The vibrant green in these mini muffins come solely from matcha powder, filling these green tea financiers with sweet herbal flavor.
green tea financiersDon’t run away screaming.Β 


YES these are a freaky shade of chlorophyll and YES they have an intimidating French name, which was certainly enough to send The.Boy running for the hills, if you want to know the truth (he wouldn’t try even ONE.)

But the irony of these pinkies up mini cupcakes is that you make them…in…


Would could be more pedestrian than that?


And by pedestrian, I obviously mean un-French-pastry-like since French pastry is all about rules and precision and certainly would not approve of dumping all of your ingredients into a bowl with a mechanical blade and pressing go.

But here we are.

Left with little green subtly sweet bites (that for all intents and purposes are really a mini muffin/cupcake hybrid) that have hints of almond and sesame with some definite herbal green tea undertones.

These may come from humble beginnings, but if we’re being honest, “financier” doesn’t even do them justice in the end.

Take THAT, fancy French pastry names.

Take. That.


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Green Tea Financiers
The vibrant green in these mini muffins come from a green tea infusion, filling these green tea financiers with sweet herbal flavor.
Yield: 24 cupcakes
For the sesame-salt:
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds (mix of black and white)
  • ⅛ tsp flaky sea salt
For the financiers
  • ⅔ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 5 tbsp (45 g) all purpose flour
  • 2½ tsp green tea powder (matcha)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ cup egg whites (about 4 large egg whites)
  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  1. Heat the oven to 375. Grease a mini muffin tin.
  2. For the sesame-salt mix, stir together the sesame seeds and sea salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle the greased muffin cups with ⅔ of the seed mixture, reserving the rest.
  3. For the financiers, in the bowl of a food processor, blend together the almonds, sugar, white sesame seeds, flour, green tea, baking powder, and salt, until the nuts are finely ground. Add in the egg whites and butter and pulse until smooth, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  4. Split the batter among the prepared muffin cups, then sprinkle the tops with the remaining sesame-salt mixture. Bake until the financiers are firm when pressed with a finger, about 12 minutes.
  5. Let cool completely before removing from muffin cups.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cupcake


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73 Responses to Green Tea Financiers

  1. Silly boy to scare so easy! Friands are a favourite in this house, although I am not sure how Paul would go with the matcha flavouring.

  2. These are the cutest little financiers ever! I like the green color… makes me think they are healthy:-)

  3. i thought these were spinach or something on your IG. I love matcha anything so i will happily eat the boy’s share..dont worry πŸ˜›

  4. Monica says:

    Financiers are one of my favorite treats! Whenever I have extra egg whites after making ice cream, I think financiers. I have made a few kinds but never matcha. I know I’d love it!

  5. I love the vibrant green colors, that’s drawing me to them instead of running. Silly boy.

  6. butter and matcha is magic! i love the sesame seeds touch.

  7. Looks good Joanne! My family sometimes don’t try things that I make too! More for you then he doesn’t know what he is missing ????

  8. I’m so intrigued by these! I LOVE green tea and drink at least two cups everyday. But I’ve honestly never tried baking with matcha powder. These little financiers look perfect!

  9. Julia says:

    I LOVE matcha powder and have never baked with it! I seriously just replenished my supply with a 2-pound bag, so I have matcha galore to go all-out pedestrian with these tasty financiers! Great thinking, my dear! Have a fun weekend. πŸ™‚

  10. These are absolutely adorable! I love how French…yet un-French, they are πŸ™‚

  11. Loving these! I like the green color, I think it makes them seem healthy πŸ™‚ I wonder how green tea tastes!

  12. Kathryn says:

    I think these are gorgeous! I love that beautiful green colour.

  13. I think these are gorgeous, and I’m happy The.Boy wouldn’t eat them, so now you can mail me the leftovers? Please? πŸ™‚

  14. I don’t think I’ve ever had something with green tea in it. But I’m totally ready to give it a try! These look great!

  15. “Won’t even try one…..” I know what that’s like – sorry if everything I make isn’t bacon and ranch and pasta. It reminds me of the Seinfeld pie episode.

    These are gorgeous! I love the sesame seed topping.

  16. Did I ever tell you about how when I worked at Starbucks I was once dared a dollar to eat an entire heaping spoonful of matcha powder? As expected, it wasn’t nearly as delightful or pleasant as these financiers πŸ™‚ Despite the initial trauma, I do love matcha desserts and these couldn’t be more lovely!

  17. SallyBR says:

    Very interesting recipe – I think Phil would run for the hills with TheBoy, maybe not as fast as him, but trying to keep close

    Me? I am intrigued trying to imagine the taste and texture…

  18. Woah these sound unexpectedly good! Really creative recipe here Joanne!

  19. Love how green they are even after baking! These are truly gorgeous!

  20. I love anything with matcha so I bet I would love them. (Healthy) fun for St. Patricks Day!

  21. They look really green and beautiful!

  22. Abby says:

    I love that green hue! I don’t think I’ve ever had a financier before, must make these over the weekend!

  23. These are so pretty! Not that that’ll stop me from eating them all. πŸ˜‰

  24. Erika says:

    You are hilarious. I want these. I’ve been wanting to try something with matcha for so long–and what’s better than something made in a food processor?!?! Nothing.

