15 mouth-watering matcha dessert recipes you’ll want to whip up at home that are so healthy, there’s no reason to skip dessert.
It’s not easy being green unless of course, you’re matcha.
Everybody throws around the term “superfood” these days. But for that brightly colored green tea powder called matcha, it’s a name that’s well deserved.
Everywhere you look: online, in print, Instagram and Pinterest you’re bound to see the tell-tale bright green of matcha. It seems that people are putting it in everything these days.
And for good reason, matcha has a whole host of health benefits that can be harnessed in delicious ways. You’re going to eat anyway, why not add an ingredient that packs a healthful punch at the same time?
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What is Matcha?
Japanese matcha is made from specially grown green tea leaves that are ground into a super fine powder. A cup of matcha tea has less caffeine than a cup of brewed coffee but has a whole host of other benefits.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Because of the way the tea is grown, matcha has plenty of proven health benefits:
- It’s high in antioxidants
- It gives you a non-jittery caffeine boost
- It boosts metabolism and helps you burn more calories
- Because it’s high in chlorophyll it helps your body detox
- It’s so delicious you’ll want to drink it all the time!
Which Kind of Matcha for Cooking?
Matcha comes in two grades: ceremonial (used in the Japanese tea ceremony), and culinary (for milk tea, smoothies, cooking, etc.)
Culinary grade matcha should be used in all of these recipes.
When buying matcha, look for a vibrant green color, and definitely don’t go for the cheapest matcha you can find.
If you’re lucky enough to have a local Japanese market, you’ll be able to find a couple of good varieties.
If you don’t have a neighborhood market that carries Matcha, you can buy good quality varieties online.
I use Aiya Culinary Grade Organic Matcha that I buy online.
And finally the good stuff….
Here are 15 matcha dessert recipes to make your matcha tastebuds happy and make your mouth water.
Matcha Dessert Recipes: Matcha Ice Cream, Matcha Pudding, and Matcha Panna Cotta
If you’ve ever had a luscious panna cotta in an Italian restaurant and thought it was so elegant and delicious this is the recipe for you.
This recipe for matcha panna cotta from Millennielle is surprisingly easy and so delicious.
It only has a few ingredients (including coconut milk – a healthy surprise!), and goes together quickly.
Garnished with a bit of fresh fruit, it makes for a beautiful presentation and it’s delicious and healthy to boot!
This matcha dessert recipe from Pastry Affair for coconut chia matcha pudding combines two things I LOVE: matcha and chia seeds.
This matcha pudding goes together quickly and doesn’t require the cooking of traditional pudding.
You do have to plan ahead a bit because it needs to chill overnight, but it’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for your next get together.
The first time I tasted matcha ice cream I knew I just had to try making some at home.
I was so glad when I discovered this recipe for 3 ingredient matcha ice cream from Jean at What Great Grandma Ate.
I’ve made ice cream from bananas and coconut milk before so I knew this recipe would be amazing.
You need to freeze your ripe bananas beforehand, and a food processor blender is needed to get a smooth consistency, but it’s worth it! Yum!
Matcha Dessert Recipes: Matcha Brownies and Matcha Muffins and Matcha Energy Balls
These no-bake matcha brownies from Ness at Becoming Ness are little powerhouses of delicious and healthy goodness.
These are like two layers of deliciousness in one dessert: a chocolate brownie layer and a matcha layer on the top.
When you make these, leave time to chill them before you dive in. These are a bit more work, but they are definitely worth it!
These tasty little matcha energy balls from Living Well Mom are the perfect take-along snack.
I keep a bag of these in the fridge for a grab and go snack, or to munch on when I hit that afternoon slump.
These gorgeous lemon matcha muffins were created by Andy of Beautiful Eats & Things.
They are an amazing blend of lemon zest and the unique flavor of matcha.
Drizzled with a lemon glaze, they’re perfect with a cup of tea in the afternoon!
Matcha Dessert Recipes: Matcha Cake, Matcha Cheesecake and Matcha Tiramisu
I’m including this amazing looking matcha cake from Colors of Food simply because it is a thing of beauty.
Very complicated to make, it requires a lot of steps and a lot of ingredients.
Not to mention the website is in German, so I could never decipher the recipe. So just enjoy the photo.
This beautiful matcha tiramisu is a Japanese take on the traditional Italian layered dessert tiramisu created by Nami of Just One Cookbook.
It’s quite a complicated matcha dessert, but Nami provides super detailed instructions.
It would be perfect for a special occasion. Since it’s the vibrant green of matcha, maybe for Christmas dinner?
Camila from Pies & Tacos has created a matcha cheesecake that is both delicious and gorgeous!
This zebra-striped green and white cheesecake sits on a chocolate crust and is crowned with chocolate ganache.
These need to firm up in the freezer overnight so start them a day before you want to enjoy them.
The ooey-gooey inside and the cakey outside of this matcha cake by Tastemade is definitely a delicious combo.
Sprinkled with powdered sugar, it’s perfect for a snack with a hot cup of milk tea.
White chocolate and matcha come together in these fancy looking matcha molten lava cakes by Kirbie’s Cravings.
This recipe makes two perfectly decadent servings just right for a romantic dinner.
Matcha Dessert Recipes: Matcha Truffles and Matcha Cookies
These gorgeous dark chocolate matcha truffles from Cheryl at Lean Green Nutrition Fiend (don’t you love that name??) look hard to make, but they are surprisingly easy.
Not only do these healthy treats contain matcha, but they also contain avocado and coconut oil, so you can feel good about these sweet treats.
If you have littles at home, this would be a fun cooking project. Rolling the little matcha balls and dipping in chocolate would be a fun project.
Who didn’t love Oreos as a kid? Megan of The Emotional Baker has reimagined our favorite sandwich cookie with a matcha twist.
These delicious matcha sandwich cookies are flavored with almond and matcha and have a creme filling. And they’re vegan too!
Ooh la la….I just love these classic French treats. Maryanne from The Little Epicurean puts her spin on this sweet french Madeleine cookie.
These matcha Madeleines are made in a traditional Madeleine pan but are flavored with matcha.
Sprinkled with powdered sugar, they should be eaten the same day they are baked. As if they’d last that long around here…
And last but not least, what dessert list would be complete without some sugar cookies
These gorgeous matcha cookies were created by Yammie’s Noshery and are so yummy!
Drizzled with dark and white chocolate, not only are they delicious, they’re pretty to boot. They’d be perfect to add to a tea party food menu.
What is it about matcha and chocolate that is so irresistible?