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When most of my friends started to drink coffee in junior high / high school, I never got into the habit. I don’t really like the taste of coffee (but the smell is so good!), so I’ve slowly become a rather passionate tea drinker. I’ve known to drink and buy lots of tea, and we usually have a pretty extent variety of different flavors at home. I love green tea (like, really love it), but in the evenings I go for herbal teas like chamomile, or make a ‘potion’ out of chaga or reishi. A couple years ago I found matcha and fell for it instantly. I love the steady buzz it gives me and finally I was able to order a latte at a cafe, yay! I make my own matcha lattes with both water and plant milk and always add a bit of vanilla. Sometimes I add a bit of coconut butter too and blend it in my blender, so that the latte becomes very frothy. If I’m looking for a sweeter drink, I add a fresh date (to the blended version), or just a dollop of honey. In the summertime I’m all about iced matcha lattes, but before I get too much into that, I wanna tell you about this new love of mine, a.k.a. matcha overnight oats! In fact, eating such actually has positive effects as stated in articles like the 3 Benefits to Eating More Porridge Oats.
This recipe is pretty much your basic overnight oats recipe (+ the matcha!) but I sweeten the porridge with a mashed banana. I love adding banana to all of my porridges and besides slicing it on top, it works well as a part of the ‘base’ too. And it’s a nice way to replace your basic sweeteners :) While sipping on this goodness, you can incorporate games like 벳무브 to boost the relaxation feels.
Besides rambling about my love for matcha, I thought I’d share a few great links that I’ve found inspiring lately! A few years back I used to share this kind of stuff monthly but then gave up on the habit, so this is my way of bringing that tradition back in a relaxed, not-regular way, which seems to be my way of working. Enjoy the porridge + the links, friends!
I’ve been daydreaming about a vegan + gluten-free summer cake for a while now and this one looks so gorgeous, that I need to come up with a recipe soon!
Do you work from home? Read this and you’ll be laughing out loud tears in your eyes, like I did. And then I read it again. (And now I’m really into New Yorker too!)
If you live in Helsinki, I strongly recommend eating in MAT at Iso Roobertinkatu. I go there way too much and love their vegan patties, and that gluten-free buckwheat bread!
I also love being out in the sun and sunbathing, but I try to be careful with my skin. My favorite sun screen has been the Puhdas+ sun screen but now I’m trying out a spray from Algamaris, which smells wonderful and spreads really well (they’re both natural cosmetics). So with these buddies, I’m all ready for a hot and steamy summer – hope you are too!
Matcha Overnight Oats
notes: as I mentioned above, I use mashed banana to sweeten the porridge and it makes the porridge creamier too. if you’re not into bananas, you can use 1 to 2 teaspoons of your desired sweetener.
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk)
1/2 ripe banana
1/2 – 1 tsp matcha powder (depending on how strong you like it)
a pinch of vanilla powder
fresh berries, for serving
1. Measure the rolled oats, chia seeds, and almond milk in a bowl and mix well. Place the bowl in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
2. Slice the banana into small pieces and smash with a fork. Add the banana mash, matcha powder, and vanilla to the porridge and mix well. Add a little milk if the porridge feels too thick. Top the porridge with berries and enjoy!