Energizing Coconut Matcha Green Tea Oatmeal! A gluten free and vegan friendly breakfast to POWER you through the day. Healthy matcha green tea paired with creamy coconut milk, gluten free oatmeal, and coconut flakes to make one nourishing bowl of goodness.
I have a confession. I.. actually, we (Cotters), have this thing for coffee. And if you were to ask us to chose between Matcha Green Tea and coffee, of course coffee would win. And if you were to ask us if we’d rather have coffee or real food, like healthy oatmeal for breakfast, we would probably choose coffee! Ack, I know! But I mean, it’s a MUST in our house. Not necessarily for the caffeine, but more for the taste, routine, and the aroma. Oh my, we adore that aroma! Plus my father in Law used to have a coffee farm in Hawaii, so we were kind of spoiled, ya know?
Regardless, there are times where I just know we need to back off coffee for a bit. This usually happens when the effects of coffee are reversed. When that one or two cups of coffee are no longer helping us wake up in the morning, but instead are leaving us sluggish. I would say this usually occurs when the body is needing a little reset. And boy do we recognize when that is needed —> an adrenal reset or a healthy gut reset. Yes, both are needed from time to time.
So, what’s a coffee addict to due when you still need energy but without the coffee? You find something that will still satisfy your routine but with extra health PERKS (see what I did there?). Such as matcha green tea and a wholesome creamy oatmeal breakfast.
I know what you’re thinking. But Matcha green tea is so BITTER and it’s well.. GREEN! Ya ya, but let me tell you this. Matcha green tea does WONDERS for energy. Heck, any GREEN tea will do wonders! I used a combination of both green tea and matcha powder in this oatmeal to even out the taste and effectiveness.
But first.. let’s swoon over this.
Matcha Green Tea Benefits :
- First, green tea is NOT oxidized. It is not exposed to high levels of oxygen. In fact, part of the growing process of these green tea leaves includes shading them from the sun (oxidation). Which means there are more antioxidants available in the leafs once brewed! Which means there is more Chlorophyll –> hence the VIBRANT GREEN. How nerdy and cool is that? (source)
- Second, matcha green tea is a concentrated powder form. So think of regular green tea antioxidants on steroids. In fact, it has 60x more antioxidants than spinach. Like whoa!
- Third, Matcha green tea is unique because it actually evens out the effect of caffeine in the green tea. How so? Well the whole shading process (mentioned above) increases the content of L-Theanine. L- Theanine is an amino acid that can help calm the nervous system but also stimulate brain waves. So you have a this calm energizing thing going on. This can also help ease anxiety. Like the anxiety of not having your coffee! haha, that would be me!
I could go on and one, but the point is this. IF you are still sluggish after all that coffee. Maybe it’s time to switch up that morning routine. Just for a little while. Are you nodding your head with me?
But have no fear because if you’re like 5 million other people in the world, you probably love your oatmeal in the morning just as much as your coffee.
This coconut green tea oatmeal is like the red bull of oatmeal, except it doesn’t make you crash later. That I can testify!
First you brew your matcha green tea in coconut milk, then you add that to a batch of gluten free oats and cook it all up with banana, honey, and cinnamon. Finally, you serve it up and top with a little extra sprinkle of matcha green tea powder (if you so choose).
It may be green but I promise it’s delightful. Or you can just find that out yourself, mmm k?
Do you ever replace your coffee with green tea? Ever tried Matcha?
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