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Going Green - Matcha Green Tea & Oats

Saturday, 13 June 2009

After my first attempt in making a matcha dessert - green tea filling for my failed macarons, I've never used the green stuff again. When I saw matcha oats on Sophia's blog, burp and slurp, I immediately bookmarked it because it involves oats I looove. I really enjoyed it - every spoon was bursting with wonderful matcha flavour and matcha seems to go very well with creamy stuff. After learning the many benefits of matcha which you will see below, I am definitely having this more often.

matcha green tea oats

Ingredients: serves 1
Adapted from Burp and Slurp
  • 4 tbs Porridge Oats
  • 1 cup Semi-Skimmed Milk
  • 1 tsp (or more) Matcha
  • Agave Nectar or any other sweetener
  • Crunchy Granola (optional)

  • Heat up oats and milk in a pot, cook until the consistency you desire.
  • Stir in matcha.
  • Add sweetener to taste.
  • Enjoy with some crunchy granola.
I am sending this over to Katie from Eat This - this week's host of weekend herb blogging #187. WHB event is currently housed by Haalo at Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once.


Glad I found out about this event because I learnt a lot from googling about this amazing green stuff.
I know green tea has many benefits, but didn't know that it's that good.

So here's a bit about the super green powder - matcha:

matcha green tea powder

Matcha basically means rubbed or ground green tea and is used traditionally in Japanese Tea Ceremony. Matcha green tea plants are grown shaded before harvesting resulting in slower growth, higher chlorophyll (the good green stuff that has detoxifying properties) and production of amino acids. After harvesting, the leaves are dried, graded, de-stemmed and de-veined. The leaves selected for matcha (tencha) is then ground to matcha. High quality matcha should appear greener, and also taste 'greener', sweeter and more intense in flavour.

Why matcha & is it worth every penny?

matcha green tea

There are many types of green tea and matcha is known to be the most nutrient-rich green tea because you fully ingest the powdered tea, unlike other tea leaves which you discard after brewing. In terms of the
potent antioxidant Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), matcha green tea is 137 times the amount in normal green tea! Not only that, 1 glass of matcha green tea has 2 times the antioxidants of a glass of red wine, 9 times the beta-carotene of spinach, 4 times that of carrots and 70 times of orange juice!

Here's an ever growing list of some facts & benefits:

  • Has one of the highest ORAC values (oxygen radical absorption), thus a powerful antioxidant which has anti-angeing benefits and offer protection against certain diseases. More on ORAC here.
  • Benefits of EGCG: anti-ageing, speeds up metabolism , reduces inflammation, fights cancer...
  • Has L-theanine which not only contribute to matcha's distinctive aroma and flavour but also promote relaxation and focused attention.
  • Contains small amount of caffeine and is absorbed over 6-8 hours instead of sudden boost of caffeine which is absorbed quickly from drinking coffee.
  • Sugar-free
  • High in Fiber
and the list goes on...all in all, it is VERY GOOD for you.

The proper way of preparing matcha is to use a matcha bowl, bamboo scoop (chashaku) and a bamboo whisk (chasen). You whisk the matcha powder and water in a bowl until frothy and then drink it immediately. But you can still enjoy this flavourful tea with just a teaspoon and a cup! Matcha has also been widely used in cooking especially desserts such as ice-cream, cakes, pastries, cookies and the like.
Head over to burp and slurp for more interesting use of matcha!

Matcha on Foodista

54 oink oinks...:

anna said...

I love matcha but have never thought of putting it in oatmeal. This gives me so many ideas!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

An unusual and interesting combination! Yummy!



Elra said...

I have one container of mancha powder, and still haven't used it yet. What a great idea putting this delicious, nutritious and precious green powder into your oatmeal. Yum!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

very cool!

Jenn said...

Nice. I've got to give that a try.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I find matcha endlessly intriguing & you've made it better. Your pistures are WONDERFUL & bring everything to life! Matcha & oats...are you creative!! YES!!

Angie's Recipes said...

I love that bowl of noodles....and of course green tea......anyway, matcha is good and nutrient loaded, but after baking, it has lost all of its benefits.

Pei-Lin said...

Thanks for sharing this with us! I already told my mom about this because both of us are huge matcha fans!! Keep up the good work!


Selba said...

