Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
June 18, 2013

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Every time I visit my friend Kathy’s blog, I’m inspired in one way or another. Kathy’s recipes are sumptuous yet simple, and they’re always so creative. Kathy also introduces me to lots of new ingredients and flavors. Most recently, I have her to thank for the matcha, finely milled green tea powder that has put a spring in my step (and colored a number of my mugs bright green). I’ve tasted matcha in beverages before, but I hadn’t worked with it myself until I started reading about Kathy’s beloved matcha smoothies (original here, version 2.0 here). I emailed Kathy asking if she thought it was worth trying matcha out for myself, and she responded with a forceful “yes.” And so my adventures with matcha began.

I’ve now made both of Kathy’s smoothies, as well as countless cups of matcha tea. Funny: I’m not a huge green tea lover (I usually have to sweeten it quite a bit to enjoy it), but matcha green tea? Game changer.

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I love the taste, which seems to shift from grassy to sweet. Because you mix whole ground matcha into hot water, rather than steeping tea, matcha is said to be significantly higher in antioxidants and chlorophyll than other forms of green tea. It packs a powerful, yet mellow caffeine punch, too (a teaspoon of matcha is comparable to a cup of coffee in terms of caffeine, though for me a serving size is half a teaspoon mixed with a generous cup of hot water). And it also contains Vitamin C, potassium, and amino acids, including L-Theanine, which is said to promote relaxation and calm. (I always feel more invigorated than tranquil after I drink matcha, but I don’t feel jittery, either.)

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Matcha is a bit of an investment; you can certainly find a reasonable price for it on Amazon, though higher quality matcha tends to come with a higher price tag. An ounce of organic matcha can be had at about $18.00, 2.8 ounces at about $38.00. The good news is that you only need about a half teaspoon to make one cup of strong tea, so a 2.8 oz container yields over 53 servings. I’ve been working on my container for a while now, and I still have tons of the tea left!

Delightful though freshly brewed matcha is, I was recently inspired to try it in a chia pudding; my standard rotation of chocolate and vanilla chia is getting a little old. I loved it, and I’m happy to share it with you today.

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Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups hemp or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries

Instructions

  • Blend the milk, sweetener, vanilla, and matcha together in a blender till smooth.
  • Pour the liquid over the chia seeds. Stir thoroughly. Stir again every few minutes for the next fifteen minutes. Then allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour (or overnight, in the fridge).
  • Stir the mixture once more, and serve with fresh berries. Makes 2 servings.

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Mixed with a cup of berries, this breakfast packs a major antioxidant punch–not to mention calcium, protein, and healthy fat from the chia seeds. What an energizing way to start your day! I hope you enjoy it–and that you get to know matcha a little better along the way.

xo

 

 

Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
Recipe Type: breakfast, chia pudding
Cuisine: raw, vegan, gluten free, soy free
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups [url href=”http://www.thefullhelping.com/homemade-hemp-milk-recipe/” target=”_blank”]hemp[/url] or [url href=”http://www.thefullhelping.com/simple-homemade-almond-milk/” target=”_blank”]almond milk[/url]
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
Instructions
  1. Blend the milk, sweetener, vanilla, and matcha together in a blender till smooth.
  2. Pour the liquid over the chia seeds. Stir thoroughly. Stir again every few minutes for the next fifteen minutes. Then allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour (or overnight, in the fridge).
  3. Stir the mixture once more, and serve with fresh berries.
Categories: Breakfast, Gluten Free, Raw

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  1. I’m trying this right Now! have all mixed and ready to sit overnight. just wondering, does the chia absorb the liquid and thicken up (in your picture it appears the chia swells?) i got black chia, not sure the difference between black and white. just wondering if it will thicken up after theach fridge all night? sorry for the questions, just so excited and want it to turn out well ; )

  2. I love the pictures and recipe! This will be my first attempt as using chia seeds in a recipe. Quick question- How does the pudding actually thicken? In a traditional pudding recipe, you’d have to heat milk / add cornstarch…

  3. Never thought about combining these. I’ll have to try. I’m a huge fan of matcha green tea though. Its the best green tea. I drink it everyday. Great metabolism and energy booster

  4. My friend showed me a link to your recipe and I just tried it because it was so different! Thanks for the recipe! Also I highly recommend trying some matcha from Uji if you love matcha its renown for being the best of the best in Japan!

  5. Hi . I don’t usually comment on these things. But just wanted to let ya know I made this last night. It rules!!!! It is the ultimate snack!!! Have been experimenting with what I like eating with it best. My conclusion: coconut chips. Thanks!!

  6. We just tried it for breakfast over here. We loved it! Definitely going to become a staple in our home. Matcha is the best… Thanks for the great recipe!

  7. So sorry, it does up above, but the copy I printed from Pinterest is missing the matcha!! Got it now and I’m going to go whip some up!

  8. Okay – has anyone noticed that the recipe doesn’t say how much matcha to add? I would love to make it, but . . . .

  9. Because the admin of this web site is working, no uncertainty very soon it will be well-known, due to its quality contents.

  10. Great idea!! I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. May I ask what your Instagram user name is?

  11. Before I became vegan, I had so much matcha sweets while in Japan. Matcha muffins, ice cream, cake, mochi…but you know what? These can ve ‘veganized’ and still taste decadent!

  12. Hi Gena, is there any way to consolidate your more recent chia recipes (blueberry cardamom, roasted peach, matcha etc.) to show up in your ch-ch-ch-chia link? I love to have them all handy side-by-side when I get a chia craving! Your offerings are fantastic!

