18 Matcha Food and Drink Recipes

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From refreshing matcha drinks to decadent desserts, you’ll love these delicious recipes made with powdered green tea that are so easy to make at home.

6 different foods made with matcha green tea.

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Homemade Matcha Recipes

Matcha is a powdered green tea that comes from Japan and can be added to drinks and food to make it matcha flavored.

When it comes to making homemade matcha drinks, you don’t need to get any special tools or equipment. Shaking matcha and water in a cocktail shaker works beautifully and creates a lump-free matcha every time.

The green tea powder can also be used in other dishes and is often featured in desserts. Sweet ingredients like chocolate balance out the earthy, grassy flavor of matcha.

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Tea Sommelier’s Tips

Real matcha is produced in Japan.

When purchasing matcha, always read the label to check that it came from Japan. Many of the ones produced outside of Japan are cheap, low-quality, and often brown in color.

The brighter the color, the higher the quality.

If you’re looking for high-quality matcha, make sure to get one that’s a bright, vivid green. For recipes or matcha lattes, look for ones in the $20-$30 range.

Store matcha correctly to help it last longer.

Matcha should be stored at room temperature or placed in the refrigerator to help it last longer. Keep it in a dark tin and not a clear container since exposure to light and oxygen will cause it to lose freshness.

My Matcha Pick

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Great matcha for the quality and price. It's my go-to matcha for making matcha drinks.

18 Matcha Recipes

1. Matcha Latte

Matcha lattes are easy to make at home with just 4 ingredients. It tastes even better than the ones sold in coffee shops since you can customize the ingredients.
A sweetener helps balance out any bitterness. This matcha latte recipe is made using honey, but you can also use alternatives like brown sugar or date syrup.
Good quality matcha is what gives the drink a really nice bright green color.
Ingredients: Matcha, milk, water, honey

2. Matcha Pancakes

Matcha pancakes
These thick, fluffy Japanese-style matcha pancakes not only look pretty but taste delicious.
They're perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Syrup is optional because they’re so good on their own.
With this recipe, you can either make the pancakes the usual way, with the batter directly ladled onto a frying pan, or in the Japanese-inspired technique where a cookie cutter is used to make it nice and tall.
Ingredients: Matcha, all-purpose flour, milk, yogurt, sugar, baking soda, egg, olive oil

3. Butterfly Pea Flower Matcha Lemonade

Matcha lemonade butterfly pea tea
The secret to this pretty, color-changing iced matcha lemonade is butterfly pea flower, which turns the drink from blue to purple.
Sugar is the key in keeping the bottom layer and the top layer separate. The recipe shows you the exact order to pour the ingredients in to make the distinct layers.
When ready to drink, make sure to mix everything together so you can blend the sweet and sour flavors from the lemonade with the matcha.
Ingredients: Matcha, butterfly pea flowers, lemon, sugar, water, ice

4. Matcha Banana “Ice Cream”

Matcha green tea banana
Just 3 ingredients are needed to make this creamy dessert. Use good quality matcha to get the vibrant green color.
Thaw frozen bananas for a few minutes so it’s easier to blend in the food processor. This recipe can easily be made dairy-free by replacing sweetened condensed milk with sugar or honey.
Top with diced strawberries, blueberries, or toasted almonds if you want to make it fancy.
Ingredients: Matcha, ripened bananas, sweetened condensed milk

5. Matcha Milkshake

A rch, delicious matcha milkshake that takes just 4 minutes from start to finish!
The perfect milkshake ratio of ice cream to milk is used in this recipe made with matcha green tea.
Matcha tastes the best when something sweet is added, so ice cream perfectly balances out any bitterness from the matcha. It makes for a decadent and tasty dessert.
Ingredients: Matcha, vanilla ice cream, milk, sea salt

6. Matcha Ice Cubes

Matcha latte ice cubes are the secret to having a matcha latte ready in minutes.
These are made with just 3 ingredients and no special matcha tools like a bamboo whisk are needed to make the recipe. All you need is a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid.
Once frozen, just add milk and it’s an instant iced matcha latte!
Ingredients: Matcha, water, sweetened condensed milk

7. Matcha Popcorn

Add a green tea twist to your popcorn with this easy recipe.
Follow the step-by-step instructions on how to make freshly made popcorn that’s then coated with a matcha topping.
The key to making perfectly buttery popcorn that doesn't get soggy is ghee, also known as clarified butter. A sprinkling of sea salt also gives it an irresistible sweet-salty flavor.
Ingredients: Matcha, clarified butter (ghee), popcorn kernels, sugar, sea salt

8. Matcha Sugar Toast

Matcha green tea toast
Matcha sugar toast is a variation on cinnamon-sugar toast that features green tea.
A simple 3-ingredient matcha butter gets spread over toast for a simple but delicious breakfast. The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the butter to soften.
You can use any bread but Japanese sliced white bread is thicker, softer and fluffier than regular white bread.
Ingredients: Matcha, salted butter, superfine sugar, Japanese-style thick bread

