Victoria BC Dietitian (Nutritionist) Kristen Yarker, MSc, RD looks into the health benefits of green tea and the health benefits of matcha.Read More
First, I want to let you know that I am not a baker. Second, I love sweets. So, you know that if I'm sharing a dessert recipe it’s going to be delicious and super easy. The two recipes that I’m sharing today certainly fit this bill. With very few ingredients and steps, they really couldn’t get any easier. They also are healthy choices. And, they’re green – perfect ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day next week. If you’re looking for more green ideas, check out the two green smoothies that I shared for last year’s St. Patty’s Day. I was inspired by a local Matcha café that I’ve been visiting lately. I saw that they had “cooking grade” matcha and decided to give it a try. I added it to two (simple) dessert ideas that I enjoy all the time. And they were really successful. Voila - matcha desserts. Enjoy! P.S. You can find matcha powder in many specialty tea shops or grocery stores with good Japanese food sections.
Matcha Banana ‘Ice Cream’
You’ve got to love a recipe with only 2 ingredients! Prepare 1 banana per person. The ½ teaspoon gives a definite matcha taste to the ice cream. If you have a picky eater, you may want to decrease it to 1/4 teaspoon so there’s basically no matcha taste, just some green colour.
- 1 banana (frozen)
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- Take the banana out of the freezer 20-30 minutes before you plan to prepare the ice cream.
- Break banana into several pieces and place in the blender.
- Add the matcha powder.
- Blend until smooth. I use the “ice crush” setting on my blender.
Matcha-Coconut Chia Pudding
Feel free to reduce the sugar to zero in this recipe. I enjoyed the balance at 1 teaspoon. Choose a regular fat (i.e. not low-fat), canned coconut milk to get the creamy texture and rounded flavour.
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 cup coconut milk
- In a medium bowl or Tupperware container, mix together matcha and sugar.
- Add the chia seeds and coconut milk.
- Stir to combine well.
- Let sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to allow mixture to start to gel.
- Refrigerate overnight.
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