When matcha started popping up on everyone's Insta feed a few years back, some were skeptical it would stick around. But the fragrant green powder, which is made from ground green tea leaves, isn't going anywhere. You can still find it on the menus of trendy coffee shops and chains, and it's certainly available for purchase online. But don't think it stops with matcha lattes. The fresh, earthy powder can be added to breakfast bowls, smoothies, iced drinks, or even savory meals like spaghetti, and adds an instant caffeine boost to your meal (answering our midday prayers
1. Raspberry Matcha Chia PuddingPhoto: Le Petit Eats
Is this chia pudding too pretty to eat?! Maybe, but that won't stop us. Make it before going to bed and wake up feeling like a superstar already. Best of all, it only requires six ingredients and takes around 15 minutes to make. Blend Greek yogurt with coconut milk, raspberries, and maple syrup, then stir in chia seeds. Repeat, swapping matcha powder for raspberries, and layer the two.
2. Coconut Matcha Energy BarsPhoto: Grateful Grazer
Stash these homemade energy bars in your purse or car for a last-minute energy boost when you need it most. Made with nuts, dates, pure vanilla extract, matcha powder, and coconut flakes, these bars are naturally sweet and way better for you than the store-bought kind-plus totally unique thanks to the matcha.
3. Iced Matcha Mint Pistachio FrappePhoto: Gourmande in the Kitchen
Mint, pistachio, and matcha powder are probably not what comes to mind when you think “green juice,” but we are all about this all-green flavor combo. Coconut milk and ice help thicken it up and make it taste like a milkshake. What's better?
4. Matcha Spaghetti With Chili and CheesePhoto: Lady and Pups
Give your usual pasta recipe a break-savory matcha sounds weird, but spaghetti, hot chili flakes, garlic, and fresh Parmesan balance each other out in the best way possible. Serious bonus points if you really make your own noodles like this blogger does.
5. Matcha Green Tea WafflesPhoto: Plating Pixels
Think outside the box the next time you plan brunch and try these green tea-flavored waffles instead of the plain kind. Don't worry-they are still plenty sweet thanks to banana, honey, and vanilla extract, and the recipe even comes with a matcha green tea syrup. We're so into them.
6. Iced Matcha Green Tea LattePhoto: Celebrating Sweets
If you've had matcha already, there's a good chance it was in the form of a latte. This DIY version is so simple, you'll forget about buying it out again… just mix almond milk, honey or pure maple syrup, matcha, and a splash of pure vanilla extract, and you're good to go.
7. Gluten-Free Matcha Green Tea Banana BreadPhoto: Fearless Dining
This matcha banana bread is just what we need to enjoy a sweet treat first thing in the a.m. and get a caffeine buzz going. Mix almond flour and a gluten-free flour blend, ripe bananas, eggs, vanilla, coconut oil, sugar, and matcha powder, and bake for 25-30 minutes in a loaf pan. The color is a little funky, but the sweet, fresh taste more than makes up for it.
8. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie BowlPhoto: Minimalist Baker
Is is summer yet? This smoothie bowl has us dreaming of palm trees. Light coconut milk, spinach or kale, matcha powder, pineapple, and banana are an A+ combination, and only get better when topped with chia seeds, coconut flakes, slivered almonds, or fresh berries.
9. Cold Brew Summer MatchaPhoto: Thirteen Thoughts
If you're trying to swap out soda or juice for something lighter, or just tired of plain ol' H20 all the time, this citrusy summer drink is screaming your name. Use a cocktail shaker to mix ice, water, and matcha, then pour it over ice with muddled mint leaves and lemon and lime slices. If you want it to be sweeter, add in a little pure maple syrup and stir well.