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Top Japanese Desserts featuring Matcha

If you’ve got a weak spot for desserts, yet the guilt of eating something that’s just not good for you is stopping you from indulging, why not try desserts with Matcha? While it can’t hide the fact you’re eating dessert, it can add a “hint of health” to an otherwise sweet treat.


Matcha is a finely ground powder that has been processed from green tea leaves. It differs from standard green tea in the respect that it’s grown in the shade before harvesting and then has its stems and veins removed. It features more theanine and caffeine than standard tea, all the while enabling the consumer to feel calm and collected while they consume it.  A great reason to drink it right?.

While traditionally it is dissolved in water or milk, it is now not unheard of to find it featured in Japanese desserts. As such, we’ve listed the most popular Japanese desserts featuring Matcha below. Give them a try and indulge yourself…

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Matcha Eclair

Matcha Japanese Roll Cake

The swiss roll, or roll cake, we all know and love is sweet. It has a delectable, melt-in-your-mouth sponge, and rich cream in the middle. A Matcha Japanese Roll Cake is no different, except it’s infused with matcha, giving it that green color and not-so-sweet taste. If you’re not a fan of sweet desserts, you might be partial to a Matcha Japanese Roll Cake. You can enjoy the textures and creaminess, but without that strong, often-overbearing sweetness they are traditionally known for in the West.

Matcha Green Tea Cookies

Matcha Green Tea Cookies can be eaten either as a snack, or a dessert. They are a type of butter cookie, meaning they don’t feature baking powder or baking soda, and they offer a rich, buttery, matcha-y flavor. They are also crisp, rather than soft and chewy.

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha ice cream has taken the modern world by storm in recent years, even though it has been available in the US – the world’s largest ice cream consumer – for almost 50 years. Matcha can be purchased from many different ice cream stores, as well as being easy to make at home with or without an ice cream machine. Be ready for a dessert with a difference when you choose to try Matcha ice cream. It’s not sweet; rather it offers a delicate flavor that’s almost considered savory.

Matcha Mille Crepe Cake

If you’re looking to ‘wow’ your guests, Matcha Mille Crepe Cake is a must. It consists of many green tea crepes stacked together with whipped cream between each layer. The edges are rounded, it’s creamy, and it’s also slightly bitter. There are around 10 to 20 paper-thin layers in a cake, and the result is a vibrant, green dessert that will have any guest amazed.

Matcha Green Tea Sorbet

When you opt for dessert – either at home or a restaurant – you’re not thinking of your waistline. However, when you choose Matcha Green Tea Sorbet, you can rest assured you’ve got the best possible dessert option. Matcha green tea sorbet is healthier and features less sugar than regular green tea ice cream. It’s also refreshing, offers a subtle yet delicious flavor, all the while cleansing your palate after a heavy meal.

Step away from chocolate mousse, ice cream sundaes, and ganache and say hello to Japanese desserts with matcha! If you haven’t tried matcha-infused desserts, there’s no time like the present to give them a go. Once you’ve tasted the delicate flavor of green tea, you won’t look back!

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