Having recently returned from London Vegfest I was inspired by the creativity of the companies and chefs all around us. One of the ingredients I always use the same way is Matcha Green Tea. Being surrounded by so many new ideas inspired me to learn how to do more with Matcha, and the first thing I wanted to try was a Matcha Green Tea Granola.

There’s something really special about the way Matcha “smokes up” when you pull back the ring on the foil seal…specially designed to keep the freshness locked in. If any of the powder does jump out, don’t let it go to waste. I normally scoop it up and pop it straight on my tongue! Imagining myself with an Antioxidant Superhero cape on!

Why Matcha Green Tea?

It’s simple really, it’s crazily good for you!

  • Matcha Green Tea has 137x the antioxidants of normal green tea (because you’re taking in the whole leaf, not just the water left after brewing tea)
  • Matcha is ground-up very fine powdered green tea, from high-quality leaves
  • Matcha has an amazing “umami” taste, making it a deeply satisfying hot drink

I’ve long been an advocate of green tea. Long before the grocery store isles started stocking lots of different flavours. Having recently tried a cherry bakewell green tea I do wonder what they’ll come up with next?! Maybe a vegan bacon-flavoured green tea… 😉

Traditional use of Matcha Green Tea

I try to have a matcha every day. This involves spooning 4x mini spatula scoops of the powder into a small mug of warm water (not boiling, but warmed to 80C).

You then whisk the powder until it’s fully combined with the water. As a rule of thumb it’s ready when there’s a decent froth on top.

Making Matcha Green Tea Granola

After a good old search I decided to use a recipe from bakerita.com. We made a batch of this granola in the evening, ready for breakfast the next day. Using 2 wooden spoons is an easy way to toss the oat mixture with the liquid ingredients, almost the same motion as a stir-fry. You want to try and ensure there is an even coating over the oats before putting it in the oven.

Matcha Green Tea GranolaMatcha Green Tea Granola

 

Matcha Green TeaWe originally started selling matcha as part of our Sushi Hamper, but it’s so good we’re now stocking it separately too. This matcha really is great quality with a really rich flavour.

The company that produces it, Pretty Smart Food, recently launched a snack bar too with matcha green tea in it which is delicious! I’ve tried a lot of “raw” bars in the past and have never really been impressed until I tried the Rawcha one.

Hope you enjoy trying something a little different with matcha. I’m already thumbing through ideas for the next matcha recipe, as this granola was so easy to make and such a healthy start to the day.

Simplifying Happy (Matcha!) Choices

 

 

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About Michelle

Michelle grew up in a culture where it was normal to eat meat at every meal. Watching close family suffer multiple health problems drove her to learn more about eating for health. After watching Food Inc Michelle took the plunge into veganism and hasn’t looked back since. She is now on a mission to bring vegan inspiration to everyone!

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