Matcha Chia Pudding - The Perfect Breakfast to Kickstart a Healthy Day
In This weeks recipe post I want to focus on a new addiction of mine, Matcha, and more specifically on Matcha Chia Pudding. Matcha has been around on the social media landscape for quite some time now. Looking on my Pinterest board all I see is "Matcha this and matcha that". However, I took me some time to really learn to like matcha. But now that i have learned it, and also found out about all the great health benefits it has, I can't stop eating it and basically sprinkles it everywhere I can. If you still haven't heard about matcha let me give you an ULTRA SHORT introduction:
Matcha explained in 30 seconds:
Matcha is basically green tea turned into a an eatable powder. Only the best green tea buds are used for matcha and because you eat/drink the powder, you get more health benefits than if you just drink green tea. Among the well documented health facts I can say that Matcha: I packed with antioxidants (Matcha has 1573 units pr. gram whereas eg. gojiberries has 193 and blueberries 93), It is known to boost metabolism so you burn calories faster, and to relax an calm to body.
So, I get why why my social media feeds are spammed with this green little "super food"! The photogenic green colour probably also helps a bit... Anywho, back to my recipe! Some weeks back a stumbled upon a Matcha Chia Pudding recipe that I had to try. However, it didn't turn out as good as promised (it tasted like dirty sea weed?!). But after some trial and error I think I've nailed it. It's not the healthiest version out there but super tasty and pretty straight forward. So, here we go:
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 1½ cups non-dairy milk (I achieved the best result with Vanilla Soymilk)
- 1 tablespoon acacia honey
- 1 teaspoon (no top) matcha green tea powder
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: topping like fruit, granola, seeds, nuts
- Add chia seeds and non-dairy milk in a medium sized bowl. Stir gently to combine.
- Add matcha powder and a bit of how water in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth to prevent the matcha from clumbing when added to the chia pudding
- Add the matcha "soup" and vanilla to the chia seed mixture. Stir and then place it in the fridge overnight. Or at least 2-3 hours
- Top with your preferred topping