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!
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- 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.
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