Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding

by Gena on June 18, 2013

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Every time I visit my friend Kathy’s blog, I’m inspired in one way or another. Kathy’s recipes are sumptuous yet simple, and they’re always so creative. Kathy also introduces me to lots of new ingredients and flavors. Most recently, I have her to thank for the matcha, finely milled green tea powder that has put a spring in my step (and colored a number of my mugs bright green). I’ve tasted matcha in beverages before, but I hadn’t worked with it myself until I started reading about Kathy’s beloved matcha smoothies (original here, version 2.0 here). I emailed Kathy asking if she thought it was worth trying matcha out for myself, and she responded with a forceful “yes.” And so my adventures with matcha began.

I’ve now made both of Kathy’s smoothies, as well as countless cups of matcha tea. Funny: I’m not a huge green tea lover (I usually have to sweeten it quite a bit to enjoy it), but matcha green tea? Game changer.


I love the taste, which seems to shift from grassy to sweet. Because you mix whole ground matcha into hot water, rather than steeping tea, matcha is said to be significantly higher in antioxidants and chlorophyll than other forms of green tea. It packs a powerful, yet mellow caffeine punch, too (a teaspoon of matcha is comparable to a cup of coffee in terms of caffeine, though for me a serving size is half a teaspoon mixed with a generous cup of hot water). And it also contains Vitamin C, potassium, and amino acids, including L-Theanine, which is said to promote relaxation and calm. (I always feel more invigorated than tranquil after I drink matcha, but I don’t feel jittery, either.)


Matcha is a bit of an investment; you can certainly find a reasonable price for it on Amazon, though higher quality matcha tends to come with a higher price tag. An ounce of organic matcha can be had at about $18.00, 2.8 ounces at about $38.00. The good news is that you only need about a half teaspoon to make one cup of strong tea, so a 2.8 oz container yields over 53 servings. I’ve been working on my container for a while now, and I still have tons of the tea left!

Delightful though freshly brewed matcha is, I was recently inspired to try it in a chia pudding; my standard rotation of chocolate and vanilla chia is getting a little old. I loved it, and I’m happy to share it with you today.

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Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding


  • 2 cups hemp or almond milk
  • 2 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 6 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries


  1. Blend the milk, sweetener, vanilla, and matcha together in a blender till smooth.
  2. Pour the liquid over the chia seeds. Stir thoroughly. Stir again every few minutes for the next fifteen minutes. Then allow the mixture to sit for at least an hour (or overnight, in the fridge).
  3. Stir the mixture once more, and serve with fresh berries. Makes 2 servings.

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Mixed with a cup of berries, this breakfast packs a major antioxidant punch–not to mention calcium, protein, and healthy fat from the chia seeds. What an energizing way to start your day! I hope you enjoy it–and that you get to know matcha a little better along the way.



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nzle June 18, 2013 at 11:31 am

Ohhhhh man, while I am less of a fan of it, matcha anything (hot or cold tea, ice cream, cookies, anything) is my boyfriend’s JAM! So excited to try this.

Actually, I bet banana soft serve with matcha would be awesome, too.


Gena June 18, 2013 at 11:33 am

NO. You did not just out my next CR recipe!! Get out of my head, woman!



Katie June 18, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Banana Soft Serve with Matcha is indeed awesome. Add some frozen mango, and you’re in Nirvana. (And since it’s already green, you can throw some spinach in there for good measure :) )

Also awesome: Matcha + dark cocoa (as a drink, smoothie, or soft serve). Trust me.

And for the grown-ups: Matcha Hot Toddy – matcha + lemon juice + tequila.


Gena June 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

I think I might go into happiness overload if cocoa meets matcha. But that isn’t going to stop me.


Christa @ Edible Balance June 18, 2013 at 11:36 am

I’ve made that same chia pudding, with ginger and tangerine essential oil, topped with mango. it is SO refreshing and delicious! Good reminder to make it again :) I usually blend mine to make a smooth creamy pudding, it’s like dessert for breakfast, or just a super delicious and healthy snack!


Sarah June 18, 2013 at 11:49 am

WOW Gena what a beautiful breakfast you created:) I love chia pudding/cereal I eat it in some form almost everyday but have yet to try this combo. I think I might add an avocado and make it really thick and creamy;) Thanks for sharing!


