Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries

Mi novio recently told me the smartest thing ever. He claims cha in Japanese is “tea.” Think about it: kombuCHA. MatCHA. It’s also not a far cry from chai, which means “tea” in languages such as Arabic and Hindu (based on my very quick research). Brilliant.

Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries

I am becoming more comfortable with matcha as I learn how to combine it with other flavors. Initially, it seems like it wouldn’t pair well with anything else, but after trying Matcha Marketplace oatmeal packets, I see that it’s far more cooperative than I realized. As matcha becomes more popular here in the USA, I think we will see it incorporated into increasingly unexpected products. Are Matcha Skittles in our future?? ?

Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries #OatmealArtist #Vegan

Here’s my contribution to this new matcha trend. Lime brightens up the matcha flavor to transform it from earthy and bitter to sweet and summery. And strawberries, because why not? I decided to dice my strawberries relish-style, but you could serve yours whole or halved or quartered or cut into little intricate dolphin shapes–whatever pleases you. ?

Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries by the #OatmealArtist #Vegan

While I originally envisioned this as a stovetop recipe, I’ve recently realized that matcha tastes better in overnight recipes. I don’t know what it is about sitting in the fridge for a few hours, but it does wonders to the unusual flavor of matcha. It subdues the bitterness and leaves you with a sweet oatmeal with a pleasant matcha flavor.

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Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries

Prep Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup milk of choice (coconut recommended)*
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
  • 1/3 cup pureed or grated zucchini or yellow squash (optional**)
  • 2-3 tsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • juice of one lime
  • 1-3 tsp chia seeds
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-5 fresh strawberries, for topping

How to make it:

  1. Combine all ingredients except strawberries in a container with a lid (such as a mason jar or Tupperware) and stir, or cover with lid and shake vigorously.
  2. Store overnight or for at least two hours in a fridge.
  3. In the morning, serve cold or heat up on stove or in microwave (1 min and 30 seconds is perfect). Top with strawberries; I diced mine into a relish.

Just an FYI:

*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 2/3 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.

**Squash is for texture and nutritional reasons. Feel free to omit.

Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries by the #OatmealArtist

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

4 Responses to Matcha-Lime Overnight Oatmeal with Strawberries

  1. “Chá” is also the word for tea in Portuguese! I think tu novio might be onto something.

  2. Cassandra Culver says:

    Hello there! Love your page!! I have a texture problem with chia seeds, is there a substitute that I can use or can I just add more oats. I was also wondering if I don’t have yogurt on hand could I just add more milk instead?

    Thank you so much!!

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