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MOFO #4: Matcha Green Smoothie

     
     This post for VeganMoFo is a bit more simple.  Ever since I decided to create Japanese-inspired recipes, I’ve been on a matcha kick.  I have another recipe including matcha for later this week that I hope will be a hit!  
     Matcha is a powdered green tea for anyone who isn’t familiar.  It’s very concentrated and can be quite bitter.  The traditional way to prepare matcha is quite a long and specific process.  There is an entire tea ceremony culture tied to the preparation and serving of matcha tea.  I’ve had very good quality matcha before and it’s absolutely delicious.  It comes out almost like a frothy latte without anything added to it but hot water.  

     I’ve tried to obtain a frothy and thick texture with this matcha smoothie recipe.  Matcha tastes much different when it is cold to me.  I taste more bitter notes and less grassy ones.  I feel as though matcha needs some sort of sweetness to balance out its bold flavor.  I kept this smoothie (or shake, if you prefer) simple but with balanced ingredients that also offer substantial nutritional benefits.  The spinach offers awesome amounts of vitamins and minerals while also being full of phytochemicals.  The matcha is packed with antioxidants and is an essential ingredient to a long and healthy life.  I’ve added some soft and sweet banana to the mix to give flavor, a creamy texture, and a bunch of fiber.  

     This smoothie is best served cold, but you could try it warmed up if you’d like.  I wanted to keep the spinach and banana raw since it’s still summer.  I love this as a dessert, breakfast or light snack.  It’s also your best friend when you find yourself craving green tea ice cream!  

Matcha Green Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 medium banana*
  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach*
  • 1 1/2 tsp matcha
  • 1 cup cooled brewed green tea (unsweetened is best)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk/non-dairy milk of choice
  • stevia/agave/sweetener of choice to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a cup and enjoy!

*Try frozen for a delicious icy treat that will definitely remind you of green tea ice cream!  ^_^

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