Matcha green tea cake

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas filled with family, friends & food. I created a matcha green tea cake for boxing day. Matcha powder is the highest quality powdered green tea available and therefore quite expensive. It is used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. It has been drunk in Japan as part of the tea ceremony for almost 1000 years, and is used by Buddhist monks to keep them alert, awake and focused during long days of meditation. Nowadays matcha green tea powder is mainly consumend by Japanese students in exam periods, and it is gaining popularity in other countries as well.

Matchagreenteacake1Matcha is renowned for its numerous health benefits: it is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It is sugar-free, an ideal drink for diabetics and others wishing to reduce their sugar intake. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Ingredients:

Dry:

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • a pinch of sealsalt

Wet:

  • 2 eggs or for vegans: make an egg substitute by mixing 6 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons chia seeds. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until it takes on a goopy texture similar to raw egg yolk.
  • ½ cup milk of your choice (I used soy milk, but almond, coconut or cow’s milk will also work well)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (180°C). Grease the base of a medium- sized loaf pan with some coconut oil.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix very well.
  3. In a seperate bowl, cream together the wet ingredients, using a mixer.
  4. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until crispy and golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Serve with some red fruit, sliced banana and grated coconut.

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The result, a sweet, dense cake with a unique and delicious hint of green tea flavor. Crispy on the outside, moist and fluffy on the inside, perfect for any occasion!

– May all your Christmas wishes come true!

Lots of love,

Leila

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