Matcha Recipes to Delight Your Mom

Your mom deserves the best, and these breakfast recipes are the perfect way to show her you care on Mother’s Day. You can surprise her with them or make them together on this very special Sunday. Both the granola and smoothie feature matcha--powdered green tea known for its antioxidants—that’s all the rage in current foodie circles. Help her start her favourite day of the year off right by treating her to a delicious, homemade breakfast.

 

 

Matcha banana granola with red fruit and (coconut) yogurt

This is a super combination and a variation of the granola recipe from my second book, which we made a lot of this summer in our veggie cafe. It was one of the customers’ favourite breakfasts, and I’m sure that we’ll be introducing this “matcha banana” version next summer. It’s a delight to make, and you can also save it in a covered pot to enjoy over a longer period of time.

Recipe makes a large amount of granola
Preparation time: 10 minutes + 50 minutes in the oven

 

Ingredients for a generous pot of granola

  • 250 g oatmeal
  • 125 g raw walnuts
  • 125 g raw almonds
  • 100 ml agave or maple syrup
  • 60 ml liquid coconut oil or vegetable oil
  • 2 ripe bananas, puréed
  • 3 tbs matcha powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 3 tb ground cinnamon
  • 100 g mixed seeds and pits

To mix through after baking

  • 100 g coconut flakes

 

For garnish

  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries
  • sprig of mint

(Of course, you can use any fruit you want!)

 

Extra things you will need

  • Large oven dish or baking sheet
  • Baking paper

 

 

Preparation granola

1. Pre-heat the oven to 150 C.

2. Use a hand mixer to mix the banana into a smooth paste. (Or mash it finely if you don’t have a hand mixer).

3. Blend all the ingredients together thoroughly and divide the mixture over a baking sheet covered in baking paper or use an oven dish that is lined with baking paper.

 

 

4. Bake the granola for around 40-50 minutes, until it’s golden brown. Stir it regularly (about every 15 minutes) so that it’s baked evenly.

5. Remove the granola from the oven, let it cool and then stir the coconuts flakes through it. You can keep the granola in a closed pot for up to two weeks.

 

 

Preparation (Coconut) yogurt-granola bowls

Spoon some (coconut) yogurt into two bowls, add some granola and garnish with fruit like raspberries, blueberries and/or blackberries. Add some mint for decoration and extra fragrance. Optional: serve with some honey or agave.

 

 

Matcha mint smoothie with layers of frozen mango

This smoothie requires a bit of time and love, but it’s definitely worth the trouble on a lazy Sunday. And the beautiful colours and intense flavours really make an impression. You must plan it well, because the bananas and the mango need to be prepped beforehand: peeled, sliced and in the freezer.

Recipe makes 2 smoothies
Preparation time: 15 minutes + 3 hours beforehand to freeze banana and mango

 

Ingredients for matcha-mint smoothie

  • 200 ml coconut milk
  • 3 frozen bananas in slices
  • 20 mint leaves (large handful)
  • 1 tbs honey, agave or maple syrup
  • 1 ½ tbs matcha powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

Mango smoothie

  • 300 g mango, peeled and cut into blocks
  • 200 ml fresh orange juice
  • 1 tbs honey

 

 

Preparation

1. Prep work: cut the banana into slices and the mango into blocks, and put them in the freezer for at least 3 hours until frozen.

2. Make sure all the non-frozen ingredients are ready to go, so that the banana and mango stay as cold (and therefore hard) as possible. This ensures that the two separate colours don’t run together.

3. Mix all the ingredients for the matcha mint smoothie together, and then pour this into another bowl.

4. Then mix the ingredients for the mango smoothie.

5. Take turns pouring the two different smoothies into 4 layers in one glass. Start with the mango smoothie and end with the matcha mint smoothie.

Garnish with a sprig of mint, add a straw and just enjoy!

 

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle

Mirjam Leslie-Pringle is a food expert, photographer and owner of the popular vegetarian recipe blog veggieverymuch.com. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Mirjam left Amsterdam three years ago with her family to start a new adventure on the island of Ibiza. Together with her husband, three kids, four horses, three dogs and a cat, Mirjam’s days are filled with work, fun, and of course, healthy and delicious food.