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Magic Matcha Bars

Magic matcha bars are filled with high antioxidant matcha (green tea) , bananas, almond butter, vegan white chocolate chips and dusted in a little matcha powder.Magic Matcha Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

You are going to just love this little 5 ingredient Magic Matcha Bar because it is so healthy you could eat it for breakfast. As a matter of fact, they are also delicious for school and work lunches or anytime you want something delicately sweet, without guilt. Magic Matcha Bars are vegan, gluten-free and oil free.

Magic Matcha Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

Magic matcha bars are delicately sweet and have a nice balance between the naturally sweet bananas, unami flavor of the matcha green tea, nutty flavor of the almonds and the in season strawberry sweetness.

Happy Hanami! Beautiful sakura (cherry blossom) trees are in full bloom in Japan and there is no better way to celebrate the season than with a few Magic Matcha Bars at your favorite park with family and friends. The season is really short so it is a good thing that these Magic Matcha Bars are so easy to make.

Magic Matcha Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

One of my favorite healthy bloggers is Arman from Big Man's World as he makes all of these delicious healthy bars and one of my favorite is his Healthy 3 Ingredient Flourless Blender Brownies. Seriously it is like magic! Just frozen bananas, a nut butter of choice and unsweetened cocoa powder. How cool is that!!! I have no idea why it needs to be frozen bananas but you can ask Arman. I say why modify something so delicious and it works and it meets all of our families' dietary needs.

However, whenever the Hanami (Sakara- cherry blossom season) comes to full bloom I just crave matcha. Maybe it is spring in the air or maybe my body is telling me I need some extra antioxidants but I deeply crave matcha. Matcha is stone ground Japanese green tea.  Did you know that just one cup of matcha tea is equivalent to the antioxidants of drinking 10 cups of regular green tea.

Magic Matcha Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

Strawberries and matcha are a match made in heaven so I adorned my bars with a few slices of strawberry flowers. I also threw in a handful of vegan white chocolate chips as matcha, strawberries and white chocolate are the 3 flavors that remind me of spring in Japan.

Magic Matcha Bars / http://bamskitchen.com

Now you may be wondering why are my bars a light brown color instead of bright green, well that is because I used homemade delicious almond nut butter and it is a little darker in color. These Magic Matcha bars taste like a delicious blonde matcha brownie with a fudgy texture.

Wishing everyone a happy Hanami and a beautiful healthy spring!

Magic Matcha Bar / http://bamskitchen.com

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Magic Matcha Bars

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April 8, 2016

Magic Matcha bars are filled with high antioxidant matcha (green tea) , bananas, almond butter, vegan white chocolate chips and dusted in a little matcha powder. (Makes 8 squares)

  • Cook: 30 mins
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

spray oil - to prevent the magic matcha bars from sticking to pan.

bananas - 3 medium frozen bananas

almond butter - 1 cup (or other nut butter of choice)

matcha (green tea) - 4 heaping teaspoons

white chocolate chips - 1/3 cup (I used vegan brand)

strawberries - 2 sliced thinly for garnish (optional)

Directions

1Preheat oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F). Spray your loaf pan with oil to prevent your bars from sticking to the pan.

2Cut up your frozen bananas into slices. Put your frozen banana slices into the food processor and pulse until banana looks like fine grains of sand. Add almond butter and matcha (green tea) and pulse until well combined. Toss in a handful of white chocolate chips and mix with a spoon.

3Pour your magic matcha bar mix from your food processor and add to your loaf pan. Spread evenly.

4Bake your magic matcha bars for about 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Allow bars to cool completely and refrigerate for at least one hour.

5Slice your magic matcha bars into squares and enjoy the Hanami season!

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  • These are so creative, Bam! I love feeling like I’m indulging but actually eating something that’s healthy and filling. Great use of matcha.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Monica. You are the baker guru! I am more of a savoury cook but when it has only 5 ingredients and you don’t have to have perfect measured items for a good result, I am in!

  • Happy Hanami! That’s fun to say. 🙂 The only real mass display of cherry blossoms I’ve seen are the ones in Washington DC, and they certainly are impressive. And really, really pretty! Anyway, this is such a neat recipe! Healthy, flavorful, satisfying — just perfect. Thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I have heard that the display in DC of cherry blossoms is quite impressive. I love when sakura blossoms start to fall off the trees and it looks like it is snowing out.

  • These bars sound so good! I’ve been trying to drink more green tea because it’s so healthy–this sounds like another great way to have green tea! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad I could help by getting you to eat more desserts…!!! well it is kind of a dessert but really it is healthy enough for breakfast.

