Matcha Recipes: 15 Vegan Ideas

Get your green in with some of my favorite vegan matcha recipes! From lattes to puddings to energy bites and more, these vibrant recipes are full of green tea flavor and nutritious ingredients. Vegan with many gluten-free options!

Today we’re rounding up some of my favorite recipes infused with green tea powder, AKA matcha!

What is matcha, you may ask? It is essentially a finely ground powder of specific tea leaves that have been specially grown and dried. Tea leaves used in matcha are covered in shade cloths while growing; this introduces a better flavor and texture overall. Leaves are typically hand picked, steamed, dried, and aged in cold storage.

With traditional tea, you steep the leaves in water and then remove them (like when you use a tea bag). Here, because the leaves are powdered, you’re actually consuming them. The leaves used in it are young, which helps lend a bright green color. Consuming these leaves has a lot of health benefits, which you may have heard! For example, matcha is very rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also includes caffeine, which some people find to be less jitter-inducing than coffee. Feel free to read more about the heath benefits here.

What does matcha taste like?

Many people describe matcha as “grassy,” but in a pleasant sense. It’s slightly vegetal and also sweet. The taste can vary on the quality of the leaves used.

While it can be expensive, I recommend searching out a high-quality matcha when preparing these recipes. I respect the cultural implications of mainstream matcha sourcing, so I try to shop from authentic Japanese brands I feel good about supporting. Here is one I love!

My Favorite Vegan Matcha Recipes

While you’ve probably seen matcha lattes in your local coffee shop, today we’re reviewing a whole list of creative uses for green tea powder. I’m covering energy balls, protein bars, beautiful desserts, and healthy puddings.

There really is a matcha recipe for every mood! Let me know in the comments which you’ll be trying first.

Matcha Chia Pudding 

glass jar of green matcha chia pudding topped with granola

Banana Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

hand holding mason jar of green banana matcha smoothie with straw

Matcha Energy Balls

green matcha energy bite with bite taken out of it on marble board

Matcha Swirl Cheesecake by Minimalist Baker

three slices of green cheesecake on parchment paper

Baked Coconut Matcha Donuts by From My Bowl

hand holding green frosted donut with chocolate stripes

Matcha Green Granola Bars by My New Roots

stack of five green matcha granola bars with one propped up on the side

Coconut Cashew Matcha Latte by The First Mess

close up birds eye image of bubbly green matcha latte

Matcha Green Tea Chocolate Chip Cookes by The Healthy Maven

stack of green chocolate chip cookies on a white cloth

Matcha Banana Ice Cream by Oh How Civilized

white cup with two scoops of bright green ice cream with a white spoon

Avocado Matcha Muffins by Feasting on Fruit

green muffin on white background

No Bake Matcha Protein Bars by Hummusapien

stack of four green protein bars with chocolate topping and sea salt

Matcha Pancakes by Choosing Chia

stack of green pancakes on plate with white sauce on top and maple syrup poured on

Matcha Coconut Butter Cups by Sweet Potato Soul

three green coconut butter cups with powdered topping

Vanilla Almond Matcha Chocolate Lava Shake by Half Baked Harvest

glass full of green smoothie with chocolate drizzle and a straw

Mint Matcha Coconut Cooler by Sweet Simple Vegan

glass with ice and green drink topped with mint sprig