I love matcha flavor. This is an interesting combination between matcha and oats.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Fantastic! I have a few packets of green tea from our trip to Japan (I stock up on it when we're there) that I didn't really know what to do with!

pigpigscorner said...

anna: Me too and I eats oats so often! Was a bit surprised when I saw this recipe.

Rosa: Yes indeed. I really enjoyed it!

Elra: I am having this very often now =) it makes oatmeal more healthy eh!

Jenny: Interesting combo!

Jenn: You won't regret it =)

Deeba: Thank you =) Thanks to Sophia for this wonderful combo!

Angie: I just learnt that it's sooo nutrient loaded. Will avoid cooking at high temp then!

Pei-Lin: I hope you and your mum will like this too!

Selba: A very interesting and delicious combo! and I think matcha goes well with all creamy stuff.

Lorraine: I only use the powder in oats now actually. I have to find more things to do with it.

Emile Zola@life said...

This look really healthy.

Parita said...

Wow matcha and oats together makes wonderful combo!!

Christine said...

Your cooking always gives me a WOW~
I've never thought about putting matcha with oats in cooking, very interesting combination. Matcha is one of my favourite food. I always use it to make desserts. Mmm...really want to stretch my taste boundary and try this recipe.

Aparna said...

That nutritional information is quite interesting. I keep seeing matcha a lot in food blog world, but have never had a chance to try it. Not yet available here.

Jo said...

This is a really interesting recipe. I would not have thought of merrying matcha with oats at all.

lisaiscooking said...

Matcha sounds great with oats! I have to try this.

Maya said...

I have a tin of matcha - gonna make this!!

nora@ffr said...

matcha and oat seem very unusual combo. but sound fantastic. a must try!! thnx for stopping by ffr

Soma said...

Very interesting recipe. Love the picture of the super green in the spoon.

Sara said...

I've never had matcha before, but I've heard a lot about it. I love how it colors everything that great shade of green!

ttfn300 said...

aah, thanks for reminding me i have some matcha i wanted to play with :)

Lauren said...

I need to pick up some matcha powder! The green porridge looks intriguing. Bet that crunchy granola makes for nicely contrasting textures!

Katie said...

I've never used matcha before, but that sounds (and looks) delicious! Thanks for participating in WHB!

tigerfish said...

Very healthy. Need to get myself some matcha powder soon!

burpandslurp said...

Who is this brilliant Sophia who inspired you? I'd like to meet her! hahahaaha!
Man, another great post celebrating the greatness and superiority of matcha...I LOVE it! You went way over mine with the additional nutritional info on matcha! YAY!
and your oats look darn awesome! Another way I love to eat it is with white chocolate peanut butter on top!
Sadly, my store of matcha is sharply dwindling...:-( I need to conserve and ration what I have left!

iRaw said...

How interesting! Macha is new to me...the oats look awesome!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This is cool. A new way to get the benefit of green tea. Thanks for the inspiration!

Bob said...

Haven't seen Matcha before, I'll have to check it out. The oats look wicked good.

Ellie said...

Very interesting! I love oat and macha but I havenever thought of combining both ingredients in the same bowl.

Dhanggit said...

what a fantastic idea!!! matcha on oatmeals!! im so excited to try this!!

ps and i love your title!!

Grace said...

my only experience with matcha comes from starbucks, which i'm sure doesn't do it justice. i had no idea it had so many benefits--great post, and great dish!

Robin Sue said...

I have never had matcha, now I am motivated to try some since it is so good for us. Great Post!

Max said...

Great idea. I love matcha tea and am always looking for interesting ways to use it. I found a great place to buy matcha online: Their "Gotcha Matcha" is great in recipes. I regularly use it in smoothies to get an extra anti-oxidant boost.

5 Star Foodie said...

Very nice! I would love to try to cook with matcha sometime soon.

mycookinghut said...

Very fresh idea to use match! Where did you buy your matcha? I love the container!

Katerina said...

Super! I Loooveee oats, and eat them everyday so I am totally up for the creativity!

Megan{Feasting on Art} said...

Woahhh look at that green oatmeal. I could see little boy's liking this breakfast.

Erica said...

Thank you for sharing all that info!
I love your pictures.

Steven Goh said...

healthy and tasty, If I prepare this for my niece I think he will love it. But it seems like need a lot of preparation. May be I will just let him keeps dreaming.

Little Corner of Mine said...

All the healthy benefit, I need to start cooking with matcha again!

