Mmmmm tea and chocolate – the perfect combo; but not just an ordinary cuppa with a favourite choccie bar on the side – this week I’ve drawn some inspiration from Singaporean based Teathos and made some raw cacao brownies with Matcha tea!

What is Matcha?

Matcha is 100% ground tea leaves. Its vibrant green colour comes from the way it is grown and cultivated – during the last weeks before harvest. Matcha tea leaves are grown in the shade which means the tea leaves produce a tremendous amount of chlorophyll.

What are the benefits of Matcha?

The intense amount of chlorophyll in Matcha tea not only gives it its unique vibrant green colour, but chlorophyll is a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body and, has tonnes of other benefits for the mind, body and soul.

Matcha is said to have 137x the number of antioxidants and nutrients of regular green tea, with 1tsp of Matcha being equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea! It’s a great substitute for coffee – not only does it lift energy levels without the jitters; it increases metabolism and can help to eliminate waste from the body in doing so. Matcha tea also contains L-Theanine which promotes the production of dopamine and serotonin, the hormones responsible for enhancing your mood and improving your memory and concentration. Matcha also contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins – the most potent of all antioxidants! The catechins in Matcha have been shown to have antibiotic properties and with one bowl of Matcha tea providing substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium, it makes a great pick-me-up for when you need a boost of good, clean energy.

Does Matcha contain caffeine?

Matcha powder contains caffeine but much less than regular coffee. 2 grams (average serve) of Matcha contains about 50-60mg of caffeine (a regular coffee contains about 80-100mg).

Make me some of these please…

So this is the Teathos vegan version but I’ve adapted it as follows…

*here I used 1 cup almond meal

**here I used 1 egg

Preheat oven to 180°C

INGREDIENTS…

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil (this gives the brownies a shmazing coconut flavour)
  • 1/4 cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp seasalt
  • 1/2 cup flour*
  • 2 tbsp flax seed 4 tbsp water .. whisked**
  • 2-3 tsp Matcha tea powder
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • Optional (no, they’re not optional): handful of choc chips

HOW TO MAKE…

  • Mix the wet ingredients together
  • In a bowl sift the dry ingredients and mix
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients – if it’s too wet add a little more almond meal (or flour) and if it’s a little dry, add a little more coconut oil
  • Pour into 15cmx15cm greased baking tin, or a cupcake baking tray
  • Bake 15-20 mins or until you can stick a cocktail stick or skewer in and it comes out clean

 

Teathos Organic Matcha tea is available online, or you can find Matcha tea in most good health food stores.

 

Happy baking 🙂