Match Green Tea is something that has fascinated me. The look of it, the creaminess, the ritual of preparing it. This chia seed pudding is by no means a ritual but the creaminess, flavor, and beautiful color of the matcha definitely shines through.
My First Experience with Matcha
Many years ago, my family hosted a Japanese foreign exchange student for a few weeks. She was extremely quiet, but wanted to perform a tea ceremony for us so that we could learn a bit more about her culture as she'd been learning about ours. She had brought with her, from Japan, the necessary items to perform a tea ceremony. She put on her kimono, she set up a small table with the matcha, a tea pot of hot water, a small wooden whisk, and our tiny tea cups. She diligently whisked one cup at a time, offered it to one of us, whisked another, then offered it to the next person. Of course my American mind was thinking, why not make a big batch and pour it into the little cups instead?🙈
But it was all about the tradition, the ceremony, the reverence.
So that is how I think of Matcha Green Tea, in its purest form (don't get me wrong, a matcha green tea latte with coconut milk from the nearest Starbucks is a delight to the senses).
But since I don't have a kimono or tiny teacups and wooden whisk, I've resorted to the Matcha Packets from Trader Joe's for this recipe!
Here is the super simple recipe that is far less reverent than a tea ceremony:
Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp matcha green tea powder (or 1 packet from Trader Joe’s)
3/4 cup of almond milk (or any milk variation)
1 tbsp maple syrup
Combine all ingredients in a sealable container, (mason jars are my go to) and stir well or close the lid and shake.
Refrigerate over night.
Stir again before serving the next morning.
I like to add a sprinkle of shredded coconut or slivered almonds on top for some crunch!
Nutrition without toppings: