Goji Berry, Coconut and Matcha Cupcakes

I’m always trying to find creative snacks to create for my 4 hungry kids when they come home from school.  I know that they’re not about to make themselves a matcha latte or grab a handful of goji berries and eat them one by one.  But I do know, having been a parent now for 16 years, that they way to get your kids to eat the ‘good for you’ stuff – is to sneak it into something that they like and like the look of….aka cupcakes!

IMG_2389Matcha is well, just incredible.  In my recipe I used White Matcha (apparently the newest thing to hit the market) but of course, green matcha is fine too!  Matcha is definitely a superhero when it comes to teas.  The amazing thing about matcha is that energises you but at the same time calms the central nervous system.  Matcha has 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea, 70 times the antioxidants of orange juice and 9 times the beta carotene of spinach!  So, if you’re kids definitely don’t like spinach then this is a clever way to get that beta carotene in!

IMG_2391For your cupcakes you will need this:

Makes 16 – 20 cupcakes

4 cups of oat flour (or rolled oats ground to a flour)

1/2 cup ground flaxseeds

2 Tbsp. of matcha

1 1/2 cups of soaked goji berries

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup desiccated coconut

1 cup coconut palm sugar

1 3/4 cup plant-based milk ( I used coconut )

2 tsp. baking powder

1 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350 F or 180 C.  And in a large bowl, simply combine the above ingredients one by one, stirring well until you get a nice, thick batter.  Line your cupcake tray with paper cases and fill to the rim with your delicious batter!  Bake for 20 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool.  Even more delicious when you spread a bit of coconut oil on the insides!  YUM!

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. bscartabello says:

    These look so great! xx

  2. uberdish says:

    These look delicious and hearty! I never knew there was white Matcha – I’ll be on the look out for it, for sure. I do have green Matcha, but the white Matcha would be better in baked goods, especially if you’re trying to disguise the whole healthy “green” thing. 😉 Thank you for the recipe!

  3. I will try this as soon as it cools off in California… Thanks!!!

  4. ellafit says:

    As soon as i make oat flour i am making these badboys. Are the goji berries you used dried ones? What did you soak them in?

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Hey ellafit – thanks for visiting! Yes I use dry goji berries and you can just soak them in water for five – ten minutes before use. Enjoy 🙂

    2. sim7 says:

      Yes so true, you need to sneak the good stuff into your kids meals. I agree and am forever grating zucchini into bolognaise sauce or sweet muffins. These look fantastic, I will have a go at making some for next school term lunch boxes.

  5. Lilo says:

    This looks amazing!!!

  6. cutismama says:

    is dessicated coconut hard to find?

    1. juliemontagu says:

      Absolutely not 🙂 should be available in any supermarket!

  7. curlsnchard says:

    they look absolutely delicious! I love the ingredients you used 🙂

  8. katehouse89 says:

    These look delicious! I’m going to have to give them a try 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I stopped by to thank you for following my blog. I hope you found something of interest there and will continue to do so. I’m a fan of yoga and Qi Gong but I’m not much for cooking anymore. Maybe soon again. You have some interesting recipes here.

  10. Jessica says:

    Hi Julie! Glad to come across your blog! Will definitely try this! Thanks for sharing your recipe! Keep it coming! 🙂

  11. marycheshier says:

    Reblogged this on Travels with Mary and commented:
    This looks and sounds fabulous!

  12. Reblogged this on TeaGeeks.com and commented:
    A matcha recipe that I’ll be trying out very soon!

  13. alohaleya says:

    wow these look amazing!! thank you 🙂

  14. ruhanisandhu says:

    I love your blog. You got very interesting blogs here. Thanks for appreciating my blogs. To blogging!

  15. miyoreos says:

    These look great!
    Will definitely have to try them sometime 🙂

  16. Lisa says:

    These look so delicious! Will definitely have to give them a try 🙂

  17. amygashman says:

    What an amazing original recipe! I will definitely be giving these a try, and introduce Matcha to my recipes!

  18. Wow… these cupcakes look so delicious. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. kaylaleanne89 says:

    Reblogged this on Hakuna Matata and commented:
    Yummy!!

  20. Zoe Bordelon says:

    It looks super good!!

  21. These look & sound so amazing! I love your blog & your philosophy – just perfect. Check out mine http://brightyoungfood.com/ – feel like we’re on a similar page 🙂

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