Vegan, Gluten-Free Matcha Granola

Sunday morning, the sun was slowly rising above the trees. Birds were chirping and singing beautiful songs as the cool breeze drifted through the windows. The cool air cooled the tiled floor, which touched the soles of my feet as I made my coffee.

Following my usual routine, the two free-range toddlers enter the living room and snuggle with me before they are fully awake. We enjoy the moment for a bit.

After a half an hour the sun snuck into my living room where my two toddlers activated circus mode. They jumped over my head and did complete somersaults. Mom is an official play area with no boundaries set. Quarantine life is the best.

Whilst I caffeinated myself with my almost iced coffee, I try to regain some sanity.

I wondered to myself, what to make for breakfast.

I was in the mood for something healthy. During this quarantine, I don't get much action as I did back when I was working. I am also into the world of snacking. So I wanted a multi-use recipe that could act for both snacking and breakfast.

I rummaged through my pantry and grabbed some oats, brown sugar, honey, and a few sunflower and chia seeds.

Then I saw my matcha powder. Lightbulb moment, let's add that too!

The health benefits of matcha can be so powerful, yet easy to add to our everyday diet. It is known to be rich in fiber, vitamin c, zinc, and magnesium to name a few.

For all the moms like myself out there in quarantine with toddlers, kids, and perhaps pre-teens.

Matcha tea calms the mind and relaxes the body as well. For those times throughout the day that you want to go in the bathroom or cupboard to hide from the mini dinosaurs. You sit there wondering when this quarantine will be over, whilst seeing little fingers and shadows enter under the door. Survival from these velociraptors is the key to the quarantined world.

Matcha can be that assistant.

If you love the earthy flavors of matcha tea, then you need to try this one. You can add it to your favorite acai, smoothie bowls as a garnish, or as a quick snack. You can even place in a bowl with some plant-based milk and fresh berries.

This easy is super easy to follow and this is a one-bowl mix.

For ingredients, you will need the following.

2 cups oats

1/2 cup roasted sunflower seeds

1/2 cup shredded coconut or coconut flakes

1/2 cup honey

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla beans

1 teaspoon matcha powder *. (keep this for the end of the recipe)

The sunflower seeds personally for me added a little salt to the sweet for a perfect balance.

Now I want to let you know, I did two types of granola with one recipe.

You can opt to keep it the matcha flavor or you can stretch it a bit further by following my instructions for two flavors.

Preheat your oven to 350F Now you are going to combine all the ingredients into a medium-sized bowl. Remember to exclude the matcha tea powder. We will be using the matcha powder after the granola has baked and cooled. In the medium-sized bowl, stir until the oatmeal is well coated and all the ingredients are combined. Place on a 9 x 13 sheet covered in waxed parchment paper. Spread the mixture evenly onto the baking pan. Place in the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. Now halfway through you can opt to stir the mixture gently, to make sure it bakes evenly. However, if you would like chunky granola to continue to bake until the 20 minutes mark, then toss the mixture the last five minutes. This is enough that the edges don't get too brown. Remove from the oven and let cool. Once cooled, you can divide the granola in half. Some pieces may be stuck together so break them up into chunks if needed. Divide the mixture in half. The plain granola can be placed in a sealed airtight container. The other half needs to be placed into a small bowl with about 1 tsp matcha powder. Stir until the powder adheres to the granola and voila! Keep all the granola in airtight containers. They should last at least 2 weeks.

Yields 4 cups.

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