Matcha White Chocolate Waffles
Matcha White Chocolate Waffles are almost vegan and totally decadent to make your morning special! There is a hint of matcha flavor in every bite and pairs beautifully with white chocolate chips!
I’d love for you guys to vote for Matcha White Chocolate Waffles. Simply click here and it literally takes 2 seconds (no registration or anything required). It’s the 6th one from the top.
Waffle maker is probably one of the least utilized kitchen appliances I own. I have been saying that since 2012 but I just can't part seem to ways with it...because you never know when waffle craving hits you, right? I make homemade waffles maybe 2-3 times a year and it's always a treat. I have been playing with an eggless, easy waffle recipe that I can whip up without using too many utensils and now I am a fan. Waffles can be both sweet or savory option for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or brunch but today I am sharing dessert worthy Matcha White Chocolate Waffles. A slight hint of matcha flavor comes through at every bite and it's pairs beautifully with white chocolate chips & white chocolate glaze on top. The batter is vegan but the use of white chocolate makes it un-vegan unless you can find a vegan-friendly white chocolate chips.
Matcha is a finely milled green tea. They are mostly produced in Japan, particularly Southern region: Uji, Nishio, Shizuoka, and Kyushu. Compared to other green teas, matcha tea leaves are covered and shaded from the sun for the last 20 days to few weeks prior to their harvest which increases the cholorophyll, L-Theanine, an amino acid that can have an relaxing/calming effect without the sedation, and other nutrients.
Over the past few years, matcha has gained popularity in the western world for it's health benefits such as antioxidants, particularly catechin - epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) known for it's cancer fighting properties and possibly help with the progression of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. Matcha can also be beneficial with hair loss due to it's high numbers of flavonoids and polyphenols! They are also known to have less caffeine compared to black coffee; 25-30 mg in 1 cup matcha (typical 1 gram) vs. 150-200 mg of brewed coffee. However, matcha has higher caffeine compared to regular green tea bags.
Matcha certainly has numerous health benefits but please advise caution esp when you see big health claims such as 'helps with burning fat', 'cures diabetes or cancer'. A lot of studies have been done in animals, study size is small, or the results have so many confounding factors that it makes it hard to have that black & white answer.
Typically there are two different grades of matcha : ceremonial grade matcha is used purely for drinking & culinary grade matcha is used in food & beverages such as green tea lattes, matcha smoothies and green tea based baked goods. I am using culinary grade matcha from Kiss Me Organics to make Matcha White Chocolate Waffles as I am entering the matcha recipe contest & voting begins September 9th, 2017! Don't worry I will continue to remind you to vote ;)
Matcha White Chocolate Waffles are more of a dessert waffle than breakfast ones but if you have a sweet tooth & need something decadent to start your day, who am I to say no? I may or may not have had Matcha White Chocolate Waffles for my breakfast 2 days in a row. #YOLO!
PS--> I have had this exact waffle makerfor almost 5 years now and it's going strong if you are looking for a decent, not too pricey waffle maker. (affiliate link)
Matcha White Chocolate Waffles can be made ahead of time and popped in the oven to be reheated (not microwave!!!). You can drizzle white chocolate and dust matcha right before serving. I have not tried freezing them but they stay well in the fridge for 1-2 days when wrapped well.
Matcha White Chocolate Waffles
Author: Dixya @Food, Pleasure, and Health
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon culinary grade matcha powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or use honey)
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- for the glaze:
- 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- Heat the waffle maker and lightly grease it with oil or use cooking spray.
- In a medium bowl, combine flour, matcha powder, and baking powder. Mix it well.
- Slowly pour milk, canola oil, maple syrup to the dry mix. Combine everything together.
- Fold in white chocolate chips to the batter.
- Pour about 1/4 cup + scant 2 tablespoon batter into the waffle iron.
- Let it cook for 4-5 minutes or per your waffle maker's instructions.
- Meanwhile, make the drizzle by combining white chocolate chips and milk together in a bowl. Microwave the bowl for 30 seconds and use a fork to whisk until white chocolate chips are melted. Heat for additional 10 seconds only if needed.
- Drizzle generously over waffles right before serving.
*Do not overfill your waffle iron otherwise, batter will overflow.
I hope you will give Matcha White Chocolate Waffles a try very soon. If you do, please share your creation using @foodpleasurehealth. I am working with a gluten-free flour blend as I tend to get request on that. I am not an expert when it comes to gluten-free baking but I am trying, so if it works, I will definitely report back.
What is the most under-used kitchen appliance do you own?
Sweet or Savory Waffles? I love them both equally!