Best Matcha Smoothie

Matcha smoothie

There. I said it. It’s seriously good and I highly recommend you all get on my matcha bandwagon. Full disclosure: I’m going on four weeks off processed sugar and almost all grains. And my energy level is THROUGH THE ROOF. This smoothie is such a delicious treat and I feel all kinds of super human after I drink it. Just finished one. Can you tell? Yeah? Alrighty then, let me break it down for you.

Last year, Bon Appetit featured a recipe for a green matcha latte made with almond milk and a bit of agave syrup. It sounded so delicious and comforting. I made the investment (you can find all sorts of varieties at Whole Foods and Amazon). I always recommend going organic with teas and coffee because they are highly sprayed crops, but it means paying a little extra. It’s worth it to me. I add this category to the Dirty Dozen of produce. Moving on.

I whipped up a couple batches of matcha lattes at home and was pretty bummed by the results. To my palette the taste was bitter and the agave was overly sweet and sort of flat. I was so disappointed since a) I LOVE green tea in most any shape and form and b) good matcha powder is really expensive. I let that powdered gold sit untouched on my counter for at least six months – feeling guilty every time I walked by it. That’s no way to live, right?

Yesterday, inspiration struck and I tossed the following into my blender and to my delight it was delicious, energizing and felt oh-so nurturing. It’s the perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Also, since there’s no sugar and relatively low caffeine from the matcha there’s no crash like you might get from a sugary coffee house drink. It’s guilt-free crack in a cup. You are welcome, friends.

Best Matcha Smoothie

1/2 a ripe banana (frozen or fresh)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup water
1/2 tablespoon matcha powder
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Blend until creamy and smooth. The banana adds the perfect natural sweetener and I love a little cinnamon kick for depth. Chia seeds bring the omega 3′s so there’s that. I’m thinking a few frozen blueberries will be a nice variation tomorrow.

Let me know if you’ve tried matcha. Is it an acquired taste? Is there a trick to preparing it hot? I’m open to trying again, but for now this smoothie version is super satisfying.

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  • Mel

    Love hearing about your energy level! I’ve never bought matcha for the house, only had it prepared, but I love this idea. Sounds fun to experiment with in the kitchen!

  • meganbrowne

    Wow Estelle that sounds super yummy. I cut out the recipe for the matcha latte but haven’t gotten around to trying it yet. I’d love to hear more about your sugar free grain free diet.