The May 2014 theme for the 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 the tea 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 are loaded with melted chocolate chips.
Typical ingredients found in a traditional Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Brownie recipe contain refined flour, refined sugar, butter and eggs:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) 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
This healthier version is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, flourless, egg-free, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Flourless Zucchini Brownies, Raw Vegan Cinnamon Brownies, Flourless Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies, and Walnut and Oat Brownies or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of dessert recipes just like this one that you will love!
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
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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.