I am always inspired to create sumptuous yet simple recipes that provide great nutrition for the body and a little creativity for the mind. I especially love playing around with new ingredients and flavours, and of course trying, testing and introducing them to you!
This past weekend, I acquainted myself with matcha, a finely milled green tea powder that has put a spring in my step (and stained a number of my mugs bright green). I’ve tasted matcha in beverages before, but I hadn’t worked with it myself now. Truth be told, 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 directly into hot water, rather than steeping a teabag, 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 (a teaspoon of matcha is comparable to a cup of coffee in terms of caffeine) 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, however Lady Bonin’s Matcha Green Tea is reasonably priced on Faithful to Nature’s online store. The good news is that you only need about a half teaspoon to make one cup of strong tea, so a container will yield you a large number of servings.
Delightful as freshly brewed matcha is, I was inspired to try it in a chia pudding (my standard rotation of chocolate, berry and vanilla chia is getting a little old). Mixed with a cup of gojis and cranberries, this breakfast packs a major antioxidant punch – not to mention calcium, protein, and healthy fats from the chia seeds. What an energising way to start your day! I hope you enjoy it – and that you get to know matcha a little better along the way.
Anti-Oxidant Rich Matcha Chia Pudding
Serves 2 | Ready in 10 mins
- 6 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp Lady Bonin’s Matcha Green Tea
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp tahini
- 1 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp xylitol
- 1 Tbsp pecan nuts
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- Combine chia seeds, almond milk, matcha and a little water in a medium sized bowl. Stir well, cover and allow to soak in the fridge overnight (about 8 hours).
- Remove from fridge and blend with vanilla, tahini, peanut butter, xylitol, pecans and cinnamon for 1-2 minutes. If mixture is too thick, add small amounts of almond milk for a smoother consistency.
- Place flaked almonds at the bottom of each serving dish, spoon over a layer of pudding and sprinkle with cranberries and goji berries. Repeat until mixture is finished, and sprinkle with almond flakes, cranberries, goji berries and sesame seeds.
- Serve chilled and enjoy!
This recipe first appeared on Caralishious’ blog.