  13. If anything this pudding looks so pretty with the green and berries! I am always so tempted to buy matcha but it is pretty expensive as you note. I suppose you only live once though huh?

  14. I love matcha, and I’m always looking for interesting new way to incorporate it into my meals. I recently made a matcha salad dressing! This chia pudding sounds like another great use, and I love how the green color of the matcha against the vibrant red and blue berries just pops!

  15. I love matcha – and I’m the same way about regular green tea – it needs a little something else, otherwise I just find it really boring. I’ve made Kathy’s matcha smoothies and they are indeed amazing. I’ll have to try this as well!

  16. Hi Gena,

    I never thought green tea can be combined with chia pudding! I’m a green tea lover and I also love chia pudding recipes. I will definitely love this very healthy and delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing! 😉

  17. Thank you to the power of a million for this recipe. I have been on a massive matcha kick recently thanks to Kathy’s watermelon shake which I gleefully consume several times a week during the summer, and this will just take the obsession to another level. I was toying with the idea of a choc chia pudding for this week’s breakfasts, but your matcha chia is now firmly on the menu.

    I, too, love the sense of wellbeing and energy that matcha gives – the boost without the jitters and sweats of too much caffeine.

    Hope you are having a happy summer.

  18. Wow, what a beautiful recipe!! I’m going to have to find me some matcha to try! And it’s another way to add more berries to my life.

  19. Well now I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy some matcha and the first picture sold me on it before I even read the rest. One reason I love this is because I’m going to send it to my friends and family with kids. I sort of feel like kids need to learn early that green colored food is awesome!

  20. I haven’t tried it in chia pudding yet but matcha seems to be everywhere these days!

    Any good sources for low-cost chia seeds? They’ve gone up so much!

  21. If you ever see it, I hope you get a chance to try some Nokcha – it’s Korean green tea and sooo delicious and my total obsession, it has a biscuity sweet flavour and is totally addictive.
    And for those who find green tea bitter – the trick is never to brew it with boiling water, but with water at 90C ie. just let the water sit in the cup for a few min before adding the leaves
    Now I’m off to get myself some matcha – in all my tea experimentation it’s the one I’ve never tasted!

  22. I love the taste of matcha, but I’ve successfully given up caffeine, and I don’t want to go back on my progress! I used to love Pirate’s Chai, which is a pre-made (very lightly and naturally sweetened) chai mix made from matcha. And now that I’m so in love with chia pudding, this recipe is really calling out to me. The color is so beautiful! What is it about green foods that are so appealing? (Funny how a lot of people would say the opposite.) Anyway, this looks awesome, as do all of your recipes. You should create a matcha chai recipe! 🙂

  23. This is such a pretty colour. I drink green tea every day but just the boring bagged sort. I had completely forgotten that I have a pot of matcha powder in my pantry but this beautiful pudding will definitely have me dig it out 🙂

  24. I’ve tried time and time again to fall in love with green tea so as to benefit from all those powerful antioxidants, but alas, I just can’t enjoy it…so bitter! I’ve never heard of matcha, but based on your description this could be my solution. Going to Amazon right now…

    • FYI Gena – I’ve had the hardest time getting a connection to your website…repeated database error messages.

      • Yea, also when I go to Kathy’s blog it transfers to an ad page and I cannot stay on her website. Its weird.

        • I just checked the link to Kathy’s blog, and I think it’s OK–but I hope I’m right! As for loading the site, it’s been on and off lately, and I’m seriously considering switching hosts. Once I do, the problems will (fingers crossed) no longer be such a nuisance! Sorry for loading delays.

  25. I LOVE matcha. Can’t wait to try it in chia pudding- what a great idea! You should try matcha cookies sometime… yum!

  26. OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (Okay, do you think I’ve expressed my excitement obviously enough?) 😉
    I am a total matcha FIEND and love it in anything–tea (of course–though I’m a full teaspoon-per-cup gal), truffles, a smoothie, a summer cooler. . . pretty much anything. So how is it I never thought of MATCHA CHIA PUDDING before?!! I already know I will love this. LOVE. DO is my brand, too, but I don’t think it’s quite as reasonably priced over here. . . though that doesn’t deter me. Cannot WAIT to make this!! 😀

  27. Yum looks good Gena! I’ve actually got a overnight oats recipe featuring matcha powder coming up on my blog soon!! I hope you check it out 🙂

  28. WOW Gena what a beautiful breakfast you created:) I love chia pudding/cereal I eat it in some form almost everyday but have yet to try this combo. I think I might add an avocado and make it really thick and creamy;) Thanks for sharing!

  29. I’ve made that same chia pudding, with ginger and tangerine essential oil, topped with mango. it is SO refreshing and delicious! Good reminder to make it again 🙂 I usually blend mine to make a smooth creamy pudding, it’s like dessert for breakfast, or just a super delicious and healthy snack!

  30. Ohhhhh man, while I am less of a fan of it, matcha anything (hot or cold tea, ice cream, cookies, anything) is my boyfriend’s JAM! So excited to try this.

    Actually, I bet banana soft serve with matcha would be awesome, too.

    • Banana Soft Serve with Matcha is indeed awesome. Add some frozen mango, and you’re in Nirvana. (And since it’s already green, you can throw some spinach in there for good measure 🙂 )

      Also awesome: Matcha + dark cocoa (as a drink, smoothie, or soft serve). Trust me.

      And for the grown-ups: Matcha Hot Toddy – matcha + lemon juice + tequila.