MATCHA. CHEESECAKE. BITES. Does it even get better than this...like seriously? Lately I've been crazy about all things matcha and this recipe does not disappoint. A close friend of mine introduced me to this wonderful green powder and all of the health benefits that come with it and can you say...game changer?!
So for those of you that just read the first paragraph and are currently thinking "what on earth is matcha and why is it such a big deal?" don't worry, this is where I get to brag about this powdery green greatness and why I think it should be added to pretty much everything.
Okay, maybe not everything...I'm not quite sure how I would feel about eating green matcha nuggets or a matcha pizza (yikes) but as for cookies, pancakes, smoothies, ice cream..you name it, I'm adding it.
Okay, so let's dive into the first question: what is matcha exactly?
Matcha is a special form of finely ground powder that consists of the entire green tea leaf.
Traditionally, used in many Japanese tea ceremonies, a teaspoon of this powder is then added to a cup of hot water which is then sipped slowly.
There are two grades of matcha powder, Ceremonial grade and Culinary Grade. Ceremonial grade which consists of the finest, hand-picked green tea leaves is the one that would be used in the Japanese ceremonies.
Culinary grade matcha powder is of a little lesser quality (also much, MUCH cheaper) and is very commonly used in many recipes (like the ones that I'm about to share with you guys!)
As for the matcha powder brand that I used in this recipe, you can order it on Amazon. I don't technically have a go-to matcha brand but I've been very pleased with the quality, color and taste of this one!
What about the health benefits?
So as for the health benefits of matcha powder. They are pretty astounding. As mentioned above, matcha powder consists of the entire green tea leaf as opposed to regular green tea which consists of loosely ground leaves that are steeped in hot water then discarded.
The result of ingesting the entire leaf means that no available nutrient is left behind. Matcha is very rich in antioxidants, in particular, polyphenols which have been known to provide protection against heart disease and some cancer.
It's also been successful in regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels, speeding up the metabolism and halting the growth of some cancer cells. Those aren't even all of the benefits!
Seriously, I don't know about you guys, but after learning about some of the great benefits that matcha has to offer, it makes me feel that little bit less guilty about eating a matcha cheesecake bite...or maybe even 3 (I'll run those extra cals off later).
Not to mention, matcha gives this really nice green tea taste when added to foods (which if you're already a huge green tea fan like myself is a huge bonus!)
Wait...I also forgot to add, one of these green goodies is only 73 calories ... which honestly makes it okay to have two. (Go on, I know you'll want to)
So with that being said, it's time to share this recipe and have your taste buds dancing: