I’ve been waking up to gloomy and rainy days here in Sydney. It’s a battle to leave my warm bed, but once I am out, it’s a matter of preparing a nice, soul warming breakfast to get me up and ready for the day. These matcha zoats (zuchinni oats) are perfect for winter mornings. They are creamy, hearty and will warm your soul in no time. The addition of zucchini in this oatmeal sneaks in the vegetable and you won’t even realise! Just as delicious!
Matcha isn’t something that I use often, but I really should. It’s packed full of health benefits and antioxidants. A few of the following:
- It works as a natural detox
- High in a catechin called Epigallocatechin Gallete (EGCG) which is believed to help cancer
- Promotes a healthy heart
- Rich in chlorophyll and vitamins
I decided to use the Zandi Organics Matcha Tusli Lattle Blend, for a little bit more flavour, however just plain matcha powder will work just as well. I also kept this recipe sugar free by replacing sugars with Natvia Stevia. Their stevia is 100% natural and comes from the freshest tips of Stevia Plants. I love that there is absolutely no aftertaste whatsoever. If you don’t have stevia on hand, normal granulated sugar, or you can skip the step, will do perfectly fine!
I topped this bowl with a few strawberries, frozen berries, grilled banana coins, kiwi fruit and peanut butter. It’s a ritual to always add a splash of almond milk before eating to give it even a creamier texture. And talking about texture, I’ve been warming up to the idea of creamy oats. If you have kept up with me on Instagram, you may know that for a period of time I despised oats. Then I begun to enjoy it again, however only chewy and textured. Recently, I’ve been craving the creaminess of oats that I once could not stand. Weird right? Ohh do times change.
Soul Warming Matcha Zoats
- 3/4 cup traditional rolled oats
- 1 1/2 cup liquid (I do half water, half almond milk)
- 1/3 cup shredded zucchini (about 1/4-1/2 of a medium zucchini )
- 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp Natvia Stevia (or any other granulated sweetener – maple syrup, agave, etc)
- 1 tsp Matcha Powder (I used Zandi Organics Matcha Tusli Lattle Blend)
- 1/4 cup mashed banana
Heat up a pan and place all ingredients into it and give it a good mix. Bring to a boil then place a lid and let simmer until all absorbed. This should take around 10-15 minutes or longer if creamier texture is desired. Top with fresh fruits and enjoy!