Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie recipe is perfect for a light breakfast or a healthy snack! It’s made with fruit, matcha and hemp seeds for some added protein so this smoothie will keep you feeling full and satisfied!
Matcha is not only great for drinking as a tea or latte, but it’s an amazing ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes. Since it is a powder, it’s easier to add to recipes to give them a hint of matcha flavour and an extra nutritional boost.
Matcha does have caffeine in it, so I recommend to enjoy this smoothie earlier in the day and to avoid it as a late afternoon or evening snack if caffeine tends to keep you up.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a premium green tea powder sourced from Japan that is made by grinding the actual tea leaves into a fine powder. This powder can then be mixed with hot water to make a traditional matcha tea or can be used directly in other recipes.
Because Matcha is made from the entire leaves, it has a higher amount of caffeine and antioxidants than regular green tea.
Matcha comes in many different qualities that you can buy, from ceremonial grade (the highest quality), premium grade (high quality), and culinary grade (lowest quality).
For drinking, you’ll want to use ceremonial matcha or premium matcha. If you want to use matcha in baking, then you can go ahead and use culinary grade.
Why You’ll Love This Matcha Smoothie Recipe
- This smoothie makes a great light and healthy breakfast with 6 grams of fibre and 5 grams of protein per serving.
- The matcha in the smoothie will give you a steady caffeine boost and will make you feel energized to take on the day.
- This recipe comes together in just 5 minutes and can be modified with any of your favourite fruits.
What fruit goes well with match powder?
I find that tropical fruits go best with matcha and really compliment the flavour.
This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie uses a mix of banana and mango, but some other great options you can try are pineapple, passionfruit and papaya.
If you want to keep the smoothie a rich green colour, make sure to use light-coloured fruits as opposed to darker fruits like blueberries.
Matcha Banana Smoothie Ingredients
This smoothie is made with a balance of ingredients that get blended together until smooth.
- Frozen bananas: It’s best to use frozen bananas as opposed to fresh bananas in this recipe. Frozen bananas will give the smoothie a thick and creamy texture. To freeze your bananas, simply wait until they are your preferred ripeness, then peel them, cut them into pieces and place them in a freezer bag in the freezer overnight.
- Mango: The mango in this recipe can be used fresh since the bananas are already frozen. Mango gives a tropical sweetness to the smoothie. If you prefer pineapple, you could use that too.
- Spinach: An optional ingredient, but gives the smoothie some added “hidden” veggies and an extra nutritional boost!
- Matcha powder: The star ingredient! Matcha is high in antioxidants and perfect to enjoy in the morning. If you find the taste of matcha quite strong, start with just 1-2 tsp of matcha powder. If you prefer a stronger tasting matcha smoothie, simply add another 1-2 tsp.
- Hemp seeds: One tablespoon of hemp seeds has approx. 4 grams of protein! The hemp seeds blend up nicely into the smoothie and don’t add any taste, but they are great for adding protein and fibre to this smoothie!
- Almond milk: You can use any type of milk you like in this recipe.
- Sweetener of choice: Another optional ingredient. If your fruit isn’t quite sweet enough, you may want to add a touch of maple syrup or agave to the smoothie. If you’re using sweet bananas and mangos, you probably won’t need any additional sweetener.
Tips for Making This Green Tea Smoothie Perfectly
- Use a good quality matcha powder. The matcha should have a rich green colour. This will make a big difference in both the taste and the benefits the matcha will have.
- Cut your bananas into pieces before freezing them. This will make the bananas easier to blend up.
- Depending on the size of your fruit and your preferred smoothie texture, you may need more or less almond milk in the recipe. Start with less and add more as you blend if needed.
How to Store Your Matcha Banana Smoothie
Store any extras of this smoothie in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 2 days. It’s normal for the smoothie to separate so if this happens, just give the smoothie a shake.
Matcha Smoothie FAQ
Yes! Matcha powder is packed with antioxidants and is very healthy for you. For the best quality matcha use ceremonial grade matcha. It should be a vibrant green colour.
Matcha powder can be enjoyed hot or cold and added directly to drinks or food since it’s a powder that will easily dissolve. This makes it a great option to add to your morning smoothie. Remember that matcha does contain caffeine, so if you’re sensitive to caffeine it’s best to drink this smoothie in the morning.
Because matcha is high in caffeine and antioxidant, it can help speed up your metabolism you go to the bathroom, similarly to coffee. That being said, matcha is not considered a laxative drink and should not be used as such.
* High in antioxidants
* Can boost brain functioning
* Improves focus
* Can promote weight loss
* Give you energy
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This Matcha Green Tea Smoothie is perfect for a light and healthy breakfast!
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
- If the smoothie is too thick, add a bit more almond milk.
- Optionally top off this smoothie with a dusting of matcha powder and some hemp seeds.
Use a good quality matcha powder. The matcha should have a rich green colour. This will make a big difference in both the taste and the benefits the matcha will have.
Cut your bananas into pieces before freezing them. This will make the bananas easier to blend up.
Depending on the size of your fruit and your preferred smoothie texture, you may need more or less almond milk in the recipe. Start with less and add more as you blend if needed.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 200
- Sugar: 24g
- Fat: 4g
- Trans Fat: `
- Carbohydrates: 40g
- Fiber: 6g
- Protein: 5g
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