I recently had the joy of joining the good folks on the Home & Family show to make what has become one of my most favorite desserts: Matcha Custard with Berries (a recipe straight from the pages of Smart Plants)! We blended, we whisked, we poured, and we garnished, and in the blink of an eye, little cups of velvety-smooth bliss were served. If you want to see just how obsessed I am with this treat, just take a look at my face at the end of the video when I have a first bite! (Now you know why I don't play poker.)
Here's a little background on this recipe: I actually first developed this custard several years ago, when an event I was cooking for specifically requested an array of tantalizing treats that were healthy and packed with benefits. This custard recipe was one of those treats, and turned out to be such a hit, that I've been making it for all my social get-togethers (and my family) ever since. I love it because it's so easy (but seems fancy!), and can actually enhance how you feel on so many levels! That's why, by the time I started writing the recipes for my newest book, I knew this magical little concoction was one I definitely wanted to share. It's naturally packed with "smart plants."
Okay, I know what you're thinking: how can custard be so healthy? And I understand that! Custard, which is essentially like a thick pudding, is classically made with cream, sugar, and eggs ... and little else. But this recipe contains none of those things! In fact, my version is little more than cashews, matcha, arrowroot, and maple syrup, along with some extra-special superfoods.
Here's what's so wonderful about these ingredients:
Cashews: Great source of minerals, and the healthy monousaturated fats your brain (and body) loves.
Matcha Powder: A featured natural nootropic in Smart Plants! Excellent for calm focus and thought-flow, and highly neuroprotective.
Arrowroot Powder: No GMO cornstarch here! Arrowroot has small amounts of vitamins and minerals, and is especially good for the digestive process (healthy gut equals healthy brain).