When I first started getting creative in the kitchen with tea I would primarily make tea infused drinks such as smoothies. It seemed to be the easiest way to just add steeped tea to my base of fruit and veggies and blend away. Afterwards, I would upgrade my skills by replacing water with tea to cook oatmeal in for breakfast. It was such a simple change that made me regret all those times I ate boring and bland oatmeal because I only cooked it in water. Breakfast was the time I would make myself a morning cup of tea and find ways to add more tea into my morning fuel. This jasmine green tea granola is a perfect tribute to my first few moments of cooking with tea.
Why did I decide to infuse jasmine green tea in this granola recipe instead of another tea? Well, matcha seemed like an easy choice (and a delicious one!) but I really wanted to try using steeped tea instead of just powder. Earl grey is another popular pick and is also associated as a breakfast time tea. But, I really wanted something that was lighter and added delicate floral notes to my morning (or any time of the day you decide to eat this granola!). A jasmine green tea seemed like the appropriate choice and, more specifically, I used jasmine pearls. Feel free to use the jasmine green tea you have at home already but if you need a recommendation I used Jasmine Pearls from Arbor Teas.
The great thing about making your own granola is that it can consists of your favourite ingredients. Starting with whole oats as the base, you can then add your favourite nuts, seeds, dried fruit, sweetener and other flavouring such as spices or, in this case, tea! I usually make my granola with coconut oil and I did so for this tea granola, too. Coconut oil isn’t the best to use when cooking with tea because it can be overpowering, however, I don’t taste it at all in this recipe so I kept it in. If you’d like to use another oil, I would suggest opting for a more neutral one. If there is another ingredient in this recipe you don’t really love, feel free to swap it out with something you do.
Here are some ideas…
Nuts: walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pecans
Seeds: sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, chia
Dried Fruit: cranberries, dates, prunes, raisins, apricots
Sweet: honey, real maple syrup, agave, chocolate
When baking this green tea granola you just want to get the whole oats lightly toasted. While they will only be in the oven for about 10-15 minutes they are still easy to burn. Make sure you keep an eye on it, tossing every 5 minutes. When it is out of the oven and cooled down, place in an airtight container and it will keep for up to 2 weeks.
Different Ways to Use this Green Tea Granola:
- add it to your favourite yogurt
- top your smoothie and/or smoothie bowls
- enjoy like cereal – in a bowl with milk
- or just snack on it!
- 2 cups raw, whole oats
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped
- 1/2 cup almonds, slivered or chopped
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup prunes, chopped
- 2 tbsp real maple syrup
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/4 cup jasmine green tea, steeped and cooled
- pinch of sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a medium bowl, add the whole oats along with all of the nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
- Toss together with the real maple syrup, coconut oil, sea salt and the jasmine green tea. Make sure the coconut oil is melted entirely so there are no chunks of it in the mixture.
- Evenly place the granola on to the baking sheet and bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the it is lightly toasted. Be sure to toss every 5 minutes so that it doesn't burn on one side.
- Remove from the oven and allow it to cool before placing in an airtight container or enjoying! If stored properly it will last up to 2 weeks.
- To prepare the jasmine green tea for this recipe, steep 1 tsp of the tea into 1/4 cup of hot water (80 degrees Celsius). More leaves, less water = stronger steep.