A staple in Filipino Panaderia’s (Bread Shops) Kababayan is an easy to make muffin that is eaten as a snack in between meals. In this version we flavor it with Matcha.

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Matcha Kababayan on a brown plate.

First of All What is Kababayan?

In this case it has two meanings. Kababayan In Tagalog, (one of the dialects spoken in the Philippines) means fellow countryman. Legend has it, that because this bread looks like a Salakot. A hat with a distinct dome with a rim. It was named Kababayan as whenever a person saw another person wearing the same type of hat, it would signal that they were fellow countrymen and would raise their hat to each other. No words necessary.

Matcha Kababayan Recipe Ingredients

In this version we are going to add a touch of Matcha to the recipe. The Matcha Kababayan Recipe uses pantry baking staples and doesn’t take lots of mixing either.

These are the dry ingredients that you will need:

Matcha Kababayan Recipe Dry Ingredients.
Dry Ingredients

These are the wet ingredients that you will need:

Matcha Kababayan Recipe Wet Ingredients.
Wet Ingredients

How to Make Matcha Kababayan Recipe

Start the recipe by mixing all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then in a separate bowl mix together all the wet ingridents.

Matcha Kababayan Recipe Steps.

Now add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix lightly with a wooden spoon. Don’t over mix. If there are lumps of flour or sugar, it’s okay. The key is to not over mix.

The Matcha Kababayan is baked in an unlined muffin tin that has been sprayed with oil. Don’t forget that step!

Once the muffin tin has been greased, pour the batter in each cup just filling half way.

Matcha Kababayan Recipe Steps.

Bake the muffins in the oven at 350F for 15 minutes. Until the edges are brown and you see a dome forming on the Matcha Kababayan’s.

Once the muffins are baked, brush with melted butter and then remove from the tin and leave to cool on a rack.

Matcha Kababayan being brushed with melted butter.
Matcha Kababayan just baked in a muffin tin.
Matcha Kababayan on a cooling rack.

How to Serve the Matcha Kababayan

Once it has cooled down you can serve it with some hot green tea, or even a matcha latte depending on your mood.

Matcha Kababayan on a brown wooden plate with a bag of Aiya Culinary Grade Matcha
Matcha Kababayan on a plate and cake stand.
Matcha Kababayan served with green tea.

How to Store The Muffins

You can leave it on the counter for up to 3 days, stored in a cake dome. If you need to keep it for longer, wrap each muffin individually with plastic wrap and freeze for up to 3 months. Leave on the counter to defrost or pop in the microwave for 20 seconds to heat up.

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Matcha Kababayan Recipe

A staple in Filipino Panaderia's (Bread Shops) Kababayan is an easy to make muffin that is eaten as a snack in between meals. In this version we flavor it with Matcha.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Merienda, Snack
Cuisine: Filipino
Servings: 15 Muffins


  • 1 Regular Muffin Tin
  • Baking Spray


Dry Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Culinary Grade Aiya Matcha
  • 1 ½ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • Cup Brown Sugar
  • Cup White Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • ½ Teaspoon Salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 Large Eggs
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter


  • Pre-Heat Oven to 350F
  • Spray Muffin Tin with Baking Spray
  • In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients: matcha, flour, both sugars, baking powder and soda and salt. Mix well taking out any lumps.
  • In a separate bowl combine all the wet ingredients: eggs, milk, oil and vanilla extract. Mix well until nice and smooth.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix with a wooden spoon lightly. Just until combined.
  • Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, fill each muffin cup half way only. This helps you get more dome!
  • Bake for 15 minutes until the edges start to brown and you see the dome formed.
  • Take out of the oven and brush with melted butter.
  • Remove from the muffin tin and place on a wire rack to cool.
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