By nutritional therapist Christine Bailey
Matcha green tea is packed with flavonoids, potent antioxidants known for their protective and anti-inflammatory benefits. It also provides the amino acid L theanine which along with the presence of caffeine appears to increase alertness and improve concentration. A delicious breakfast muffin also ideal as a snack on the go.
Makes 8 muffins
200g ground almonds
25g coconut flour
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
60g xylitol or coconut sugar
1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
30g coconut oil
Juice and zest of 2 lemons (120ml)
60ml coconut milk or almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
15g chia seeds
Flaked almonds, for topping
Preheat the oven to 180C, gas mark 4. Grease and line a muffin tin with cases.
Place the almonds in a food processor with the coconut flour, salt, soda, baking powder, xylitol, lemon zest and matcha powder and process to combine thoroughly.
Pour the lemon juice into a jug and add enough almond milk or coconut milk to make 175ml. Pour into the food processor with the remaining ingredients except the chia seeds and process until smooth. Allow the mixture to stand for five minutes. Pulse in the chia seeds.
Spoon the batter into the lined muffin tins. Top each muffin with a few flaked almonds.
Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until golden and cooked through. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack.
About Christine Bailey
Christine is an award-winning nutritionist, chef and author. With a passion for creating delicious nourishing recipes, Christine has a reputation for transforming people’s health and love of real food. As well as seeing clients and writing for national press, Christine runs ‘Nourish’ cookery classes including popular hands-on days for children. Christine is an inspiring nutritional chef well known for her engaging style and enthusiasm.
Christine is the author of numerous health and recipe books including ebooks on paleo eating and gluten-free recipes. Her books include her popular Supercharged Juices and Smoothies, The Juice Diet Book, The Raw Food Diet Book and Eat to Get Younger. Christine has particular specialisms in paleo diets, allergy free cooking, digestive health, coeliac disease and other autoimmune conditions, allergies, healthy ageing and weight loss.