This one goes out to all the health nuts out there! My 15 minute Matcha Honey Granola packs a mean nutritional punch!
And if you’re one of those people scratching their heads, wondering “what the actual heck is Matcha?!” Not to worry…
What is Matcha?
Simply put, Matcha powder is concentrated green tea powder.
How is Matcha different to regular green tea?
When you brew green tea, components of the leaves get infused in the water, but thereafter the leaves get discarded. However, by drinking matcha tea you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients.
What are the health benefits of Matcha?
Among a host of health benefits, I think in the context of this post, the most relevant health benefits of Matcha is:
- Matcha boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Matcha has a detoxifying effect
- Matcha is rich in chlorophyll, fiber, and vitamins
And for interest’s sake, here is the nutritional information per gram(g) of Matcha powder:
|Total Catechins||105 mg|
|Total Amino Acids||34 mg|
|Vitamin C||1.75 mg|
|Vitamin A||291 mg|
I used it as the star ingredient in my granola – mostly because I know most shop-bought granolas to be packed with processed ingredients and sugar!
The only sweetener in this granola is a bit of natural, unprocessed honey. Mine was sourced from the wine cellar at Hermanuspietersfontein (located in Hermanus as the name suggests).
I don’t like adding sugar to ANY of my recipes, but if you’d like a little added guilt-free sweetness in your granola – add an equal quantity of xylitol. More sweetness, but no harmful insulin spikes
You can make an entire batch of Honey Matcha Granola in 15 minutes! Now you have absolutely ZERO excuses not to make it!
Pssst incase you missed it:
15 Minute Honey Matcha Granola Recipe
(Scroll to the bottom of the post for a printable recipe)
The ingredient list is pretty simple, as most people usually have oats in the cupboard. Just make like a hunter-gatherer and search the kitchen for a 1 cup combination of nuts or seeds: flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, pecan nuts, almonds, the possibilities are ENDLESS!
I also added a few optional ingredients to my taste, but of course, you could go crazy with the extras 😉 I added banana chips dipped in honey (for added crunch) and some dried cranberries. If you still want the crunch but minus the carbs – perhaps replace the banana chips with coconut flakes. Or for added fiber – bran flakes! With granola, you really have the freedom to add whatever strikes your fancy! Keep in mind the nutritional information though, because it is SO easy to push yourself over the edge. In case you didn’t know, granola is usually VERY ENERGY DENSE. However, with this Matcha Honey Granola recipe, I tried to keep it as low-key as possible.
But now it’s time to get SERIOUS:
The baking process only takes 10 minutes, BUT the mixture can burn VERY easily so keep your eye on it! Believe you me – the granola will burn if you leave it any longer! It’s happened to me before; I was SO angry at myself for wasting the ingredients I will never make the same mistake again.
Here’s a video to show how easy it is to make:
Once cooled, I added the extras: banana chips and dried cranberries. If you’re wondering when to add your extras (before or after baking), just pop a comment below and I’ll be happy to advise 🙂
THIS IS WHAT MY MATCHA POWDER LOOKS LIKE:
- Serves: 12
- Serving size: ½ cup
- Calories: 191
- Fat: 9.6g
- Carbohydrates: 23.9g
- Sugar: 6.3g
- Fiber: 4.4g
- Protein: 4.6g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- 3 cups oats
- 1 cup mixed nuts and seeds*
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup xylitol
- Optional: ½ cup honey dipped banana chips + ½ cup dried cranberries
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
- Measure out all the ingredients.
- Add the oats and mixed seeds and nuts to a large bowl. Mix.
- Add the rest of the ingredients (except the banana chips and cranberries).
- Mix well - don't be afraid to use your hands.
- Spread evenly onto a large baking sheet.
- Place in the oven for 10 minutes (take out after 5 minutes and flip the mixture around a bit).
- After 10 minutes remove from the oven and allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.
- Once cooled, add the banana chips and dried cranberries if desired.
NB! Keep your eye on it the whole time - it burns VERY easily.