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Crunchy Matcha Granola Recipe

Crunchy Matcha Granola Recipe

Matcha granola is a scrumptious mixture of golden clusters of oats, toasted coconut pieces, raw almonds and dried cranberries. Deliciously sweetened by pure maple syrup and balanced with the earthiness and umami of matcha  

Servings

8

Ready In:

1hour 15min

Good For:

Anytime!

Crunchy Matcha Granola Recipe

This is a perfect recipe for those who are looking for a healthy alternative to your traditional cereal breakfast. We love the versatility of granola because you can eat it for breakfast, dessert or even as a snack on the go. Making your own granola mix is not only affordable but super fun and simple to do.  Your wallet will not feel the pinch, but your tummy will be contented! 

Generally, you have complete control of what goes into your granola – you can add your favourite nuts, dried fruits or even chocolate chips if you desire.  

 

matcha granola spread with many ingredients

Origin of Granola

For those who have yet to experience the delectable taste of Granola, it is indeed a must-try. Generally, granola consists of a mixture of rolled oats, nuts, dried fruits and sometimes confectionary. A type of oil is then added to the mixture and baked together until golden brown. It can be eaten on its own, but is infinitely inviting on top of desserts or accompanied with Greek yoghurt, fresh fruits or honey!

Before Granola was invented, grains like oats were usually eaten cooked. In fact, eating it cold was extremely dry, unpleasant and almost unpalatable. It was not until a man by the name of James Caleb Jackson who experimented with baking grains came up with a cereal and named it ‘granula‘. Subsequently, John Harvey Kellogg (does his name ring a bell?) also came up with another similar cereal, but named it granola after facing legal issues with using the term granula. In brief, that was how Granola was birthed.

Ingredients

The best part of making granola is the freedom to choose your ingredients. If you are allergic to nuts, alternatively, you can replace them with seeds or dried fruits. Nonetheless, remember to have fun mixing your own granola.

You can add the matcha powder after baking the granola. If you mix it after baking, it may give an unpleasant mouthfeel of eating powder. However, if you find that there isn’t enough matcha flavor after baking, you can add more matcha powder, but mix it well to reduce the powdery texture.  

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 cups of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of nuts (we used almonds)
  • 1/2 cup of seeds (we used sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup of toasted coconut pieces or coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup of dried berries (we used cranberries)
  • 1/2 tsp of sea-salt (or 1/4 tsp of table-salt)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup (alternatively, you can use honey)
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil
  • 2.5 tbsp of Matcha
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional) 
  • 3 tbsp of brown sugar (optional)

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

Firstly, mix the oats, nuts, seeds and salt together in a big bowl and set aside. Do not add the dried fruit and toasted coconut yet.

dry ingredients of matcha granola
Step 2

Secondly, mix the coconut oil and maple syrup with the matcha in a smaller bowl until incorporated. Additionally, you can also add vanilla extract and brown sugar.

pre mix of matcha granola
Step 3

Drizzle the wet mixture over the dry ingredients. Mix well until well coated.

    mixed matcha granola
    Step 4

    Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 150 degrees.

    pre baked matcha granola
    Step 5

    Take the mixture out of the oven and mix with the dried fruits and toasted coconut pieces. Wait until cool and dig into your matcha granola!

      baked matcha granola

      How do you prefer to eat your granola? Comment down below and share with us your tips and stand a chance to win some goodies when our next recipe blogpost is up.

      Matcha 101

      Matcha 101

      Matcha seems to be the entire craze lately.

      It has become the in beverage – touted by celebrities, and at the same time, chugged down by trendy hipster cafes. Generally, it is stirring up a storm in the health and beauty world.

      roleaf matcha 101 in bowl with whisk

      What is matcha?

      It essentially means “powdered tea”. Japanese craftsman crush tea leaves into a special form of fine powder to make it a drink. In comparison to traditional green tea, it is healthier and more concentrated. It is more potent because you are drinking the actual tea leaves.

      p.s. Our Matcha powder is of the finest quality from Yame, Japan.

       

      Read more: Green Tea 101

       

      matcha powder
      matcha powder

      1. Nutritional Matcha

      It is a much more powerful source of nutrients because it is more concentrated than traditional steeped green tea. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and polyphenols, matcha has it all.

