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Matcha Mint Hot Cocoa Recipe

Maria Steinhauer

Cup of Matcha Hot Cocoa

What is matcha? It is green tea leaves ground into a fine powder, and it is used to make tea, smoothies, pancakes, baked goods, etc. Here, it is added to hot cocoa. When you consume the tea leaves rather than just steeping them, you gain the maximum benefit of their antioxidants.

Plus, when you pair matcha with cocoa powder, you are consuming additional polyphenols — micronutrients that are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to stop tumor cell development (polyphenols can even cause cancer cells to die). In one study, green tea drinkers had a 57 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer.

Green tea powder has many other benefits: it promotes weight loss, boosts energy, and improves immune system function. It is well worth it to fit antioxidant-rich matcha green tea powder wherever you can into your diet. Try it in hot cocoa!

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 2 ½ cups coconut milk or almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
  • 5 fresh mint leaves (plus extra)
  • 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Combine milk, cocoa powder and cane sugar in a saucepan over high heat. Once mixture begins to steam, reduce heat to medium. Add matcha powder and stir until smooth.
  2. Drop mint leaves into saucepan and steep for about 2 minutes. Remove leaves with a spoon. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted.
  3. Pour hot cocoa into 2 mugs. Sprinkle with a bit of matcha and garnish with mint leaf. Serve hot.



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