These doughnuts are a fun naturally green treat for St. Paddy's Day! They're both baked and decorated with matcha green tea.
With St. Paddy’s day coming up this weekend, I got in the mood to make green-colored treats…. and there’s no better way to naturally color things green than with matcha! Last year, I made zucchini cake with matcha frosting, and this year I thought it would be fun to make (and eat) doughnuts!
If you’re new to matcha – it’s a powder made from Japanese green tea leaves. Because the whole leaf is ground (vs. steeping the tea leaves), matcha is packed with antioxidants. Which almost makes these doughnuts count as a health treat 🙂
You can mix matcha with hot water and drink it on its own, or you can make lattes, smoothies, or ice cream with it. You can also use it for baking, which is what we’re doing today. I find the flavor of matcha hard to describe – it’s a little earthy, but it has a subtle sweetness that really shines when it’s made into sweet treats. Of course, all of this has nothing to do with St. Patrick’s Day, I just thought green doughnuts would be fun to make.
I made my doughnuts with 3 decorating options:
2. Dipped in coconut oil and then in matcha-infused cane sugar
3. Dipped in matcha powdered sugar
Choose just one or make all 3!
These are best enjoyed on the same day they’re made.
What’s the Best Matcha for Baking?
Buying matcha for the first time can be confusing – there are so many brands, and they vary widely in quality. I’ve tested out all of the top matcha powders as tea with water, in lattes, and in baking recipes. I find that Aiya Authentic Japanese Matcha Powder works best in baked goods. It has a strong taste, which allows the earthy matcha flavor to come through after baking. It’s not super expensive either.
Get the Aiya Authentic Japanese Matcha Powder on Amazon for $17.41, or check out some of the other matcha powders I tested to find the best one for you!
Matcha Baked Doughnuts
Decorating option 1: Matcha Glaze
Decorating option 2: Matcha Cane Sugar
- ½ cup cane sugar
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon matcha powder, depending on desired green color
- ⅓ cup melted coconut oil
- Preheat the oven to 425°F and lightly grease one standard 6-hole doughnut pan.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut oil and sugar. Add the egg and whisk to combine. Add the baking powder, baking soda, matcha powder, nutmeg, salt, and vanilla and whisk to combine.
- Alternately add the flour and the milk, beginning with the flour, until thoroughly combined. The batter will be thick, and a spatula drawn through the batter should leave an indentation.
- Spoon the batter into the doughnut pan (it will be thick and sticky). Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to continue cooling.
- Make your desired decorating option:
- Matcha Glaze: In a small doughnut-sized bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and matcha powder, then whisk in the almond milk until smooth. Dip each doughnut in the glaze and let the excess glaze drip off.
- Matcha Cane Sugar: In a small doughnut-sized bowl, mix the cane sugar and matcha powder. Add the melted coconut oil to a separate bowl and dip both sides of each doughnut first into the coconut oil, and then into the sugar mixture. The coconut oil helps the sugar adhere and it also produces the most fried-doughnut-like taste.
- Matcha Powdered Sugar: In a small doughnut-sized bowl, mix together the powdered sugar and matcha powder. Dip both sides of each doughnut into the sugar, tapping off any excess.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.