Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

Swirls of matcha, almond and chocolate create the perfect loaf

Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

Friday, March 11th, is a big day – it’s THE kittens’ first birthday. Remember, when I first told you about them? Well, they’re still part of the crazy TEB clan. It’s been a wild year filled with first vet appointments, first outdoor trips (yes – they have leashes!) and first encounters with other cats (lots of hateful words shared!)

Each kitten is different and it’s hard to believe they’re siblings. In alphabetical order, here’s a brief overview of each:

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Maggie (otherwise known as Margaret, Margarette, Maggot) is the princess of the crew. She drinks water with her paws in the bowl and is not a huge fan of the outdoors.

Millie (formal name- Mildred, teasing name- Mildew) is known for her sweet nature. She’s the most likely to come to you for love.

Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

Pierre (also know as Peter, Pete, Male) is the only boy. Some may say he’s my favorite, but I don’t have one (really! I don’t!) He can be crazy, but he’s also really loving.

Ralphie (Ralphetto) can be moody, but when she has a toy or is outside, she’s a really nice cat.

Zellie (given name: Oiselle, nickname: Zelda) is a wild woman. But when she’s by herself, she’s a cutie (she’s even been known to sneak up and surprise nap takers!)

Kittens' 1st Birthday

Top Left: Ralphie, Bottom Left: Maggie, Middle: Pierre, Top Right: Millie, Bottom Right: Zellie

Now on to this week’s treat. With St. Patrick’s Day just over a week away, I had to bring you a green treat. I wanted to make something without food dye and matcha tea powder was the perfect answer!

This loaf actually exceeded my expectations. With a touch of almond, all of these flavors created a perfect loaf. If you’re looking for a green treat this season, be sure to give this one a try!

Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 oz soy vanilla yogurt
  • 1.33 cups cashew milk
  • 3/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 6 tbsp cocoa powder
  • boiling water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 x 5 loaf pans. Bring about two cups of water to a boil.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, matcha powder and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, milk, oil and extracts. Fold dry into wet and mix until most lumps are eliminated. Transfer half of batter to another bowl.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder and 6 tbsp boiling water. Once combined, add to one half of batter. Stir. Add one tbsp boiling water in matcha batter. Stir.
  5. Alternate dollops of batters in prepared loaf pans. Once batter is equally distributed, take a knife and do a quick zig-zag through batters.
  6. Bake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for about 30 minutes. Then carefully remove from pan, transfer to a wire rack and allow to cool completely.
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68 thoughts on “Chocolate Matcha Swirl Loaf

  1. Wow. That is a bucketful of cuteness. And I’m not even on the bread yet. I’m still on the kittens!
    The bread is stunning, Megan. Just…wow!

  2. Oh, I loved meeting your kitties!!! Isn’t it funny how many nicknames they have? Our Izzy has a ton, too. Anyway, your loaf is stunning!!! Both inside and out. Well done!

    • Thanks Liz! I’m not sure how I come up with these nicknames, but I’m always thinking of a new one 🙂

    • Thanks so much, Chrissa! It was really fun to make this loaf, but I was so worried I was going to mess the swirl up!

  3. Happy Birthday kitties! 🙂 I love hearing about cute kitties. <3 Zellie is probably gonna be my favorite. Hehe. Meanwhile, you chocolate matcha loaf looks so moist and delicious. Right on time for St. Paddy's. Love it! Pinning!

  4. This post makes me happy for so many reasons! Happy Birthday sweet kittens – you’re so gorgeous and you have a loving Mom! I love that you have so many nicknames for each one. We do the same thing! I think it confuses them… Goblin is always like “Mom, why do you keep calling me Puppy? My name is Goblin!”.

    Now about this loaf – beautiful! I love how you swirled in the matcha. It’s lovely!

    • Ha ha! Thanks so much, Pamela 🙂 I’m sure my pets think I’m crazy (which I kinda am) by the number of names I call them!

    • Thanks so much, Ashley! I was really worried I was going to mess this up – I’m so happy it worked 🙂

    • Thanks Katie! I loved the idea of making a dye free green treat (although I still rely on food dye sometimes :/ )

  5. Omg Megan, this isn’t a loaf this is edible art!!! Those swirls 😮 I just know if I attempted this I would over swirl and it would turn brown, I always get carried away. But this is so perfect and vibrant! Just imagine the reaction if you brought this to a party, and I love the flavors too. Happy almost b-day to your little furry pack, they are so cute <3

  6. Oh my goodness your kitties are so adorable! They names are just the cutest, oh I am so jealous of you! And the marble loaf is so cool! You were able to get such a lovely swirl on top! Definitely saving this for later and I gotta go buy some matcha!

  7. I recently became obsessed with matcha lattes, and I’ve been needing to get my hands on some matcha to bake with! This chocolate matcha loaf will definitely be on my list when I get some 😀 it looks beyond delicious, and the swirl is so pretty.

    • I’ve been experimenting with matcha lattes, but haven’t gotten the right ratio yet, but I’m still trying 😉 This loaf was so fun and I hope you do try it!

  8. Happy birthday to your kittens!! I love the combination of chocolate + matcha ( I think the next green tea frapp I buy I’m going to have to add chocolate chips…) and your swirls are just beautiful!!

  9. Matcha and chocolate sounds very intriguing — I’ve never had that combination! I’m loving that gorgeous, green swirl — this bread is so pretty!

  10. This is such a gorgeous loaf! I love the idea of adding matcha and it looks so perfectly with the chocolate too. This would be such a fun St. Patrick’s day treat!

  11. Wow, Megan – this looks amazing! I love that you managed to avoid artificial coloring in creating your St. Patrick’s Day themed treat. Those swirls are mesmerizing!

  12. What a stunning loaf! I wish we could get our cats on leashes – silly things think just because they were born in a barn they can just waltz outside, forgetting the few minor details that they’re geriatric, slightly obese, and coyotes occasionally wander near… Gotta love ’em though!

    • Oh my goodness, Rebeccah! We were able to introduce our cats to leashes when they were kittens, so it was an easier adjustment. I don’t think our adult cats would like them at all! Thanks for visiting 🙂

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