Green Granola Matcha Bowl + Kitchen Travels
When you do travel, don’t you love those hidden laneway shops with unique local finds and foods? That is me, I am often that girl who wanders off the beaten path to find something new to discover. My kitchen is often the same.
It is not uncommon at any given time to find all kinds of things from around the world at my place, these days local stores like World Market often have a variety of international products but often for the real authentic I bring home bits and pieces from travels, I get surprises from friends and family traveling (they know me well!) or the internet and its beautiful powers of instance allow me to jump online and order something from far away.
Right now amongst other things I have limoncello sent from Italy (thank you Greg!), kopi luwak coffee brought from Penang (thanks husband- yes I know how it is made!! ; ), Love cake baked across the world for me in Australia (thanks Mum!) and some gorgeous chocolate truffles brought lovingly (just last week! thanks Mike & Marylou!) all the way from a little chocolatier in Zurich. Throw in all my Marrakech decor straight from the markets + the Sri Lankan spices that have travelled and tucked themselves into my kitchen and my house is full of a lot of love and basically little pieces of the world.
This is what I consider kitchen travels. I love to travel but between the trips the day to day life is a reality.
To keep the world at arms length when I am at home I try to bring a little traveling into the kitchen if I can. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a little taste of the world in their every day, just a taste of something different makes all the difference, there is so much to experience even just from your kitchen. The internet is also your travel companion when you can’t get something yourself. There is nothing like biting into a butter cake from Paris (thanks bro!) over your morning coffee far away in Australia.
Well, I lie. There is something like it, its my latest breakfast love at the moment, and here is when I go back to granola and all its glory. My latest on the kitchen loved list is the ever so good Granolust from Montreal. Granola in general is one of my favorite things to eat for breakfast and one of my favorite things to use in baking recipes when I have the time to spare. Granolust is a worthy of its name granola company with a variety of organic granola I am lusting over at the moment. My girls love it, I love it and the Maple Quinoa Crunch is just about the best thing to sprinkle over…well anything!
This is where I go back once again to my recipe. Smoothie bowls (I’ve also posted my favorite smoothie recipes here!) and green tea are my other go to’s when I’m feeling creative and my Granola Matcha bowl recipe below combines all my loves into one. This is a simple whip up in a blender recipe using Granolust granola as my topping of choice (promo code lovingly passed on below!), but if you prefer to make your own granola and get your kitchen smelling heavenly I have included my most loved granola recipe at the bottom of this post too.
Smoothie bowls are quick and easy to make. Topped off with your favorite toppings (or eaten alone!) they are a great breakfast, dessert or really any time snack. If you are watching sugar, keep an eye on the amount of fruit and favor your greens over too much fruit and dairy. If you don’t mind alternative sweeteners, you can also add powdered stevia/blend in pitted dates for a touch of sweetness and use coconut water for a different style of bowl.
GranolA Matcha Bowl
- 2 sliced bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen spinach cubes (or 1 cup fresh)
- 1 cup almond milk/or milk
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- 4 scoops vanilla frozen yogurt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 4 tsp organic matcha powder
- handful of ice cubes
1.Place all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor
2.Blend ingredients til smooth (add more ice if you like it frostier!)
3.Pour into a bowl or mason jar and top with Granolust or homemade granola
4.Add any sliced fruit, nuts, seeds or extras you wish.
I love to add pomegranate seeds, kiwi fruit, berries and a sprinkle of coconut/cinnamon…if you like it less sweet, use coconut water instead of juice.
I want to see everyone’s matcha bowl photos now! And as promised, here is a Granolust promo code– when I ordered some granola early January & Granolust heard how much I loved it, they were kind enough to offer me a promo code to share with all my subscribers ; ) At check out, use the code IONE10 to receive 10% off your order. Hello Quebec in your bowl!
As also promised, here is my home made granola recipe. Have fun with this, you can make it your own by adding new things to your own granola mix. It is also a lot of fun to use granola for other recipes…granola cookies, granola cake, granola overnight oats! I’ll have to share some more of my favorite baking recipes soon. Just don’t forget to check your oven when making, granola burns quickly and can get crunchy fast. Adjust baking time if you like oats lightly toasted.
My favorite Homemade Granola recipe
- 2 1/2 cups whole old fashioned oats
- 3 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
– 1/2 cup walnuts/pecans
-1/2 cup chopped dried fruit to add after baking (i like to add chopped dried apricots or dried coconut slivers)
1.Preheat oven to 315 degrees F (around 160 degrees C)
2.Mix coconut oil and honey together til well blended, then add sea salt, ground cinnamon and vanilla extract.
3.Add oats and mix with a fork or your hands until oats are nice and coated. If adding any nuts, add to the mix now!
4.Spread oats evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until light brown, then remove from oven and allow to cool and crisp on sheet.
5. Cool and sprinkle on your favorite smoothie bowl! Best eaten within 2 weeks or can be frozen for longer. Store in mason jars for easy on the go snacks.
The oh so good scent of vanilla and cinnamon will soon take over your kitchen. Use this as a base for your own granola recipe. Before baking add your own favorite nuts and seeds or 1/3 cup peanut butter to mix it up. This or Granolust granola can be used as a base for all kinds of recipes. Have fun baking (and eating this!). Wellness is also about having fun when cooking ; )