There are many matcha cake recipes out there, but I wanted to try to make something that is simple, easy and delicious. In my opinion, matcha powder is a great ingredient in baking.
Matcha cake is delicious and can be beautiful because of its nice green colour, if you use a substantial amount. I did use very little and therefore you won´t even guess I used the matcha powder.
Health Benefits of using Matcha Powder
Matcha is the finely ground powder made of whole, high-grade green tea leaves. Because you absorb the entire leaf, not only the brewed water , it has much higher health benefits than other green teas. One glass of matcha has the antioxidant content of about 10 glasses of regular green tea. At the same time it has much more caffein – about 70mg in matcha and 24mg in brewed green tea.
Packed with antioxidants
A study discovered that matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (EGCG) than regular green tea. In fact, matcha contains over 60 times the antioxidants of spinach and 7 times the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate. Some studies also show that polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer.
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
High amount of EGCG found in matcha has showed increased rate of burning stored fat as energy, as well as decreasing the formation of new fat cells. Other studies have shown that the catechins in Matcha increase the body’s rate of calorie burning each day.
Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
The process of shading the matcha leaves creates an increased amount of Chlorophyll, which may help the body eliminate heavy metals and other harmful growth. It also provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium.
Calms the mind and relaxes the body
The L-Theanine in green tea is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration.
Enhances mood and energy
Matcha tea is special because the process of shading and harvesting increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine. While matcha may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea, the L-Theanine is known to create calmness without dullness.
Now, check out my simplified and easy recipe that is suitable as a healthy dessert or snack.
You can check other matcha recipes here.