Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie | A Couple Cooks

We’ve never been those people who drink green smoothies. But it’s not for lack of trying! Odd as it sounds, it’s been hard for us to make tasty smoothies at home. We’ll try throwing delicious-sounding ingredients in a blender and what comes out is either brown or extremely bitter. (Or it separates in the refrigerator when we try to save it for later – anyone feel me? So.gross.)

This smoothie took us six separate variations to develop. As deceptively “easy” smoothie development is, we felt like we couldn’t cut a break: too bitter, too thin, too thick, too cold. But we finally ended up with a concoction that’s nutritious, refreshingly delicious, and doesn’t separate in the refrigerator. (In fact, I put one in the refrigerator for two days and it was just as tasty as when we made it fresh, which is helpful if you like to make smoothies in advance.)

The key to this smoothie is matcha, which is green tea powder. Green tea has all sorts of nutrition benefits, like:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Decreases risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or strokes
  • Quickly calms and relaxes
  • Helps burn fat
  • Etc, etc — see this reference

But not only is green tea full of health benefits, it’s pretty darn tasty combined with coconut milk and vanilla. We added fruit to bring in some brightness and a bit of agave for sweetness. We don’t use agave often, but found it to be the best natural sweetener here since the taste is less distinctive than honey or maple syrup. But you can feel free to use your natural sweetener of choice. Enjoy!


Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

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*If you don’t have agave on hand, you can try a natural sweetener of your choice: maple syrup, honey, and so forth. However, we found that agave sweetened well here since it has a less distinctive taste than the natural sweeteners we normally use. You can add more or less sweetener depending on your taste.


  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Aiya cooking-grade matcha
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ tablespoons agave nectar*
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup ice
  • Small pinch salt


  1. In a blender, blend all ingredients together on high-speed, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.

This recipe was developed for Aiya Matcha. Product opinions are our own.

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.


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    Sarah @ Rocket Girl Cooks
    March 2, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I’ve recently gotten into smoothies for breakfast (so delicious, healthy and filling!), and this looks like one I will need to try.

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    Amy @ Parsley In My Teeth
    March 2, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Green smoothies are definitely trickier to get right than fruit smoothies, but you hit the nail on the head with this one. Gorgeous color!

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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    March 2, 2015 at 10:34 am

    Matcha tastes really strong to me, so I like that you paired it with coconut to soften and sweeten the flavor. I’ll be keeping this on my list for when the weather warms up around here!

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    Maikki // Maikin mokomin
    March 2, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Matcha and coconut are always great combination :)

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    March 3, 2015 at 4:20 am

    omg everyone is so crazy about matcha lately!! Where do you get yours ??

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    March 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    What a healthier way to incorporate green for St. Pattys Day!

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    March 15, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I’m currently on a smoothie-craze; I have to try this! :)

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    Nina at
    May 4, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Green smoothies can be so declicious and healthy, but they are tricky, right?! We would love for you to check out our app, Simply Smoothies, and give us your feedback. It allows the user to choose their own ingredients and we create a recipe that offers the right ratios to make a well balanced smoothie everytime. We craft the recipe and also provide the nutritional facts for the smoothie. So easy to use. If you guys like it, we would love for you to share it with your followers too! Thanks a bunch!

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    Matcha Lover
    May 19, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I can’t find any light coconut milk… just used the regular, it was still good. Thanks!

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    August 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This is the best matcha smoothie recipe I’ve tried yet! Delicious!

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    November 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    i am going to try this smoothie.

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    November 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I have to try this

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    March 7, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    It is really good, but for anyone making it, I would put in less honey and/or less vanilla. Its a bit too sweet, but overall, its great.

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    March 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Just tried this. Delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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