Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Cranberry Lemon Matcha Muffins and Giveaway

Matcha green tea is a super-charged version of regular green tea that allows us to reap the rewards of green tea in a wider variety of ways. Matcha is green tea from the Camellia sinensis, but in a very fine powder version of the healthy drink. Unlike other teas derived from Camellia sinensis, matcha has not been fermented. Matcha can be harvested from anywhere in the world and is derived from tea leaves grown in the shade that allows the leaves to achieve a dark green colour giving matcha its magnificent amino acids. It’s quite a long process to produce matcha, but serious tea drinkers rely on matcha to enhance their culinary experiences by adding it to homemade pasta, brownies, breads, cakes and more.
The reason matcha is slowly edging out traditional green tea in terms of health benefits is because those who ingest matcha are consuming the entire leaf rather than brewed water. One glass of matcha green tea is equal to 10 glasses of regular green tea as far as antioxidants and nutrients. Matcha has 137 times more of the powerful antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than other types of green tea that has proven to be effective in the fighting against many forms of cancer, HIV, heart disease and a host of other illnesses and diseases. 

Drink a cup before our daily workout and will increase fat burning by 25%. Matcha green tea provides a significant energy boost as it contains much more L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and well-being within the brain. If you find the taste of the matcha too mild or too strong, simply adjust the measurements until you find the perfect combination for your taste buds. 


This recipe for Cranberry Lemon Matcha Muffins is from the online pdf book that is sent by email to all the first time KissMeOrganics.com customers when we purchase organic matcha from Amazon. I think it does take a little getting used to the flavour from the matcha powder.

2 cups flour
½ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp matcha
2 eggs medium
1 lemon juiced and lemon zest
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup melted butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup and 2 tbsp buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375F and line a muffin tin with cooking spray or muffin cups. In one mixing bowl combine matcha, sugar, flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. In another bowl combine eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, buttermilk and honey.
Pour wet mixture into dry mix, and then mix in melted butter gently. Fold in the cranberries into the batter, which will be lumpy. Scoop an equal amount of mixture into each muffin cup and bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool on rack for about 10 minutes and then serve. 

Giveaway:
If you are in US or Canada and would like to win a bag of the organic matcha green tea powder then enter the giveaway through the rafflecopter below before June 25th. Please follow my social media networks and leave comments to be eligible to win. 

Update: The winner is Eldon

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40 comments:

  1. these look great i really like matcha in cake

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  2. Those muffins look yum! Love that combination of cranberry, lemon and matcha! Beautiful!

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  3. great combination! Never tried matcha in cakes..

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  4. Davvero ottimi questi muffins!!!:-))
    Ciao,buona serata

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    1. I live in Canada and would try this in muffins

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  5. I am in US, never tried this, love to put my hands on this.

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  6. I live in Canada! I have heard of matcha but have not tried it. If I win I'm interested to try it as a drink and then I think I would try it in baking; maybe I would try your recipe above. Thanx for all the great info about this product!

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  7. lovely green colour, although I rarely use green tea have a nice weekend

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  8. Lovely and delicious looking muffins. Mouthwatering preparation.
    Deepa

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  9. oh wow lovely flavours going in the muffins. looks so pretty

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  10. One of the best looking muffins! They look so yummy!

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  11. Never tried Matcha...Lovely looking muffins there

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  12. This cupcake is full of flavor! I'd love to taste the combination :)

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  13. I live in Canada. I have heard of it before but not used it. I would add it in my baking recipes!

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  14. I live in Canada. I have not used Matcha before.
    I think I will add it to smoothies, or make tea.

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  15. very nice giveaway- adn i would definitely try the muffins because my daughter loves them so much

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  16. I live in Canada, I've tried matcha before and I love it, I add it to my regular green tea

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  17. I live in Canada, I've tried matcha before and I love it, I add it to my regular green tea

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  18. I am in Canada. I have yet to try matcha. Im not sure what I would use it in tbh

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  19. From Canada. I'dblike to try match a in baked goodies!

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  20. I live in Canada. I have used matcha powder in smoothies.

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  21. New to me and looks super delicious!

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  22. I live in Canada. I have never used Matcha powder before. I would put it in cookies.

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  23. I live in Canada. I have not used Matcha before but have heard a lot about it and have been looking into buying it. I would use it in my morning smoothie for a great energy boost.

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  24. Canada, I would add it to a peach smoothie. I haven't used it before myself, but SecondCup used to have this amazing tea chiller with it.

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  25. I live in Canada. I often drink matcha green tea. I think I'd love to use it in my morning smoothies.

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  26. I live in Canada and I drink matcha once in a while. I want to bake matcha cake.

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  27. bc and I do like matcha in smoothies
    jan

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  28. Canada and I have tried matcha in Starbucks frappuccino if that counts....I want to make matcha pancakes.

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  29. I live in Canada. I haven't tried Matcha Powder before. If I win, I'll try it In chocolate cupcakes.

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  30. I live in Ontario, no I have never used Matcha Powder before. I will slip some into the next Pineapple Upside down cake I make

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  31. I'm in Canada. I haven't tried Matcha powder before but I've been wanting to. I'd add it to my smoothies.

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  32. I live in Canada and i have had matcha before. i dont buy it often as its a little more than my budget will allow, but i love it in smoothies and as a latte. Yumm!

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  33. I like in MB Canada, have never used it before but would add it to smoothies

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  34. I live in Toronto. I haven't used it but would love to try!

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  35. I live in Ontario. I would use it in a smoothie.

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  36. I live in Ontario. I've never tried it but I would definitely be adding it to our smoothies!

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  37. Ontario Canada. I've never used macha but have heard about it

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  38. I love in Ontario. I have never used matcha before but I'd like to try it in my smoothies.

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.
    texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

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