Matcha Green Tea Muffins

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As I am sure a lot of our readers know, matcha (mah . cha) is a finely milled Japanese green tea. The buds are handpicked from tea leaves, dried, and then stone ground to a fine, talc-like powder. Matcha tea embodies a delicious blend of savory, sweet, and grassy flavor. This bright green powder makes an excellent addition to a wide range of recipes. Matcha is also a great immunity booster and mood enhancer, so if you find yourself feeling down, then our Matcha Green Tea Muffin recipe is a MUST try.

This is an easy to make, Paleo inspired recipe, which means: grain-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free. We also try and use all organic and non-GMO ingredients. You will be combining a few tablespoons of matcha powder along with coconut flour, unsweetened apple sauce and fresh dates to create a nutrient-dense-filled muffin batter. Coconut flour is a good source of fiber and saturated fat, but sometimes causes baked goods to come out with a drier consistency. That’s why I’ve added apple sauce to the list of ingredients. Unsweetened apple sauce will always help to give the right amount of moisture to any cake or muffin! And lastly, because most of us have a sweet tooth (or a full blown sugar addiction), your final step will be to drizzle a thin layer of raw honey over each muffin. Between the combination of the dates and honey glaze, these muffins have an even more naturally sweet taste!

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Matcha translates to 'powdered tea', with matcha powder made of the original tea leaves providing a more potent source of nutrients than green tea and as much as three times the amount of caffeine as steeped green tea. In addition, it's rich in polyphenols which are antioxidants linked to reducing one's risk of heart disease and/or cancer and can help boost one's metabolism with the EGCG polyphenol. Applesauce is a great source of fiber and vitamin C, with the healthiest applesauce made with no added sugar. The pulp and apple skin contain flavonoids, which can reduce inflammation, regulated blood pressure and reduce excessive fat production in one's liver cells.

By Nikki Nies, MS,RD, LD

Matcha Green Tea Muffins

  • Prep Time:15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time:35 minutes
  • Servings: 8

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flour, sifted

2-3 Tablespoons matcha powder

1 Tablespoon baking powder

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/3 cup fresh dates, pitted and chopped (5-7 dates)

3 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup unsweetened apple sauce

2 Tablespoons raw honey

1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped

Instructions

1. PREPARING YOUR MATCHA GREEN TEA MUFFINS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then begin prepping your ingredients as followed:

2. Sift the coconut flour before combining with the rest of your dry ingredients.
TIP: This method will help to break down any lumps in the flour.

3. Once the flour has been sifted, combine the rest of your dry ingredients. Add the chopped dates and stir to coat with the dry ingredients.

4. In another bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, egg and vanilla extract. Or, if you are a proud owner of a food processor and or Vitamix, pour all of the wet ingredients directly into it.

5. Pulse for 10-20 seconds.

6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until blended.
TIP: Do not over mix, otherwise your batter will loose its texture.

7. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full.

8. Cook for about 20-35 minutes. Once the muffins are fully cooked, remove from the oven.

9. Drizzle a small amount of raw honey over the tops of each muffin, then add a pinch of chopped pistachios for a more decorative appearance. Your Matcha Green Tea Muffins are complete, enjoy!

1. PREPARING YOUR MATCHA GREEN TEA MUFFINS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, then begin prepping your ingredients as followed: 2. Sift the coconut flour before combining with the rest of your dry ingredients. TIP: This method will help to break down any lumps in the flour. 3. Once the flour has been sifted, combine the rest of your dry ingredients. Add the chopped dates and stir to coat with the dry ingredients. 4. In another bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, egg and vanilla extract. Or, if you are a proud owner of a food processor and or Vitamix, pour all of the wet ingredients directly into it. 5. Pulse for 10-20 seconds. 6. Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until blended. TIP: Do not over mix, otherwise your batter will loose its texture. 7. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 full. 8. Cook for about 20-35 minutes. Once the muffins are fully cooked, remove from the oven. 9. Drizzle a small amount of raw honey over the tops of each muffin, then add a pinch of chopped pistachios for a more decorative appearance. Your Matcha Green Tea Muffins are complete, enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 153; Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 70 mg; Sodium: 299 mg; Potassium: 169 mg; Carbohydrate: 22 g;  Fiber: 5 g; Sugar: 14 g; Protein: 5 g

Nutrition Bonus:
Vit A: 9%; Vitamin C: 3%; Calcium: 3%;
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