When it comes to holiday treats, presentation is almost as important as taste—major bonus points for anything red or green, and even more if you can pull it off without using food coloring or scary dyes. A perfect choice for making all your dishes Grinchy green? Matcha! Not only does it add an all-natural color (and, ICYMI, it just so happens to basically be the Pantone Color of the Year for 2017), but it's also chock-full of health benefits! It contains a huge dose of the antioxidant EGCG—more than 137 times that of regular green tea, according to research done at the University of Colorado.
To make it, you'll need to grab your chocolate of choice, your toppings, and some culinary matcha—not the kind you'd make tea with. (Try this kind from Matcha LOVE.) Serve with some matcha hot chocolate or one of these other genius matcha recipes, and your antioxidant count is going to be through the roof—meaning it's totally cool to have that second peppermint martini.
Coconut Ginger Chocolate Matcha Holiday Bark
1 1/2 lbs high-quality white chocolate
2 tbsp culinary matcha powder
1/2 cup coconut shavings
1/2 cup candied ginger, for garnish
1. Break 1 lb of white chocolate into medium-size pieces and melt in a microwave-safe bowl at 15-second increments to avoid burning.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the melted chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet and spread into a thin layer.
3. Break remaining white chocolate and melt separately in microwave. Carefully stir in matcha powder until vibrant green in color.
4. Drizzle the mixture over the existing layer of white chocolate. Then sprinkle coconut shavings and candied ginger on top for garnish.
5. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden. Break into large shards and enjoy!
Dark Chocolate Cranberry Matcha Holiday Bark
1 lb dark chocolate (60% cacao or more)
3 tbsp culinary matcha powder
1/2 cup dried cranberries, for garnish
1. Break chocolate into medium-size pieces and melt in microwave-safe bowl at 15-second increments to avoid burning.
2. Stir in 2 tbsp of matcha powder until evenly mixed with melted chocolate.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Transfer the melted chocolate mixture onto the baking sheet and spread into a thin layer.
4. Sprinkle dried cranberries for garnish, plus a dusting of remaining matcha powder (at your discretion).
5. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden. Then break into large shards and enjoy!