How many of you are fans of green tea? To be honest I can’t say that it’s a drink that I crave. However, my opinions of it have changed after making these Almond Matcha Biscotti with Chocolate Chips.
Last week my Aunt and I stopped at Starbucks to have a drink. I ordered my usual cappuccino and she got an iced green tea latte. They accidentally made her latte hot so instead of throwing it out they gave it to us along with making her an iced one.
I’ve tasted the iced green tea latte before and while I liked a couple sips of it, I’m not sure I could drink a whole one. Neither my Aunt or I had tried the green tea latte hot, lets just say that the “earthiness” as I like to call it is much stronger in the hot version of the latte than the iced. Green tea and matcha are not exactly the same thing, but are similar in taste. They have a very distinct taste and I think it’s either one people like or don’t like, there isn’t much middle ground with it. The best way I can describe the taste of matcha is grass like. The taste reminds me of the way hay smells, I bet you really want to try it now!
If you can get past the grassy flavor green tea has lots of health benefits. It is full of incredible cancer fighting antioxidants, boosts metabolism and burns calories, rich in fiber, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, calms and relaxes the body, and enhances your mood. With all of these positive aspects I was determined to find a way that I could learn to appreciate Matcha despite the taste.
I thought if I could add it into food or drinks and somehow slightly mask the flavor or lessen it’s potency I could like it. I started browsing my favorite food blogs and stumbled on a recipe for Green Tea Biscotti on Adrianna’s blog A Cozy Kitchen. I decided this would be the perfect base recipe to experiment with for my own Almond Matcha Biscotti with Chocolate Chips. To make the biscotti I used a combination of whole wheat and all purpose flour. I used 1 1/2 tablespoons of matcha powder which I think was just the right amount. There was a subtle earthy flavor from it, but it wasn’t a punch in the face like that hot green tea latte I tried! To keep the biscotti low in fat I only used one tablespoon of butter and replaced the rest with non fat Greek yogurt. I also replaced one of the eggs with two egg whites. Once the dough was made I toasted some slivered almonds and added in some semi sweet chocolate chips. I figured the almonds would add a nice nutty flavor as well as some added crunch and the chocolate chips, well I knew they wouldn’t hurt anything! When the dough was complete it was a dark green color thanks to the matcha. I can’t say that green dough is one that I make often. After baking these in the oven the green almost completely disappeared. There was a slight hint of it, but nothing compared to the way it looked before the baking. If you are skeptical about matcha but still want to give it a try so that you can reap the wonderful health benefits of it, give this Almond Matcha Biscotti with Chocolate Chips a try. They taste wonderful and while the earthy flavor of the matcha is still present in them, it is much more subtle.