Friday, December 12, 2014

overnight matcha muesli

Breakfast is one of those things that you have to have everyday, but usually don't have too much time to think about it. I have to say, breaky is definitely my favorite meal of the day. I always wake up hungry and fantasizing about a hot coffee.... mmmm. So, I have to keep it interesting! Although I have a smoothie 90% of the time (I have a slight obsession with my nutribullet), a hearty alternative is always welcome.

One of the things I do frequently is soak oats or muesli with chia seed and coconut or almond milk for a creamy morning treat that is ready to be topped with fruit. Well, we just happened to have some Matcha green tea (a powdered Japanese ceremonial green tea) that we received as a gift (because I am also slightly obsessed with tea). This recipe made four servings, I separated mine into little jars for quick and easy don't-have-to-think-about-it breakfasts.

  • 2 cups muesli (or just rolled oats, the muesli has some dried fruit and sunflower seeds in it, which give it extra sweetness and texture)
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 1-2 tsp matcha powder (totally your preference, it's pretty strong!)
  • 2 cups coconut milk (I use Silk Coconut Milk Original because it is extra creamy, but really any kind of milk will do)
  • 1 cup of water (or another cup of milk)

Mix together dry ingredients...

Add coconut milk and water, whisk or stir for a few minutes to allow chia seeds to set without clumping together. Divide into four small jars, cover, and refrigerate until morning!

Matcha shares all of the wonderful health benefits of other green teas, such as high antioxidants and a metabolism booster, but because when you drink matcha you are ingesting the whole leaf and not just the steeped water, you are getting 10 times the amount of those nutritional benefits!