Monday, February 1, 2016

Matcha Granola

Happy February! My goal for this month is to eat healthy and in moderation until NOLA! It's going to be tough because there's Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day happening. Let's try to focus on family and love instead of yummy food and sweets? Haha.



I am already thinking about making a Banoffee Pie though. Maybe I can even it out with another figurerobics session.


For this week's breakfast, I got berries and matcha granola topped greek yogurt.
(and for lunch, quinoa kale salad with a lemony dressing)



Matcha Granola
recipe adapted from Peaceful Cuisine
makes about 4 cups
150g oats
60g liquid sweetener (maple syrup)
30g coconut oil, melted
75g nuts (chopped pecans, chopped walnuts, sliced almonds)
15g toasted sesame seeds
1 Tbsp (10g) chia seeds
1 Tbsp matcha powder
65g dried fruits (dried blueberries)

Mix dry ingredients and whisk wet ingredients.
Combine everything together.
Spread in an even layer and bake.
Make sure to stir or rotate pan so you don't end up with uneven browning like mine.
1. COMBINE: In large bowl, combine oats, liquid sweetener, melted coconut oil, nuts, seeds and matcha powder.
2. BAKE: Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then spread granola mixture out in an even layer. Bake at 350F, gently stirring at 15 minutes, until the granola is golden-brown and dry, 30 minutes.
3. MIX: Remove from oven and mix in dried fruits.
4. COOL: Let cool completely and transfer to jar to store.
Recipe yields about 3 mason jars.
Love the big chunks.

Also came upon this guide on how to make granola using a basic ratio from Epicurious. It seems simple and super flexible to customize to anyone's liking.

1. Start with 6 parts dry to 1 part wet
- dry: 3 parts oats, 1 part nuts, 1 part seeds, and 1 part anything
- wet: 1 part oil, 1 part liquid sweetener/egg white

2. Season to taste with cinnamon/vanilla extract/cardamom/nutmeg/salt
3. Bake at 300F, gently stirring every 15 minutes, until granola is golden-brown and dry, 40 to 45 minutes.

4. Stir dried fruit into hot granola.  Let cool completely before storing.





Taste: 5 stars out of 5
Lightly sweetened and pairs well with plain greek yogurt. Subtle matcha flavor and lovely toasted nutty aroma.
Texture: 5 stars out of 5
Crispy!

Add berries/fruits on top to make it even more nutritious!