A little matcha for brekky, just not a latté
Surely you’ve taken some curiousity in matcha as a result of its recent social insurgence. As every Instagram influencer is touting the green powder as their fav new latté (you can now order one at nearly any café), you may have found yourself asking, just why is it so popular?
WHAT IS MATCHA ANYWAY?
Matcha powder comes from the green tea leaves themselves, and is very simply, merely a concentrated version of the bagged or loose leaf versions you may have indulged in before. This means all the wonderful properties of green tea are greatly multiplied, giving you a super dose of antioxidants, helping to fight free radicals.
This also means it’s much more than a drink, and you can still reap a latté the benefits (couldn’t help myself). Having a powdered superfood gives way to great creativity when it comes to connecting with our food!
IT’S EASY TO MAKE IT FANCY
There’s all sorts of ways to play with matcha. You can use it in smoothies, chocolates, all sorts of sweet treats and even baked goods. Or you can even try it in this simple brekky oats recipe for something new and different that tastes pretty fancy, but you don’t have to be a Michelin-star chef to whip up.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp chia seeds (optional, for added fibre and thicker porridge)
almond or cashew milk
small handful of raspberries
1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
TOPPINGS: HONEY & CONNECT FOODS PINK HIMALAYAN SALT PUMPKIN SEEDS
Bring water to boil in kettle. Place oats in a dry pan and toast lightly before adding hot water. This is one of my favourite tricks to keep oats and grains al denté, by lighting toasting them first.
After oats cook about halfway at a simmer, add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to oats. if you are using chia seeds to supercharge a bit, add those now too. Stir occasionally while cooking.
Serve with a float of your favourite non-dairy milk (I find almond and cashew to be my favs for oats)
Top with raspberries, and drizzle honey across like the all-star chef that you are. sprinkle the remaining matcha powder on top, and admire your masterpiece before diving in.
*Connect Foods Organic Products can be found at your nearest Woolworths