Matcha. Matcha. Matcha. More
Oh I’ve fallen in-love with matcha, it is creamier than green tea and doesn’t have the lingering bitterness. The process of preparing matcha is a whole experience of its own. Watch a video here.
Matcha powder is packed with antioxidants. Traditionally it is just made with hot water, but adding milk or almond milk turns it into a lovely matcha latte.
Matcha is more expensive than other tea variations. If you do find an expensive brand, make sure it is ceremonial grade matcha, as the popularity has created a platform for a lot of quality variations. You can buy a cooking grade matcha, that will be fine for baking. I would recommend paying a bit more for the ceremonial grade tea. Each cup only uses half a teaspoon, so a little bit goes quite far.
My biggest gift in my healthy foods journey so far has been my blender. A Blendtec. I know it sounds silly, but having a blender with a motor the size of a small scooter has opened up a world of smoothies, ice-creams, soups and more. It has become my little-big kitchen companion.
I make smoothies every morning. Its a lot of fun, especially if you have kids. Its a great way to start making healthy milk shakes with frozen bananas, nut butters, cacao and coconut milk! The options are endless.
I also use it to make nut milks, soups, batters, dips, dressings, sauces, hummus, smoothies, pestos and ice-cream.
- 1 cup raw cashews soaked overnight and drained
- 1 cup almond milk or any dairy free milk.
- 2 tsp matcha tea powder
- ¼ c maple syrup or agave nectar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 tbsp vodka (optional to avoid ice cream freezing to hard)
- 1 frozen banana
- Set your churning bowl in the freezer overnight. Also soak the cashew nuts in water
- When you are ready to make the ice cream, drain the cashews from the water.
- Add all the ingredients to a high powered blender.
- Scoop out the mixture into the chilled ice cream churning bowl and churn according to the manufacturer's ingredients. It should resemble soft serve.
- Transfer to the freezer for 45 mins until frozen.
Recipe is inspired by the Minimalist Baker .