Matcha, Apple and Pear Vegan Porridge Breakfast Bowl

With the cold weather still here in London, smoothie bowls sometimes don’t take my preference for breakfast so I’ve come up with a warm winter porridge recipe using matcha green tea, a seriously strong superfood and powerful antioxidant.

One cup of matcha green tea powder has the same amount of antioxidant as ten cups of brewed green tea, as the majority of the benefits are trapped inside the tea leaves and matcha is stoneground tea leaves. Matcha can help improve metabolism and burn calories, lower cholesterol and blood sugar, prevent disease and provide vitamins C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium as well as being rich in fiber and chlorophyll.

RECIPE

Ingredients

For The Porridge:

50g Gluten Free Porridge Oats

350ml Hemp Milk (you can use any alternative vegan milk here such as almond or rice)

2 Pears, Chopped into Cubes

1 Apple, Chopped into Cubes

1 Tbsp of Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder 

1 Tsp of Cashew Butter

For The Topping:

3-4 Pecans

1 Tbsp Organc Milled Flaxseeds

1 Passion Fruit Halved

Dried Apples (you can buy these or keep reading for how I make my own!)

Method

Pour the milk into a saucepan and lightly heat, add the porridge oats and stir for about 30 seconds

Add the chopped pear and apple and continuously stir until the mixture begins to thicken, then add the cashew butter and continue to stir

Add more milk or water if it becomes too dry

Sprinkle the matcha green tea powder across the porridge and stir in well making sure all of lumps are stirred in

Serve in a bowl and top with dried apple pieces, pecans and flaxseeds

With a teaspoon, scoop the inside of the passion fruit out and with all the juices pour over the porridge bowl

Serve immediately and enjoy warm!

How To Make Dried Apples At Home

Thinly slice as many apples as you like, I tend to do a big batch in one go and store them as they have a long shelf life

If you have a food dehydrator, this is the easiest way to dry the apples. Set to 140 degrees and it can take from 12 to 24 hours so check on them occasionally

Otherwise to use an oven is simple, preheat to 200°F and line baking trays with baking paper

Make a mixture of lemon juice from two lemons and water and soak the apple slices for 20-30 minutes

Dry the slices with paper towels and place across the baking trays

Bake these for 1 hour in the oven and then take them out and turn and bake for 1 more hour

Keep checking back to make sure they aren’t turning overly crispy

Turn the oven off, open the door slightly and leave to cool inside the oven for 1-2 hours

Store your apples in a glass jar or plastic container in the fridge, they can keep for a one to two months

 

 

Love Always – Luca

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