This post is sponsored by Argentinian Yerba Mate.
I am a huge tea drinker, and I’ve added a new variety to my collection: Argentinian Yerba Mate. Yerba mate is the national drink of Argentina, and it is a huge part of the culture that can be traced back several centuries. The yerba mate drink is made from the leaves of the yerba mate tree, which are native to the Misiones Province of Argentina. Argentina continues to be the world’s top producer (and consumer!) of yerba mate.
One cup of yerba mate contains 78 mg of caffeine, which is just a little less than the 85 mg that you get from a cup of coffee and a bit higher than a cup of classic black tea. If you’re torn between tea and coffee because of their caffeine levels, yerba mate might be your answer!
Argentinian Yerba Mate is a rich source of antioxidants with levels even higher than green tea. It also contains B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc, potassium, and manganese. Studies have shown that yerba mate may help protect the liver, aid in digestion, and increase fat oxidation. All good reasons to drink it regularly!
You can brew it in a teapot, french press, or use just about any tea or coffee making method. I love its full-bodied, earthy taste, and I prefer it with a teaspoon of honey for sweetness. I’d liken its flavor and body to green tea or matcha. There is nothing weak about this drink! It’s great both hot and cold. Traditional Argentinian Yerba Mate is consumed from a gourd and straw, but drinking it from a teacup is just as delicious! : ) (Or you can be cool and use a silicone version!)
If you have a little extra in your pot, use the rest to flavor your oatmeal and add antioxidants!
I made my morning oatmeal with 3/4 a cup of tea (and more to sip on the side) plus milk, a pinch of salt and a little cinnamon. Toasted almonds and coconut make a fabulous crunchy topping.
Add a drizzle of honey on top. It’s a nod to the same flavor I love in my mate drink!
This bowl was SO delicious. The yerba mate flavor is there in the background, and the creamy texture goes so well with the crunchy toppings.
Yerba Mate Latte Oatmeal
Yield 1 serving
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 3/4 cup brewed Yerba Mate tea
- 1/4 cup milk of your choice
- Pinch salt
- Pinch cinnamon
- 1 tbsp slivered almonds
- 1 tbsp coconut flakes
- 1 tsp honey
- Boil water for tea and steep for 3-4 minutes. Strain and measure out 3/4 a cup. Drink the rest!
- Toast almonds and coconut in a toaster oven or dry skillet until golden brown. Don't take your eyes off or they will burn!
- In a medium pot, add oats, tea, milk, salt, and cinnamon.
- Bring heat to medium and stir until thick and bubbly and liquid is absorbed, about 5-7 minutes.
- Portion into a bowl and top with almonds and coconut.
- Drizzle honey on top and enjoy!
You can find Argentinian Yerba Mate at speciality tea shops, Whole Foods, or on Amazon.
Thanks to Argentinian Yerba Mate for charging up my day and sponsoring this post!