Matcha’s aptness as everyday morning drink in lieu of coffee or steeped tea is no longer moot. As it turns out, the specially cultivated and processed green tea powder contains an adequate amount of caffeine and copious volume of the amino acid L-theanine, which together, causes a lingering alertness and mood enhancing effect that we need to start the day. However, matcha is not limited to making energizing and enjoyable thirst-quenchers, it can also be instilled in a wide variety of classic and modern recipes that can be enjoyed any time of the day.
For starter, matcha can power up many of your favorite breakfast treats. After all, what could be a better time to supply your body with a host of antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids than during the first meal of the day? Although matcha’s inherent taste is commonly described as vegetal and malty with a hint of sweetness and bitterness (like raw cocoa powder), it ostensibly mixes well with various morning staples, as verified by several professional and home food technicians.
Here are some of the most common breakfast fares that can be enhanced with matcha:
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A half-teaspoon of matcha powder can go a long way in enhancing the taste and nutritional value of your bowl of dairy or non-dairy milk that goes with your morning cereal. Just whisk the green tea powder in 2 - 3 tablespoons of warm milk or water before mixing it completely with chilled milk. Since no cooking is required in this preparation, it is more recommended to use Café Grade powder to make the resulting matcha-milk smoother and creamier in texture.
You can also power up your bowl of Matcha-Milk and Cereal further by adding berries, nuts and fresh fruit slices on top. You should likewise try using almond milk instead of dairy, as it complements the flavor of matcha really well. Ms. Talia Pollock verifies this in her blog Party in My Plants, from where the photo above was originally shown.
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You can add ½ tablespoon of Culinary Grade matcha powder for every cup of oats or other porridge grains for that added color, flavor and nutritional value. Spoon in the green tea powder to the gruel after it came to boil or while it is simmering, then stir with a spoon or ladle until it is evenly distributed. Do this process about 3 minutes or less before turning off the heat so as not to overcook the green tea powder.
The porridge can also be sweetened with sugar, honey or syrup, and topped with fruits, berries, nuts and other add-ons. Pictured above is Ms. Danni Martin's Matcha Superfood Porridge as it originally appeared in her blog Hungry Healthy Happy.
To get her complete recipe, just click HERE.
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Start your day with a luscious stack of green, fluffy and yummy pancakes. One of the world’s most popular breakfast treat can now be infused with antioxidants and amino acids by mixing in a spoonful of matcha powder in the batter mix. Begin by stirring in the vibrant pulverized green tea with the other powdered ingredients such as flour, sugar and baking soda. The said mixture will then be combined with the whisk-blend wet ingredients such as eggs, milk, and butter or oil. Culinary Grade matcha powder would be sufficient in this preparation.
Sifted raw matcha powder can also be used to top flapjacks or waffles in conjunction with confectioner’s sugar. You can also crown the stack with chocolate chips or berries for extra color and flavors. Drizzle with maple syrup prior to serving. Shown here is a photo of Matcha Pancakes made by young blogger Joleen for her blog joleencuisine.com. Click HERE to see complete recipe.
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Mix in half a teaspoon of matcha powder to the usual batter for making French Toasts and give it a lovely green tinge and an extra layer of flavor. In case this is your first attempt to make French toasts, the batter is usually composed of eggs, cream or milk, vanilla extract and sugar or other sweetener (I like using cinnamon sugar). This is where you dip and soak the bread slices prior to frying them in oil or melted butter in a saucepan.
You can also top your French toast with sifted raw matcha powder and confectioner’s sugar along with berries and/or sliced fruits like banana or apple. Ms. Shaikha M. Al Ali made a delicious Matcha French Toast with Raspberries recipe, which she shared with us netizens through her blog When Shaikha Cooks. A photo of her creation is shown above, while her complete recipe can be seen HERE.
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Do you like green eggs and ham? This is the question asked by Sam, the main character in Dr. Seuss’s classic children’s book. Now you can literally have green eggs at home, but not the kind that repulsed Sam, but the highly nutritious and enjoyable matcha-enhanced kind.
Just add ½ teaspoon of the vibrant green tea powder for every 1 – 2 eggs serving of scramble or omelet as a supplemental seasoning, as well as a nutrition-booster. Just whisk in raw matcha with beaten eggs along with other ingredients such as grated cheese, milk, sliced tomatoes, etc. before frying in butter or oil in a saucepan. Sifted matcha powder can also be sprinkled on top of the finished dish for added presentation.
The photo above is taken from Ms. Anne Beaubien’s personal blog Waffle Hearts. Click HERE to see her complete Matcha Omelet recipe.
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Matcha’s intrinsic umami taste and vegetal quality can work really well with the yoghurt’s inherent tartness and subtle sweetness. Just put half a teaspoon of Café Grade green tea powder in one cup of chilled unflavored or Greek-style yoghurt and stir until it is evenly mixed. You can also add some liquid sweetener like honey or syrup.
Top this creamy treat with assorted berries and fruit slices like kiwi, banana, peaches, etc. for a truly energizing, detoxifying and delightful morning meal. Cookery writer Chelsie Collins created a scrumptious matcha-yoghurt fruit bowl for BBC Good Food website, which is shown above. to get her complete recipe, just click HERE.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope that you will always have a flavorful and healthful morning meal!