Crunchy almonds and sweet milk chocolate chunks help to balance these delicious earthy matcha brownies. They are so fun and unique, their color alone makes you stop and stare, just wait to you taste them!Jump to Recipe
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What is Matcha?
Mat cha Mat cha Maaaaan, I want to be a matcha cookie man. If this blog thing doesn’t work out I’m going into jingles. Right!?
Matcha is a type of finely ground green tea that originated in Japan. It is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, the same plant used to produce all types of tea, including black, green, and oolong.
However, unlike other types of tea, which are made by steeping the leaves in hot water, matcha is made by grinding the whole leaves into a fine powder.
Matcha is grown and processed before being harvested. The tea plants are shaded from the sun for several weeks, which increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves and gives them a deep green color.
Then the leaves are then hand-picked, steamed, and dried before being ground into a fine powder.
Matcha has a distinctive bright green color and a smooth, umami flavor. It is traditionally prepared by whisking the powder with hot water to create a frothy, creamy beverage.
It’s also a common ingredient in baked goods, like these matcha brownies!
Matcha Brownies Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these matcha brownies.
- Matcha Powder: high quality matcha powder.
- Flour: all purpose baking flour.
- Sugar: Granulated sugar.
- Eggs: 2 Large chicken eggs.
- Butter: just a one stick of butter.
- Almonds: Chop em or leave them whole, it is up to you. You could use walnuts or pecans if thats more your fancy.
- Vanilla Extract: one teaspoon will do it.
- Salt: Just a pinch of kosher salt
How to make Matcha Brownies
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and follow these steps to make matcha brownies.
Step 1: Make Matcha & Butter Mixture
In a saucepan oven low to medium heat, melt the butter. Slowly add the matcha powder and the cocoa powder, whisk until smooth.
Remove the mixture from heat and transfer to a mixing bowl. Let the mixture cool for a few minutes. Then whisk in the eggs and vanilla extract.
Step 2: Combine all the Ingredients
In a separate mixing bowl, combine the four, sugar, almonds, chocolate chunks, and a pinch of salt. Use a fork or wooden spoon to mix thoroughly.
Now, pour the matcha butter mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined. Don’t over mix.
Step 3: Bake Matcha Brownies
Pour the matcha brownie mixture into a greased 8×8 pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Check at 35 using a toothpick. The brownies should be gooey but not runny, with a nice crisp exterior.
Let your matcha brownies cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!
Storing Matcha Brownies
Once your matcha brownies have cooled, cut them into squares and devour them immediately. Give some to your neighbors because you don’t need ALL that sugar.
If you still have some straglers, store the leftover matcha brownies in an airtight container. No need to refrigerate. They should last 3-4 days.
More Matcha Recipes
Love these matcha brownies and want to find more ways to use that awesome green powder? Here are some of our other matcha recipes for you to try!
These Matcha Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies are a crowd pleaser. It’s the same butterscotch oatmeal cookie you loved as a kid, but with some new grown up flavor. They are chewy and so flavorful!
Or try our White Chocolate Matcha Cookies with Macadamia nuts.
Or drink your matcha with this Blueberry Mango Matcha Smoothie. I slam these after a long night of drinking, it’s a great hangover cure. Or just a healthy way to start your day, no hangover required.
We hope you enjoy these recipes, and please let us know what you think! Cheers.
Is it OK to drink matcha everyday?
Sure, its generally safe to drink matcha as part of a healthy diet.
Is matcha stronger than caffeine?
No. Matcha does contain caffeine but it usually contains less caffeine than coffee, but more caffeine than other types of tea. It can vary with matcha brand and grade.
Does matcha have a lot of caffeine?
One cup of coffee usually has around 100-200 milligrams of caffeine, while one cup of matcha typically has around 30-60 milligrams of caffeine.
Why matcha is better than coffee anxiety?
Some studies have found that matcha has a positive effect on mood and cognitive function. The combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which is present in matcha, may help to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance mental clarity and focus. Peep the deets here.
Matcha vs Coffee
I know we’re talking about matcha brownies here, but I thought a little matcha coffee battle would be fun. Personally, coffee gives me the jitters but I like the flavor better. But here are some actual differences that aren’t based on my fickle tastebuds.
One of the key differences between matcha and coffee is the way they are prepared. When you drink matcha, you are consuming the entire tea leaf, which means that it has a higher concentration of nutrients and antioxidants compared to coffee.
These compounds can help to protect cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Crickets coming from the coffee corner…
Matcha also has been shown to have a positive effect on mood and cognitive function. The combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-theanine, which is present in matcha, may help to improve mood, reduce stress and anxiety, and enhance mental clarity and focus. No jitters baby!
Coffee bounces off the ropes and takes a heavy swing reminding all of us that its flavor is so freaking good! “It’s the best part of waking up” screams coffee.
Matcha ducks, dodges the blow, and lands a knock out hit with this little tid bit. Some studies have suggested that the antioxidants present in matcha may help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Health wise It’s a bloodbath, Matcha is the clear winner. But what about flavor? Frankie loves the taste of matcha, I give the edge to coffee, but ultimately it comes down to you! Make these matcha brownies and let us know what you think!
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