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Delicious Matcha Dessert Recipes to Make Now

Delicious Treats Made with Matcha

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Don't get it twisted—matcha is not the same as basic green tea. Jim White, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has called matcha the superhero version of regular green tea. "It's extremely high in antioxidants and can amp up your metabolism," he told us in 8 Drinks to Take Your Matcha Tea to the Next Level. There are lots of ways to eat matcha (in pancakes, in smoothies, and of course, in your coffee), but what about baking with the green ingredient? While you'll still find drinks and savory ways to cook with matcha, Gretha Scholtz's Matcha The Cookbook ($39.95, teneues.com) also has tons of baked good inspiration. Here, we picked our favorite matcha dessert recipes from the book to help you get creative in the kitchen.

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Green Granola

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Whether you're adding this colorful granola to yogurt for a morning parfait or tossing a bag of it in your gym bag for a quick snack, you will not be disappointed in the flavors of matcha granola. Scholtz writes that unlike coffee, the caffeine in matcha is released over time, so you'll feel energized without also feeling jittery. (Want more granola in your life? Try these other homemade granola recipes.)

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Vanilla Matcha Sugar Cookies

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Delicious sugar cookies filled with matcha mean your sweet treat will also contain antioxidants like L-theanine, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel alert, focused, and productive, writes Scholtz. The light green batter is easy to spread so you can easily make dozens of cookies in any shape you want. (Want to munch on cookies around the clock? Then check out these recipes to make cookies for breakfast—seriously.)

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Matcha Shortbread

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If you thought shortbread was boring, or a waste of time (and calories) when it comes to dessert, this matcha shortbread will make you reconsider. The green powder adds all its health benefits, but just a hint of its green hue, to the perfectly elevated treat. (Top it off with matcha ice cream.)

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Marbled Matcha Cake

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The light, fluffy bundt cake gets a marble matcha twist with this dessert recipe. It's easy enough to grab a slice for a morning pick-me-up or serve it to guests for an after-dinner treat. Plus, even the chocolate glaze has matcha!

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Matcha Pistachio Chocolate Brownie

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Brownies don't typically have health benefits, but this green brownie bar is changing the game. First off, it uses dark chocolate, which you probably know is the reigning queen of healthy chocolate. (It can even give you an edge during your workout.) This recipe also features pistachios for a healthy hit of protein and fiber.

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Matcha Vanilla Cupcakes

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Cupcakes are an easy choice when you feel like baking, but vanilla can be so, well, vanilla. Spice up your baking skills and throw some matcha into your mix next time. You'll be amazed by how the two flavors seamlessly work together for an out-of-this-world dessert.

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