Matcha Kale & Peach Smoothies

matcha kale and peach smoothies / @loveandlemons

Blame it on the heat, but I’ve finally joined the “smoothie for breakfast” club. I’ve always been more of a breakfast taco or avocado-toast-in-the-morning kind of person, but lately I’ve been waking up craving something a little more light and refreshing.

matcha kale and peach smoothies / @loveandlemons

This icy cold matcha kale smoothie really hits the spot. Matcha, (to me) is as good of a pick-me-up as coffee. Plus I was able to sneak some greens in here. The kale taste is almost barely noticeable because, Jack, our resident smoothie-lover is not exactly a green juice guy. At least, not yet.

matcha kale and peach smoothies / @loveandlemons

Creamy bananas and sweet ripe peaches help make this smoothie a little more, well, smooth. In the wintertime, I think I’ll try subbing in ripe pears.

matcha kale and peach smoothies / @loveandlemons

And I almost forgot – ginger. It’s totally optional, but adds a nice (healthy) kick. Grate in a little fresh ginger or splash in some ginger juice.

matcha kale and peach smoothies / @loveandlemons About matcha: Unlike steeped tea, matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into a fine powder. Because you consume the whole leaf, it has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea. (If you’re interested in more health benefits, click here). 

We, of course, love it because it tastes good! If you’ve never had it, this smoothie is an easy way to give it a try. Or have a look at our other Matcha Recipes.

matcha kale & peach smoothies
 
Serves: 2 smoothies
Ingredients
  • 1 banana (freeze it in advance if you can remember)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha
  • 2 leaves of kale, stems removed
  • 1-2 ripe peaches (or pears)
  • ½ teaspoon grated ginger
  • handful of ice
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender, combine all ingredients. Blend until smooth.
Notes
non-banana option: replace the banana with ¼ cup raw soaked (then drained) cashews, and extra almond milk.

This recipe was developed for Aiya Matcha.


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50 comments

  1. molly yeh from mynameisyeh.com on said:

    perfect timing! the kale in our garden is bursting with glee!!!

  2. Kari from cookingwithtoddlers.org on said:

    What a great use for Matcha. I can’t wait to try this since its so hot here and hot matcha tea just isn’t going to cut it!

  3. Ashley LaMar from foreverashley.com on said:

    Mmmm tasty! I tried a new Kale smoothie recipe this morning but didn’t love it. I’ll try this one tomorrow and see how it goes.

  4. valerie on said:

    This smoothie recipe looks incredible. I’m obsessed with peaches right now. Can you use a drinking quality of matcha or is it best to stick with the stronger flavor of the cooking grade?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I like the cooking grade when mixing with other ingredients – the delicate flavor of (more expensive) ceremonial matcha can get lost. With the cooking grade – you can actually taste it. Although, Aiya’s is still nicely mellow and not too strong or bitter.

  5. Matt Robinson from realfoodbydad.com on said:

    What an awesome idea, love everything in this smoothie!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Matt!

  6. Wouldn’t have thought to include kale but sounds like a great breakfast alternative! Great suggestions for alternatives too!

  7. Ileana from alittlesaffron.com on said:

    Ha, me too! I’ve been on a breakfast smoothie kick all week. It’s so perfect for these hot days, and it feels like such a treat. This one looks delicious.

  8. Anze from kuhinjski-eksperimenti.blogspot.com on said:

    You just reminded me I shouldn’t make banana bread muffins for breakfast. Thank you for that :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ha, well I’d never say no to a banana muffin if there was one in front of me :)

  9. A great combination of flavors, recipe is pinned! Great summer drink! thanks for sharing!

  10. Maryna from thisisasweetblog.blogspot.com on said:

    The recipe sounds cool! And the idea of using kale leaves is awesome )

  11. I feel the same way, I’m usually all for tacos for breakfast, but with the weather warming up I’m allll about the smoothies!

  12. Leah from georgiapeachonmymind.com on said:

    This sounds amazing!!! What a great pick me up. I’ve never tried matcha but now I need to. I never knew that it had so many more benefits than loose tea.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      you need to try it! I’m mildly matcha obsessed if you can’t tell :)

  13. Molly Bea from mollybea.com on said:

    Not a smoothie for breakfast gal either but I have to admit this does look good! I’d add a scoop of hemp protein probably to keep me going until lunch…..anyhoo…Thanks for all your beautiful pics and delicious ideas! ❤️

  14. amanda from easylittletiger.com on said:

    this looks rad! my boss spent 80% of her time at her previous job in hong kong and she’s gotten me hooked on matcha lattes. soooo good and i’ve been wanting to try it with some other stuff. this looks like a good place to start.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I love matcha lattes too :)

  15. This looks amazing! I love peach smoothies AND green tea but I’ve always been scared to try a green smoothie… this is clearly the time. Also, thanks for clarifying exactly what matcha is because I’ve been curious but never remembered long enough to look it up. Yum!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      it’s so good – it’s slightly sweet and it tastes entirely different from regular green tea (we love matcha most in ice cream!)

  16. Tieghan from halfbakedharvest.com on said:

    A big fat yes to matcha, kale and peaches!! What a great smoothie! :)

  17. YES! This is almost the exact breakfast smoothie I make. Like you, I’m a matcha monster. I’m going to come over for breakfast tomorrow, k?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ha, k :)

  18. Ashley from edibleperspective.com on said:

    Lovely! Seriously need to re-stock my matcha supply.

  19. Liv on said:

    This looks so yummy & perfect for the heatwave here in London. I can only buy kale in bags in the store with the leaves already in small pieces. What is it equivalent to? A handful of kale???

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      yep, I’d start with a small handful (if you want to add more you can depending on how kale-ey you want it!)

  20. I would definitely add the ginger. Just because I like that spice. I am not a breakfast smoothie drinker, but I sure like them any other time. I love the color.

  21. Chelsea on said:

    Oh, this looks amazing! Love matcha, can’t wait to try this!

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  23. Tori from acupofcoconut.com on said:

    What a fab combination! Some of my favourite ingredients – kale, matcha, peaches…mmm! Thanks for the inspiration, I have a bunch of kale in the fridge at the moment, so I think I will try it this week (with pears, as it is winter here in Australia!).

  24. Jennifer B. from thefoodiepatootie.com on said:

    I have never tried matcha, but I’m motivated to get going on the smoothie for breakfast train. It’s the middle of summer, yet my body forgot it’s bikini season. Whoops.

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  28. Lyndsay from livingwithcowsmilkproteinallergy.com on said:

    This looks fab! I’m going to make this for my son and I tomorrow, thanks for sharing :)

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  34. Deb on said:

    Love your blog, love your recipes. But, this one is not my fav. The peach didn’t cover up the kale flavor as I was hoping.

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