  • Oh my goodness, Bobbi – how fabulous are these little gems?!
    I miss the cherry blossoms on Vancouver Island this time of year but I have friends sending me pics to make me jealous while it snows here, lol.
    I’m sharing these gorgeous treats all over. Beautiful captures!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Sending some warm tropical breezes your way Robyn and hope that deep freeze thaws soon. I know all of my friends in Japan are sending me beautiful captures of all the gorgeous sakura and it is making me so homesick for Japan too. I always get sort of sentimental around this time of the year. Hoping spring comes soon for you!

  • I absolutely love matcha and anything green tea – please give me plenty of these bars, they look so delicious! Have a lovely spring ahead, my dear friend!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad to hear I am not the only matcha lover out there. These bars are the perfect way to jump start a healthy spring. I hope you are heading home to SG soon! Take care

  • That sounds really interesting and yummy. Would go great with my morning coffee. Will you ship me some, please? Have a great week, my friend! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jas! For certain it might take a few weeks as they are coming via slow Chinese shrimp boat but they are on their way!

  • You always introduce me to such unique ways of making different foods! I’ve only recently started drinking Matcha tea, so I have some ready to be transformed into bars!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Good for you Sandra! Matcha is really high in antioxidants and is so good for you. I hope you enjoy these bars too. Wishing you a super week.

  • They look amazing! What a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • Love it when I find easy, tasty treats for which I have all of the ingredients on hands. Can’t wait to bite in to one of these! Pinned to Matcha Love!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I love that too! Thanks so much for the pin dear.

  • very interesting and delicious recipe. Can’t wait to try this out. Looks gorgeous. Bookmarked!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Kushi. I hope you give this super easy a recipe a try soon.

  • These sound so good but Matcha is so expensive here I doubt I will ever get to try them 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Yes the really good premium matcha is very expensive but for this recipe as you are baking it and not drinking it, you do not have to use the top shelf but mid grade is a-okay.

  • What a fabulous combination!
    I hadn’t even imagined these flavours before seeing this recipe! YUM!
    Thanks so much for sharing
    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Julie. Really missing Japan at the moment as all my friends keep sending me photos of the sakura and then I feel home sick…

  • What a great recipe, love the use of frozen bananas! Will have to give this a try!

    • Bams Kitchen

      We always have frozen bananas in our fridge as my youngest son loves smoothies for breakfast, so this makes for a quick baked pantry treat.

  • What an interesting recipe! I’m so amazed that you can make brownies out of these 3 simple ingredients – and intrigued about those frozen bananas!

    The strawberries and matcha take them from intriguing and healthy to beautiful!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Helen. I know frozen bananas. I am sure there is a reason why Arman uses frozen bananas but it works so well, I did not want to try it with regular room temp ripe bananas and have it be a flop.

  • My morning would be way better if I had one of these at my desk. Loving this recipe!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I think you need more than one, maybe maybe one for each hand to start out with…

  • I’m going to share you recipe with my friend how is a tea enthusiast and very into healthy eating. Her husband loves sweets and I bet this would make them both happy.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Karen. That is the great thing about this recipe as it is very healthy but because of the fudgy texture it makes you feel like to are having something very naughty.

  • Smitha

    These are lovely scrumptious bars. loved the texture and its really magical

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad you like this recipe. I really love that chewy fudgy texture too.

  • Nice to see you all went natural color here, I have seen matcha bars in their bright green glory which honestly did not appeal me as I know it contains a lot of color, This is way much better now I wanna make one

  • The name itself is so intriguing my friend. Lvoe how creative you are. And these bars are bursting so many many magical flavors.Thank you for the great recipe, Bobbi! Can’t wait try!

  • Bobbie – these bars sound wonderful! I so love your combo of sweet bananas, matcha green tea, almond butter and white chocolate chips!
    Happy Hanami to you too – I love Arman’s nobake treats too and now You and he can get together and open up a treat shop on either coast – what do you say?

  • I just had matcha tea for breakfast. How I wish I had one of these to go with it. We plan on being in China mid September for 18 days. Plan on leaving from Hong Kong, but I’m still checking. Maybe?

  • Hanami felice, BAM!
    I dunno, BAM. These might be too healthy for me Maybe if I deep fry them before dipping them in chocolate ganache would help them. 😉
    Actually, I really do think they’re great. Loved the way you used bananas and almond butter to add sweetness. Very good idea.
    Arrivederci!

  • Such a pity we don’t live next door! I could enjoy these bars with my afternoon chocolate! Pinned and stumbled!

  • Recently a delivery of matcha arrived for my tasting perusal, ive been looking for ways to use it up, this here recipe is certainly one for that list.

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