Green Tea Smoothie 抹茶スムージー

photo from Public Domain Images

photo from Public Domain Images

It is still summer and still hotter than a load of jalapeno peppers and fireworks.  This is an easy peasy smoothie that is so good, cooling, and good for you too.  An excellent breakfast, a lunchtime pickup, or just to sit and sip in the shade while listening to summer winding down.

You can use almond, soy, coconut, or other milk.  Also if you use the other “milks”, using the ones with vanilla added is good as well. I like to play with this recipe. You can use an equivalent amount or mix of avocado and/or pineapple instead of or in addition to the banana. I like some pineapple along banana along with ginger. Make this smoothie your smoothieI like recipes with interchangeable parts to make something unique that tastes like just what I want.
 
You will need a blender, one of those bullet blenders, whatever that is similar in function. Matcha powder can be found in many specialty groceries such as Trader Joe’s or Asian market. It can also be ordered from an online source. You want pure matcha powder. Ceremonial grade is not necessary but be aware of what you are ordering. There are some sweetened or “smoothie” types available. You want the unsweetened, non-additive powder. You can also use the powder for baking or making ice cream. I have posted several recipes: Green Tea Cookies and Green Tea Ice Cream.

Green tea not only is good for you, it tastes good and is a lovely, happy green in color. You cannot grind green tea leaves to make matcha powder as the matcha is made by a different process.

Recipe
1 Banana (or assorted fruit, add a bit of fresh ginger if you use pineapple)
5 ice cubes
¾ to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or cow’s milk, coconut milk, etc)
1 tsp. matcha green tea powder

Put ice cubes and banana/fruit into blender. Add the “milk” of your choice. Add matcha powder. Blend until all ingredients are blended and smooth. Pour and enjoy!

 

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. FlaHam
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:45:43

    Kanzen, I am not much for smoothie’s but I am working in that direction. But being honest, I am a berry and a ton of sugar kinda guy, though I will subitute splenda for sugar. But this looks like something I would give a try. Take care, Bill

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    • kanzensakura
      Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:49:48

      I hope you will! if you don’t do the green tea, then try the mix of banana, pineapple, and bit of fresh ginger. it doesn’t need any other sweetening because it isn’t a milk shake – but add splenda if you want. I have found (and I have a terrible sweet tooth) that often these things are more refreshing when naturally sweetened without more sweetening being added. it can have a bit of mild tart that gets your mouth juices all going and quenching thirst and stimulating appetite. It goes down easily and is nourishing to the soul and body. and if you have to, a little bit of rum never hurt anyone! 🙂 ❤

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  2. mihrank
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 14:04:20

    LOL – Thank you for sharing this post, this brings much more energy to us!

    Reply

  3. macjam47
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 20:54:09

    Thank you for sharing this. Love green tea!

    Reply

  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 12:45:47

    Macha powder? Will have to check out the Bulk Barn. Don’t drink smoothies. The only time I liked milk was when I was pregnant. I drank a river of it, but now. Not much. Black coffee is me. 🙂 ❤

    Reply

  5. dragonlife
    Aug 24, 2014 @ 00:45:53

    A true beauty! Good on you, girl!

    Reply

  6. seeker
    Aug 24, 2014 @ 14:30:24

    I have been making smoothie lately. I bought a pineapple yesterday now to get the rest of the ingredients today. Thank you.

    Reply

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