      Tip: A cup of matcha a day keeps the doctor away!

      2. Calmness

      It is a great alternative to coffee. It will help with the decaffeinating process. You get the alertness you need without the crash. It also has the added benefit of the compound “l-theanine” which induces relaxation without drowsiness. In brief, alert yet calm.

      Matcha is traditionally prepared by mixing a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third cup of hot water (heated to slightly less than a boil). The drink is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it reaches a nice frothy consistency.

      3. Weight Loss

      Matcha is rich in the compound catechins which has thermogenic properties. Therefore, it increases metabolism, and promotes fat oxidation, even at rest.

      Tip: Studies have shown that exercising immediately after drinking it results in 25% more fat burn during exercise.

      Read more: 3 Green Tea Tips for Weight Loss

       

      4. Fibre

      Constipation? Matcha contains a high level of easily absorbable dietary fibre that will ensure smooth excretion. Besides that, it also help in stabilizing blood sugar levels.

      What are you waiting for? Get some matcha into your daily regime! Buy now!

      It will definitely boost your health and take it to the next level.

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      By the end of the Ming dynasty (1368 – 1644), the culture of tea drinking was growing in the West. But black tea did not find appreciative drinkers until the Dutch embraced Chinese tea after 1640, when Dutch traders introduced tea to society patrons in Hague and it became a fashionable lifestyle. Eventually, it became the most sought-after trade commodity of the English East India Company.

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      Tea Brewing Instructions

      Tea Brewing Instructions

      We offer a wide range of teas from all around the world.

      Hence, understandably, it is a little difficult to remember the brewing methods and temperature.

      Because of that, we have prepared a Tea Lovers Handbook to help you get started on your tea journey. These are some of the tips from the Handbook.

      1. Black Teas

      Black Tea is one of the most commonly drank tea. It is more oxidized than the other types of teas. Some of the most renowned black teas are Earl Grey Tea, English Breakfast Tea, Darjeeling Tea and various others.

      Brewing Time: 3 to 4 minutes

      Brewing Temperature: 100° C

      – Read 3 Black Tea Pairing tips for Beginner

      2. Green Teas

      Tea farmers steam freshly harvested tea leaves to make green teas. As compared to other fermented teas, it contains more antioxidants and minimal oxidation.

      Ancient Japanese textbooks have recommended it, e.g. to improve concentration. In addition, today, its healing powers are the subject of much scientific research.

      Brewing Time: 2-3 minutes

      Brewing Temperature: 80° C

      Read more: 3 Green Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

      Read more: Green Tea 101

      3. Oolong Teas

      Oolong is a semi-fermented tea produced in China through a unique process of withering and oxidation prior to curling and twisting. Its secret lies in the fermentation of the leaf’s outer edges, while the heart of the leaf remains unfermented. In fact, the extent of oxidation of the teas will produce very different taste and aroma.

      Oolong tea is very popular among the Chinese community in south China and Southeast Asia. Indeed, some of the most famous Oolong teas are such as Tie Kuan Yin and Da Hong Pao.

      Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes

      Brewing Temperature: 80° C

      Read more: 2 Oolong Tea Pairing Tips for Beginner

      4. Herbal and Fruit Teas

      Generally, there are many types of herbs and it is non-caffeinated. In fact, ancient civilisations have treasured and recommended herbal teas for their beneficial effects on the nerves and internal organs.

      On the other hand, the basic ingredients of fruit tea are apple, hibiscus and rose hip. A tea master can mix herbs or fruit teas with different types of teas to create a fun and fruity tea blend. However, in recent times, more types of ingredients have been used to create exciting new flavours.


      Brewing Time: 4 to 5 minutes

      Brewing Temperature: 100° C

      5. Matcha

      Matcha is a Japanese green powdered tea that is harvested from shade-grown tea leaves which are high in chlorophyll levels. Therefore, it has a complex and rich taste with smooth finishing. We do highly recommended it for its tremendous health benefits.

      Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes

      Brewing Temperature: 80° C

      Read more: Matcha 101

      Please share and comment below if these tips have been very helpful to you. 

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