Suzanne June 18, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Yum looks good Gena! I’ve actually got a overnight oats recipe featuring matcha powder coming up on my blog soon!! I hope you check it out :)


Ricki June 18, 2013 at 12:07 pm

OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
(Okay, do you think I’ve expressed my excitement obviously enough?) ;-)
I am a total matcha FIEND and love it in anything–tea (of course–though I’m a full teaspoon-per-cup gal), truffles, a smoothie, a summer cooler. . . pretty much anything. So how is it I never thought of MATCHA CHIA PUDDING before?!! I already know I will love this. LOVE. DO is my brand, too, but I don’t think it’s quite as reasonably priced over here. . . though that doesn’t deter me. Cannot WAIT to make this!! :D


Gena June 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Hahaha I LOVE the enthusiasm, Ricki! And I think you’ll love the pudding. Matcha is rocking my world lately.


Miliany Bonet June 18, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Mmmm…. this looks YUMMY!! Your recipes are so delicious and creative! Love it! <3


phoebe c June 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

love chia pudding … never thought to add match… can’t wait to try it!


Skye June 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I LOVE matcha. Can’t wait to try it in chia pudding- what a great idea! You should try matcha cookies sometime… yum!


Karen June 18, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ve tried time and time again to fall in love with green tea so as to benefit from all those powerful antioxidants, but alas, I just can’t enjoy it…so bitter! I’ve never heard of matcha, but based on your description this could be my solution. Going to Amazon right now…


Karen June 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm

FYI Gena – I’ve had the hardest time getting a connection to your website…repeated database error messages.


Allison June 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Yea, also when I go to Kathy’s blog it transfers to an ad page and I cannot stay on her website. Its weird.


Gena June 18, 2013 at 5:53 pm

I just checked the link to Kathy’s blog, and I think it’s OK–but I hope I’m right! As for loading the site, it’s been on and off lately, and I’m seriously considering switching hosts. Once I do, the problems will (fingers crossed) no longer be such a nuisance! Sorry for loading delays.


Davida @TheHealthyMaven June 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

This is a brilliant recipe! I made Matcha Green Tea Pancakes but this blows that recipe out of the water! Can’t wait to try it :)


Gena June 18, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Pancakes!!! Now that’s an idea :)


Quincy @ Shugurcän June 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I’ve been wanting to try matcha. This is a great reason to finally buy some (:


Emma June 18, 2013 at 4:05 pm

This is such a pretty colour. I drink green tea every day but just the boring bagged sort. I had completely forgotten that I have a pot of matcha powder in my pantry but this beautiful pudding will definitely have me dig it out :)


McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN | Nutrition Stripped June 18, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Ah matcha is amazing. I’ve used it in my Stripped Smoothie for years to add not only a little more flavor but a punch of nutrition. I love this idea of using it in a chia pudding, super refreshing. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


Jenni June 18, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I love the taste of matcha, but I’ve successfully given up caffeine, and I don’t want to go back on my progress! I used to love Pirate’s Chai, which is a pre-made (very lightly and naturally sweetened) chai mix made from matcha. And now that I’m so in love with chia pudding, this recipe is really calling out to me. The color is so beautiful! What is it about green foods that are so appealing? (Funny how a lot of people would say the opposite.) Anyway, this looks awesome, as do all of your recipes. You should create a matcha chai recipe! :)


hannah June 18, 2013 at 8:07 pm

If you ever see it, I hope you get a chance to try some Nokcha – it’s Korean green tea and sooo delicious and my total obsession, it has a biscuity sweet flavour and is totally addictive.
And for those who find green tea bitter – the trick is never to brew it with boiling water, but with water at 90C ie. just let the water sit in the cup for a few min before adding the leaves
Now I’m off to get myself some matcha – in all my tea experimentation it’s the one I’ve never tasted!


carol June 18, 2013 at 10:19 pm

This looks so refreshing and summery! Can’t wait to try it.


bitt June 18, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I haven’t tried it in chia pudding yet but matcha seems to be everywhere these days!

