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Raw Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Leaves

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New To Matcha?
One cup of matcha has the nutritional value of ten cups of brewed green tea.

What is Matcha Powdered Green Tea?
Matcha is a green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as I found it can be used in raw cookie recipes.  :)   I looked at matcha for months, I would put it in my cart and then take it out.  It just confused me.   The price range was all over the board which made it even more confusing.  If it was more expensive, did that mean that it was a better quality?   After trying to buy it several times, I decided that it was time to really do some research.  Quality matcha should be BRIGHT green, almost electric green.  Bad matcha is a more dull green, sort of like an army green.  The pale green color indicates that the matcha is possibly past its prime,  or contains stems and branches that were ground into it.  Matcha is a type of green tea but 10 times more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea in the tea bags, so tends to have a higher price.

Next, we move on to our sniffer.  Does it smell fresh, almost like freshly blended green vegetables? Or does it smell like old hay?  I am guessing that can tell from those descriptions what you should look for.

What does matcha taste like?
It is rich and creamy compared to more astringent green and especially black fermented teas.  The chlorophyll and amino acids found in matcha gives it its unique rich flavor, starting off with an astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness.  Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea.  Keep in mind that when added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler.  It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, raw cheesecake or cookies.

I will be honest,  I believe the taste of Matcha might just be one of those acquired tastes.  If you like a little hit of “superfood green” taste, then I think you will enjoy this cookie.  Be sure to start with a small amount of the powdered tea.  You can always increase the measurement but you can’t take away.  I don’t know about you but I am always searching for ways we can increase our nutrient intake in the foods we make.  Sure beats swallowing supplements!  If you are new to Matcha, please, I encourage you to give it a try.  I ordered mine from Amazon but have seen it in Whole Foods and health food stores.

What are the health benefits of matcha?

Matcha is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll.   It i said that the health benefits exceed those of other green teas because you are ingesting the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.   One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.  Be aware, it does contain a natural source of caffeine.  So if you are sensitive to caffeine, use your best judgement on the intake.

How do I store matcha?
Once opened, store the matcha in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.  Once opened, it is best to use within 2 to 4 weeks for maximum freshness and best taste.

 

Ingredients:  yields 24+ cookies

Preparation:
  1. If you make your own almond meal, be sure to remove the skins from the almonds if you want your cookie to be cream/white.  I realize that the matcha will help to give the cookie the green color but having the skins blended in the cookie will leave dark flecks and often times the skins can make it hard for the body to digest.
  2. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, break down the almonds, cashews, and coconut into a flour – individually.
  3. Now combine the almond flour, cashew flour, coconut flour, salt, and matcha.  Pulse together so all the dry ingredients get blended.
  4. Add the agave, vanilla bean seeds and almond extract.  Process until it starts sticking together and forms a ball.
  5. Spread a large piece of plastic wrap on the counter top.  Place the dough in the center of the wrap.  Then cover with another piece of plastic wrap.  Roll the dough out to approx. 1/4″ thickness.  Make your cookie cutter shapes and transfer to the cookie to the mesh sheet that comes with your dehydrator.   Once you have made as many shapes as you can, gather up the dough scraps, make it into a ball shape and start the process over so you can make more cookies.  Do this process until you no longer can make a cookie cutter shape.  I always have a small amount left.  I shape it into a ball and flatten in, this becomes my taste tester at the end.
  6. Dry at 115 degrees for approximately 16-24 hours.  Or until desired dryness is reached.
  7. Store in an airtight container on the counter or in the fridge.  Be sure to layer them in single layers with wax paper in between so they don’t stick.
  8. These should last around 5-7 days.

 

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11 thoughts on “Raw Matcha Green Tea Shortbread Leaves

  1. Sweet Faery says:

    Another recipe going to my to do list. Thank you for your beautiful ideas! A wonderful day to you :-)

  2. Natalia says:

    I am also in the matcha mood the last weeks: I made some cookies and a cake, and some truffles all with matcha! Love this powder!
    Your leaves look gorgeous!

  3. Holly Ellerton says:

    Can you bake these until dry? Do they have that “pastry shortness” like real shortbread?

    Thank you,
    Holly Ellerton

    • amie-sue says:

      Bake as in using the oven? If that is what you are asking, I can’t speak from experience. I don’t “Bake” my raw foods. If you wish to try it, I would put the oven on the lowest temp and then keep a close eye on them. Keep me posted if you try it. :) I feel that the cookie has a shortbread taste to it… Have a great day, amie sue

  4. Beth says:

    I can’t wait to try these. I have some matcha tea. The only thing I’ve used it in so far, is mixing it with ice cream. Yummy.

    • amie-sue says:

      It sure is an interesting product to work with. I learned the hard way that a little goes a long way. hehe Keep me posted if you make this Beth. I would love to hear your thoughts. Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  5. Robin says:

    Amie Sue … Thanks for this I will be using fresh moringa powder ..lots of good nutrients ..will be fun to try

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