I hate green tea…  it makes me sick to my stomach (which maybe could be used as a weight loss tool I suppose)…  but I know it is great for you…

so when a friend introduced me to the world of ‘matcha’ the other day, I quickly scooped up a bin at Costco and decided to try to put it in everything possible…

lattes, homemade granola, cookies… we’ll see where tomorrow takes me with it!

this recipe seems to be too healthy to be yummy… so I thought as I dove headlong into making these cookies…

I have had so many baking/cooking disasters lately I wasn’t sure my heart could handle another one…

it begins with grinding up oats to make ‘oat flour’

then I found this coconut sugar in my cupboard (which I have only used once and swore never to again because I thought it was awful), dusted it off and added it to the mix

I find it easier to make applesauce when you need it for a recipe rather than buy it and have it go moldy in your fridge…

this was two smaller Macintosh apples with a little lemon juice added

using my Vitamix for the second time, I added the apples, coconut oil, and vanilla to it and blended… when it cooled down a bit I added an egg

I don’t know if it was fate… but I received a text from a friend this evening asking me which Vitamix I like because her 14 year old son would like one for Christmas…

I know what you are thinking – typical teenager…   boys will be boys…

I told her she will never regret buying a Vitamix and her son and I are kindred spirits…

you combine all these healthy, awful ingredients together, scoop some matcha powder onto it, and throw in some chocolate chips

place in the fridge for around half an hour so the dough settles down (this is what I like to believe at least)

and then scoop out onto a silicone lined baking sheet

flatten with a fork and bake

set your timer for 10 minutes and cross your fingers that they actually will be edible

anxiously anticipating the kids getting home to try a bite, I decided to sample to see if they were as terrible as the ingredients I used to make them…

something incredible happened – they were ok…  more than ok, they were satisfying!  I thought perhaps my tastebuds are just too old to tell the difference anymore so I put them in front of the kids that came through the door at 3:40 pm…  (a few kids that were not my own even… and not fully brainwashed)

apparently, if you put chocolate chips in something you cannot notice anything else going on… you have no clue something is actually good for you if there is even a whiff of chocolate in the air… (it helps if you yell out ‘happy St. Patrick’s Day’)

moral of the story:  if you are looking to use up some unpalatable ingredients in your pantry… combine them and add chocolate chips and call yourself a genius

matcha chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups oat flour (ground large flake oats – around 4 cups)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • in a Vitamix, grind up oats to make oat flour
  • in a bowl combine oat flour, baking soda, salt and coconut sugar
  • in the Vitamix, combine coconut oil, applesauce, egg and vanilla
  • pour into the oat mixture and combine with a spatula
  • add matcha powder and combine well
  • add chocolate chips, put plastic wrap over the bowl and put in the fridge for around 1/2 hour
  • preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • scoop out balls and flatten onto a parchment or silicon lined baking sheet
  • bake for 10 minutes
  • transfer to wire rack to cool