Hello & Happy, Wednesday! I woke up today with the sound of birds chirping, hearing the landscapers on their lawn mowers, and the rays of sunshine were beaming through my windows. For almost a split second, I thought I woke up to spring. My mood instantly changed. I felt this rush of excitement, and a wind of motivation to start my day. I forgot that it was still January. Weather really does play a role in how I’m feeling. Have you ever heard of seasonal affective disorder? It’s a legit real thing.
I threw on a light jacket and headed out for a long dog walk. I couldn’t believe it was 7 am and already 50-degrees. I loved it, and so did my dogs. I wasn’t rushing them through the walk because my fingers were freezing off. I kept taking deep breaths of the fresh air as if it was some kind of magical power revitalizing me. Do I sound insane yet? 🙂
I took a poll on my last recap post. I asked which recipe you’d like to see next. It was between the chocolate matcha muffins and maqui match pancakes. You all chose the muffins, so here is the recipe! I’m sad because I only have one left in my fridge…I love eating them with my mid-morning coffee. It looks like I’ll be making a new muffin recipe soon.
This recipe has quickly become one of my favorite. The muffins are so rich and chocolatey, but also healthy. They are gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free, and have no added sugars.
Matcha Powder can be pretty pricey, but I always buy this packet on Amazon for $7.99!
Matcha is rich with antioxidants, and so is cocoa powder! These are little superfood muffins.
Here are some fun facts about matcha from the Matcha Source!
Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Chocolate Matcha Muffins
Gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, and no added sugars!
- 1 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Gluten Free Flour
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tbsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 Cup Swerve (or your choice of sweetener)
- 2 Large Eggs
- 1 Tsp Vanilla
- 3 Tbsps Melted Coconut Oil
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Milk
- 1/3 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
- 4 Tbsps Unsweetened Matcha Powder
- 1 Tbsp Espresso Powder
- 1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Preheat the over to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and Swerve.
In a separate mixing bowl, mix together the eggs, applesauce, and vanilla.
Add the mixed wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir, and add the coconut milk and melted coconut oil.
Use the two mixing bowls to divide the batter in half.
In one bowl, mix in the espresso powder and cocoa powder. In the remaining bowl, mix in the matcha powder.
Fill a muffin pan with liners. If you do not have liners, grease the insides of a muffin pan.
Add scoops of the chocolate and matcha batter to the muffin liners. (Fill 1/3 of the liner with batter.)
Bake 17-20 minutes. Use the toothpick method at the 17-minute mark to determine if they are done.
Nutrition Facts: 85 Calories, 12g Carbs, 5g Fat, 4g Protein, 2g Fiber, 3g Sugar
Recipe makes 12 muffins
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had a matcha latte?
- What is your favorite food to eat with coffee? (or tea)
- A question for vegans/or anyone. What do you use as a egg-replacement when baking?