Bright green tea flavor blended into a creamy nutritious matcha chia pudding with oats added in too. Pile on chewy lemon vanilla rawnola for an easy vegan breakfast or snack!
I have been asked multiple times now to post more recipes involving matcha powder. I haven’t been ignoring you, I promise, I just haven’t been successful. Most of my attempts to bake with matcha have gone…well…ugly. Like kelp-colored cake and forest sludge muffins. Far from the light grassy green representation matcha deserves.
I love matcha lattes and smoothies just as much as the next grass-sipping person. I’m kidding, I really do like the flavor. It is grassy, but grassy in a good way. And yes that is possible.
So until I figure out the trick to preserving that lovely color in baked things (I think it might have something to do with other acid/alkaline ingredients in the recipe, not sure yet) I’m going to stick to no-bake matcha treats. Like this Matcha Chia Pudding.
Matcha Chia Pudding
Even when you are blending and not baking, keeping the color from going in the green hairy monster direction can be tricky. White chia seeds instead of black, maple syrup to sweeten instead of all dates, no bananas that will oxidize overnight–these are all important steps if you care about the color of your matcha chia pudding.
If you just want to add all the dates and bananas and eat your 70s green carpet colored pudding far away from Instagram, then no judgement. Go for it, it will be delicious! But in order to not scare everyone away from even clicking on this post, I did my best to keep it a light and lovely matcha shade of green.
If your pudding starts going in the day-old guacamole green direction and you want to save it, a handful or spinach or a tiny dash of spirulina can help bring it back from brown to green.
Instead of using all chia seeds like I have done in the past with puddings, in this recipe I used a combination of chia seeds + rolled oats. Think: chia pudding meets overnight oats. The overnight part is optional though, just let it soak for at least 1 hour before blending. Actually the blending part is even optional, you could leave it chunky if you like.
This way you get the wonderful fiber and protein from both oats and chia seeds, and all the antioxidant goodness of matcha tea in one jar! More on the health benefits of matcha -> here.
And the Lemon Vanilla Bean Rawnola on top is optional as well but highly recommended. All three flavors play together so well!Creamy vegan Matcha Chia Pudding topped with with Lemon Vanilla Rawnola! Get the recipe >>>Click To Tweet
Hard Drive Update
Continuing from my last post about my external hard drive situation, I have received an email now saying that they can recover everything, YAY!! So I’m just waiting for them to actually return it all to me (which I chose to do caveman style by actual physical mail). Currently I am working at max hard drive capacity, emptying my trashcan daily in order to not run out of space on my computer every time I import a new set of photos. Please hurry hard drive!! Thanks to everyone who has offered advice and tips for other storage solutions on that post too <3
Okay technical talk over, back to pudding…
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Matcha Chia Oat Pudding with Lemon Vanilla Rawnola
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 60 minutes
- Total Time: 70 minutes
- Yield: 2 servings 1x
- 1 1/2 cup plant milk
- 2 tbsps maple syrup
- 1/3 cup rolled oats
- 1/3 cup white chia seeds (for color)
- 2 tsps matcha powder
- 1 handful of spinach
- 2–3 pitted dates (not too many or it will ruin the color)
- Lemon Vanilla Bean Rawnola for topping
- Add all of the ingredients to a jar.
- Shake or stir to combine.
- Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or even overnight.
- Transfer to a blender. Add the optional add-ins if using.
- Blend on high until smooth.
- Divide into glasses, top with rawnola, enjoy!
Same creamy chia concept turned chocolatey…Chocolate Chia Pudding Dirt Cups. Gardening skill not required I promise (because I have none!)
For another delicious jar that you can sink your pudding-hungry spoon into, Purple Power Parfaits. I’m all about those messy dig-in shots!
Demeter | Beaming Baker says
Natalie, guuuurl, I feel ya. You have this idea of what you want to make, how it would look. And then you make it. And the color… sometimes the color is just inedible. I have *so* been there. Some colors just don’t resemble… well… food. Lol.
“green hairy monster ” Heehee. This is why I saved this post to read on a Monday. I just knew I would get a good chuckle here! 😉 And this –> “70s green carpet colored pudding” Ah… food blogging. What a colorful, sometimes inedible treat it can be.
