Our palates are craving a sophisticated blend of earth, salt, and a hint of sweet these days. So when chef Tina Leigh, founder of Haute Health Now // @ChefTinaLeigh started talking about a dreamy #MizubaMatcha granola, there was no hesitation on our part to bring this granola into the world. And just when Matcha Granola sounded amazing all on its own, Tina proposed an exquisite twist – the addition of nori seaweed! (You may know it as the tasty, umami-flavored skin for your rolled sushi).
So why this intriguing combination? Tina explains, “Matcha tea is my main squeeze – it brightens each morning as I prepare it with traditional Japanese techniques––ceramic bowl, whisk, almost to boiling (but not boiling) water, a heady green froth, and a slow sipping session. In the culinary world, I have started noticing that beyond bacon and eggs, savory breakfast creations are now receiving well-deserved attention. This is a welcome advancement in morning fare, as I have never been one to take part in A.M. sweeting. In a recent search for granola that would satisfy my savory-salty tooth, I managed to stumble upon a few advertised as such, but that were still sugar-forward. As I often do when left without a purchasable match to my cravings, I made my own.”
So why matcha, nori, and granola? Tina says, “Matcha’s superfood qualities of high-chlorophyll, amino acid, and antioxidant content make us nutrient-density devotees beam, and from a culinary vantage point, its delicate grassy flavor harmonizes beautifully with toasty, salty flavors. This trio of tastes came to me naturally – I chose to pair matcha with savory toasted nori, buttery coconut, and roasted seeds, nuts, and oats. A kiss of maple syrup, dribble of vanilla, and generous pinch of sea salt gave this anytime 'nola a magical savory and barely sweet flare."
Starting the morning with a powerful blend of super healthy omega fats from the nuts, the exceptional cardiovascular and cholesterol-regulating benefits from the oats, and of course, the wonders of matcha start our brains and bodies on the right track each day.
We’re so delighted to share this truly one-of-a-kind granola to elevate your breakfast or snack moment. Enjoy by the handful, atop thick Greek or coconut yogurt, as a crunchy garnish to soup or a smoothie bowl, or simply naked with a splash of milk.
Photo by Tina Leigh
Matcha Nori Granola
Makes 6 cups
Time: 1 hour
2 cups rolled oats
3 cups mixed nuts and seeds––chopped or cracked with a rolling pin
(such as cashews, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
1/3 cup white or black sesame seeds
2 flat tablespoons Organic Culinary Mizuba Matcha
2 tablespoons nori flakes (can use full sheets of nori ground in a coffee grinder)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
3 rounded tablespoons virgin coconut oil, melted
6 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (preferably non-alcohol)
2 generous pinches of gray, pink, or celtic sea salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
Line baking sheet with parchment, and evenly spread out oats.
Toast, tossing occasionally until just golden.
Remove oats from oven and transfer to a large mixing bowl.
Add chopped nuts and seeds, sesame seeds, nori, coconut, and matcha.
Stir to combine.
In a separate bowl, combine melted coconut oil, vanilla, maple, and salt.
Whisk to combine. Pour over dry ingredients.
Stir to coat evenly, and then turn out to two baking sheets.
Increase heat to 300 degrees. Bake granola for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally for even cooking.
Remove once nuts are toasted, and have a pleasant nutty aroma!
Cool completely before storing in airtight glass.
About Tina Leigh
We are so excited to announce our newest contributor Tina Leigh. A lifelong student of wellness, Tina has overcome many health obstacles with a creative, flavorful, and nourishing approach to food and health. Her years of experience as a holistic health coach, therapeutic chef, and savvy marketing/PR consultant renders her a powerful and wise advisor and consultant to everyone. View her wonderful and beneficial services below!
Her website: www.HauteHealthNow.com
Her Instagram is @cheftinaleigh
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While we feel the need to "go green" all the time, we know that this particular month has people *really* getting their green game on. So let's not make things any harder than they have to be. In five minutes you could be enjoying your very own pint of Mizuba matcha ice cream! Scroll down for the recipe.