Monday, January 6, 2014

Matcha Green Tea Powder Review & Pistachio Cookie Recipe

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Detoxifying is one thing that my body just doesn't want to do! No matter how hard I try, I can never find that particular balance that works for me; I either detox so extremely slow that my body becomes toxic waiting to get rid of all the icky or I detox too fast and I become very ill.

Fine balance indeed!

Which is why when it comes to things that help detox my body, I have to take it pretty slow but at least push myself enough that I don't become too toxic. I've tried many things in small doses before but one thing I can say I haven't tried yet is Matcha green tea powder.

Thanks to Kiss Me Organics, that's another product I can add to the go-to list of healthy things that can help detoxify! Not only that, but Kiss Me Organic's green tea powder helps boost your energy and metabolism, improve your skin's health, and has the equivalent of 137 times the antioxidants of brewed green tea.

And what better way to get this health-promoting product into your body than in cookie form?!

Gluten-free Matcha Pistachio Cookies
(Makes 15-18 cookies) 

Recipe adapted from Sincerely Fiona


-1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
-1/2 cup icing sugar
-1 cup Pamela's Products Artisan Blend Gluten-free Flour
-1-1/2 Tbsp Matcha powder
-1/8 Tsp salt
-1 oz finely chopped natural pistachios

1. Combine flour, Matcha powder, and salt into a bowl and mix well until blended. Important note: if you don't want much of a green tea powder taste, I'd recommend using 1/2 tbsp.

2. Combine softened unsalted butter and powdered sugar into a bowl and blend until mixture is a creamy consistency. If you have a mixer to do the hard work for you by all means, mix away! If not I used a fork and it took me about 10 to 15 minutes to blend.

3. Once you've gotten the creamy consistency, start to slowly add in the flour/Matcha mixture, blending (or forking?) while you go until everything is nicely blended together. Important note: try not to over mix!

4. Once the mixture is all incorporated, add in the finely chopped pistachio nuts. Make sure they're indeed finely chopped otherwise when you go to cut the cookies in a later step, they'll crumble.

5. Once everything is mixed together, lay down a sheet of tin foil and a sheet of plastic wrap on top of the tin foil. Empty the bowl of the Matcha mixture onto the plastic wrap and start shaping the mixture into a log. You can either shape the cookies round or you can go extra fancy and shape the log into a square. Either way make sure it's tightly packed; you don't want it to crumble on you!

6. Once you're happy with your cookie log, securely wrap it up in the plastic wrap and then once again with the aluminum foil. Pop it into the fridge for 30 minutes.

7. Pre-heat the oven to 325°F. If you have non-stick cookie sheets like I do, you won't have to worry about sticking cookies. If you don't, I suggest using baking paper or a non-stick spray to coat the sheet you're baking with.

8. Remove the cookie log from the freezer, unwrap it, and proceed to cut the log into 1" pieces. Place them equidistant on the baking sheet

9. Bake for 15-20 minutes. I found 15 minutes wasn't enough so I left it in for 5 to 7 more minutes, shut the oven off, and left he cookies in there while the oven was cooling down. Important note: depending on how your cookies turn out, they might be a wee bit delicate. Let them cool down FULLY before attempting to move them. This gives them time to set.

And voila! Remove from tray, eat, and enjoy!

As for the review of the Matcha green tea powder, I have to say it's not half bad. To be completely honest it's an acquired taste. I tried out two recipes with this powder so far and the house stays divided: my mom can't tolerate it and my dad and I think it's pretty good (in low dose amounts of course).

Just like the taste of the powder, the smell is quite a powerful one. Once you can get past that, working with it is really nice and easy. 

I really love that it's organic and healthy for you. Green tea is supposed to be an excellent detoxifier and energy booster. I also enjoy the fact that it can be used in a multitude of different ways from different types of desserts to a range of smoothie, tea, and latte recipes-two recipes down, so many more to go!

Are you interested in trying out some organic, healthy Matcha green tea powder

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Unknown said...

Oh, those look so good. I love Pistachios. And that tea looks yummy, too. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Unknown said...

Oh those cookies look like the perfect snack for this Mama to try! Yum!

Debi said...

Oh they sounds fantastic. I have been on a Pistachios kick lately

Ellen said...

I love pistachios. This sounds really good.

tammilee said...

These look fantastic. I have never baked with tea powder before.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I can't eat these as I have developed an allergy to nuts but man oh man would I love too. I used to love pistachios!

Rebekah said...

I love pistachios too! I am very curious to see how these cookies taste.

Pam said...

I love pistachios. I have never cooked with green tea powder but I would like to try it!

Angela said...

I love using pistachios in baking. Your cookies look fantastic!

Jenn said...

I have heard good things about Matcha. These cookies sound great with the blend of ingredients too!

Tammy said...

I so very badly want to try this - it looks so delicious and healthy!

Debi Gerhart said...

These look so good. I will have to try these.

BrettBMartin said...

i'm absolutely interested in trying this!! i feel sometimes like i dont' have a metabolism

Stefani @ said...

I love pistachios. One of my favorite kinds of ice is pistachio. I want to try these cookies.

Unknown said...

I'm with your mom on this one, but I'm not ready to completely dismiss it yet! I'm going to try this recipe first!

Lena B said...

I am addicted to all things pistachio and I can almost feel how good this one tastes

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh these cookies look delicious! We love pistachios.