>> Monday, October 25, 2010
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, the kind folks at Mighty Leaf sent me some of their premium tea to sample. The very first brew I tried out was the Chocolate Mint Truffle. After mixing it with a bit of almond milk and maple syrup . . . I fell in love.
Now, it's hands-down my favorite warm beverage -- even better than my homemade chai -- on a cool fall day.
But I've learned that tea is for more than sipping! It's for dipping, dunking, and drizzling. It's for infusing recipes with flavor (like with our red zinger lemonade). And it's absolutely perfect for spicing up your morning oats.
TEA-RIFFIC VANILLA-SPICED OATS
What you'll need . . .
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 bag Vanilla Bean tea (from Mighty Leaf)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 1 to 2 tablespoons homemade peanut butter
Method . . .
- Place your bag of tea in the 1 cup of boiling water. Let steep for four minutes.
- Pour the 1/2 cup of rolled oats into a microwave-safe container. Pour the tea/water over them. Place in microwave and cook on the medium setting for five minutes. (You may also cook on your stove top. If you DO use your microwave, make sure you watch every now and then to ensure the oats don't boil over your bowl.)
- In the meantime, in a small saucepan . . . heat your strawberries over low heat. When they start to get gooey, mash with a potato masher until chunky, but jam-like. Add in 1 tablespoon of chia seeds and stir. Keep cooking over low heat until thickened (about 3 minutes).
- When your oats have finished cooking, add the 1/4 cup almond milk to them. Stir until well combined. Pour into the strawberry saucepan and mix. Cook for a couple minutes. Then pour into a bowl.
- Top with 1 to 2 tablespoons peanut butter.
This recipe would, of course, work with most any kind of tea. I don't just recommend Mighty Leaf because they sent me stuff to try. Honestly, I'm a bit of a tea-addict, and of all the kinds I've tried, they have some of the best flavor combos. I love the actual tea bag (it's this awesome mesh design). Plus, Wegmans just started carrying ML teas. So, it's convenient for us, too.
What I mean to say is: We don't back any products on this blog unless we're passionate about them. Period.
I want to try it out with Bombay Chai and blueberries with Greek yogurt tomorrow. What I love most is that it's quick and easy . . . yet by adding tea to the oats, you give the bowl a punch of flavor. It's delicious!
If you're not drooling yet, you're crazy. Regardless, you're in luck. Why, exactly? Well, the fine folks at Mighty Leaf have offered up a great giveaway . . . and it starts TODAY!
Here's what the lucky winner will win:
- 1 box Bombay Chai
- 1 box Rainforest Mate
- 1 Box Chocolate Mint Truffle (my fav!)
- 1 Box Matcha Green Tea
- 1 Tea Top Brew Mug OR Mighty Leaf Ceramic Mug
- Bombay Chai - Black tea leaves with subtle hints of pepper, orange, cinnamon, cardamom, and clove make up our chai, the Indian word for tea. There is also a caffeine –free variety - Coco Chai rooibos tea is a handcrafted, caffeine-free chai tea made from South African rooibos blended with shredded coconut, red peppercorns and aromatic spices including ginger, cinnamon and cardomon.
- Rainforest Mate - Maté also called yerba mate is rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and contains natural caffeine, which affects the body differently than regular caffeine, both calming the nerves and bringing about an energetic lift.
- Chocolate Mint Truffle – this caffeine-free variety is made with rooibos tea, an herbal plant also known as Red Tea from South Africa. This is an intoxicating blend of chocolate cacao nibs, mint and rooibos leaves. Rooibos and chocolate are both known to be good sources of antioxidants.
- Vanilla Bean – this deep blend of black tea leaves with Madagascar vanilla is a blend of Ceylon and China black teas
- Matcha Green Tea - Matcha is an elegant powdered tea made from the finest Japanese Gyokuro and is commonly used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha contains highly concentrated green tea antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll and the unique L-theanine amino acids found almost exclusively in green tea. It is delicious brewed alone, with frothy lattes, or used in recipes
Here's the scoop:
TO ENTER: Leave a comment with the word MIGHTY somewhere in the mix.
IN ADDITION: Tell us about your favorite warm beverage. Tea? Coffee? Hot chocolate? We've all got our thing.
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, November 3rd at 9:00PM EST
PRIZE SHIPS: USA only.
ALSO: To win, I need your email address -- so please provide it (or your blog link so I can find it -- just some way of contacting you) or, unfortunately, you cannot win.
PS: One entry per email address is allowed. The winners will be selected using Tara's Random Number Generator and announced Thursday (11/4) morning.
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