If you are looking for a delicious baked good that also provides a bit of a kick, these white chocolate matcha muffins are perfect for you.
I don’t know about you, but I am a huge fan of matcha. I love matcha lattes, matcha ice cream, matcha mochi and especially matcha baked goods.
These matcha muffins are perfect for more the morning since they do contain a small amount of caffeine. While it’s no cup of coffee, these muffins do have a bit of a kick.
Ingredients for Matcha Muffins
- All purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Matcha powder: culinary grade works fine for this recipe but ceremonial grade would work as well
- Sugar: can use coconut sugar as an alternative
- Oil: I recommend a neutral tasting oil like canola or vegetable oil
- Milk: cow’s milk or plant milk works fine
- Vanilla extract
- White chocolate chips
What matcha should I use for this recipe?
You can use culinary grade or ceremonial grade matcha for this recipe. I chose to use culinary grade because it is much cheaper and the end product turns out just as good.
Here are a few matcha powders that I recommend:
How to make Matcha Muffins
Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine the large ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, matcha powder, sugar). Mix until evenly combined.
Step 2: In a medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients (oil, egg, milk ,vanilla extract). Stir until well combined.
Step 3: Gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Avoid overmixing. Fold in white chocolate chips.
Step 4: Line muffin tins and evenly distribute the muffin batter. Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!
Is matcha good for you?
Yes! Matcha is very good for and has been shown to have a variety of health benefits. It has many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body, mostly due to a substance called “catechins”.
There is evidence to suggest catechins can help treat obesity, type II diabetes and cardiovascular risk factors. There have also been links between green tea and protection against degenerative diseases, cancer prevention and antifungal activity.
Overall, studies have shown many benefits of matcha green tea when it comes to human health. Therefore, there are many reasons to start incorporating more green tea into your everyday diet.
How much caffeine is in each muffin?
It’s hard to say for sure since matcha powders may have different caffeine content. But in general, 1 tsp of matcha powder contains about 70 mg of caffeine. For reference, one cup of coffee contains about 95 mg of caffeine.
Since this recipe contains a total of 1 tbsp of matcha, this comes out to about 210 mg of caffeine in total or about 18 mg of caffeine per muffin.
So for the average person, this really isn’t too much caffeine, so while this isn’t a replacement for your morning coffee, it can be a bit of a pick me up.
How should I store these muffins?
I recommend moving the matcha muffins to an airtight container or ziplock bag once they are fully cooled down. They should last about 3-4 days on the counter before they go bad.
If you want them to last longer, you can also freeze the muffins. Wrap the muffins individually in foil or parchment paper and put in a ziplock freezer bag. These should last for about 3 months before going bad.
To heat the muffins back up, you can microwave them or stick them back in the oven if you prefer a crispier outer coat.
Is matcha safe for children?
Yes, matcha is safe for children, but only in moderation. Children should limit their caffeine intake to less than 2.5 mg per kilogram or 1.1 mg per pound of body weight.
If your child is 70 pounds, they should be limited to 77 mg of caffeine daily. This being said, a few matcha muffins would be fine to consume since they only contain 18 mg of caffeine.
Avoid, try to be mindful about other sources of caffeine such as sodas, teas, chocolate and supplements. These do add up if consumed over the course of a day.
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White Chocolate Matcha Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the large ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, matcha powder, sugar). Mix until evenly combined.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine the wet ingredients (oil, egg, milk ,vanilla extract). Stir until well combined.
- Gently fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Avoid over mixing. Fold in white chocolate chips.
- Line muffin tins and evenly distribute the muffin batter. Bake at 400F for 15-18 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and enjoy!