25 Feb Vanilla Matcha Protein Cookies
Cookies. They’re portable, easy to make… & can be oh so nourishing to the mind & body with a little creativity! (NOTE: WHyyc is all about promoting balance in life. So you CAN have mom’s famous chocolate chip cookies now & then (just eat one or two mindfully, not a dozen mindlessly!).
For this recipe, I added some matcha as I’m a huge fan of this supplement. Check out the benefits below & you may be running to a health food store or tea shop before you even get to the recipe (or you’re sipping some matcha right now & it’s giving you the focus you need to get to the recipe…).
WHy matcha //
You’ve likely seen matcha green tea lattes on the menu at local cafes. If you haven’t tried it, it’s a great alternative to your café latte.
So why choose matcha?
- IT’S A MINDFUL CHOICE! Did you know Matcha is traditionally involved in meditation? The preparation of Matcha is the focus of Japanese tea ceremonies, & it’s long been associated with Zen. This is likely a reason it’s becoming so popular, as meditation & mindfulness is becoming more mainstream.
- IT’S A GREAT, NATURAL PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENT. Research has shown matcha as a pre-workout supplement can increase energy & focus in the gym.
- IT’S A SOURCE OF ANTIOXIDANTS. Matcha has one of the highest levels of antioxidants among teas.
the recipe // vanilla matcha protein cookies
I love this recipe because it offers healthy fats + carbs + protein — the key components to macronutrient mood therapy meals & snacks I recommend for clients (read more about MMT here).
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour (buy or grind your own regular oats in a food processor at home)
- 1 cup vanilla protein powder (I use a vegan one, Vega Performance Protein)
- 3 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
- 2 Tbsp spirulina
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
- 1/2 cup apple sauce
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup cacao nibs (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 C.
- In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (oat flour, protein powder, matcha green tea powder, spirulina, sugar).
- In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (coconut oil, apple sauce, water).
- Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredient bowl.
- On baking sheets covered in parchment paper, scoop out the cookie dough in spoonfuls, and shape into ovals (like biscotti) or balls & flatten.
- If you like the “chocolate chip” cookie idea, sprinkle some cacao nibs on the top of the flattened cookie, use palm of hand to press the cacao nibs into the top of the cookie.
- Bake 9-10 mins, until the bottom of the cookies are golden brown.
- Enjoy on the go, pre- or post-workout, or with a cup of tea in the morning or afternoon!