All jokes aside, you NAILED it. This matcha chia oat pudding looks awesome! Perfectly matcha, perfectly food. No resemblance to carpet, no resemblance to the 70s color palette. 😉 So thank you for slaying the green hairy monster and making this for us. Happy Monday! Pinning, of course. 🙂
I must say, I had a lot of fun coming up with various ugly green references for this one hahaha 😀 Oh yeah I took that monster and his ugly carpeted house down! I really do have to wonder who ever thought that color of carpet was a good idea? And not just one person clearly since it was actually trendy? Craziness! I have to admit this one took two tries though, in the first batch that green monster was very very alive and well! I’ve been experimenting with blue colorings a lot lately too for a different recipe, and that shade of food is tricky too. It doesn’t turn monstrous so much as a weird grey color…still not good. Recipe creation is about so much more than just taste, isn’t it! And I just got word of a new chocolatey recipe over on your corner of the internet, so expect me very soon… 🙂
The Vegan 8 says
Green hairy monster, bahahaha!! So funny! Well, you figured it out my friend, because this color is perfection and exactly the color of matcha! I love, love tea and last year was my first time trying matcha and while it was a bit different to me at first, I fell in love by the end of the drink. Deciding to make an oat pudding with it is an amazing idea! Then topping it with your vanilla lemon rawnola, even more amazing! It’s all so pretty. I loved the video too, makes me want to run out and make this!
So, so happy to hear all your files are retrieved too, what a relief!!!
That’s so funny, I had pretty much the opposite experience with trying matcha–I don’t like most teas but it actually has me liking other teas more and more now! It definitely took some getting used to for me too, but now I love matcha lattes. If only it was cheaper, I need to find a more affordable brand especially when I am going through multiple trials of a recipe like this lol. I really love these three flavors together though, they are all so light and delicate 🙂 Thanks Brandi, yes I was SO relieved!!
Michele @TwoRaspberries says
70’s green carpet! hahaha my best friend growing up had that color carpet in their house LOL anyways, this chia and oat pudding looks so tasty! I love ALL green foods 😉 and that lemon rawnola… I tried it minus the vanilla cause I didn’t have any and it was totally BOMB!
Hahaha, so you’ve seen the green carpet monster up close and in real life then! I love most green foods too. I can’t say all, there are some lettuces out there that are too bitter for me. But I’ve definitely consumed plenty of 70s green carpet colored smoothies before, just no pictures please 😀 Somehow I didn’t think that color pudding would take off on Pinterest lol. Oh I’m so happy you tried it!! I almost didn’t add the vanilla, it was a last minute decision, but totally delish without 🙂
Aaahhhh Natalie, you do make me laugh…:) I would love to see your ‘ 70s green carpet colored pudding’ 🙂 This one looks very ‘grassy’ so well done!!! And I’m looking forward to seeing your bakes with Matcha (which, believe it or not, I’m yet to try…)! XXX
I made sure there were no photos of that ugliness haha!! It was pretty dang yummy for a carpet-colored monster though 😀 Baking with matcha is very tricky. It’s especially tricky when you are trying to use healthier/alternative flours and sweeteners which all tend to be not white. With plain white flour and sugar I’m sure it would be easier to preserve the color. But try matcha…soon!!
70s green carpet colored pudding! I almost died laughing! Mostly because I had a very scary flashback to my grandparents green carpet! Hahaha!!! But seriously, the color of this chia oat pudding is perfect! And not at all scary 🙂 I haven’t played around with matcha before and I’ve only had it in latte form from one of our local coffee shops a long time ago…I think it’s time I buy some matcha! Beautiful photos and video, as always, my friend! xo
Hahahaha so you’ve seen the real deal gross green carpet in real life then! I don’t think I ever have, all that comes to mind for me is That 70s Show lol 😀 Mathca lattes are still my favorite way to have it, but I’ve tried many times to make homemade matcha latte’s and they are never as good as a coffee shop can do. I’m better off making something else so I don’t have preconceived expectations. I think it’s the lack of frothy milk mostly…a latte without the froth just isn’t the same. Anyways, thank you for watching as always <3 And I'm sure you would find some lovely uses for matcha at home too!
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Agness of Run Agness Run says
This is the most delicious and awesome pudding I have seen, Natalie! I would love to prepare it soon!
Oh yay, I hope you love it! Like a mix of a matcha latte and overnight oats–so yummy 🙂