Following up my latest post revealing my favorite morning delight, my matcha latte, I wanted to start a new little series here on my blog, showing some other awesome ways to incorporate matcha into your life! Because, let’s be real, there is never enough matcha. I spent a lot of time searching for a good brand of matcha. I have found out that all matcha is NOT created equal, and that some brands offer a higher quality matcha that not only tastes better, but has a higher nutritional value as well as a better sourcing process. After a friend recommended a brand called Soar Organics, I have fallen in love with it. They offer an organic matcha sourced directly from Kyoto, Japan that is free from harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides, unnecessary additives, sweeteners or fillers. That being said, I am hooked on their products, and have been looking for more ways to use them besides my morning cup of tea! So I started with one of my go-to’s.
One of my favorite things to make (& consume), is chia pudding. When I used to work at a coffee shop and would have to wake up at UNGODLY hours, I needed something I could prep the night before to easily grab as I was literally crawling out the door. Thus, I became obsessed with chia pudding & overnight oats. The thing I love about them is how incredibly versatile they are. I got to come up with new exciting combinations and flavors to put in them each and every night. And who doesn’t love that?
But one thing I never tried was matcha (probably because that was before I saw the light and love of matcha). So, as I was coming up with fun ways to use my matcha, I thought that chia pudding was the best place to start.
Anyways, I am definitely a convert. Matcha chia pudding is something I wish I never had to previously live without. It’s a great way to pack in all those amazing health benefits of matcha as well as getting that beautiful slow release of caffeine. Not to mention it is delicious and can be topped with a limitless array of toppings. Count me obsessed.
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Small amount of hot water
- 1½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk substitute)
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder (I recommend Soar Organics)
- ½ - 1 TBS maple syrup (depending on your level of sweetness preference)
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a glass jar, mix your milk with your chia seeds until thoroughly combined.
- In a separate bowl or small mug add your matcha powder. Heat some water to a warm temperature, less than boiling. Add the water to the matcha and whisk to combine well. You only need enough water to dissolve the matcha, maybe ½ cup or so.
- Add your matcha to the chia mixture as well as the rest of your ingredients and mix together in your glass jar.
- Place your mixture in the fridge overnight, or for at least 2-3 hours.
- Layer with your favorite yogurt, top with your favorite goodies (granola, fruit, coconut, almond butter), or just eat it by the spoonful!