Chocolate-Matcha-Dipped Strawberries are the perfect healthy treat to have always handy.
Matcha tea, strawberries, and chocolate – could there be a better combination? The combination of sweet and earthy flavors hit the spot, and the presentation is gorgeous.
Today, I’m going to share a simple but delicious recipe for matcha strawberries, and I’m sure you’ll want to run out and make a batch for yourself.
I really love this recipe because it’s indulgent, but it’s still pretty healthy. If you want to keep your nutrition on track and satisfy your sweet tooth, this is the recipe for you.
But before we get into the details of the recipe, let’s explore the benefits of strawberries and matcha. Some of them may surprise you!
The Benefits of Matcha and Strawberries
Matcha and strawberries are both superfoods in their own right. Together, they are an antioxidant powerhouse. Antioxidants help fight against free radicals that can damage your cells, contribute to aging and may even lead to illness.
- Matcha contains catechins, a compound that acts like a natural antioxidant. Research shows that matcha contains up to 137 times more catechins than other green teas.
- The polyphenols in strawberries can help promote heart health.
- Strawberries can have anti-inflammatory effects thanks to the flavonoid quercetin.
- The potassium in strawberries may help reduce the risk of ischemic heart disease, according to research.
- Matcha can help protect your liver and get rid of toxins. One study found that after 12 weeks, participants taking matcha had lower liver enzyme levels. When enzyme levels are high, this is a sign of liver damage.
- Matcha can help boost your attention, memory and reaction time.
- Strawberries and matcha both can help protect against cancer (check this study here and here).
- Matcha can help reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease, which is a leading killer in people over the age of 35.
To maximize these benefits, make sure that you’re using the freshest strawberries possible and high-quality matcha. Fruits and vegetables generally lose about 30% of their nutrients after three days of harvesting them, so try to get freshly picked strawberries. I always use freshly picked strawberries when I make these, and it makes a difference in the flavor.
I wouldn’t recommend using frozen berries because they turn to mush when they’re defrosted.
Matcha and strawberries don’t really have any adverse side effects, which makes this recipe a real winner. Strawberries can cause an allergic reaction in some people, but this is rare. Matcha only really causes issues in high doses because of the caffeine content.
You won’t be using enough matcha for this recipe to worry about excess caffeine – unless, of course, you go overboard and eat too many. They’re so delicious that it’s easy to do that, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.
The health benefits of matcha and strawberries are the perfect excuse to enjoy a handful of these berries. They’re the perfect treat for yourself, your friends, or your significant other.
So, without further ado – here’s the recipe for delicious matcha strawberries.
- 20 strawberries chilled large stem-o
- 2 oz cacao butter melted
- 1/4 cup coconut oil cold pressed, melted
- 1 tbsp matcha
- 1 tbsp cacao raw, powdered
- 1 pinch high-quality salt
- Rose petals edible, for garnish
- Stir together all the ingredients, except for the strawberries and the rose petals, until thickened and just starting to lose its sheen, about 2 minutes.
- Working one at a time, hold berries by stems and dip into matcha mixture to coat; let excess drip back into the bowl. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with the rose petals. – Depending on their size, you will be able to coat 15–20 berries.
- Reheat matcha mixture if it starts to set before you have dipped all the berries.
- Chill dipped berries until the shell is set, 20–25 minutes.