Matcha has long been known for its cancer-fighting benefits. A free-radical fighter, its green powder and smooth, almost sweet flavor differentiates it from other teas. Matcha lattes are practically art in some restaurants and coffee houses. Drinking tea has all kinds of healthy benefits. But if you don’t love tea, is there another way? Yes! Especially with matcha. Desserts in particular go hand-in-hand with matcha, like our Healthy Matcha Chia Pudding made with chia seeds. Yep- we have health benefits stacked high in this recipe!
New to Chia Pudding?
If you poke around on Pinterest, you’ll find all kinds of vegan bloggers obsessed with this sweet treat. Chia provides healthy omegas and SO MUCH fiber. That keeps you regular (TMI- but hey, a girlfriend’s gotta be honest).
The beauty of chia is that it’s more of a texture, and not a flavor. It absorbs the flavors around it, making it quite the blank canvas. Chia absorbs water, expanding the tiny seeds to 27 times their weight. Many think this helps people stay fuller longer when they consume them.
Healthy Chia Pudding, or chia eggs (a vegan egg alternative) are made when liquid is added to the seeds. Chia + liquid + time= a gelled consistency. For a chia egg, you need only 15 minutes or so. For pudding, a couple hours. If you’re in a hurry, swish the chia and water around in the mason jar (sealed) for about 5 minutes and let sit for another 5-10 minutes and you should have a good gel-like consistency (1).
Try all kinds of flavor combos using fruit. Change up your liquids by using coconut water, a nut milk, or even some coconut yogurt.
Let us know how you like to ‘chia’ in the comments below! And let us know how you like our Healthy Matcha Chia Pudding too!
Matcha PuddingPrint Recipe
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (or full-fat coconut milk)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
- 2-3 teaspoons matcha powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)
- 15 drops liquid stevia, or Swerve or honey, to taste
- Add all ingredients to a pint-sized Mason jar and whisk well or shake until well combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, to overnight. Divide into two portions, and serve.
- Top with coconut, blueberries or extra cacao nibs, if desired.
Calories: 199 | Protein: 10.5g | Fat: 12g | Carbs: 10.5g | Fiber: 10g | Net Carbs: .5g