Fluffy, light, café style matcha muffins with white chocolate chips are the perfect balance of sweet and well, matcha! They make a great breakfast treat or snack anytime of day!
Muffins in Japan
Muffins are one of my favourite things to bake. Not only are they fluffy and sweet, but they're quick and fun to customise. In fact, whenever I find unusual flavourings and fillings, I usually test it out on muffins first.
Bakeries and cafes are popular in Japan of course, but for some reason, I rarely see muffins here. They're just not popular compared to say, cupcakes or donuts... and I have no idea why because they are so delicious!
This recipe is my attempt to bring some Japanese flavour to delicious café style muffins. They're fluffy, light and the white chocolate adds a sweet balance that really compliments the matcha flavour!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a type of green tea made by grinding young green tea leaves into a fine, bright green powder.
Because of it getting more popular outside of Japan, matcha powder has become more accessible. You can probably even find it in well stocked supermarkets. If not you can check specialist tea stores or Asian supermarkets, it's easy to order online as well.
There are different grades of matcha, usually the high quality ones are for drinking and the "culinary grade" matcha is for baking and lattes. So you can use culinary grade matcha for this recipe.
Popular Matcha Flavoured Snacks
Japanese people don't really drink matcha for health reasons, they just love the taste and you can find pretty much anything in matcha flavour in Japan!
Just a few popular examples are...
If you're not big on white chocolate, you can also replace the white chocolate with something else. Here are some ideas.
- Dark chocolate
- Milk chocolate
- Red beans (pre-cooked adzuki beans)
- Dried strawberries
Note: This recipe has a reduced amount of sugar because white chocolate is very sweet. If you swap it for nuts, you'll need more sugar otherwise they won't be sweet enough. (Speaking from my own experience anyway).
The sweetness of the white chocolate with the bitterness of the matcha works really well together! I hope you enjoy this muffin recipe with a Japanese twist!
You can keep these muffins in an airtight container for 1-2 days. Any longer than that and I recommend freezing them. You can freeze them for up to 3 months. Defrost thoroughly before eating and heat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds if they seem a little dry.
Check out my other matcha recipes!
- Matcha and dark chocolate brownies
- Matcha and white chocolate cookies
- Iced matcha Latte with soy milk
- Homemade matcha ice cream