During the school year, my daughter and I start our day with matcha green tea lattes. The antioxidant rich matcha green tea increases our energy levels, improves concentration and focus, and brings calm. Now that school is out for the summer and my daughter has a less structured schedule (she no longer wants to wake up early and have a tea with me!), I went looking for other ways to add energizing matcha into our routine.
I stumbled across this recipe for chocolate matcha peanut butter cups from the vegan blog, Keepin’ It Kind. There is little my daughter loves more than a chocolate peanut butter cup, so I knew that I could easily get her on board with a matcha butter cup. These can be made into bite size pieces for a tasty afternoon pick me up or post dinner treat and are simply adorable – adorable enough to eat!
Repost from Keepin’ It Kind
Chocolate Matcha Butter Cups
1/2 cup coconut butter, softened but not melted
5 tablespoons almond flour
3 tablespoons powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar)
1 teaspoon organic matcha powder
1 cup chopped organic dark chocolate
1 teaspoon coconut oil
for the topping:
1/8 teaspoon matcha powder
1/16 teaspoon sea salt
In a small bowl, mix together the coconut butter, almond flour, powdered xylitol (or powdered sugar), and matcha powder. Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
While the matcha mixture is chilling, melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and place over a small pot of boiling water. Add the coconut oil and stir until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat.
Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners. Spoon 2 teaspoons of melted chocolate into a liner and use the back of the spoon to push the chocolate about 1/4 of the way up the side of the liner. Repeat with the rest of the liners.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of the matcha mixture into your hands and roll it into a ball. Place the ball into one of the liners and use your fingers to gently flatten it. Repeat until all cups have been filled.Top each cup with 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate and use your spoon to spread evenly over the matcha mixture, making sure that the chocolate meets the edge. If there is extra chocolate, divide it amongst the cups and smooth out.
In a small bowl, mix together the matcha powder and sea salt for the topping. Sprinkle the matcha salt mixture over the tops of the cups. Add a few cacao nibs to each, if desired. Place the muffin tin in the refrigerator and chill the cups until they are solid. Keep chilled until ready to serve. For a softer, chewier, piece, let it sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before eating. Enjoy!