As of late I’ve been seriously been addicted to Muesli1 that I’ve been looking around for ways to enjoy the breakfast cereal with more “punch” in to it. I’ve been eating it with fresh fruit (ie. sliced bananas, blueberries, etc.) and even dried snacks (ie. trail mix, etc.). Earlier today, I’ve found another way to enjoy my bowl of Muesli by adding powdered green tea.
I’m not talking about Crystal Light or Lipton or, in general, instant powdered tea. I’m talking about purely-ground green tea. In short, Maccha2. The thing is, Maccha powder by itself is really expensive, however there are “substitutes” (?) for powdered green tea other than pure Maccha. In this particular recipe I’ve used Yamamotoyama Unsweetened Powdered Iced Green Tea Mix. Another good substitute for the Maccha is Stash Premium Unsweetened Green Iced Tea Powder.3
Although you can eat Muesli hot or cold, this particular recipe is served hot. The night was quite cold and I wanted to eat something warm as a nighttime snack, therefore I concocted this recipe as a hot cereal, rather than cold.
Without further ado, here’s the quick recipe:
1 cup Muesli Cereal (or whatever amount you like. Just any raw Muesli cereal would do. I use Bob’s Red Mill Muesli on this one)
1 tsp Maccha Green Tea Powder or 1 packet of unsweetened iced green tea powder/mix (Yamamotoyama or Stash)
Milk (to your own preferred amount, also you can use whatever milk you desire. Soybean milk is good also)
(optional) fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, etc. for your toppings if desired
- Pour 1 cup Muesli in a bowl.
- Pour the green tea powder. Mix the powder and the cereal together.
- Add milk. Mix altogether.
- Microwave it for 1 1/2 mins. Let stand for a minute. Mix the hot cereal again.
- Add your optional toppings. Serve and enjoy.
Notes on the Powdered Green Tea
Both Yamamotoyama and Stash Iced Green Tea Powder Mix also have sweetened versions. I actually tried this with the sweetened version of the Yamamotoyama Iced Green Tea Mix but the entire cereal became too sweet to my taste, which is why I recommend the original (unsweetened) green tea powdered mix instead. In fact, there is a subtle bitterness on the unsweeteened green tea which can complement and balance the sweetness of the Muesli provided by the dried raisins and dates included in the cereal mix.
The cereal by itself isn’t just delicious but it also packs a lot of nutrients that our bodies need. The green tea would even boost up the cereal’s healthy benefits, and of course, have a more flavorful cereal at the same time.
I took a picture of mine. I haven’t put my bananas in yet, but just to give you an idea. Don’t let the color fool you. This is 100% pure finely-ground premium green tea. :)
On the sidenote...
- Swiss breakfast cereal. [↩]
- Japanese finely-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Today, Maccha is a popular drink as a refreshment and flavor, from green tea iced cream to green tea lattes and smoothies. You can have your dose of the Maccha in Starbucks or Jamba Juice today. [↩]
- Yamamotoyama and Stash are actually affiliate companies, except one is Japanese and the other is American, but both companies get their tea leaves from tea farms in Brazil and Japan, both owned by Yamamotoyama. Both products are not instant green tea powder, but purely, finely ground green tea, just like Maccha. Both products are available in your local groceries (in the U.S. anyway) such as Lucky or Safeway, even at Walmart and Target. Check Asian groceries also. Or if all else fails, you can order them at Amazon. [↩]