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Stay energized throughout the day with this chia matcha pudding. Made with high-quality matcha, coconut milk, chia seeds, and lemon, it's a healthy dairy-free breakfast or anytime treat. It's easy to make and ready in just 20 minutes!
If you haven't yet jumped on the matcha bandwagon, you're going to love this chia matcha pudding. It's creamy, healthy, and loaded with matcha tea flavor. And even though it's made with only wholesome ingredients, it tastes like a treat!
You'll find it simple to make and it's a great quick breakfast option for busy mornings. It's also a beautiful festive green-color food for special occasions like St. Patrick's Day!
We love that we can make these cute chia matcha pudding jars ahead of time and then pull one out of the fridge when we're hungry in the morning or need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon. It's meal prepping at it's best!
What is matcha?
Matcha powder is made from young, shade-grown green tea plants. The special growing conditions make the leaves high in chlorophyll, giving them their distinct vibrant green color.
During harvesting, only the finest leaves are picked, dried, and stone-ground into a dust-like powder. All the steps maximize the nutrients and flavors.
It's a versatile powder that can be prepared as a tea or used in baking and other culinary recipes, like this chia matcha pudding!
Is matcha healthy? Matcha is naturally high in antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds. Although matcha contains caffeine, it also contains a compound called L-theanine which changes the effects of caffeine. So, you'll still get the alertness you'd expect from caffeine without the crash.
Tips for choosing a matcha powder
Not all matcha powders are created equal. If you're new to matcha, here are a few things to keep in mind when picking one out:
- A ceremonial grade matcha powder has delicate flavors and added health benefits.
- Color is a good indication of quality. Good, high-quality matcha will be a vibrant green color. A lower-quality matcha powder will be a more dull, muted green.
- The nose knows. Give it a smell – you're looking for rich vegetal aromas, with nutty, mildly sweet, and creamy notes.
- Good quality matcha is stone-ground into a fine dust-like texture.
- Price is usually an indication of quality, so this is one way to tell if the matcha you are buying is good quality.
- If having a bright green color isn't super important to you, then you can save a few dollars by using culinary-grade matcha instead.
Chia matcha pudding ingredients
Here's everything you'll need to make this matcha chia pudding:
- Coconut milk – this makes the creamy dairy-free base for the pudding.
- Chia seeds – these little nutritional powerhouses are filled with fiber and healthy fat.
- Matcha powder – a high-quality matcha powder gives this pudding a vibrant green color and unique matcha tea flavor.
- Maple syrup – to sweeten things up, naturally.
- Lemon – for its fresh, bright taste and add balance.
- Coconut whipped cream, matcha powder, lemon slices, and chia seeds – optional, for garnish.
How to make chia matcha pudding
It's really simple to make green tea pudding with chia seeds. Enjoy it right away, or place it in your fridge overnight for a quick and easy breakfast. Here's how to make it by following a few simple steps:
- Add all ingredients together in a medium-sized bowl.
- Whisk them well and then place the bowl into your fridge for about 10 minutes.
- Whisk again then pour the mixture into four separate jars or containers. Allow them to rest for another 10 minutes or so. They'll thicken during this resting time.
- Top each pudding with a little whipped cream, a sprinkle of matcha powder, chia seeds, and a little lemon slice. That's it!
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
Chia matcha pudding: FAQS
Can I use any dairy-free milk?
Yes! Any dairy-free milk will work but we love using coconut because it tends to be creamier.
Can I use honey instead of maple syrup?
You bet! Honey works well in place of maple syrup.
How long does it keep in the fridge?
Store it in your fridge in a sealed jar or container for up to 3 days.
Ideas for serving
- Enjoy this chia matcha pudding as a healthy dessert.
- Serve it as a quick and healthy breakfast topped with some of our vanilla almond granola or chocolate nut superfood granola.
- Keep it in your fridge or pack it in a lunch bag for a delicious anytime treat!
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- 14 ounce can coconut milk (can be light)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup (or to taste)
- 1 lemon (zest and juice)
- Coconut whipped cream, matcha powder, lemon slices, and chia seeds (to garnish)
- Add the coconut milk, chia seeds, matcha powder, maple syrup, lemon zest, and lemon juice to a medium-sized bowl.14 ounce can coconut milk, ¼ cup chia seeds, 2 tablespoons matcha powder, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 lemon
- Whisk well then place the bowl into your fridge for 10 minutes.
- Whisk once more and then divide the pudding into 4 jars or cups. Let the chia pudding rest for another 10 minutes.
- Serve the pudding topped with a little whipped cream, a sprinkle of matcha powder, chia seeds, and a little lemon slice.Coconut whipped cream, matcha powder, lemon slices, and chia seeds
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.