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Plant Based Matcha Brownie Bar

I love brownie and I used to make killer brownies before I went plant-based (email me info@whiskmatcha.ca if you'd like to have a copy of conventional matcha brownie recipe). After I decided to go plant based, I did a lot of research on making brownies with plant based ingredients. One common ingredient is black bean, and I totally love the chocolate version of it; however neither colour nor flavour goes well with matcha powder. I also tried with banana and couldn't get ANY matcha taste out of it. I kept looking and finally decided to combine two recipes I found into one. This is the best version by far =)  It's moist and dense in texture with stand-out matcha flavour. The colour was greener when I first took it out of the oven, and I felt the bottom was still a bit runny so I popped it back in the oven for another 10 min which browned the colour. If you like your brownie green, I'd suggest to keep a close eye on it while baking. Give a try and let me know how it turns out!

vegan matcha brownie

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Organic Everyday grade matcha
  • 1 cup almond butter (I blended my own almond butter and the texture is quite dense)
  • 2 tbsp almond milk (I used homemade, but store bought should work too)
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup (or sub with coconut sugar)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour or alternative
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
2. Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper, and set aside.
3. Combine all ingredients in the food processor and blend well
4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth out with a spatula.
5. Bake 15 minutes on the center rack
6. Let them sit at least a 1/2 hour if you want them extra gooey, or let


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Embrace Your Greens Throughout 2017!

It's fairly well-known that United States-based Pantone Inc.,(the world's foremost authority on pretty much every variant of colour) determines the hue that will set the stage and shade - as it were, for the year ahead.

This year, they've anointed the honour to none other than one of our obvious favourites at Whisk Matcha: green! 

Known as a life-affirming colour, shades of green are closely tied to vitality and the pursuit of personal passions, a reconnection with nature and with each other amidst such a complex social and political landscape.

Now that's something we're all for within our Whisk Matcha community!  

When properly prepared, the vibrant green shade of our premium organic matcha contains so many wonderful benefits to help you get connected and stay positive such as:

  • removal of toxins from your body
  • sharpened memory and focus
  • helps lower cholesterol and improve heart health
  • improves immune system
  • promotes healthy skin
  • boost metabolism

So this year, embrace all-things emerald, sage, avocado and matcha in colour and live for green! 

courtesy of PANTONE.

Be sure to learn more about PANTONE "Greenery 15-0343 tcx" shades for 2017 by clicking here and read more about the benefits of Whisk Matcha products here

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#TGIF Whisk Matcha Martini

It's been a long week!  Whether you're the work-hard, play-hard type or simply want to treat yourself to a relaxing start to the weekend - one thing is certain: nothings quite like mixing up a great tasting cocktail to wind things down. 

That's why we crafted the perfect recipe for our very own refreshing matcha martini! It strikes a fine balance between tangy, smooth and sweet - you're taste buds will love it.  With our premium Whisk Matcha added, you're body will love it too!

Ingredients

1/2 tsp Whisk Organic Matcha Everyday Grade

1 tsp Simple Syrup

1 oz vodka (we used Grey Goose for this recipe)

1/2 cup water

a few drops of fresh lemon juice

Method

Rim a martini glass with sugar and set aside.  In a shaker, build all ingredients on ice.  Shake vigorously, strain and pour. Garnish with a lemon twist and enjoy!

Let us know how you enjoyed this #WhiskRecipe and share a photo of your smoothie with us on Instagram and find even more cocktail recipes here!

 

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Beat #BlueMonday With A Vibrant Cup Of Green (Matcha!)

Around the world, today officially marks Blue Monday, the third Monday of January when weather is often at its peak of bleak, the post holiday hype has cooled off and those dreaded bills begin to roll in wreaking havoc on new found (New Year) optimism. 

  

This year, beat the #MondayBlues with these simple tips and savour the day with a cup of vibrant green matcha instead!

1. Try and focus on the positive (little) things in your life instead of letting yourself get overwhelmed.  Break things down into smaller lists and map out a plan of action. 

2. Use Blue Monday as a day to make changes rather than let it be a hinderance to moving forward with goals. If you've delayed getting back into a bit of an exercise routine, squeeze something in for yourself, make an attempt to quit a bad habit, write a thoughtful card to a loved one or friend, read a few pages from a book. 

3. Eat healthy and nutritious food.  If you're doing your weekly shop - make a concerted effort to by whole (non processed) foods and plan a few meals for the week ahead to help get you in a positive mindset. Head to sites like Pinterest for some culinary inspiration or peruse some of our matcha-based recipes here

4. Work up a sweat! Getting your heart rate pumping is a great way to feel positive energy thanks to all those endorphins created.  Though the days may be colder, more dull and shorter - you can still enjoy a brisk 15-20 minute walk or run outside or on a treadmill. 

5. Drink matcha tea! Aside from the fact that matcha tea is widely known to benefit cholesterol levels and metabolism, it also contains thiamine: a type of amino acid and powerful mood-booster.  Thiamine helps increase levels of dopamine, serotonin, and other important chemicals related to maintaining a healthy mood and abating stress and anxiety. Learn more about how matcha can help here

So beat #BlueMonday and see green by making it a #WhiskMonday! Join our  matcha community online and find us on Instagram

 

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#TheSweatLife: How Matcha Can Help Boost Your Workout

Boost your next workout and incorporate the benefits of matcha into your fitness routine. 

Known for its multitude of health inducing benefits, this vibrant green powder (made with authentic Japanese tea leaves) is loaded with about 130 times more catechin EGCG than green tea and assists in weight loss, decreased anxiety and as well as boosts metabolism: something we’re sure every gym-goer can embrace.

Whether your goal is to loose weight, increase overall energy or maintain a consistent level physical activity, matcha can help (and it’s a lot easier to blend into your fitness mix too). Unlike other caffeinated beverages (coffee, cola) which give you a shorter term boost, our Whisk Matcha offers up an increase in energy that actually lasts – and doesn’t translate to a mid workout crash.

Ideally, try drinking a few cups of matcha on a daily basis and about 30 minutes before your next workout to truly reap the rewards of this healthy drink. Add it to your favorite protein powder, blend it into a smoothie, or simply drink it chilled (like we do!) for additional body-building benefits.

Our Whisk Matcha Organic Everyday Grade is a great option if you’re on the hunt for a perfect unsweetened matcha powder that will truly help you boost your next workout.  Enjoy it on-the-go in our convenient BPA Free 24oz bottle: perfect for the yoga studio, cardio class or next time you hit the gym. 

Speaking of working up a sweat... Enter for a chance to win goodies from Pure Barre and Whisk Matcha valued at over $250!  We'll be selecting another lucky winner on Instagram.  Find more details there and good luck! 

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