Tuesday, July 17, 2018

8 Healthy and Delicious Matcha Smoothie Recipes

Smoothie and Matcha Drink


Smoothies are simple and quick cold drinks made from blended raw fruits, vegetables, ice cream or yogurt and liquid which can be water, coconut water, or matcha green tea. Smoothie made with matcha green tea are one of the healthiest as it contains the highest level of antioxidant and other vitamins and minerals.

matcha smoothie
But before we go to the matcha smoothie recipes, let’s take a quick look at what matcha is. Matcha powder is finely ground whole green tea leaves traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremony. But because of its nutritional dense content, matcha green tea is now a favorite drink for any health-conscious people, not just in Japan but all across the world.

It has a mild flavor that is slightly sweet, creamy and not so bitter. It is best to drink it straight but you can create many versions of matcha drinks including a matcha smoothie.

How to Use Matcha Green Tea Powder in Smoothies

There are several grades of matcha green tea but for matcha smoothie recipes, use the kitchen grade. This is the cheapest grade made from the less delicate green tea leaves and has a strong astringent flavor. It is perfect when mixed into other foods.

Add one teaspoon to your smoothie recipe but you can gradually increase the amount until you reach the desired matcha flavor or strength.

I prefer to make matcha tea first instead of scoping it into the mixture. Matcha tea powder is not easy to blend and has a tendency to form a 'paste' if not whisk properly.

#1: So, How to Make Matcha Tea?

milk frother to mix matcha
milk frother 
Scoop about 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder into a matcha bowl. You can gradually increase the amount based on your desired flavor, later.

Add water (about 175 ℉ or 80 °C  temperature) or the liquid as described in each of the recipes below, and whisk with a  bamboo whisk until matcha tea is dissolved and topped with light colored foams. Mix immediately to the rest of the smoothie ingredients.

Don't have a bamboo whisk? You can prepare matcha tea with a milk frother instead.

No bamboo whisk and no milk frother either? Try this then - in an empty bottle (you can use an empty mineral water bottle which I am sure you will find one lying somewhere!), put water and matcha tea powder. Close the bottle cap and then shake hard until it is thoroughly mixed).

Equipment Required for Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

We mentioned earlier that you need a bamboo whisk or a manual milk frother. But you also need a good high-speed blender. The speed is a determining factor to get a creamy smoothie. The followings are good but affordable bamboo whisk and milk frother that you can buy.


For the high-speed blender, the selections include both the pricey and budget blenders which are good and reliable machines. But with the expensive Vitamix, you will see the difference in the quality of your smoothie. You can use these high powered blenders for other foods as well such as making your homemade peanut butter which will tough with the cheap blender.



Matcha Smoothie Recipes

The followings are some of the healthiest and delicious matcha smoothie recipes that I rounded up from bloggers and food websites. Give them a try and if you like, tweak it and experiment to get your very own unique blend and flavor. Come back and share your versions of your own matcha smoothie recipe, here.

1. MATCHA SMOOTHIE VEGAN

Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 168 kcal
Recipe and Photo Source: Jessica Gavin

This easy to make matcha smoothie vegan has a healthy dose of matcha tea, almonds, greek yogurt, banana, kale and spinach to super-energize you in an instant!

MATCHA SMOOTHIE VEGAN


INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
1 cup almond milk and 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 cup baby spinach
1 cup baby kale
1 Cavendish banana, sliced
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.

2. GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Recipe and Photo Source: Artfuldishes

This green protein smoothie is packed with protein, almond milk, ground flaxseed and matcha tea as your delicious breakfast or post-gym drink.

GREEN PROTEIN SMOOTHIE


INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
2 1/2 cup almond milk and 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
4-5 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.

3. MATCHA BANANA SMOOTHIE

Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Calories: 180 per serving
Servings: 1 serving
Recipe and Photo Source: Dole

When you combine banana with matcha, you get the perfect breakfast to supercharge your morning. And when you add unsweetened almond milk to the recipe, you get a drink that will keep you alert and satisfied all morning long!

matcha banana smoothie


INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1 frozen ripe banana, cut into 4 pieces
1 cup of spinach
1 teaspoon honey (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.


4. MATCHA RED BEAN SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Prep Time: 3 mins

Cook Time: 2 mins
Calories: 180 per serving
Servings: 1 serving
Recipe Source: Angel Wong
Photo Source: MrBean

Red bean, a favorite ingredient in many Asian's desserts is sweet and when combined with the earthy matcha, gives this matcha red bean smoothie a thick consistency. It feels 'heavier' with a bit of grittiness and made you feel full right past your lunch hour.

matcha red bean smoothie



INGREDIENTS


3/4 cup of ice cubes
1/2 cup milk and 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
2 tablespoon sweetened red bean paste
For topping either 1 tablespoon red bean or whipped cream (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. Pour this mixture into a tall glass. As an option, you can top it with either the red bean or whipped cream.


5. MATCHA MANGO SMOOTHIE


Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Recipe and Photo Source: Recipes from a Pantry

With all the benefits of matcha green tea, mango and ginger, give this delightful matcha mango smoothie a try.

matcha mango smoothie


INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk and 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1 large ripe mango peeled and stoned
1/2 tsp minced ginger
Date or maple syrup to taste (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

With all the benefits of matcha green tea, mango and ginger, give this delightful matcha mango smoothie a try.

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.

6. MATCHA BLUEBERRY SMOOTHIE

Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Recipe and Photo Source: Eating with Kirby

This combo comprising of matcha green tea, blueberries, almond milk, banana, whey protein and Greek yogurt make this matcha blueberry smoothie one of my top matcha smoothie recipes. Give it a try and you will not regret.

matcha blueberry smoothie


INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk and 2 tablespoons matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1 banana
2 tablespoon zero fat Greek Yogurt
1 round scoop of unflavored whey protein or soy protein
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk.

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7. MATCHA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE 

Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Recipe and Photo Source: Goop

So, by now you know the goodness of matcha green tea and when mixed with the creamy avocado and sweet banana, it makes a great breakfast or as a dessert. It is full of antioxidants, vitamins,  minerals, and fiber. And yes, it is delicious!

MATCHA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE



INGREDIENTS

2 cups ice cubes
1 cup unsweetened almond milk and 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1 banana
1/2 avocado cut into small pieces


INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea (with the almond milk) to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk. Pour into a tall glass - enjoy!

8. MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE 

Prep Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 2 mins
Servings: 1 serving
Photo Source: FiveSpotGreenLiving

This is a quick and easy matcha green tea smoothie using just matcha and plain yogurt for a nutritious breakfast.

MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE


INGREDIENTS

1/2 cups ice cubes
1 cup water and 1 teaspoons matcha green tea powder - mix them separately and prepare as in #1 above.
1/2 cup yogurt
2 tbsp honey or sugar (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

Add the pre-prepared matcha tea to the rest of the ingredients and blend for about 60 to 90 seconds. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. If you want a thinner smoothie, add more almond milk. Pour into a tall glass.

Matcha Smoothie Recipes

These eight delicious Matcha green tea smoothies are healthy and delicious and perfect to start your day off right. So don't forget to try them all - enjoy!


2 comments:

  1. I had banana but no spinach so I tried the matcha banana smoothie with just matcha green tea and banana. It tastes great so will do this every other morning for breakfast...I hate to clean up the blender if it is everyday!

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    1. Ha ha ha, I know 'cos I too hate to clean up the blender after use.

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