For me, the spring of 2022 has been The Spring of Matcha. I just can't seem to get enough of this delightfully green, delicately grassy, fresh flavor. I've been putting it in my green smoothies for years, but it has only really been the past few months that I've been drinking matcha, mixing it into oatmeal, and even working it into desserts. I'm hooked!
If you're new to matcha, I hope this recipe will convince you to try it out. Matcha is a Japanese green tea made by finely powdering the tea leaves. Rather than steeping the leaves in liquid, the powder is traditionally whisked into water (or milk) since it dissolves completely. The taste of matcha makes me think of how freshly-mowed grass smells: delicately sweet, a bit herbaceous, and like spring sunshine. Plus the color is just beautiful!
This versatile ingredient is also exceptionally good for the body! It contains even more antioxidants than traditional green tea because you're actually consuming the whole tea leaf. It also contains caffeine, and many people claim that it gives a nice boost without the jitters that can accompany coffee.
What is Freezer Fudge??
Freezer fudge is a good-for-the-body fudge alternative that is based in nut butter rather than regular butter. Unlike regular fudge that is essentially just butter and refined sugar, this freezer fudge is mostly made from cashews and is naturally sweetened. It's a treat you can feel good about eating, and even makes for a great post-workout snack since it has protein and healthy fats.
Because of the simple ingredient list, freezer fudge is also absurdly easy to make. It's an all-around win! You'll just mix everything together over low heat, pour it into a prepared pan, and let it set in the freezer. It's like magic!
You'll want to store this fudge in the freezer so that it keeps its shape; at room temperature it will soften too much. But in my opinion that's actually a great thing because you can make a batch, stash it away in the freezer, and grab a little piece whenever the mood strikes you. If you're into healthy meal prep, this recipe is definitely for you!
Dreamy Matcha Chocolate
You'll see from the photos that this freezer fudge includes a very special topping: matcha chocolates from Hawaiian Host! While I absolutely adore everything Hawaii Host makes, these adorable little matcha cups (which just so happen to be filled with a whole macadamia nut!) feel especially timely to me this spring. They make the perfect crunchy, decadent topping for this freezer fudge.
I'm thrilled to be partnering with Hawaiian Host to create monthly recipes featuring their amazing chocolates. Each month, my recipe will be posted on their Instagram feed! Check out @HawaiianHostInc to get your hands on all these recipes. I don't want to give away too much, but keep your eyes out for a brightly-colored and decadent smoothie bowl, a very fun and addicting sweet and salty snack board, and many more throughout the entire summer!
Let's Talk Ingredients
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Cashew butter. I've designed this recipe to work with natural cashew butter that has just two ingredients: cashews and salt. I don't suggest using one with other additives since the resulting texture of the fudge may be very different. If you can't eat cashews, macadamia butter would be a great substitute. I don't recommend using a darker-colored nut or seed butter (peanut, almond, etc) since they have much stronger flavors and the color of the fudge will be unappealing.
Honey. Local if at all possible!
Matcha green tea powder. Many artisan food stores sell this, or you can also buy it online. If you're new to matcha, start with half what the recipe calls for, give it a taste, and add more if desired. Matcha can be a bit of an acquired taste!
Hawaiian Host Founder's Collection Matcha Chocolate. My greatest love!
Whether you decide to enjoy this springy freezer fudge as a nourishing dessert, a post-workout treat, or an on-the-go snack, I can't wait for you to try it! It's filled with all my favorite flavors for this time of year. The combination of the grassy matcha and the sweet honey is divine, and the textural contrast between the creamy fudge and the crunchy chocolate is totally fun.
This freezer fudge also makes for a great homemade gift! Just make a batch (or two), cut it into pretty squares, and package it up. It would be the perfect special treat for someone you care about, and it will keep for weeks in the freezer.
Will you join me in making this spring The Spring of Matcha??
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Disclosure: This recipe has been developed through a paid partnership with Hawaiian Host. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.
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