The theme for this month’s “Recipe Redux” is a recipe made with tea, so today I present to you, Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Brownies.
When I was thinking of what I could make, I was picturing a dessert with the vibrant green color of the Matcha Green Tea, which is what I wanted to use.
And although these didn’t turn out to be bright green like I had anticipated, they are still really good, good for you and have the benefits of Matcha Green Tea.
They have a hint of the classic Matcha Green Tea flavor and a loaded with melted chocolate chips.
And, they are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly and contain no refined sugar.
Here’s some typical ingredients found in a Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Brownie recipe that’s full of refined flour, refined sugar, butter and eggs:
Traditional Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Brownies
Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon match green tea powder, 1 cup white sugar, 1 stick unsalted butter, 2 eggs, 1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, baking soda and salt
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Butter):
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Raw Coconut Crystals:
- low glycemic (GI of 35)
- raw, vegan and gluten-free
- unrefined and unbleached
- contains 17 amino acids
- is an abundant source of minerals and broad spectrum B vitamins
5 Fast Facts About Matcha Green Tea:
- contains 137 x anti-oxidants in brewed green tea
- super high in chlorophyll
- helps to increase metabolism
- contains high amounts of L-Theanine
- contains 60.5% more anti-oxidants than spinach
5 Fast Facts About Walnuts:
- high quality vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
- rich in omega-3 fatty acids
- high in vitamin C
- improves blood lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors
5 Fast Facts About Flax Seeds:
- high in omega-3 essential fatty acids
- contains soluble and insoluble fiber
- super high in lignans
- provides anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits
- provides cardiovascular benefits
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
Tip #1: I used raw coconut crystals because they are low-glycemic and there is extra sweetness to the recipe from the chocolate chips, but feel free to use your favorite granular sweetener.
Tip #2: I used (2) flax eggs, but feel free to use (2) organic pasture-raised eggs if you prefer or don’t need it to be vegan (you will need to leave them in for a little longer +/- 10 minutes).
Tip #3: I used homemade almond butter, but feel free to use your favorite organic store-bought brand.
Tip #4: I used vanilla bean powder but feel free to substitute it with 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract if you prefer.
Tip #5: I used the Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips but you could use the regular size if you prefer.
Tip #6: This recipe will make approximately 16 brownies.
Want some more ideas of recipes to make with tea? Make sure to visit some of the other healthy Recipe Redux posts below: