I can hardly wait until the calendar turns to December to start watching holiday movies. I love them all. The black and white films, the love stories, and especially the classic kids movies and cartoons. Now that my boys are old enough to sit through a movie, we've already spent a few evenings snuggled up on the couch.
These dark, gray mornings of December cry for warming breakfasts with the staying power to keep my kids until the first nutrition break of their day. A decent breakfast needs to have a good portion of protein to balance with carbs and fruit. Regularly featured on our breakfast menu are eggs, smoothies, and porridge but my kids grumbling had me on the lookout for something new. After we watched The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, I was inspired to add something extra to my healthy granola recipe…a little bit of antioxidant matcha.
‘The Grinch' Granola
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
- 1/3 shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder (use less if you don't want it as green)
- 2/3 cup cranberries
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix all the ingredients except for the cranberries in a large bowl. The matcha powder will make the granola mixture a grinch coloured green.
Spread the mixture evenly in glass bakeware. Bake for approximately 30 minutes. Mix it around every 10 minutes or so to ensure it's evenly baked.
I usually add the dried cranberries to my granola after it comes out of the oven, but this time I set up a self-serve breakfast station where everyone could help themselves to the toppings they prefer. Since this was a festive breakfast, dried cranberries, pomegranates, and shredded coconut ‘snowflakes' were the options.
Matcha powder has a distinct taste and a smell of green tea. The matcha granola is only slightly sweetened so I paired it with flavoured Gay Lea's Nordic smooth cottage cheese in Vanilla Bean. It had the just the right amount of sweetness to appeal to my kids. Each package comes with 10 g of protein to satisfy and sustain active bellies. Cottage cheese has 25% more protein than most Greek yogurts and the new smooth texture takes away the lumpy issue rejected by my small, sometimes picky eaters. The single serving package was convenient, but after watching my boys devour it, I hope it's offered in larger sizes in the future.
Seal the granola into an airtight jar. It should keep for a week and combined with the smooth cottage cheese, would even make a great school day lunch if you get wrapped up in a holiday movie marathon and stay up too late.
Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Ambassador Campaign and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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