9. Iced Matcha Watermelon

Iced matcha watermelon tea
Refreshing and sweet, iced watermelon matcha is the perfect summer drink.
It’s easy to make layers since the watermelon is already naturally sweet and there's no need for additional sugar.
Matcha pairs well with any sweet fruit so it’s no surprise it tastes delicious when combined with watermelon.
The only tool you need to make this cold beverage is a wide-mouth water bottle or any airtight container.
Ingredients: Matcha, cubed watermelon, ice cubes

10. Matcha Waffles

Matcha Green Tea Waffles Recipe
Light and crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these matcha waffles are delicious and easy to make.
Make the entire batch (or two) over the weekend and freeze the waffles for a quick breakfast during the week. All you have to do is pop them in the toaster oven and they’ll warm up beautifully.
Or add a little ice cream and you’ve got a delicious dessert!
Ingredients: Matcha, all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, vegetable oil, salt, milk, egg

11. Matcha Granita

Matcha latte granita photo
What’s even more refreshing than an iced matcha latte on a hot day? A granita inspired by the drink.
This shaved ice treat is super easy to make. To freeze the granita quickly and make the scraping easiest, be sure to use a bigger baking dish.
Sift matcha to make the matcha latte smooth and free of clumps. Scraping the granita requires a little bit of elbow grease, but the end result is worth it.
Ingredients: Matcha, milk, water, sweetened condensed milk

12. Matcha Soda

Sparkling green tea soda
This refreshing matcha soda for all green tea fans. Fizzy water and matcha syrup are combined to make the bubbly tea drink.
The matcha syrup takes a bit of time to cool down so it's best to make it ahead of time. You can double the batch and store it in the fridge.
Matcha sodas are great for those who don’t drink alcohol but want a fun party drink.
Ingredients: Matcha, carbonated water, sugar, ice cubes

13. Matchamisu = Matcha + Tiramisu

Matcha Tiramisu
Put a spin on classic tiramisu by replacing the espresso with matcha.
These mini matcha treats are super fluffy and rich, with alternating layers of matcha cream and matcha sponge cake.
For the brightest green color, use a high quality matcha powder.
Ingredients: Matcha, sugar, eggs, all-purpose flour, confectioner’s sugar, rum, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream

14. Matcha Affogato

Enjoy a luscious twist on an old Italian classic dessert with this 3-ingredient matcha affogato. All that's needed is vanilla ice cream and a coat of nice thick matcha.
Traditional matcha can be prepared thin (usucha) or thick (koicha). The thin matcha is what’s usually made for everyday drinking and thick matcha is for ceremonies and special occasions. This recipe uses thick matcha.
The matcha is slightly bitter but since the ice cream is so sweet and rich, it makes a great pairing of flavors.
Ingredients: Matcha, vanilla ice cream or gelato, water

15. Matcha Ice Cream Bars

These matcha popsicles have a magic chocolate shell that hardens instantly. The gree tea and chocolate balance each other out perfectly.
To easily pop out the ice cream bars from the molds, run the frozen mold under hot water for a few seconds.
Dip the bar into the magic chocolate and toasted almonds at an angle for a pretty design.
Ingredients: Matcha, whole milk, heavy cream, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract, sea salt, cornstarch, chocolate chips, coconut oil, almonds

16. Matcha Hot Chocolate

Matcha (Green Tea) White Hot Chocolate Photo
Matcha is meant to be paired with something sweet.
This cozy drink combines green tea with white chocolate. It's made even better with toasted marshmallows.
Sifting matcha is the key to a smooth matcha beverage. Don’t skip this step otherwise you’ll have to deal with clumpy matcha.
If you like your hot chocolate to be thicker, add a little more white chocolate.
Ingredients: Matcha, milk, white chocolate, honey, salt, marshmallows

17. Matcha Ginger Beer

Matcha ginger beer
Matcha and ginger beer are a surprisingly delicious flavorful combination, and this drink couldn’t be more refreshing.
Instead of using hot water to make matcha tea, ginger beer is used as the liquid. Just a little is needed to make the concentrate.
The better the matcha quality, the brighter the green your drink will be. The vibrant color of this drink is really what makes it stand out.
If you want to take this drink to the next level, add a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you’ve got yourself a decadent matcha ice cream float.
Ingredients: Matcha, ginger beer

18. Matcha Truffles

Matcha truffles
Featuring chocolate on the inside and a matcha coating on the outside, these green tea truffles are pretty and delectable.
Tart freeze dried raspberries pair perfectly with the rich matcha green tea white chocolate.
These truffles are the perfect little afternoon treat, since they’re so rich and creamy.
Ingredients: Matcha, white chocolate, heavy cream, unsalted butter, salt

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