Matcha Chia Pudding with Sweet Dukkah

This matcha chia pudding is a healthy dairy free and gluten free snack that’s beyond easy to make! Packed with omega 3s and fibre, it’s a delicious way to nourish your day.

Matcha chia pudding with nutty sesame crumble (dairy free + gluten free)

I am a stubborn person, but I’ve also been known to change my mind about a lot of things.

I hated fish as a kid, but now I love it (except tilapia – gross!). I used to be anti-smartphone, until I got one and turned over to the dark side. I used to be team Dawson, but I’ve seen the error of my ways and I’m now firmly on team Pacey.

I’ve also changed my mind about matcha. I used to find the slightly bitter flavour of matcha really off-putting – I would always opt for the vanilla ice cream at sushi restaurants instead of the matcha flavour that all my friends would go for. But then one day I was at a sushi restaurant that didn’t offer any other flavours other than matcha. And rather than go sans ice cream (because that would be just tragic), I decided to give it another shot. And this time… I didn’t hate it.

Matcha green tea chia pudding with nutty sesame crumble (vegan + gluten free)

Throw in a few more matcha ice cream experiences and the most incredible matcha soy latte at my favourite local coffee joint, and now I’m officially in love. And inevitably whenever I fall in love with an ingredient, I decide I need to add it to my pantry.

My experimentation with it has been limited so far, but one thing that I’ve loved is this matcha chia pudding. I made it with almond milk because I thought its nuttiness would be a nice pairing, and I added just a few teaspoons of honey to sweeten it up. Thanks to Jessie at Faring Well, I was inspired to make a crunchy topping for it too. She had the idea of making a dessert dukkah, which I thought was just genius! Who doesn’t love crumbly toasty nuts with dessert?

Matcha green tea chia pudding with nutty sesame crumble (dairy free + gluten free)

I used toasted sesame in mine (which I found out is a fabulous flavour pairing with matcha) as well as toasted almonds, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, and just a pinch of salt. I like that it adds some crunch to the chia pudding so that it masks its slimy frog egg-like texture (man, I really know how to sell my food, don’t I?).  It would also be great on top of yogurt with honey or a smoothie, I bet!

I made this green tinted matcha chia pudding as way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day because beer – green coloured or not – is still gross to me. That’s one thing I definitely haven’t changed my mind about!

Matcha green tea chia pudding with nutty sesame crumble (dairy free + gluten free)

Matcha Chia Pudding with Sweet Dukkah
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Matcha chia pudding with a nutty sesame crumble. Dairy free and gluten free.
Yield: 2-4 servings
  • 1¼ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 4 tsp honey
  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • ¼ cup toasted whole almonds
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  1. Whisk together the almond milk and matcha powder until there are no lumps. Next whisk in the honey until combined, and then the chia seeds. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge overnight or for 6-8 hours. Add more liquid in the morning if needed.
  2. In a small food processor, process the almonds until broken up into small pebble-sized pieces. Then add the sesame seeds, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, and salt, Pulse one or two times until combined.
  3. Divide the matcha chia pudding into bowls and top with the dukkah. Drizzle honey on top if desired.

Matcha green tea chia pudding with nutty sesame crumble (vegan + gluten free)

Are you a fan of matcha powder? Have you ever made matcha chia pudding?


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31 Responses to Matcha Chia Pudding with Sweet Dukkah

  1. Oh no Chelsea, you are tempting me now! I was stubborn bout this too, I did not like the taste, but I see how good it is for me, and hearing you admit you were wrong…..makes me very tempted to give it another go! Good recipe today, and so good for you! Thanks so much for sharing! Would you join us for meatless monday with it? Would LOVE that!

  2. Dessert dukkah?? I’m impressed…heck I’m impressed by this whole recipe! I’ve never experimented with matcha at home but I’m thinking I need to et my hands on some asap. Growing up I hated fish too- ick….now I can’t get enough of it. My only aversion is the canned variety- gah just the mention of canned tuna makes me want to gag. I was also not a vegetable fan at all- clearly I’m more than making up for loss time now ;)!

    • Chelsea

      Really? I never would have pegged you for being anti-tuna! I’ll admit I don’t love it plain – it needs to be made into tuna salad for me to like it!

