From Nama chocolate to oatmeal and panna cotta, you will love these plant-based matcha desserts! They are easy to make, have a vibrant green color, and are packed with a bright green tea flavor!
🍵 What is Matcha
Matcha is a type of green tea that is finely ground into powder. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was later introduced to Japan around 1190.
While matcha is traditionally enjoyed as a hot or cold beverage, it can also be used in recipes to add a bright and sweet tea flavor.
🌱 Matcha Health Benefits
Many studies agree on the fact that matcha powder is a superfood and provides many health benefits. Here are a few benefits of matcha:
- It's rich in antioxidants. Matcha and other green teas are high in antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage in the body.
- It may give you healthier skin. Thanks to its high levels of methylxanthine and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), matcha helps stimulate collagen production and promote smoother skin.
- It may prevent cancer. While studies do not all agree on that subject, a few state that matcha could potentially prevent colon cancer.
- It may reduce stress. The L-theanine contained in matcha reduces stress levels while still giving you a boost of energy.
🍮 Vegan Matcha Recipes
Now that you know a bit more about matcha, here are some delicious desserts that use this fantastic ingredient!
Fantastic Matcha Recipes
- 1 and ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoon melted cacao butter
- 2 teaspoon matcha powder diluted in 2 tablespoon warm water
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- ¾ teaspoon agar agar powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup coconut cream
- To a sauce pan, add the almond milk, maple syrup, melted cacao butter, diluted matcha, cornstarch, agar agar powder, and vanilla extract. Whisk to dissolve the cornstarch and agar.
- Add the coconut cream. Heat over medium-heat and bring to a boil, whisking constantly until the mixture slightly thickens.
- Transfer to 4 ramekins (or 3 larger ones) and let cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator. Refrigerate for another 4 hours, or until set.
- Run a knife around each flan and flip over a plate. Garnish with a dollop of coconut cream and shaved chocolate. Serve chilled!
- Matcha white chocolate flans will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
I'm a super huge fan of matcha. And so is my husband. These recipes taste heavenly to us. I love matcha mochi the most, while my hubby is into matcha nama chocolate. Thanks a bunch for these fantastic recipes! They keep us stay together more often than before. Now, trying to make lovely desserts whenever we have free time has become our new passion. And to me, these are some of the best moments ever in my life.
Thanks so much for your feedback Chris! ^^ I'm really happy to hear you liked the mochi and the name chocolate!