These Paleo Matcha Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Raisins have been rocking my world lately. They have the texture of a brownie/cookie hybrid, the perfect amount of green tea and chocolate flavor, and a hint of sweetness that just hits the spot.
Plus they are Paleo, refined sugar-free, and refined flour free. PLUS they are the most beautiful color green, which makes me happy to look at. And which I find to be the perfect spring color.
Seriously, the color green makes me happy. It happens to be my favorite color and has been for as long as I can remember… well, green and purple are my favorites. 🙂
Vibrant shades of green and purple speak to me. Add in hints of pink and yellow and I’m in visual heaven.
I swear color energy is real. I bought this book about it years ago and it was fascinating!
There is a reason certain colors have had different meanings throughout time, and why you may be attracted to certain colors over others at various times in your life.
Anywayyyys, now that I sound crazy lol, back to these gorgeous Paleo Matcha Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Raisins. 🙂
To ensure that your blondies are a bright green, you’ve got to use the right matcha powder.
Over the years, I have bought many different matcha green tea powders and, as is the case for most things in life, not all matcha tea powder is created equally.
Some are dull, some are bright, some are more bitter, and others more mild.
If your matcha powder is dull, like light green or dull green in color, don’t use it in baking. The color will disappear or look really muddy and blah.
My favorite matcha to cook with (and to drink) is a culinary grade matcha green tea powder by Kiss Me Organics. I’m obsessed with it and tell everyone I know to get it.
Trust me, this matcha powder is the best for almond milk matcha lattes and for baking. I use it all the time! NOM.
What is the deal with matcha tea, you may wonder? Well, matcha tea is not a fad, though it has gained popularity recently. It’s been around for centuries, being used to increase focus and clarity, and in meditation.
It’s also got health benefits as well. One cup of matcha tea has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of green tea does. 10!! How crazy is that!?
I know that I feel a difference when I drink it, and I actually prefer it to coffee.
I also love how physically and mentally energized I feel when I drink it. The caffeine in green tea can send signals to the brain to release dopamine. Really, the health benefits of green tea are bountiful.
I feel like mentioning, that the green tea flavor in this recipe is not overpowering.
I had to make several batches of these blondies to make them perfect, and found that it was best to have the green tea flavor be a compliment to the other flavors and not overly dominant.
Which is where the chocolate chips and raisins come in. They fit perfect here.
And I know raisins might seem like a weird addition, but I promise, using both chocolate and raisins ties all the flavors together so magically.
I could eat these Paleo Matcha Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Raisins for breakfast and as dessert pretty much every single day. I was actually sad when my last batch disappeared because I had been getting used to having such deliciousness around.
But even though I love them, I wanted to see how other non-paleo or non-me people liked them and had my husband bring them in to his work…. he said they disappeared in .5 seconds and everyone raved about how delicious they were. Yay, paleo matcha blondies for the win!
Let me know how these turn out for you! 🙂
A Paleo, Grain-free, Gluten-free dessert with the texture of a brownie/cookie hybrid, and a delicious green tea and chocolate flavor.
- 1 1/3 cup almond flour
- 2 Tbs coconut flour (I like Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour)
- 1.5 TBS matcha powder , culinary grade (Kiss me Organics is my favorite)
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1/3 cup apple sauce
- 2 Tbs almond milk
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips ( I used Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix the almond flour, coconut flour, matcha powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon with a fork until well mixed.
In another bowl, whisk the egg, vanilla, maple syrup, olive oil, apple sauce, and almond milk together until well blended and the mixture thickens.
Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until everything is blended. Fold in the chocolate chips and raisins.
Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until the edges are firm.
Optional- drizzle with melted chocolate. 🙂