  3. I am a recent matcha lover too and I’ve been looking for new ways to use it!! This looks great.

  4. I could be the only vegetarian that’s never tried matcha! Thanks for linking up with us for meatless Monday!

  5. I do love matcha but I haven’t had it lately. Now you’ve inspired me because I’ve been loving chia pudding lately and adding matcha sounds pretttttty cool!

  6. This looks awesome!! I used to be theeee pickiest eater and now there are very very few things I won’t eat. A friend asked me the other day what foods I don’t like and I could only come up with one thing. Crazy how much taste can change!

    • Chelsea

      Me too! The only thing I won’t eat now is foie gras. And I’m not too crazy about the idea of escargot either. But everything else is fair game haha.

  7. Lol, team Dawson?! No way! Pacey was always so much hotter, haha. :)

    The first time I tried matcha was in an ice cream shake so it was easy for me to fall in love. I’ve never had dukkah though and I’m thinking I’m majorly missing out because it looks delicious! And I love the festive green color of the pudding. Beautiful recipe, Chelsea!

    • Chelsea

      I know I know, I don’t know what I was thinking! I turned to team Pacey after a few years though. ;)

      Ooh matcha ice cream shake? Now that sounds good!

  8. awhiskandtwowands

    This looks delicious! Love matcha, I have been on a big kick with it lately, probably because of St. Patrick’s Day! I love matcha almond milk lattes and using it in smoothies, power balls, and many other creations.

    • Chelsea

      I love matcha lattes too! I find they can sometimes be way too sweet though, especially from chain coffee shops. There’s an independent coffee shop in my home town that makes the most perfect matcha latte though!

  9. Don’t you dare throw your camera out the window…these pictorials are epic.

    I used to be the same way about green tea ice cream until I was forced to have it (except it was in a milkshake) and it was so good- I need to get my hands on matcha! Love the idea of a dukkah topping!

    • Chelsea

      Thanks Arman – I’m happy with the way these pictures turned out! :) So of course my photoshoot last weekend absolutely sucked. Why can’t I just get good at photography and stay good at it? Haha.

  10. Team Pacey! He’s STILL a hunk.

    I’ve really been intrigued by matcha after our coffee date. I think honey would be perfect to sweeten things up! Dukkah is a great addition too. Looks super gourmet and the colour is awesome for St. Paddy’s Day!

    And, I understand the Ichiban reference embedded in here lol. They have those cute little ice cream balls in a tiny glass bowl. Adorable.

    PS. Gorgeous photos! Dark backdrop is very chic. xo

    • Chelsea

      Agreed! He just gets better and better with age. ;)

      I knew you would get the Ichiban reference. I’m craving it ever since I moved – hopefully I get a chance to go when I visit home this weekend!

  11. This looks so good!!! I love matcha power so I will definitely have to give this recipe a try.

    I am and always have been Team Pacey, he was the dreamiest! I have changed my mind about green beans, pork, and the colour blue. But otherwise I’m totally stubborn and do not like change at all! It drives my husband insane but I think having a spouse who doesn’t like change is probably a good thing ;)

  12. Chelsea this looks so good!!!!

  13. Molly

    I have a love hate relationship with Matcha. Certain days I love green tea lattes and other days it is disgusting to me (except let’s be real, starbucks matcha contains ALOT of sugar)… Certain Sushi experiences end with me loving the ice cream, and other times I despise it… Green tea even tastes better sometimes than others!

    This pudding however, looks like it would be good no matter what! My stash of chia seeds just ran out (and my matcha is at home) but next time I am home I will be trying this.

    Also, I hope you realize how great of a writer you are. Seriously!! I love your humour.

    • Chelsea

      I find both Starbucks and Second Cup matcha lattes contain way too much sugar – I can never finish them! Tamp Coffee Co’s half sweet soy matcha latte is absolute perfection though.

      Hope you like the recipe! I’m sure the dukkah would be good even without almonds. Maybe you could even add crushed graham crackers or something instead!

  14. I do like me a good matcha latte, so I’d be down for a matcha chia pudding ;-)
    Also – the beer thing. I’m slowly turning into a beer drinker AKA going to the dark side. I’m still super picky about what types I’ll drink, but I was drinking Steamwhistle last Friday night and really liked it. And I was firmly in the anti-beer camp my entire drinking life so maybe it’ll grow on you eventually as well ;-)

    • Chelsea

      Interesting… but I really don’t see my beer hatred changing any time soon lol! I’ve honestly tried to drink it so many times and it never tastes even remotely good to me.

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