It has happened. The allergies that I dread every spring have finally caught up with me, and I haven’t been feeling good for a few days now. My throat is sore, my nose is running, I have a cough that just won’t quit, and my energy levels are definitely low. Unfortunately, this is the most intense time of year for me work-wise so I can’t even think about using a sick day.
Which brings me to the topic at hand. Recently, the folks at Kiss Me Organics reached out with an opportunity to review their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. I am a huge tea lover with a particular affinity for green tea, but I knew very little about matcha green tea. Nevertheless, I was intrigued so I jumped at the chance to give it a try.
I did a little research, and learned that matcha is a fine, unfermented version of green tea. According to the recipe guide I received from Kiss Me Organics, matcha is derived from the entire green tea leaf which provides ten times the benefits of regular green tea like fat burning, relaxation, and, especially, energy. I’ve been enjoying a cup of tea in the afternoons to get me through this low-energy allergy slump, and I really have noticed a difference.
I think the most interesting aspect of the matcha is the ability to use it in a ton of different recipes. Kiss Me Organics sent me a recipe guide (which every first time purchaser receives!), and it was full of recipes from everything like your typical smoothies to pizza!
Of course, I had to get into the kitchen and experiment a little bit. I started off with an easy smoothie for a pre-workout snack.
I blended coconut milk, frozen strawberries and bananas, a little Greek yogurt, and two teaspoons of matcha powder. It was delicious, but it’s a smoothie. You can blend just about anything into a smoothie and it turns out great. I was still skeptical about the matcha being versatile in all kinds of different recipes.
Next, I tried it in my protein pancakes for breakfast. It worked really well! The powder was slightly noticeable, and it gave the pancakes an earthy flavor.
Last but not least, was the real test. Brownies! This particular recipe came straight from the Kiss Me Organics recipe guide with a few of my own tweaks.
The original recipe called for all white chocolate, but I had to sub in a little dark chocolate due to my inability to read a shopping list at the grocery store. I was a little bummed because the dark chocolate dimmed the green color from the matcha quite a bit. That, however, was my only complaint! These were really good. I even took them to Mom’s and shared with everyone over the weekend. Despite some inappropriate jokes from my family about the real origins of the green color in the brownies, everyone really enjoyed them!
All in all, I really enjoyed experimenting with the matcha powder. I was impressed with versatility of it, and I’m really curious to try it out in a few savory dishes. I might just have to give the pizza a try! If you would like to try your own package of Matcha Green Tea Powder, you can find it on Amazon. Don’t forget-you’ll also get the recipe guide. Trust me-it’s worth it just for those brownies!
Do you like green tea? What’s the most unusual ingredient you’ve ever cooked with?
Disclaimer: I received a package of Matcha Green Tea Powder in exchange for a review here on the blog. As always, all opinions are my own!