Matcha Powder is all the rage these days with food bloggers! Here’s why you should try matcha:
-Packed with antioxidants
-Rich in fiber, chlorophyll & vitamins
-Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc & magnesium
-Great for lowering cholesterol & blood sugar
Culinary grade matcha (make sure it’s from Japan) is great for baking and making matcha lattes. Antioxidants are the body’s defense against damaging free radicals. Antioxidants can prevent aging, chronic disease, infections and more! The small amount of matcha in these muffins will not make your kiddo go crazy, they’d really have to eat the majority of the batch. Matcha has 70mg of caffeine per 8 ounces (a moderate level). To take advantage of matcha’s energy boosting effects, make a matcha latte with 1 tsp of matcha powder + hot water…just enough to whisk it together so it dissolves. Add more hot water, honey or steamed no dairy milk. Many say matcha gives off this “alert clam” because of the L-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness.
Fun fact: To equal the nutrition value of a single serving of matcha you’d have to drink 10 servings of green tea!! Matcha’s ORAC rating (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) is 1573 per gram in comparison to blueberries at 93 per gram.
1 cup of your favorite Pancake Mix (I use this one)
3/4 cup non dairy milk
1/2 tbsp Matcha Powder (No Matcha? Try blending in 1/2 cup of baby spinach)
1 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (+more if you like it sweeter)
Optional: 2 scoops of LivFit Superfood Powder
Directions: Mix everything together in a small bowl. Fill muffin tins half way with your matcha pancake mixture. Top muffins with various berries. I used organic blueberries and raspberries. Makes about 8 muffins!
PS – These freeze really well too!