While you might already love sipping matcha tea because of its multitude of health benefits — metabolism boosting, energy enhancing, immunity boosting — you can also enjoy the antioxidant-powered powder in cake.
Its use as an ingredient for sweet treats has spread all over the city, beyond the traditional Japanese bakeries. Here are a few of our favorite picks:
Let Them Eat Cake
Downtown at the only American location of Ogawa Coffee, Matcha is a popular ingredient in several desserts. In addition to their ever-popular matcha lattes, Matcha Cake Rolls ($6) are a popular sweet treat. Paired alongside vanilla ice cream and cubes of coffee gelatin made from the restaurant’s Kyoto House Blend, the spongey dessert is made with tea leaves imported from Japan.
At Brookline and Cambridge’s Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ, Lady M’s Green Tea Mille Crepe with Ice Cream ($12) is a flaky treat that’s perfect for capping off a heavy meal. And depending on which type of puff pastry shell you choose, Chinatown’s Beard Papa’s can fill your cream puff with creamy matcha flavor for a unique twist on the original treat. (Prices vary)
Ogawa Coffee (10 Milk St.)
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BB (1002 Beacon St. Brookline and 16-18 Eliot St. 2nd Floor, Cambridge)
Beard Papa’s (31 Harrison Ave.)
Keep it Light
For healthier picks, the soon-to-be-open Juice Press at The Street in Chestnut Hill offers the Samurai Matcha Bowl ($7). Packed with iron and protein, it’s a mix of matcha, coconut milk, chia seeds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, dates, cashew, vanilla and other superfoods.
The Lemon Matcha Cookies at Cocobeet ($6-8) are another guilt-free option. A heart-healthy mix of cashews and almonds is paired with one of three different, healthy fillings — high-quality chocolate, Asian strawberries and berry compote. Each topped with touch of matcha powder and agave.
Cocobeet (100 City Hall Plaza)
Juice Press (33 Boylston St. Chestnut Hill)