A sweet, healthy snack that combines two of the most complimentary flavors on earth: green tea and mango. These Green Tea Mango Cookies are soft, doughy, and filled with protein. They make a perfect accompaniment to breakfast or as a post-workout snack.
Do you ever have a food that you initially try and don’t really like but you continue eating it because you know how good it is for you?
That was my experience with matcha. When I first tried it after ordering it from Swanson Vitamins, I was sort of put off by the bitter taste. I mean, it tasted as I expected…like green tea. However, it was a bit too strong for my liking. After giving it a chance though and trying it out in different ways (like power bowls, pancakes, and overnight oats!) I came to enjoy the counterbalance it provided to sweet foods.
At first though, it was definitely the health benefits that got me to keep trying it again and again. Here are just some of the ways matcha can benefit you…
+Packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
+Detoxifies effectively and naturally
+Calms the mind and relaxes the body
+Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
+Enhances mood and aids in concentration
+Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
+Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
I would consider matcha powder a superfood and something that more people should have access too! Unfortunately, it’s pretty expensive most places. But that’s where Swanson comes in. They carry their own in-house brand of matcha powder and it comes at a price that is far below any other retailer I’ve seen online. I really appreciate that seeing as I’ve become obsessed with the stuff!
In fact, I was so inspired to use it in a new way recently that I came up with the perfect recipe to showcase it’s unique flavor.
Green Tea Mango Protein Cookies
Ingredients (5 cookies)
- 1/2 cup (75g) white kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup (70g) frozen mango chunks, thawed
- 2 tbsp liquid egg whites
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 scoop (28g) vanilla whey protein
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- sweetener, to taste if you like a sweeter cookie
Preheat oven to 350. In a food processor, blend beans until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and well combined. Divide batter into 5 circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
These are goods, guys. One of my favorite cookie recipes to date! They even rival my Pumpkin Spice Protein Cookies. They’re perfect with an afternoon cup of tea (double dosing on the matcha!) and really do provide a nice pick-me up.
With no added sugar, no grains or gluten, and lots of healthy protein from beans and powder, you can’t go wrong with this healthy snack.
I hope you’ll try matcha (or maybe give it a second chance?). It’s definitely a food that grows on you. I am glad it did for me because it’s so darn healthy and versatile.
Looking for more matcha goodness? Try my Coconut Matcha Green Tea Pancakes!
Do you like matcha?
What’s your favorite kind of tea?
What’s your dream cookie flavor?
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