Matcha treats – I can hardly remember my life without them. Since we’ve been in Japan, matcha ice cream, matcha doughnuts, and matcha cakes have become daily afternoon snacks. This smoothie, I promise, is a much healthier treat than any of those. Sure matcha is healthy, but a doughnut is still a doughnut after all.
At home, this is how we enjoy matcha. I use my go-to smoothie base – almond milk and bananas – and add matcha powder along with a bit of vanilla bean.
If you’re new to matcha – it’s very finely ground, high quality, green tea powder. It’s sweeter than steeped green tea and is super healthy because all of those amazing green tea antioxidants are more concentrated. Give it a try, you’ll be hooked.
- 2 bananas, frozen
- 1 cup original Almond Breeze Almond Milk
- matcha powder - a few teaspoons to a few tablespoons depending on your matcha and your taste. I used a few tablespoons of this kind
- vanilla bean - a tiny scrape from about 1-inch of the pod
- a few handfuls of ice
- honey, agave, or sweetener of choice (optional)
- Blend everything together. Taste & adjust to your liking. Add some sweetener if you wish.
The vanilla bean pod isn't completely necessary, it was just a nice addition. If you don't have one handy, just omit it rather than substitute with vanilla extract.
A note about matcha – you should be able to find it at your organic grocery store (Whole Foods or similar). If not, check an asian market in your area or order it online. The cost of matcha will vary depending on the quality – more expensive matcha is more mellow, less expensive matcha has more bitterness. Some may have sugar added (the best kinds won’t). If you want to get crazy about it, search online for any type made in Uji, it’s the area of Japan where the best matcha is produced.