Any good sources for low-cost chia seeds? They’ve gone up so much!


Rachael June 19, 2013 at 12:17 am

Well now I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy some matcha and the first picture sold me on it before I even read the rest. One reason I love this is because I’m going to send it to my friends and family with kids. I sort of feel like kids need to learn early that green colored food is awesome!


Rachael June 19, 2013 at 12:20 am

On second though..maybe just the parents I don’t like (forgot about the caffeine).


Kathleen June 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

Wow, what a beautiful recipe!! I’m going to have to find me some matcha to try! And it’s another way to add more berries to my life.


kate June 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

Thank you to the power of a million for this recipe. I have been on a massive matcha kick recently thanks to Kathy’s watermelon shake which I gleefully consume several times a week during the summer, and this will just take the obsession to another level. I was toying with the idea of a choc chia pudding for this week’s breakfasts, but your matcha chia is now firmly on the menu.

I, too, love the sense of wellbeing and energy that matcha gives – the boost without the jitters and sweats of too much caffeine.

Hope you are having a happy summer.


Kat Bradshore June 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hi Gena,

I never thought green tea can be combined with chia pudding! I’m a green tea lover and I also love chia pudding recipes. I will definitely love this very healthy and delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing! ;-)


Rachel @ Eat, Learn, Discover! June 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

I love matcha – and I’m the same way about regular green tea – it needs a little something else, otherwise I just find it really boring. I’ve made Kathy’s matcha smoothies and they are indeed amazing. I’ll have to try this as well!


Reba - Not So Perfect Life June 19, 2013 at 10:45 am

I’ll have to give matcha a try. I love green tea! I still hate chia seeds though… its a texture issue for me!


jodye @ chocolate and chou fleur June 19, 2013 at 11:18 am

I love matcha, and I’m always looking for interesting new way to incorporate it into my meals. I recently made a matcha salad dressing! This chia pudding sounds like another great use, and I love how the green color of the matcha against the vibrant red and blue berries just pops!


the delicate place (@misathemeb) June 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

i LOVE matcha. i’ve had good and bad believe me haha. i actually buy mine from a japanese grocer nearby..they have 4-5 different kinds!


Sophie June 19, 2013 at 1:22 pm

If anything this pudding looks so pretty with the green and berries! I am always so tempted to buy matcha but it is pretty expensive as you note. I suppose you only live once though huh?


Michele aka Raw Juice Girl June 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Oh, wow. Gena, this looks so delicious – I want to eat it now! Thank you for sharing!!! <3


Tamara June 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Hi Gena, is there any way to consolidate your more recent chia recipes (blueberry cardamom, roasted peach, matcha etc.) to show up in your ch-ch-ch-chia link? I love to have them all handy side-by-side when I get a chia craving! Your offerings are fantastic!


kim June 19, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Before I became vegan, I had so much matcha sweets while in Japan. Matcha muffins, ice cream, cake, mochi…but you know what? These can ve ‘veganized’ and still taste decadent!


Suzanne June 20, 2013 at 7:18 am

My recipe for Matcha Overnight Oats is now up! I would love it if you checked it out :)


Nic@diningwithastud June 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

What a gorgeous dessert! I am pinning this to make on the weekend :)


Catelyn June 25, 2013 at 9:34 am

Great idea!! I can’t believe I haven’t done this before. May I ask what your Instagram user name is?


Sherry Hamilton June 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I so want to try this! Thanks for the inspiration and the recipe.


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Cyndi August 28, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Okay – has anyone noticed that the recipe doesn’t say how much matcha to add? I would love to make it, but . . . .


Gena August 30, 2013 at 5:52 am

Glad you got it!


Cyndi August 28, 2013 at 6:23 pm

So sorry, it does up above, but the copy I printed from Pinterest is missing the matcha!! Got it now and I’m going to go whip some up!


Katie September 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

We just tried it for breakfast over here. We loved it! Definitely going to become a staple in our home. Matcha is the best… Thanks for the great recipe!


Sam James September 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

Looks delicious, Never heard of this combination with matcha before, (and I’ve seen alot of matcha recipes). Will have to try it!


Gena September 14, 2013 at 6:52 am

I hope you enjoy it!


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