The Purple Foodie said...

I wondered why matcha is so expensive, yet never bothered looking it up. Thanks for the reasoning!

lisact said...

This looks great! I think it will be my new favorite breakfast. I drink Matcha daily and love it! Initially I wasn't sure where to buy it but then found They give lots of information and recipe ideas as well as a range of Matcha products. If you are cooking with it or mixing it, you can use a less expensive grade sometimes called ingredient grade, but when I drink it alone I use a higher grade.

Venus ~ Vi said...

I have never thought of adding matcha to oat, I am totally for this!! I usually cook my oatmeal like jook, adding egg, green onion and chicken.

Thanks for sharing~

Sam said...

I've never tried matcha before but I'll be looking out for it now! I love the vibrant green colour.

pigpigscorner said...

Emile Zola: It is the ultimate healthy breakfast I would say.

Parita: This is my favourite combo now =)

Christine: The wow should go to Sophia =) Glad I tried it and love it! You should definitely give it a try.

Aparna: You can try sourcing it online, I've seen a lot of websites selling it. It has a really interesting taste.

jo: Me too! It tastes amazingly good actually.

lisa: Definitely a must try =)

Maya: Hope you like it too!

nora: Thanks for leaving comments as well. You have a great site =)

Soma: Thank you =)

ttfn300:You can start with the easy yet delicious recipe =)

Lauren: I tend to eat my oats with crunchy granola for the different textures.

katie: You should definitely give this super healthy stuff a try! Wonderful flavours and aroma!

tigerfish: I'll get a few tins just for this purpose =)

Sophia: LOL here's the awesome Sophia =P and WHITE CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER??!! gosh, I have to try that.

iRaw: thank you =) you should give it a try! Highly recommended =)

Shari: No problem, I'm always on the look for recipes that use matcha too!

Bob: It's the bright green colour isn't it!

Ellie: Me neither but glad I tried it!

Dhanggit: hehe thanks =) Hope you like this too.

Grace: You should definitely get this powder and make your own smoothie instead!

Robin: Thanks =) highly recommended =)

Max:Thanks for the info.

Natasha: I can't wait to see some your creations!

leemei: I got it from a Japanese store in Soho. Just msged you the details!

Katerina: I looove oats too and this is how I eat my oats now.

Megan: hehe...hope they can accept the colour first =P

Erica:Thank you =)

Steven: You are such a lazy uncle! It's dead easy =P

Little Corner of Mine: hehe..I should really try out other matcha recipes.

Shaheen: With all its health benefits, it's totally worth every penny!

lisact:thanks for the info!

Vi: I've never tried savoury oats actually but heard lots of raves about it!

Sam: Love the green too! Somehow makes the food looks more fresh and interesting =)

katie said...

So interesting. I have only dranken matcha. I can't help but disregard green tea flavored anythign becuase of the absurdity.

But admittedly, the consistency looks great and I and incredibly intrigued.

Kevin said...

Matcha porridge sounds really good! I would not have thought to use matcha in porridge but now I am going to have to try it.

pigpigscorner said...

katie: I love green tea anything actually esp green tea ice-cream! Love the flavour.

Kevin: I found it weird when I saw this recipe too but glad I tried it!

_ts of [eatingclub] vancouver said...

Ooooh, how very intriguing. I'm a sucker for macha!

banana bread recipe said...

What is on top the matcha green tea oats?! Walnuts? Or any other kind of nuts?

pigpigscorner said...

It's just crunchy granola.

ReadLeafTea said...

The positively easiest way to drop those extra inches from your waist and other body parts is to incorporate Matcha Green Tea into your daily routine. Matcha offers all-natural thermongenics which drastically help with weight reduction by improving heat and energy production, which tells your body to burn off more calories. This is basically an increase in metabolism and it can be as much as a 40% increase, just from drinking Matcha! Many people have been able to shed the weight they weren't able to lose with other programs simply by incorporating Matcha Green Tea into their diet. A lot of people have also reported other outstanding health benefits from drinking matcha such as a reduction of sinus congestion, mood elevation, a reduction of PMS symptoms, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

Jen fr. jasmine green tea said...

This is very interesting recipe. I'm a tea lover as well and anything that has a tea flavor in it always worth checking it out and try it. I've never had this before, I'd love to try this. Thanks for this recipe. Have a good day.

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