This simple dessert is not only light, sugar free and utterly delicious, it will also give you a serious antioxidant boost: Matcha Pistachio Yoghurt Bark.
There. I am saying it straight up. I am a matcha convert. Ever since I found out that 1 cup of matcha tea delivers the same amount of antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea, I have started ordering the stuff in bulk. Friends, from a certain age onwards we need all the help we can get. Conveniently, matcha also happens to be delicious. Have you tried it? Once you embrace that steamy, grassy taste – smelling my cup of matcha tea always makes me think of the Amazon rainforest (I do know it is from Japan, just being honest here), there just isn’t anything better to wake up to. Well, maybe coffee. Truth is, now I have both. And since believing you are being healthier and actually being healthier is virtually the same thing, I can only say that I am feeling pretty great. Thank you, matcha-san!
As you know, I am constantly thinking about healthier desserts and I get intensely excited about playing around with recipes to make them sugar free yet just as tasty.
This one is worth a fanfare. Hello, Matcha Pistachio Yoghurt Bark!
I will be totally honest with you here. I had some pistachios. Pistachios are green. I fancied something green. Are you getting the drift here? Oh yes. Matcha is green, too! And it happens to taste absolutely divine mixed into yoghurt. I do urge you to stir a teaspoonful into your breakfast bowl one morning (if you eat matcha yoghurt PLUS have a matcha tea, you’d get TWENTY times the antioxidants of a regular green tea. That much health makes even me break out in a sweat. Would you actually start looking YOUNGER at some point?)
For those of you who do not spend your days in Planet Organic and the local yoga center, Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”. Apart from giving you a heavy-duty antioxidant boost, matcha
• increases energy levels and focus
• regulates blood sugar levels & lowers cholesterol
• is anti-ageing & detoxifying
• aids weight loss.
I know. Matcha seriously is almost too good to be true.
This extremely refreshing, light, sugar free Matcha Pistachio Yoghurt Bark is so easy and quick to make, it really is on a par with my chocolate avocado mousse and the strawberry coconut mousse. All you need is a little bit of patience until your matcha yoghurt has turned into a bark! Which can be difficult. Therefore, I suggest making a little extra so you can have a bowl of it straight away. Together with a cup of matcha tea, of course.
- 300g full fat greek yoghurt
- 1-2 tbsp xylitol (depending on how sweet you like it)
- 1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
- handful of pistachios
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Mix all ingredients
- Spread the mixture out on baking paper andfreeze until firm.
- Break into pieces and enjoy.