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If you love my 3 Ingredient Chia Pudding and looking for more ways to jazz it up, try this matcha chia pudding. The matcha green tea powder gives it a beautiful green color, and it’s an antioxidant powerhouse that can help you stay energized throughout the day. It’s a delicious, healthy and filling snack to incorporate into your diet.
What are the health benefits of chia seeds?
There are loads of benefits for chia seeds. But these are my favorite three:
- Chia seeds are rich in powerful antioxidants, so they help fight off toxins in your body.
- All the carbs in chia seeds are fiber, so it’s a low-carb food that helps you feel fuller longer.
- They’re an excellent source or plant-based protein, which is great if you’re on a vegan diet.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
Matcha powder is like regular green, tea but way more nutritional. In fact, studies show that one serving of matcha tea is the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea. These are my top three healthy benefits of matcha, and why you should incorporate the tea powder into your diet.
- Matcha powder is high in antioxidants, which are very important to consume daily for fighting off free radicals.
- It can help enhance your weight loss because it can actually speed up your metabolism and boost fat burning.
- Consuming matcha powder is really good for your heart because it can help lower bad cholesterol.
How do you make matcha chia pudding?
You need four ingredients to make this recipe:
- Chia seeds: You want to make sure they’re fresh so that they plump up when mixed with the liquid. You can use black chia seeds or white chia seeds like in the video below.
- Matcha powder: You can usually find it with the coffee and tea in grocery stories. Make sure the only ingredient in the packet is matcha green tea powder.
- Milk: To keep the recipe vegan, I use almond milk or coconut milk, but any liquid works here, even if it’s not milk.
- Sweetener: Matcha powder can have a bitter taste and chia seeds are normally bland on their own, so the sweetener helps to make this a sweeter snack.
Mix all the ingredients together in one large bowl or in two individual bowls/containers. Allow it to set for at least 2 hours. And then it’s ready for you to enjoy with toppings like fruits, nuts or granola!
Tips for making matcha chia pudding
- Sift the matcha to avoid clumps. If you use matcha often, a bamboo whisk is a great purchase to break down the clumps really efficiently. Otherwise, you can use a sieve or sifter to sift the matcha for a smoother consistency.
- Adjust the ratio based on desired thickness. I like to have a thicker chia seed pudding so I opt for 1:4 chia seeds to milk ratio. Keep in mind that the matcha green tea will also absorb some of that liquid. It’s easier to add liquid after it sets.
- Stir multiple times. Between the matcha powder and the chia seeds, you may get some clumping. To avoid that, I recommend that you stir it, let it sit for at least a minute and then stir it again. Before you set it in the fridge, make sure there are no clumps.
- Blend instead of whisk. When you make the matcha chia pudding, you’ll see the chia seeds plump up and have a tapioca-like texture. If you have picky eaters or don’t like that consistency, you can just make it in a blender for a smoother consistency.
My matcha chia pudding is delicious, healthy and like a natural form of medicine. Chia seeds and matcha fight free radicals — bad cells — and take them out. Free radicals are produced when we work out and the body processes large amounts of oxygen. So, the more active you are, the more you should incorporate antioxidant rich foods into your diet. And this is one of my favorite snacks for that!
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Matcha Chia Pudding
- In a large bowl, mix the matcha green tea powder with the milk and whisk until smooth and not clumped.
- Add the chia seeds and the maple syrup. Stir to combine, making sure there are no clumps of chia seeds. Place it the fridge for 2 hours or overnight to set.
- Top with fresh fruit, granola and/or nuts.
- Instead of plant-based milk, you can use regular milk or coconut water or regular water.
- Instead of maple syrup, you can use honey or any other sweetener of choice. You can also skip the sweetener.