March Matcha Madness

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while (if you’re new, welcome!), you will know that I love matcha. Having previously posted brownie, pudding (chia and bread) and cookie recipes, treats made with this green tea powder is a match-a made in heaven. What you didn’t know is that I absolutely adore the pecan sticky bun found at Flour Bakery in Boston (There’s actually four bakeries, all owned by baking extraordinaire Joanne Chang). Anytime I am in Boston, I make sure I grab a sticky bun to bring home (well, probably only part of a sticky bun).

Not that I could ever improve upon this piece of pastry perfection, I tweaked the original recipe just a tiny bit, and you guessed it, it involves matcha.

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Treat Yo’ Self Thursday #16, Matcha Bread Pudding

Combining three of my favorite ingredients (aka my holy trinity for healthy desserts) matcha, chia and dark chocolate, this healthyish (emphasis on  the -ish) bread pudding is a delicious twist on a traditional dessert. And did I mention that there’s a Nutella drizzle to top it all off? Continue reading

Treat Yo’ Self Thursday #13, Mad About Matcha Brownies

Quite possibly the hottest ingredient in food today, matcha is everywhere. The finely ground green tea leaves have been a part of traditional Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, but didn’t gain worldwide popularity until recently. From drinks to cakes, cronuts, and even cocktails, this tea powder is a culinary matcha made in heaven (I’ve got food puns for days).

Thanks to a craving for both matcha and brownies, and a quick google search, I made a batch of tasty treats I’m calling Mad About Matcha Brownies. Continue reading

Treat Yo’ Self Thursday #4, a Not so Naughty Snack

I love a good chia pudding… Hell, I’ll eat just about anything with chia seeds. For breakfast, dessert or a pre-workout snack, chia seeds are fantastic for filling you up without making you feel sick.

Personally, I like to eat a Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze before working out in the morning. It keeps me from feeling lightheaded and keeps me from getting sick (I can’t eat much for breakfast). Plus, they’re so freaking good (Banana Strawberry, Mango Coconut, etc….they’re some next level sh*t) and they’re surprisingly low in sugar. And their chia drinks are killer! (I promise this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really love their products.)

So last night, while I was grabbing ingredients to make my usual recipe, I remembered that I had an overripe banana and in a stroke of random genius, I came up with this: Continue reading