If you know your green teas and you’re already a matcha enthusiast, you probably already know it’s a super cool potent green tea (the most potent of them all!), full of crazy sexy health benefits. If you don’t know matcha yet, read on.
I was writing in a previous post that green teas are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Out of all, Matcha is my personal favorite, both in flavor and benefits. Unlike regular green tea leaves, that need to be brewed for tea, that end up at the bottom of the tea pot and are eventually discarded, matcha comes in the form of a powder that gets completely dissolved in our drink or food. This means that matcha green tea ends up in our bellies with all the goodness it provides.
Did you know that a single serving of matcha has the nutritional benefits of about 10 cups of brewed green tea! Read more about the benefits of matcha here.
Now comes surprise number 1. A gorgeous coconut mint matcha cake that you must make. Because it is indulgent and delicious and healthy. And because it is so easy to put together that it’s almost ridiculous to call it a recipe.
It’s ok if your mouth is watering by now and all you see and want is this matcha cake. In all honesty, that is my aim. Crave this cake, want it and enter the matcha giveaway below. Ooops, did I just say matcha giveaway? Continue reading after the recipe.
Time: 10 mins / Serves: 2
- 2 TBSP sunflower seeds, ground
- 2 TBSP linseed (flax seeds), ground
- 2 Medjool dates
- 1 cup coconut shreds
- 1 banana
- 3 TBSP lemon juice
- 1 TBSP sweetener of choice (raw honey, maple syrup)
- handful of mint
- 1/2 tsp + 1/3 tsp matcha green tea
To make the base, mix the ingredients until you have a sticky dough. You can do that by hand. Then press the ‘dough’ into your cake pan.
To make the filling, add all the ingredients except the mactha to a blender and blitz until you get them creamy. Scoop out 1/3 of the mint filling and spread it on top of the base.
Scoop out the rest of the filling in a bowl and mix it with 1/2 tsp matcha. Scoop out half of this mint matcha filling and spread it on top of the mint layer.
Mix the remaining filling with 1/3 tsp matcha then spread it on top of the other two cake layers.
Refrigerate the cake for at least 30 minutes.
Before serving, dust the cake with matcha green tea. Best served chilled.
Now comes surprise number 2. Because you, my dear readers, have shown great interest in matcha tea from the first smoothie recipe with matcha that I shared with you, because you have continued to show interest in all the other matcha recipes since, because you made my matcha recipes and you loved them, and because you asked me for matcha so many times, I got Sam from Kenko Tea keen on giving some matcha to one lucky TalesofaKitchen reader. How great is that?
Kenko matcha green tea gift box giveaway
I have had the pleasure to taste and indulge in Kenko’s matcha and I can honestly tell you that you want some.
Gift box contents:
- Premium matcha green tea ideal for brewing a hot cup (30g tin)
- Cooking grade matcha green tea perfect for cooking, baking and raw treats (100g pack)
- Bamboo scoop crafted specifically for measuring the correct amount of matcha tea
- Bamboo whisk ideal for whisking up matcha to produce perfect froth and creaminess
- You MUST be based in Australia.
- You MUST enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter box below.
- You MUST comment on this post and tell me “What is your favorite way to enjoy matcha?“. Answering this question is mandatory.
- Giveaway runs until October 29, 2013 (Tuesday).
- One lucky winner will be selected randomly within 2 days and will be announced on the blog and on the Facebook page here. Winner must respond within 3 days, otherwise another winner will be selected.
There’s options for multiple entries, so get yours in now!
Best of luck foodies! May the matcha be with you! xoxo