This Matcha 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 are looking for more breakfast inspiration, check out all of my gluten free breakfast recipes!
Why This Recipe Is Great:
- This matcha chia pudding is 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 boosts you with a little caffeine!
- You can toss the ingredients into a container before bed and wake up to a ready-made breakfast!
- Chia Seeds - Chia seeds come in black and white. Either will work fine in this recipe. Do not use 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.
- Honey - This is a great natural sweetener to use in this recipe. Matcha is earthy and slightly bitter in flavor, so the honey balances this out.
- Shredded Coconut - I garnish my chia pudding with unsweetened shredded coconut. This is optional.
I have been experimenting increasingly with matcha green tea powder in my cooking and baking recipes. Green tea contains antioxidants and even has a small caffeine boost :-).
Tips For Sucess:
- When you add the milk to the chia seeds, stir the mixture. This will reduce clumping. You will need to give it a good stir in the morning too.
- Be sure to cover the chia pudding before putting it into the refrigerator. This will prevent the mixture from drying out.
- Top it with fresh fruit like blueberries, raspberries, or diced pineapple.
How To Sweeten Matcha:
As I mentioned above, matcha can have an earthy flavor. 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 easy. Add unsweetened matcha powder and 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 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 seal it in a container to use as needed.)
This good quality matcha is perfect for my gluten free matcha-baked desserts and chia pudding. I also make delicious matcha lattes with it.
How To Make Matcha Chia Pudding:
Step 1: Add the chia seeds to a sealable container.
Step 2: Add the matcha green tea powder and any sweetener if yours isn't sweet. Whisk to blend them.
Step 3: Pour in your non-dairy milk. Mix it all up. (You can also use regular milk if you are not dairy-free.)
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!
Chia Pudding Toppings:
Matcha pudding is fun because you can vary the flavors so much. I top my chia pudding with all sorts of fun toppings.
- Fresh berries or fruit
- Shredded coconut
- Ground cinnamon
- Dried Fruit
Store the matcha chia seed pudding in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This chia pudding will keep fresh for up to 4 days. I do not recommend freezing chia pudding.
I have several incredible gluten free recipes with matcha to try. If you love dessert, give them a try!
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 like eeewww and slimy. This chia pudding recipe will change your mind about those tiny chia seeds.
Many matcha blends are not gluten free. When buying matcha green tea powder, it is important to read the ingredients carefully.
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, I hope you give them a chance.
- Chia makes an excellent egg replacement in recipes. Just mix one tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 tablespoons of water. Let it sit for 10 minutes, and 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:
Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
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- 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.
Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn't test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
This post was updated from an older August 2018 post with more recipe details.
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