go without.
Where does it come from?
Before we get into what you can use it for, let's take a look at where this great matcha powder comes from. As you would expect from a great tea product, the powder is grown as a plant (Camelia Sinensis) and the tea leaves are harvested from it when they're ready. The distinctive shade of green is achieved by keeping the plant and tea leaves away from sunlight for extended periods of time - which causes the plant to produce more chlorophyll than natural. The main purpose of this is to give it a deeper flavor when consumed.
The matcha leaves are then destemmed, dried, and prepared until they're ready to be ground into a fine of the highest quality powder that you can pick it up from your local store. Encha matcha green tea leaves are stone ground, giving them a much finer grind than machine-ground matcha. Encha's matcha powder comes from the Uji region in Japan, where only the most premium matcha is grown.
What can you use your matcha powder for?
A Matcha Lattes
If you're looking for something tame and easy to start out with on your matcha journey, a latte is a great place for it. Unlike matcha tea, you're getting a much tamer taste of it, all the while making yourself a creamy and familiar drink. There's no better way to complete your breakfast than with a cup of latte, and then adding matcha powder to the mix during the process. Whether you like your matcha latte hot or cold, don't miss out on the nutritional value that this product can bring.
You can easily prepare matcha lattes at home with the following recipe:
- Bring a cup of milk, coconut milk, or other milk substitutes to a simmer
- Prepare 1 tsp of Encha latte matcha powder in a separate cup
- Mix in 2 tbsp of the hot milk to your powder
- Whisk or use a milk frother until the mixture is frothy
- Add the rest of your hot milk
- Sweeten to taste
And just like that, your matcha latte is ready. Encha's Matcha Latte powder comes from the highest quality matcha tea leaves, and has no added sweeteners. Voted the best matcha powder for matcha lattes!
Banana Matcha Smoothies
Banana Matcha smoothies are another great way to drink matcha, while also getting a great breakfast. Of course, if you're going to add matcha powder, then get ready for a very green smoothie. Usually, when you hear about a green superfood, you wouldn't expect it to produce such delicious results - but when mixed into your banana smoothie, you'll be surprised at the results. Just one cup will keep you going throughout the whole morning.
All you need for this recipe is a blender:
- Put all of the following ingredients into your blender:
- 2 frozen bananas chopped into slices
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1 packed cup of spinach
- 2 tsp of flax seeds
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened almond milk or other milk of your choosing
- Blend until the mixture is smooth.
Remember that smoothies won't keep forever, so be sure to drink yours quickly! If you have some leftovers that you'd like to save, keep them in a sealed glass container with as little air as possible. The health benefits should keep for up to 24 hours if kept correctly.
Drinking matcha isn't the only way to enjoy it, and as mentioned before it's great to include in your favorite recipes. Muffins are a great place to try out new ingredients, especially when they're packed with antioxidants, and can help to decrease your chance of heart disease. What better way to improve your baked goods than by making them tastier and healthier? We highly recommend using our culinary grade matcha powder, intended for cooking and baking matcha treats!
Now that there's an oven involved, it might take a little bit more preparation than the others. We'll start with the ingredients:
- 150g of Flour
- 3 tsp of Encha Culinary matcha powder
- 1 egg
- 1/8 tsp of salt
- 1/2 cup of melted butter or coconut oil
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- 1/2 cup or 150g of maple syrup
- 1 tbsp powdered sugar
- Almond(s) (optional)
Once you have that, you're ready to start.
- Preheat your oven to 350°f
- Mix or whisk your flour, baking powder, salt, and Encha matcha powder into a bowl until it's even
- Whisk your butter/oil, syrup, and your egg into a separate bowl until properly combined
- Add your other ingredients from the first bowl then gently mix (this is where you could add an almond or two to each one)
- Pour your batter into your muffin liners and place into the oven for 20-25 minutes
Once you're sure they're properly baked, add powdered sugar to taste.
Vanilla Matcha Oatmeal
Yet another meal to that you can add matcha powder to improve is, is your morning oatmeal. There are many ways to use matcha powder to improve your mornings, and matcha-based meals don't have to include baked goods.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 tsp of higher quality matcha powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp of maple syrup
- Some fresh fruit
- 1 and 1/2 cups of hot water
- 1/4 cup of almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup of oats
How to prepare them:
- Start heating your water until it's boiling
- Add your oats and salt and lower the heat
- As oats are finished boiling, mix in the rest of your ingredients, minus the fruit
- Add the fruit of your choice on top once served
Traditional Matcha Tea
If you want to try matcha powder as it was originally intended, you could simply go by the usual way to drink matcha. It's an easy recipe to make, and all you need is hot water and your matcha powder. So long as you've got your Encha Ceremonial matcha powder, you're ready to get started.
- Carefully sift your Encha matcha powder into a cup until it's fine (clumping will affect your finished result)
- Add your hot water slowly and mix. Try vigorous whisking to create a creamy foam layer on top of the drink.
- You can top off your drink with steamed milk - but it's best to keep it simple to get the most health benefits from it.
Note: It is vital to use a high quality matcha powder such as Encha, as it is specifically intended for this type of matcha tea preparation, and has the deepest, most authentic matcha flavor.
We hope you enjoyed reading about the 5 ways to use matcha powder, and be sure to check out our store for the most premium Japanese matcha powder available.
What type of matcha powder is best for these recipes, and where can I find it?For recipes that involve cooking or baking, culinary grade matcha powder is typically used, as it provides a robust matcha flavor. You can find culinary grade matcha in specialty tea shops, Japanese markets, or online retailers. However, for traditional matcha tea, ceremonial grade matcha is recommended for its smoother, more delicate taste.
Can I substitute matcha powder with regular green tea leaves?
While both matcha powder and green tea leaves come from the same plant, their uses and flavors are quite distinct. Matcha is finely ground whole tea leaves, while green tea leaves are typically brewed. Substituting green tea leaves for matcha powder in recipes may not yield the same results, as the concentrated matcha flavor and vibrant green color are unique to matcha powder. To achieve the desired matcha flavor and appearance, it's best to use matcha powder in matcha-specific recipes.