  25. I’m intimidated and impressed all at the same time. One bowl wonder. Sold.

  26. Trisha says:

    These look fabulous! I love the colour x

  27. sandra says:

    I have to say my eyes did get a little wider when I saw your newest creation. I love it!! Especially how they resemble kiwi fruits with the sesame seed on top. I have wondered what a financier is… must look that one up.

  28. Eileen says:

    CAEK. This is exactly what I want on a Friday afternoon! (Ignore the fact that it is currently 10 am…) The sesame seeds are such a nice touch.

  29. Meg says:

    The color! The name! I’m intrigued. Confused, a bit, and definitely intrigued.

  30. I love this! One of my favorite bakeries sells financiers, and I’ve always wondered about them, this color is great!

  31. Run away!? Never. I love the color…so pretty. πŸ™‚ I’ve never tried these flavors before but I’d happily try because this looks delicious!

  32. My obsession with matcha treats has been amplified by my recent trip to Japan so I would be all over these fancy-sounding mini muffins!

  33. The only thing the French got wrong is Mirepoix, because, you know…celery. But ain’t nothing wrong with these babies!

  34. Erica says:

    Oh I bet they’re yummy! With the seeds and the green colour, they kind of look like kiwi fruits πŸ˜‰

  35. I’m sure they’re delicious, but they’re almost too pretty to eat!! πŸ˜› Great shots!

  36. How funny, I recently bookmarked this recipe from Ready for Dessert and now you have me really itching to try it! I may have to put a gluten-free spin on it. mmm….

  37. Veronica says:

    Sweet herbal flavor? I’m sold.

  38. haha!! the.boy is so similar to my husband! If anything looks weird he won’t even try it! You totally rocked these photos though – I think they look great! And love the little seeds on top πŸ™‚

  39. Emma says:

    These are just adorable! Shame financiers are out of my life now I don’t eat eggs but we used to love them here, along with French madeleines. I’m a big matcha fan too.

  40. cheri says:

    just pinned this. never tried matcha powder before. very interesting

  41. ramblingtart says:

    What fun! I do love when food is naturally colored in such vivid colors. πŸ™‚

  42. Great idea for flavouring the financiers. I’m going to do this next time I make a batch πŸ™‚

  43. Baked goods from food processing are a big win for me – and I rather like green sweets too, so I’m loving these all around πŸ™‚

  44. I love the colour, they sound quite simple to make too. Great flavour with green tea.

  45. Jess says:

    These look amazing! Loving that green colour! πŸ™‚

  46. gloria says:

    I think are georgeous Joanne!!
    love the color!
    i hope to find here g
    matcha tea!

  47. Love these Joanne – I’ve never made financiers but I read about them a few years ago. Great idea using green tea in these!

  48. Barbara says:

    I just can’t seem to get on board that bandwagon! I know green tea is all the rage and so is anything made with it in the kitchen. The color puts me off. I know, chicken of me, but there it is.

  49. Well, if anyone runs away I will just eat their share. Green food has never scared me, in fact I thought of who cute these were! Must be a blogger thing :D. Perfect for a Friday – weekend!

  50. Hotly Spiced says:

    With their colour, they do look like a savoury item. What a trick! I’ve only recently heard of financiers and not seen them before with matcha. I’ve heard they’re a delicious sweet treat xx

  51. Kate says:

    These look like perfect little bite-sized bits. And I think green tea is the best reason something should be green!

  52. I love using matcha in baking and these look amazing!

  53. KATHY says:

    Ooooo I think these look fabulous! A very pretty little tea cake…I would love these! Have a great week, Joanne!

  54. Shannon says:

    these totally look like little kiwi! and who knew- the food processor?! i’ve been falling in love with mine all over again lately πŸ™‚

  55. Rika @ VM says:

    These green tea financiers remind me of sweet kiwis! That looks beautiful, I would love to do a veganized version – and perfect for a tea party!

  56. Deena kakaya says:

    They look so perfect Joanne, I like the sesame and salt ingredients in this vibrant and clever bites x

  57. Love the color of these – they’re so fun! And the fact they can be in a food processor makes me happy as well. These are so cool! x

  58. I love baking and cooking with green tea so I’m into these babies!

  59. Monet says:

    I’m a green girl so these look lovely Joanne! I can’t wait to try them. What a sweet treat to share with a friend (or just with yourself and a good book!) Thanks for sharing!

  60. Kate says:

    Woah, those are so green! I love it! Your financiers reminded me that I have a bit of matcha somewhere in my cabinets… I want to find it and start turning stuff green! I bet those little green treats are so tasty.

  61. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These are so interesting, I really think the shade of green is gorgeous! Excited to get a taste of these πŸ™‚

  62. Reeni says:

    I’ll eat the boy’s share! πŸ™‚ I love how easy these are! I’d be whipping them up left and right! I have yet to try baking with matcha but I love the results. So pretty!

  63. very original! i love the color!

  64. I think they look cute and sound delicious.

  65. I seriously CANNOT handle how gorgeous these are!! Wow!

  66. erin says:

    Just made these and they taste lovely, although they’re not even close to the perky green that yours are. πŸ™ Think there are different types of matcha?? Or was the 2.5 tsp a typo and I should have used more? Thanks!

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  68. Rachel says:

    Hi – what is the texture of these financiers? Are they moist? I’m afraid they might come out dry by adding an astringent ingredient such as matcha powder?

  69. Marianne says:

    made them. wonderful. so imaginative! french financiers are so boring. (i ought to know…i’m french!). and they are easy to prepare. thanks!

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