Here we are ready for a little matcha chia pudding action! Friends, fellow foodies, health nerds alike, we join together to feast upon this power house recipe: green matcha tea and chia seeds are combined!
Since the beginning of this blog I have been obsessed with chia seed pudding – it’s pretty much dessert you can have for breakfast! Nutritious packed chia seeds are soaked in almond milk until all their fiber absorbs the liquid and turns into a pudding-like consistency. Chia seeds are loaded with fiber, healthy fats, and even protein!
The first time I tried matcha was in a hip little tea shop in Colorado. I ordered an almond latte and TBH it was bitter and way to earthy for my taste. Last summer I discovered the beauty of an iced matcha latte. For some reason having matcha cold turns the bitter green tea into a mild grassy flavor that is very pleasant when sweetened a little. I fell in love!
What I love about drinking matcha tea is the serious energy boost and sort of “zen” quality of concentration it provides. It’s different kind of caffeine boost than drinking black tea. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the benefits of matcha tea before. Like how it is packed with antioxidants, it can enhance calm, help detox the body (hence the name of the post), boost concentration, and increase energy levels – I couldn’t resist naming a few health benefits!
With my love of these two incredible ingredients we just knew that matcha chia pudding was destined to be! If you are wanting to incorporate matcha tea into your diet than this chia pudding might be a great way to do it. The texture is creamy and pudding like thanks to those magical chia seeds and the flavor is a sweet and mildly grassy. I topped my matcha chia pudding with ripe mango which added extra sweetness and a tropical taste to the pudding. We also loved adding some sweetened coconut flakes for crunch. Any fruit you prefer would be really tasty.
When looking for a matcha tea to buy know that quality matters. The taste can vary greatly from brands and especially when it’s lower quality. Make sure you find one you like. I highly recommend organic Japanese matcha by Jade Leaf. I buy it on Amazon. It’s great because it comes in different sizes, so you can buy the smallest to make sure you like it. A little goes a long way so it will last you a while.
I hope you enjoy this detox matcha chia pudding with mango as much as we did. It’s a nice refreshing, sweet treat that’s perfect for spring and summer. We enjoyed it as part of our breakfast to get that energy boost first thing in the morning!
For more matcha recipes try my matcha cherry energy balls. For more chia pudding recipes try my coconut banana chia seed pudding (<– the most popular recipe on my blog!), chocolate peanut butter chia seed pudding, or vegan chai tea spiced chia pudding! Chia puddings all day long, my friends!
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or any type of milk)
- ½ cup chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons green tea matcha powder*
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- 2 to 4 tablespoons agave nectar (or maple syrup)
- Optional toppings
- 1 cup fresh fruit such as mango or kiwi or sub any kind you prefer
- ¼ cup sweetened toasted coconut flakes
- Make the pudding: In a medium mixing bowl combine all of the pudding ingredients until everything is well mixed. Cover and chill in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours, or until the pudding has thickened.
- Serve: Give everything a nice stir and transfer to serving bowls. Top with your choice of fruit or toasted coconut flakes, if desired.
To make the pudding set faster heat ½ cup milk in the microwave until it's very warm, but not boiling. Stir in the chia seeds, allow to set at room temperature for 10 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill in fridge for 1 hour. I have only tried this method once, it worked well. 🙂
Keep in mind that this recipe does contain caffeine.
Prep time doesn't reflect the amount of time needed for the pudding to chill.