This Matcha green tea chia pudding with shredded coconut makes a wonderful breakfast or snack. Just dump the ingredients into a container and put the container in your refrigerator overnight. Wake up to a creamy matcha chia pudding breakfast!
Have you tried chia pudding yet? Chia pudding is a newer concept, but it has been rising in popularity for the past couple of years! It makes an incredible breakfast or snack!
Breakfast doesn't get any easier than this because it literally makes itself in the refrigerator while you sleep! If you love matcha, check out all of my gluten free breakfast recipes!
What is special about this pudding?
- This matcha chia pudding is both paleo and vegan, and perfect for anyone with food allergies.
- Chia pudding is high in protein, making it a great breakfast option.
- The matcha green tea in this simple chia pudding recipe gives you a nice little caffeine boost!
- You literally can toss the ingredients into a container before you go to bed and wake to a ready-made breakfast!
If you haven't tried matcha pudding, you are missing a wonderful healthy treat. Chia pudding makes a delicious healthy breakfast or a protein-packed snack!
- Chia seeds - Chia seeds come in black and white. Either will work fine in this recipe. Do not get ground chia seeds.
- Matcha Green Tea Powder - I recommend culinary blend over ceremonial because there is no need to spend a lot of money on your matcha powder if you are using it in a recipe.
- Non-dairy milk - Use any type you enjoy. You can also use regular milk if you are not dairy-free.
I have been experimenting more and more with using matcha green tea powder in my cooking and baking recipes. Green tea is full of antioxidants, and it even has a small caffeine boost :-).
How to sweeten matcha:
Some matcha powder brands are sweetened, and others are not and have a bit of a bitter flavor.
If you prefer to make your own sweetened matcha for this recipe, it is very easy to make. Just take unsweetened matcha powder and add an extra teaspoon of sugar or a packet of stevia to your baking. (It totally will depend on how sweet you like things...I don't like it super sweet so I use a LOT less than a packet of stevia.) You will love it in this matcha chia pudding!
You can also use coconut sugar to sweeten your matcha or honey, but these both will change the vibrant green coloring. (3 teaspoons matcha to 1 teaspoon sugar is my favorite ratio. You can mix up a bigger batch and keep it sealed in a container to use as needed.)
Recipe step by step directions:
Step 1: Add the chia seeds to a sealable container.
Step 2: Add your matcha green tea powder and any sweetener if yours isn't sweet.
Step 3: Pour in your non-dairy milk. Mix it all up.
Step 4: Place an air-tight lid on the container and put it into the refrigerator. Stir it after 2 hours and put it back into the refrigerator.
Step 5: Remove it the next morning, or 2 hours later, and enjoy!
Top it with fresh berries, granola, shredded coconut, or anything you like!
Tips and Recipe FAQ:
Matcha pudding tastes like a cold thick creamier version of a matcha latte. You control the sweetness in this recipe so you can even make this matcha pudding more dessert-like!
I was a little scared of chia pudding at first. It was almost comical...I am sure you can imagine my original thoughts along the lines of eeewww and slimy. This chia pudding recipe will change your mind about those tiny little chia seeds.
Many matcha blends are not gluten free. It is important to read the ingredients carefully when buying matcha green tea powder.
This chia pudding will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Here is a fun recipe for Green Tea Coconut Cookie Bars. Mr. Fearless Dining loves these gluten free cookie bars!
What else can I do with chia seeds?
If you haven't tried chia seeds, there is nothing like the first time. Chia seeds are full of protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals.
- Chia makes an excellent egg replacement in recipes. Just mix 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes and you have a delicious chia egg!
- I love to add chia seeds to my baking. This delicious Gluten Free Oatmeal Bars recipe is a great way to introduce chia seeds to your diet.
- Add chia seeds to overnight oats for a bigger protein punch! This apple crisp overnight oats recipe is delicious with chia seeds!
More gluten free matcha recipes:
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Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
- 3 tablespoons chia seeds * see note
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 ⅓ cups coconut milk * see note
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 tablespoon sugar or less if you don't like it sweet!
- In a large glass container, add all ingredients.
- Put on lid, shake well, and store in refrigerator overnight.
- Stir after the first hour, or before you go to bed.
- Stir again before serving.
- This recipe is also delicious when you garnish it with sliced almonds and more coconut.
- The best way to make this chia pudding is right before you go to bed. This way it is ready first thing in the morning.
- You can use either black or white chia seeds, but do not use ground chia seeds.
- You can use any non-dairy milk in this recipe. You can also use regular milk if you are not dairy-free or vegan.
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