Match, oh how popular you have become! I love when delicious and nutritious ingredients become a little more mainstream. It makes them easier to find at the grocery store, and much easier to incorporate into various recipes and dishes. This time, I’ve paired it with oats to make a deliciously sweet matcha oatmeal.
I’ve been a fan of matcha lattes for a few years now, and I’ve experimented with adding matcha to energy balls. The options for adding matcha into our food and drinks is endless!
I’ve talked about the benefits of matcha here on this post, but just a quick recap:
- Matcha has tons of antioxidants. It’s a special type of green tea leaf simply ground up, so the amount of antioxidants is much higher than straight green tea. Specifically, it contains an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which has cancer-fighting properties.
- Matcha contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which is calming and relaxing while at the same time promoting alertness. Because matcha also contains caffeine, the L-theanine reduces the jittery or anxious feelings that some people get from caffeine.
- Matcha can boost our metabolism, supporting energy production and helping us burn calories.
- Matcha is a great alternative to coffee, as it provides a bit of caffeine without the jitters and gives us energy by supporting metabolism.
When choosing matcha, always look for a good quality product. Because you’re eating the actual tea leaves, it’s best to choose organic matcha to avoid added toxins. I would also caution against using matcha from China or other areas of the world known to be highly polluted.
One highly recommended brand is DoMatcha’s ceremonial grade matcha. You’ll notice that ceremonial grade is the highest quality and often tastes the sweetest (least bitter). Usually you can tell a good quality matcha from the colour – it should be a bright green, not dull and life-less.
If you’re new to matcha, I encourage you to try a matcha latte to really get a feel for the flavour. It can be a little strong at first, but once your tastebuds adapt, it is quite delicious. Adding it to dishes like oatmeal or energy balls is a no-brainer!
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if necessary)
- 1 cup coconut milk or other dairy-free milk (unsweetened)
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder (ceremonial grade is ideal for best flavour)
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- 1-2 tbsp collagen
- 1 tbsp cashew butter (or other nut butter)
- Coconut shaving/flakes
- Nuts or seeds of choice (pictured: hemp seeds and walnuts)
- Combine oats and coconut milk into a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer, continually stirring, until oats are cooked through.
- Add in honey, matcha and other optional ingredients as desired. Stir to combine.
- Pour in a bowl and top with delicious toppings like coconut flakes.