Matcha green tea powder is one of my favorite things. I throw it in smoothies, make matcha lattes, and of course, make chia seed pudding with it. Matcha is ground up green tea leaves, so it has a little more clean caffeine that a cup of brewed green tea does, and you are getting WAY more nutrients from it because you are consuming the entire leaf. It gives you a sustainable amount of energy without a crash, especially for those that are super sensitive to coffee. And of course my favorite part is that it has an insane amount of antioxidants.
Did I mention that I love this stuff?!
You guys know I have an issue with the texture of chia pudding, so I always blend it up to make it more of an actual pudding consistency. It helps so much, and if you are like me and can’t handle the weird sliminess of just soaked chia seeds, pull out that blender! It will make you change your mind.
There is a great balance of flavors in this recipe, you get that perfect sweet/earthy flavor that I love so much. You do have to use some kind of natural sweetener in order for it to not taste like grass. I love the maple syrup flavor combined with the green tea. But you could always use honey, stevia, or really any sweetener you want.
I always like to make my chia puddings into parfaits by topping them with fruit and something crunchy, in this case, banana nut granola. All of these things combined take you to your chia pudding happy place, just trust me on this one.