Matcha Green Tea Chia Muffins

Hey there! How are you doing?

Fall is coming fast and it’s time to get back to work and school again. However the hectic schedule doesn’t mean you have to give up your healthy eating routines. Keeping healthy, wholesome snacks available is the key to keeping your energy levels up and figure lean. Made with naturally gluten free buckwheat flour and sweetened with low GI coconut sugar, these matcha green tea muffins will keep you going through the fall rains.

Matcha tea has a huge amount of health benefits and is loaded with antioxidants. Like mentioned in my previous post, it is said to have a calming and relaxing effect on mind. Also the caffeine in matcha tea is different to the caffeine found in regular coffee, and it can sustain energy levels without the adverse effects of regular caffeine.

These muffins make a great breakfast too, with a warming cup of coffee or tea aside!

Here are the instructions, happy baking!

Matcha Green Tea Chia Muffins
(makes 6 muffins)

1 cup buckwheat flour
3 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp matcha green tea powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
2 small ripe bananas
½ cup plant mylk
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease a muffin tray with a bit of coconut oil or use paper liners.

In a large bowl mix the buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, matcha powder, chia seeds and baking powder, stir well to combine. Peel and mash the bananas and add into the bowl with plant mylk and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine. Pour the batter into the muffin tray and bake in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden and tooth pick comes out clean.

Drizzle some melted vegan dark chocolate over, serve and ENJOY!

Thank you for stopping by, have a great day! 🙂

x Ella

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Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread

Hey there! Long time no see, hope you are all doing great!

I’ve been trying to get back into studying and the last couple weeks been prepping myself for the upcoming uni semester. What could be better snack to keep your brain functioning properly and mind concentrated than a fresh from the oven, warm and moist banana bread? (Note: Procastibaking)

The other day I received a package of Your Tea green tea matcha powder in the mail to try out and share my experiences. I’ve been a huge fan of matcha lattes for ages, so naturally I was super excited about this. Matcha tea has a huge amount of health benefits and is said to have a calming and relaxing effect on mind. The caffeine in matcha tea is also different to the caffeine found in regular coffee, and it can sustain energy levels without the adverse effects of regular caffeine.

Might do a separate post about the health effects of matcha tea, anyone interested in that?

Not just for studying, this upgraded, naturally gluten free banana bread is the perfect snack, breakfast, lunch or dinner, whenever you need a little wholesome energy boost!

Here are the instructions, happy baking!

Green Tea Matcha Banana Bread

3+1 ripe spotty bananas
1 cup buckwheat flour
½ cup oat flour
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp green tea matcha powder*
½ tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp baking powder
½ baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup plant milk
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil

Preheat oven to 190°C and grease a loaf pan with tiny bit of coconut oil.

Mash three of the bananas with a fork and set aside.

In a large bowl mix the flours, coconut sugar, matcha powder, cardamom, baking powder and baking soda, stir well to combine.

Add the mashed bananas, vanilla extract, plant mylk and coconut oil. Stir well to combine. Pour into a loaf pan, top with one halved banana and bake in the oven for about 30-35 minutes or until golden. Let cool a bit before cutting. Serve and ENJOY!

*green tea matcha powder gifted from Your Tea

Thank you for stopping by, have a great weekend! 🙂

x Ella

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Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad

Hey there! How are you doing?

It’s hard to find a light vegan salad dressing since most are cream or mayo based. Adding a dollop of store brought dressing can also easily turn your healthy salad into something not-so-healthy. Eating a plain salad however might not be the tastiest way to get your greens in, that’s why we came up with the dressing in the first place, right?

Trying to figure out a way to add extra taste to my big bowl of salad, I came up with this Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad dressing. Combining two of my favorites: chickpeas and green curry paste, this dressing will take your everyday salad to a whole different level. Natural yogurt makes it creamy, yet light and sunflower seeds add a crunchy factor. The preparation will only take you two minutes. I think it’s time to level-up your salad game!

I serve mine atop bed of greens with brown rice, baked sweet potato, sweet corn, avocado and sweet chili sauce. Hope you love it too!

Here are the instructions, happy cooking!

Thai Green Curry Chickpea Salad
(makes 3-4 servings)

250g canned chickpeas
4 tbsp natural non-dairy yogurt, e.g. oat or soy based
3 tsp thai green curry paste
a big handful of sunflower seeds

Rinse the chickpeas with cold water. Place into a blender/food processor with all the other ingredients. Blend until smooth and even or pulse just a couple of times to leave a bit more structure. Serve with lots of fresh and/or cooked veggies, enjoy!

Thank you for reading, have a beautiful week! 🙂

x Ella

PS Check also the latest issue of Holistic Fashionista here 😘


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