18 Vegan Matcha Recipes, From Waffles to Cookies

When it comes to cooking, we are always on the lookout for ingredients to add to our culinary repertoire. Matcha is one of those ingredients. Its versatility allows for many different uses whether it be used for making drinks, cooking, or even baking. Before you don your apron, let’s jump into a few matcha basics first. 

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What is matcha?

A staple of the Japanese tea ceremony, matcha is made from shade-grown leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant that have been finely ground into a powder. Traditionally, it’s whisked into hot water using a special brush consisting of many stiff bamboo bristles. However, it’s also served as a latte, over ice, or as an ingredient in desserts, soba (buckwheat noodles), and more.

The benefits of matcha

Matcha can be a part of a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. Additionally, the science behind the benefits of matcha is promising. A type of green tea, matcha is high in antioxidants, which help protect our bodies from free radicals, compounds that can lead to damaged cells and even chronic disease. 

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Studies show that matcha can aid in boosting brain function, promoting heart health, and protecting the liver. Research has also shown that matcha may help aid cancer prevention due to its high amount of epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a compound known for its anti-cancer properties. 

18 vegan matcha recipes 

Want to learn how to use matcha in vegan recipes? We’ve got just the recipes for you.

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1 Two-Step Vegan Matcha Chocolate Energy Bars

The chewy crust made from roasted hazelnuts and raisins, the velvety cheesecake-like filling made from matcha and raw cashews, and a generous drizzle of vegan chocolate make this raw-ish vegan dessert a winner in our books. 
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2 Energizing Matcha Chia Pudding

Prep this matcha chia pudding in mason jars in the evening so you can just grab it and go in the morning for an easy vegan breakfast. It’s a little bit earthy, a little bit sweet, and it has a gorgeous minty-green color—after all, you eat with your eyes first.
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3 Creamy Coconut Cashew Matcha Ice Cream

Reminiscent of the dairy-based version of matcha ice cream found in Japanese restaurants, this frozen treat is made decadent thanks to the use of raw cashews and full-fat coconut milk. It has a texture similar to soft-serve ice cream, so it’s perfect for scooping into a cone.
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4 Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie

Matcha was made for green smoothies. This minty, creamy beverage can replace your morning coffee, thanks to the use of matcha, while kale, bananas, and almond milk deliver a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Add a scoop of protein powder for a post-workout snack.
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5 Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie

Matcha was made for green smoothies. This minty, creamy beverage can replace your morning coffee, thanks to the use of matcha, while kale, bananas, and almond milk deliver a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Add a scoop of protein powder for a post-workout snack.

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6 Vegan Matcha Chocolate Coconut Balls

These tasty date balls—featuring a mild and earthy blend of matcha and cacao—are a quick, easy, and nutritious snack that all the family will love. For extra flavor, mix in berries, chocolate chips, or nuts, depending on your personal preference.
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7 Vegan Pandan (or Matcha) Buns With Sweet Bean Filling

These sweet, soft, fragrant buns are made with pandan, which is a tropical plant with a distinctive aroma, a nutty taste, and a vibrant green color. If you don’t have any on hand, you can get a similar result using matcha, which is just as green and just as delicious.
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8 Dairy-Free Matcha Latte

Frothy, earthy, and creamy, this simple vegan matcha latte recipe teaches you the basics for whisking up an excellent morning or afternoon pick-me-up. You can pair it with any dairy-free milk you like, however, we highly recommend using oat, soy, or cashew for a decadent froth.
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9 Vegan Matcha Pancakes With Caramelized Bananas

Breakfast is served—or lunch, or dinner, or your midnight snack … These vegan matcha pancakes are good for any time of the day. They’re fluffy, thanks to the use of dairy-free buttermilk (simply combine apple cider vinegar and plant-based milk), plus the matcha powder brings an earthiness that helps balance out the sweetness of the maple syrup and the caramelized banana topping.
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10 Vegan Matcha Panna Cotta

This gelatin-free matcha panna cotta uses soy milk instead of dairy and kanten powder in place of gelatin. Kanten is a clear, flavorless, gelatinous substance obtained from edible red algae called gelidiales. It is commonly used in wagashi (traditional Japanese confections), but it serves as the perfect gelatin substitute in this vegan Japanese-Italian fusion dessert.
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11 Vegan Matcha Mochi Donuts

Inspired by “pon de ring” donuts, the signature snack from the Japanese chain Mister Donut, these mochi donuts have a soft, chewy texture. It’s all thanks to the use of mochiko, a flour made from glutinous short-grain sweet rice. These donuts are baked, so no need to fuss over a pot of bubbling oil.
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12Easy Vegan Matcha Cookies

When it comes to baked goods, “easy” is, by far, one of our favorite descriptors. These matcha-infused cookies have a crispy, crunchy texture thanks to almond flour, that just melts away in your mouth. Pair it with your favorite plant-based milk for dipping.
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13 Vegan Matcha Waffles

Subtly sweet with crispy golden edges and a soft, green-tinted interior, these vegan waffles require only one bowl to make. Pair them with strawberries, a dollop of coconut cream, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
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14 Vegan Matcha Pound Cake

As far as cakes go, pound cake is one of the easiest forms to master. Made from seven ingredients that you combine in one bowl (kudos to fewer dishes that need washing), this matcha-infused dessert is sweet, earthy, and elevated by a simple glaze.
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15 Vegan Matcha Butter Cups

Bittersweet dark chocolate and earthy matcha are a match made in heaven in these simple butter cups. Make a batch this holiday season for gifting to friends and family as stocking stuffers. 
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16 Mango Green Tea Pops

Tropical flavor meets ceremonial tea in these dairy-free popsicles, which utilize coconut cream for a creamsicle-like texture. Be sure to double the batch, because we guarantee that they’ll disappear from the freezer in no time.
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17 Vegan Matcha Black Sesame Sticky Buns

These sweet sticky buns are well worth the effort of making your own dough. Black sesame has a nutty flavor that mingles with matcha’s naturally grassy flavor in this breakfast or dessert that’s not overly sweet.
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18 Vegan Matcha Macarons

When it comes to dessert, macarons are on a level of their own. Instead of the traditional egg whites, the vegan version uses the brine from a can of chickpeas, called aquafaba. And, they’re filled with a dairy-free matcha-flavored buttercream that melts in your mouth.
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