Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Whole Wheat Matcha Cranberry Chocolate Chip Muffins & Kiss Me Organic Matcha Review

If you haven't heard by now, Matcha is like green tea on steroids.  It is actually green tea.  But, it uses the whole leaf instead of just steeping the leaves, so you get more of the antioxidants.  It has 137 times the amount of EGCG for super antioxidant power.  You can find Matcha green tea powder to drink (ceremonial grade) or you can find Matcha green tea powders to use in recipes (culinary grade), like these muffins I made.

I was recently given another opportunity to try out a culinary grade Matcha Green Tea powder:
 Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder.

**I received it free or highly discounted in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions are 100% mine.**

Kiss Me Organics sources their tea leaves from a family-run Japanese farm U.N.-recognized as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System.   They've been dedicated to Organic Farming for over two generations.   You can read all about Kiss Me Organics and their beginning here.

A little bit of the bright green powder goes a long way.  A daily serving is 1/2 teaspoon.  I believe there are about 50 servings in this bag.  The bag is a heavy duty bag to help keep the Matcha fresh.  It is recommended that you use it within 2 months of opening it.  There are so many yummy recipes to use Matcha in, I don't think that would be a problem!  I usually just keep mine in the fridge once I open it, since it should be kept in a cool, dry place.

Once you order your Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha, you receive two bonuses.  You receive a link to an ebook with lots of recipes.  You also receive a link to a report about how to increase triple your antioxidant absorption.   Let's just say that I might be taking my tea a little differently after that report!!!  The report also includes recipes to get the most from the "secret ingredient."

I was inspired to create this recipe by one of the recipes in their e-book.  The original recipe was for Cranberry Lemon Matcha Muffins.  The recipe called for 2 sticks of butter, though, and I didn't want to use that much butter!  Also, I decided to skip the lemon and add chocolate chips instead.  Plus, I always use whole wheat flour and Truvia blends when  I can.  That helps me get more fiber and less sugar.

 Whole Wheat Matcha Cranberry Chocolate Chip Muffins
Ingredients
 2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup truvia baking blend
2 Tablespoons Matcha powder
2 Tablespoons milled flaxseed
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 stick of butter, softened
1/4 cup truvia brown sugar blend
1 cup of milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup reduced sugar dried cranberries

Directions 
Preheat oven to 375.

Whisk together all dry ingredients in a small bowl.

Combine the softened butter with the brown sugar blend in a medium bowl.  Once combined, add the milk, eggs and vegetable oil.  If your milk and eggs are cold, the butter will start to harden again.  That's okay.  Just make sure you mix it really well.

Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.  It's never good to overmix any kind of muffin batter, so once it's combined, it's good.

Fold in the cranberries and chocolate chips.

Spoon muffin batter into muffin liners or greased muffin pan, about 3/4 full.

Bake for 18 - 20 minutes. All ovens vary.  A toothpick will come out clean when they're ready.

Enjoy!

Have you ever baked with Matcha before?  I love the energy kick it gives me.  It really does seem to improve my focus, without the jitters from other caffeine products.

You can find the Kiss Me Organics Organic Matcha at Amazon!

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1 comment:

  1. I NEED to get on the matcha train! These muffins awesome! I love all the yummy additions you added to make them full of flavor!

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