This easy, simple, and delicious matcha chia pudding is packed with natural energy, fibre, and healthy fats, and it is vegan and gluten free. A perfect healthy breakfast or snack idea!
Easy & Simple Matcha Chia Pudding
When it comes to energizing snacks (or breakfast!) this matcha chia pudding takes the cake… or the cup…or jar?? Not only does it contain naturally energy-boosting matcha green tea powder, it is also loaded with chia seeds which are a great source of fibre, carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein.
Chia pudding is super healthy and when combined with matcha it’s a “matcha made in heaven”… see what I did there? Ha, ok all puns aside, you’ve got to try this super simple recipe especially if you find you are rushed in the mornings and skip breakfast, or if you feel an afternoon energy lull. Matcha chia pudding to the rescue!
What is Chia Pudding?
If you haven’t tried or heard of this delicious recipe before I’ll give a little explanation as to what it is exactly. Chia pudding is perfect little breakfast, snack, or dessert typically made with a specific ratio of whole chia seeds to dairy-free or regular milk (or a combination of milk and yogurt (dairy or non-dairy)).
When the whole chia seeds are mixed with the plant milk, within an hour or less, they expand and develop a gel-like consistency that has the thickness of a “pudding”. Usually added into this pudding mixture is a sweetener of some sort such as honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup, and other ingredients like cinnamon, fruit, coconut, and/or vanilla.
There are literally hundreds of variations of chia pudding and you can find all kinds of chia pudding recipes on Google or Pinterest!
Is Chia Seed Pudding Cold or Warm?
Most often chia pudding is typically enjoyed cold as it sits in the fridge to thicken into the pudding consistency. This matcha chia pudding is delicious cold but you can always warm it up. There is also a way to make chia pudding on the stovetop, warm, and without time needed to thicken in the fridge. You can check out my recipe for Warm Chia Pudding here!
Ingredients in Matcha Chia Pudding
To make these delicious matcha chia pudding recipe you will need only six main ingredients and all are gluten free, plant based, and dairy free. This healthy chia seed pudding is also made with unrefined sugar for natural sweetness that won’t spike blood sugar levels and the protein and healthy fats in the chia also help to stabilize blood sugar levels for craving control and better energy.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Whole chia seeds (black or white)
- Unsweetened non-dairy milk of choice(I used almond milk)
- Pure maple syrup
- Matcha green tea powder (I like Nativas brand but you can use any brand)
- Pure vanilla extract
- Coconut yogurt (optional but adds extra creaminess!)
This tasty and simple mix of ingredients creates a perfectly sweet, creamy, and earthy flavour that is so enjoyable any time of day!
What is Matcha Powder and What Does it Taste Like?
The matcha green tea powder used in this matcha chia pudding recipe is a finely ground powder made from specifically grown green tea leaves. It can be used to make tea or be used in recipes just like this ones. Because it is made from green tea leaves it has the same natural energizing effects that green tea does.
The taste of matcha green tea powder is rather earthy with a subtle and mild combination of nutty, sweet, and grassy. Think of the taste of green tea, slightly more amplified in a powder form. It’s enjoyable in small amounts and goes wonderfully with the maple syrup, vanilla, and creamy coconut yogurt in this recipe.
Recipe Variations and Optional Add Ins:
Chia pudding is super versatile and this recipe is no exception. If you want to amp up your matcha chia pudding with different flavours or textures, try these variations below!
- Cinnamon spiced: add in 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to the mix for an aromatic combination
- Chocolate Chip: Matcha and chocolate is a great combination, for this variation add in 2 tablespoons of dark chocolate chips to the chia pudding for a chocolaty crunch (or for a lower sugar option, use cocoa nibs!).
- Citrusy: For a citrusy twist add a big squeeze of fresh lemon to your matcha chia pudding mix.
- Nut butter: For an extra dose of nutty flavour and some added healthy fats, mix 1 tablespoon of almond or peanut butter into the mix.
Have you tried matcha chia pudding before? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!