Banana Matcha Cookies Recipe by Louisa Rose
Matcha green tea has been used in Chinese and Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries. As more and more studies show the powerful health benefits that Matcha provides, it’s being incorporated into everyday cooking around the world. My simple recipe for Banana Matcha Cookies is the perfect way to enjoy a tasty snack with a little kick of added goodness.
This is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant. It’s best to use pure, high-quality powder, as it has a sweeter, deeper flavor and better-preserved nutrients.
It contains more antioxidants than spinach and wheatgrass, as well as chlorophyll, theanine and polyphenols. Including Matcha green tea in your diet can help promote smooth, supple skin, improve issues with digestion, relieve joint and muscle pain, and even improve your concentration.
Spelt flour is a cereal grain from the same family as wheat, and has a nutty, slightly sweet flavor which is similar to whole wheat flour. Many consider it to be a healthier choice than wheat, as it as fewer calories, a higher protein content, and contains gluten that is easier to digest.
It also has a slightly higher mineral content, including manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron, and is a healthy source of Vitamin B3.
To reap the benefits it offers, it’s best to choose organic, virgin coconut oil. It contains a high amount of saturated fat in the form of medium chain fatty acids, which is thought to be healthier and absorbed differently by your body.
Studies have shown that coconut oil can aid with weight loss, as it increases the number of calories you burn throughout the day, improve brain functions, and fight infections due to bacteria and fungi. As with most things, it should only be consumed in moderate amounts.
Banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world, and is a healthy source of fiber, potassium, Vitamins B6 and C, antioxidants and phytonutrients.
As with most fruits, it is high in carbohydrates and low in protein and fat, but it is thought that in some cases, bananas can help lower blood pressure and promote good cardiovascular health.
Coconut sugar is made from the sap of coconut plants. It’s a natural alternative to regular sugar, and contains a small amount of nutrients. It’s also referred to as coconut palm sugar, but shouldn’t be confused with palm sugar, which is derived from a different type of palm.
It is still high in calories and fructose, so shouldn’t be consumed in high amounts, but it seems to have a lower Glycemic Index than sugar, and goes through less manufacturing processes.
Pink Himalayan Salt
Pink Himalayan salt is very different to regular table salt. It contains 84 different minerals, including calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and iron, which is why it often has a pinkish hue.
It is said to have many health benefits, and is one of the purest salts in the world. Unlike table salt, it is not heavily processed and so retains its nutritional and therapeutic properties.
2 tsp Matcha Powder
1 and ½ cup spelt flour
2 tbsp coconut oil
4 tbsp coconut sugar
Pinch of baking powder
Pinch of pink Himalayan salt