Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Giveaway and Recipes (June Smoothie Link-Up!)

I was recently contacted by Kiss Me Organics about trying their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. I had read about matcha on other blogs and was definitely interested in giving it a try. I love green tea, and have known of some of the benefits of green tea for a while. However, as it’s gotten hotter out I have found myself not wanting to drink a hot cup of tea. When I found out that matcha powder can be used in smoothies, baked goods, and more, I was excited to try it out! (And make sure you check out the bottom of this post if you are interested in trying it out for yourself!)

When I first received the package, I noticed that there was no expiration date. However, I contacted the company and they told me that they order the product every month and it has a shelf life of at least two years. I was told they would consider adding an expiration date to eliminate any confusion. I also noticed that it smelled a little bit like green tea! (I’m not sure what I expected it to smell like, but to me this was a good thing because I enjoy the flavor of green tea so much). matcha powder I first used the powder in my regular smoothies during the week. When I added a small amount (1 tsp) I didn’t taste it, but when I added closer to 2 tsp I could taste a hint of the flavor in my smoothie. I think it also depends on what other ingredients are used. I knew I wanted to try baking with the matcha powder before posting this review, so this weekend I looked for a recipe to try it in. (I was a sent a recipe guide with many different ways to use the powder, but I wanted to try it in something of my own). I found this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip cookies and figured it would be fun to try it in those since the powder would make them turn green! I made some changes to the recipe based on the ingredients I had on hand. mint choc chip cookies  

Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 36
Mint Chocolate Chip cookies using Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  2. 2 Tbsp matcha powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 cup butter, softened
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 cup white sugar
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  9. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  10. 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  11. 1/2 cup andes mints (chopped)
  12. 1/2 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.In a medium bowl, combine flour, matcha powder, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and peppermint. Gradually add in dry ingredients. Mix in andes mints and chocolate chips by hand. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
Adapted from The Idea Room
Adapted from The Idea Room
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   I had my favorite taste-tester give them a try, and he gave a solid thumbs up! (First he asked, is there spinach in these?) I can taste a hint of the powder, mostly because I know its in there. Again, it is a taste that I like so I enjoy the hint of flavor it adds. rob tries cookies So what are the benefits of matcha powder? According to the Kiss Me Organics website:

  • Matcha provides 4-6 hours of mild, steady energy as it acts as a stimulant and relaxant
  • Matcha can increase the bodies thermogenesis (the bodies rate of burning calories)
  • 137 x the antioxidants of brewed green tea (antioxidants can help prevent age-related diseases)
  • Improved skin health

I would say that I enjoy green tea and matcha powder for the antioxidants and improved skin health. I didn’t particularly notice an increase in energy, but I also drink coffee in the morning around the same time that I was drinking my smoothies. (I only ate one of the cookies so far, and again I had just drank a few cups of coffee). Since today is the first day of the June Sunday Smoothie Link up, I decided to use one of my Matcha Smoothie Recipes to share! matcha berry smoothie1

Matcha Berry Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small banana, frozen
  2. 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  3. 2 cup spinach, frozen
  4. 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  5. 1 tbsp almond butter
  6. 2 tsp matcha powder
  7. 1 cup orange juice (or enough to get it all moving)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
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Finally, Kiss Me Organics was kind enough to offer a free package of Organic Matcha powder for one of my readers to try out!

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I was sent a free package of Organic Match Green Tea Powder to review, but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own:)

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26 responses on Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder Giveaway and Recipes (June Smoothie Link-Up!)

  1. I made matcha green tea cookies not too long ago. they looked a LOT less attractive than yours! haha! I bought the matcha by mistake at DavidsTea – it was not the flavour I was looking for so I needed something to do with it and was pleasantly surprised when I learned I could make cookies with them!
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    1. Isn’t it cool how versatile it is?! I don’t think it matters so much how the cookies look, as long as they taste good:)

    1. Sounds great! Its so easy to add to smoothies, I hardly even have to think about it!

  2. I’ve tried matcha before in juices and it’s pretty good! Have never bought the powder to use on my own though – any idea how much caffeine is in the packets you got? I’m curious about content vs the stimulant/energy claims. Those cookies look delicious!
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    1. This was a great question and I actually E-mailed the person who sent it to me to find out. I was told that there is no added caffeine, just whatever occurs naturally in the tea which depends a lot on where it’s grown. Their tea is not shade-grown (which typically increases the amount of caffeine) so it has about 30-35 mg of caffeine per 8 fl oz (this would probably be about 1/4 tsp of the powder). I hope that helps!

    1. Thanks, its definitely a different type of cookie but I still found them to be delicious!

    1. I was really surprised at all the different ways you can use matcha! It’s really versatile and I think it would be fun to add to other recipes, too.

    1. Matcha has been so nice and easy to add to smoothies! And thanks for creating the link-up… It always inspires me to try new smoothie creations!

  3. You had me at mint and chocolate. I’ve heard of the Matcha Green Tea Powder before and have been wanting to try it. It sounds so versatile! I’d use something like this in my smoothies for sure!
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    1. I only started hearing of matcha recently, and I feel like I’ve been missing out!:) It is great to add to smoothies, but seems like it would be easy to add to almost any recipe!

  4. I love matcha! It has so many health benefits. You should check out recipes on Pinterest – it’s overwhelming what you can find. I made delicious matcha cream cheese cookies and mug cake, and mock Starbucks frappucinos.

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