This creamy matcha oatmeal is such a delight with its light green tea flavor combined with a delicious vanilla hint and dark chocolate chunks. It is a one person oatmeal recipe that's nourishing, energizing and can be made under 10 minutes.
I have been more and more experimenting with matcha (green tea powder) in the kitchen and I am so excited to finally share my first matcha recipe for the blog!
There are some matcha brownies, cookies, muffins and bars currently being tested in our kitchen, but we will start with a simple matcha oatmeal recipe to have a quick peak on how delicious it is to include matcha when cooking.
Firstly, this oatmeal recipe is a perfect initiation to cooking with matcha: it is a very simple recipe, provides a one person size portion and the green tea flavor is mild and well balanced with the chocolate.
What is matcha?
Matcha is made by grinding green tea leaves (Tencha) to a very fine powder. It originates from Japan, where it is part of tea ceremonies (Chanoyu), but has gained more interest in USA mostly for its health benefit.
Matcha has a very bright and vibrant green color due to its high level of chlorophyll. It is packed with antioxidants, even more than cacao powder and blueberries, and also contains L-Theanine, which is responsible for increased focus and energy. You can learn more about Matcha in this article: "What Exactly Is Matcha and Why Is Everyone Talking About It?"
Matcha's flavor will depend on its quality and region where it was harvested. It can have a slightly sweet, grassy and sometimes bitter taste. It is typically sifted and whisked in hot water to make matcha green tea, but can also be included in cooking and baking. Matcha is one of these acquired taste and a simple way to get used to its unique flavor profile is to include it in simple fruit smoothies and oatmeals like this one.
Where to get matcha and which one to choose
There are many different types of matcha to choose from that will differ in quality, price and accessibility.
To make it simple, there are the ceremonial and culinary grades. Although more expensive, the ceremonial grade is best when consumed simply in hot water to make matcha tea. I mostly enjoy matcha in baked goods, smoothies and oatmeals, which is why I have a culinary grade matcha (good enough for baked good and less expensive). I love this matcha from Jade Leaf, but you can also find matcha in some grocery stores.
Why you will love this creamy matcha oatmeal
- Easy to prepare and quick
- Healthy and rich in antioxidants
- Makes for a fun and yummy change from the everyday oatmeal
- Delicious green tea flavor without being too overpowering or bitter
- Fits many diets: Vegan, Dairy-free and Gluten-free (choose certified gluten-free raw oats if necessary).
- Easy to customize to your taste
Ingredients you'll need
- Rolled oats. Old fashioned style is best (do not use quick cooking).
- Vegan plain milk. I love using this oat milk from Oatly when making oatmeals.
- Matcha powder (green tea powder). Choose high quality and culinary grade. I love this matcha from Jade leaf.
- Maple syrup. Matcha powder can be slightly bitter, so you will need something to balance the flavor. The combination of maple syrup with matcha is delicious, but agave nectar or a sprinkle of coconut sugar would work too.
- Vanilla extract. It combines so well with the matcha and chocolate!
- Dark chocolate chips. Keep this breakfast super healthy by using only a few pieces of chocolate and choose a high quality dark one.
How to make it
This recipe is super easy: it is essentially making a simple oatmeal on the stove, then flavoring it with delicious and healthy ingredients.
- In a small sauce pan, combine the raw oats and vegan milk. Stir and warm on medium-high heat until boiling.
- Then, turn down the heat to medium-low and keep cooking, uncovered, for about 5 minutes or until the oatmeal is thick and creamy.
- Turn the heat off and add the matcha, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir well to combine.
- Then, add the chocolate chips and stir slightly. The warm oatmeal will melt the chocolate and create a swirl as you stir. You could completely melt the chocolate by stirring until gone, but keeping some chocolate chunks is what I prefer.
- Serve in a bowl and top with the garnishes of your choice. I love to add frozen raspberries (that I first thaw for a few seconds in the microwave).
Watch how to make it
This oatmeal is delicious on its own, but even better when garnished with toppings that add flavor and texture.
Top your oatmeal with:
- Fresh fruits
- Nuts and seeds for extra protein and fat. Try also adding pumpkin seed butter to this mix, it is SO delicious!
- Granola or shredded coconut for added texture
- Extra vegan milk (try using this homemade cashew chocolate milk!)
Raspberries pair so well with the chocolate and matcha. I choose frozen raspberries, then thaw them for a few seconds in the microwave before topping the oatmeal. It gets the fruits soft, warm and juicy, which makes the creamy oatmeal super interesting.
As your oatmeal rests, it will get thicker. If you don't eat it right away, then you might want to add a splash of extra milk at serving to help regain its creamy texture.
Although best when eaten right away, you can also prepare this oatmeal ahead. Before warming it up, add some milk and stir vigorously to create a creamy texture again (it will get thicker in the fridge). It can be kept in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Other oat recipes you might like
- How to make overnight oats
- Pumpkin overnight oats
- Chocolate and strawberry baked oatmeal
- Barley and oats breakfast bowl
- Sweet potato granola
- Cinnamon oatmeal cookies
- Turmeric Blueberry Oatmeal
- Oatmeal raisin bars
- Strawberry overnight oats
I hope you enjoy this matcha oatmeal as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Creamy Matcha Oatmeal with chocolate
- 1 ¾ cups vegan plain milk - plus more at serving
- 1 cup rolled oats - old fashioned style, choose gluten-free if necessary
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips
- toppings of your choice - I chose raspberries (frozen then thawed) and chia seeds
- In a small sauce pan, combine the milk and raw oats. Heat over medium-high heat until boiling. Then, turn down the heat to medium-low and keep cooking while stirring for about 5 minutes until creamy (keep uncovered). Remove from the heat.
- Add the matcha powder, maple syrup and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Then, while the oatmeal is still warm, add the chocolate chips and stir until slightly melted, but not completely dissolved in the oatmeal (it will create a swirl of chocolate, yum!).
- Top with the garnishes of your choice and enjoy while still warm.
- Garnish your bowl with the ingredients of your choice. It goes well with fresh fruits, nuts, seeds and shredded coconut. I love using frozen fruits (available all year) that I simply thaw in the microwave for a few seconds before topping my bowl. This oatmeal recipe is especially delicious with frozen and thawed raspberries, cherries and strawberries.
- Store the leftover in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat wither in the microwave or on the stove and add an extra splash of vegan milk as the oatmeal thickens while resting.
- Choose high quality culinary grade when cooking with matcha. I love this matcha green tea from Jade leaf.