Matcha Muffins with a zesty lemon icing are easy to make and full of spring flavor.
Make a batch of these muffins for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. They work well for meal prep, so freeze a batch to have later on.
What Does Matcha Taste Like?
I had been wanting to bake with matcha in some type of muffin form. Of course, if you've ever had matcha or green tea, then you know how perfect lemon pairs with matcha.
The addition of citrus brings out the unique flavor of matcha so well. Plus, citrus fruits high in vitamin C also help increase the body's ability to absorb the antioxidants in matcha.
What's not to love about citrus flavors, right? There's so much hype around matcha - health benefits and so on.
So, what does this hyped up matcha taste like?
It's definitely a one of a kind flavor: earthy, bitter yet a little sweet. It's definitely not everyone's cup of tea (pun intended!) but if matcha is your thing, you'll love these muffins!
P.S. don't force yourself to love matcha because of all the hype. It definitely does have some lovely health benefits, but if the flavor isn't rockin' your taste buds there's plenty of other ways to get antioxidants in your diet.
Baking with Matcha Powder
Ever baked with matcha? If not, you're in for a treat! A little goes a loooong way.
The flavor is strong and so is the color! I only use 1.5 tablespoons of the powder in the batter, and they still turn out this green and flavorful.
If you're ever having to come up with a green recipe - be it for St. Patty's Day or some other green event - matcha is a great way to add some gorgeous geen color.
Some people prefer to sift the matcha before adding liquid to help the two blend together smoothly, but I don't find it necessary in baking.
Just add it along with your other dry ingredients and be on your way to creating deliciousness!
Adding Fruit to Muffin Batter
I love adding fruit, nuts or other things to muffin batter. It adds texture, flavor and versatility.
This is a basic muffin recipe, so change it up and make it your own.
Add blueberries, raspberries or almonds for a complimentary flavor.
One thing with fruit that can make it hard is preventing the fruit from sinking to the bottom of the pan/dish/muffin tin.
It's always sad when you take a bite out of that delicious berry loaf you made and bam you don't get berries in every bite. We gotta prevent that from happening!
This is why you want to coat fruit, if you use it, in flour before folding them into the batter. The flour will help the berries stay suspended in their little pocket of the muffin.
So, add about ¼ cup of the dry ingredients onto the fruit and stir to coat well before mixing it all together.
More Matcha Recipes
If you're a matcha person (which I'm guessing you are if you're on this recipe!) then try out these other matcha-inspired recipes:
- Matcha Overnight Oats: An easy meal prep breakfast with vanilla and Greek yogurt.
- Almond Milk Matcha Latte: Who doesn't love lattes? Make this homemade almond matcha latte with fresh rosemary for a cozy drink.
Recipe Tips and FAQs
Matcha is finely ground up green tea leaves. So, you'll want to use only matcha powder in this recipe since green tea only comes as leaves in tea bags.
If storing them at room temperature, enjoy them within 3 days. Otherwise, refrigerate them to have within a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
Matcha Muffins with Lemon Icing
- 2 cups flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoons matcha powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup milk
- ⅓ cup avocado oil
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder and salt.
- In small bowl whisk together the milk, oil, egg and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the bowl of dry ingredients and mix them together.
- Fill the muffin tins and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Melt the butter, add the lemon juice and mix together.
- Whisk up to a cup of powdered sugar until you get the consistency you desire.
- Drizzle over the muffins and sift matcha powder on top.
- Add in your favorite fruit to the recipe. Coat the fruit well in the dry ingredients and continue with the recipe as usual!
- Store at room temperature for up to 3 days, refrigerate for a week or freeze for up to 3 months.
- Nutrition information is calculated for muffins only without the icing.
(Nutrition values are calculated by third-party software and an estimate that can vary based on product brands and cooking methods.)