So you’ve heard of matcha, a type of green tea with an earthy-spinachy-umami taste that’s ground into a vibrant green powder. And you know it’s supposedly good for you: Like conventional green tea (that is, the leaves-in-a-bag variety), it’s high in antioxidants; but because it’s a powder, you end up consuming the entire leaf, and therefore, more nutrients—at least that’s what many speculate. But what the heck do you do with it?
Traditionally, you drink matcha by adding boiling water and mixing it with a bamboo whisk until frothy. But that’s really just the beginning. Consider matcha the protein powder of the tea world: You can add it to practically anything—smoothies, baked goods, yogurt, you name it. We talked with Julie Krupa of DavidsTea tea shop and some of our match-savvy editors for super simple recipes featuring this antioxidant-packed superfood.
1. Green Smoothie 2.0
In a blender, combine 1 frozen banana, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 to 2 tsp honey, and 1 to 2 tsp matcha, and puree until smooth.
2. Matcha Fro-Yo Pops
Mix matcha powder with plain yogurt and a drizzle of honey, and freeze in popsicle molds.
3. Matcha Latte
Combine 1 tsp matcha powder with 2 oz hot water in a mug. Pour 6 oz steamed milk of your choice over matcha mixture.
4. Antioxidant-Infused Baked Goods
5. Power Oats
Add 2 tsp matcha powder and a handful of nuts to your morning oatmeal.
6. Green Tea Ice Cream
Mix 2 tsp matcha powder into 1 cup softened vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
7. Umami Popcorn
Drizzle popcorn with olive oil, then sprinkle with 1 part matcha powder and 2 parts kosher salt.
8. Matcha “Jell-O”
Combine 3 cups hot brewed matcha tea, ¼ cup raw honey, and 3 Tbsp gelatin powder in a bowl. Pour into silicone ice tray or mold, and allow to set in refrigerator overnight.
9. Matcha Chia Pudding
Combine 2 Tbsp chia seeds, 1 cup almond milk, 1 tsp matcha powder, and 1 to 2 tsp maple syrup. Blend or shake mixture in closed container until combined. Refrigerate overnight.
10. Savory Matcha Spice Blend
Combine matcha with spices like garlic powder, black pepper, paprika, and sea salt to create a unique seasoning to add to stir-fries, use as dry rub for meats, or shake into scrambled eggs.