It is finally final (ha) that we are going to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in October! I am sooo excited. The balloon fiesta has been on my bucket list for a long time now and today we got our train and plane tickets, so it is really happening! Only 191 days to go haha.
So matcha green tea…When I was in high school Starbucks came out with a blackberry matcha frappucino. I loved that frap so much I had one every single morning. I remember going to the allergist to get allergy testing, you know the one where they poke you in the back with hundreds of needles, and most of my allergies did not show up on the test because I was drinking so much matcha! The matcha was acting as an antihistamine blocking the allergy response. I had to stop drinking my matcha for a couple weeks and go back (then the allergies showed up on the test). About a year after they came out with the drink Starbucks discontinued the blackberry portion, so I was forced to get raspberry instead. I wish they would bring back the blackberry! They even had a yummy blackberry syrup that they would put on top.
About two weeks ago we bought some matcha from Whole Foods and since then I have been using it in everything. Smoothies. Doughnuts. Whipped cream.
These matcha munchies were inspired by the blackberry green tea frap I used to drink. I tried to use minimal added sugar so they are somewhat healthy. The crust layer is mostly raw almonds and oats and super yummy. I made a little extra and we ate it as a sort of granola. For the matcha layer I added a little xanthan gum to make the layer nice and creamy when frozen, but I think it would work without the xanthan gum also.
In other news, one of my best friends (who just had the cutest baby in the world!) and I are going to start a new exercise program for the spring quarter. So I am super excited about that!