Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Trim Healthy Tuesday : Matcha Pudding two ways (FP)

Have you heard of Matcha? Well, if you haven't, you have certainly heard of green tea!!

Matcha Green tea powder is a powdered form of dried tea leaves rather than steeping some of the powerful antioxidants from the leaves and then throwing the leaves away, you are adding the leaves (in powdered form) directly to your food and thereby not missing any of the benefits! Green tea is known as a cancer- fighter, weight-loss helper, anti-aging drink, detoxifier and stress reliever. We like to drink green (and black) tea in our house but recently I watched this video from the authors of the Trim Healthy Mama book and was inspired to try Matcha!
  

But I decided to get a little creative and make a Chocolate Matcha pudding and a Raspberry Matcha pudding.  


Let's go with the chocolate first. =)
Chocolate Matcha Pudding- FP
Ingredients:
(these puddings are based on the Choco Pudding p366 from the Trim Healthy Mama book)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
6 tsp Truvia(NOT the baking blend with added sugar)
1 heaping tsp of Hershey Special Dark Cocoa powder
1 tsp Matcha powder
pinch of salt

Add the Almond milk, cocoa powder, matcha, Truvia and salt to the blender and blend until well blended. While the blender is still running add 1 1/2 tsp of glucomannan powder to the blender. Blend for a few minutes and then stop the blender and let it sit and thicken. (I usually put in my finger and this point and taste to see if I need to add extra sweetener or salt) Start blender again and blend until the pudding is thickened (it will still be slightly runny but will continue to thicken in the fridge) Pour into a container and put into the fridge until thickened and cool.
tastes especially good with a little fat-free reddi whip on top!

(this is what I found locally, there are some questionable ingredients in it
you may be able to find something more pure online or at a healthfood store)

Raspberry-Matcha Pudding- FP
Ingredients:
(these puddings are based on the Choco Pudding p366 from the Trim Healthy Mama book)
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
4 tsp Truvia(NOT the baking blend with added sugar)
2 tsp Matcha powder
1 tsp raspberry extract
pinch of salt

Add the Almond milk, raspberry extract, matcha, Truvia and salt to the blender and blend until well blended. While the blender is still running add 1 1/2 tsp of glucomannan powder to the blender. Blend for a few minutes and then stop the blender and let it sit and thicken. (I usually put in my finger and this point and taste to see if I need to add extra sweetener or salt) Start blender again and blend until the pudding is thickened (it will still be slightly runny but will continue to thicken in the fridge) Pour into a container and put into the fridge until thickened and cool.

If you haven't heard of Glucamannan yet, and how it's the key ingredient to make this into a pudding go here to read a little more about it from one of the authors  




Both of these puddings were good, my husband liked the raspberry Matcha one a little more, he loves all things tea-flavored, I liked the chocolate one, but the raspberry was great too!









 Enjoy!!!