Matcha Smoothie with Pineapple

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Want all the benefits of green tea with none of the bitterness? This matcha smoothie is sweet and refreshing, featuring pineapple, banana, and coconut.

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Alex and I aren’t those ritual green smoothie-drinking type of people. We want to be, but often we simply get a little lazy and don’t want to get out our blender! And then often when we do try to make a smoothie without a recipe, it turns out less than desirable. We’ll try throwing delicious-sounding ingredients in a blender and what comes out is either brown or extremely bitter. But finally, we have a few smoothies that we like to make on the regular. This matcha smoothie is a fantastic way to get all the benefits of green tea: while sipping on a delicious fruity smoothie! Keep reading for the recipe.

Person drinking smoothie

What is matcha?

First of all: what is matcha? Matcha is green tea powder. You may have seen matcha recipes making the rounds on Pinterest; since matcha has a bright green color, it’s perfect as a natural green coloring for pies and cupcake icing. But of course, most people want to consume more matcha for the health benefits! Green tea has lots of nutrition benefits, including:

  • High in antioxidants
  • Decreases risks of high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or strokes
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Helps burn fat.
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How to make a matcha smoothie

One of the main complaints about matcha is that can be bitter. So this matcha smoothie was a challenge to get right! As deceptively “easy” as a smoothie should be, our first trials of making a smoothie with matcha were either 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.

Not only is green tea full of health benefits, it’s pretty darn tasty combined with coconut milk and vanilla. We added pineapple and banana to bring in some sweetness and brightness, and a bit of maple syrup for sweetness. You can also use agave syrup or any other liquid sweetener of your choosing. What results is a seriously refreshing, lightly sweet smoothie that is the perfect pick me up! (Or calm me down, if you’re looking for green tea benefits.)

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What else to do with matcha

If you buy a container of matcha and are looking for a few more ways to use it up, here are some of our matcha recipes:

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Outside of this matcha smoothie, here are some of our favorite smoothie and smoothie bowl recipes:

This matcha smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian, gluten-free, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Matcha Smoothie with Pineapple


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Want all the benefits of green tea with none of the bitterness? This matcha smoothie is sweet and refreshing, featuring pineapple, banana, and coconut.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1 can light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon cooking-grade matcha
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ tablespoons maple syrup or agave
  • ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 small pinch salt

Instructions

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

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Matcha Smoothie, Matcha, Green Tea, Recipes with Matcha

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog 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 recipe 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.

14 Comments

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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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    Anna
    March 3, 2015 at 4:20 am

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

    https://aspoonfulofnature.wordpress.com/

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    Kari
    March 15, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    What a healthier way to incorporate green for St. Pattys Day!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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    Matea
    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 FocusedonFit.com
    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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    Samantha
    August 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

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

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    lisa
    November 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    i am going to try this smoothie.

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    lisa
    November 23, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    I have to try this

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    Alex
    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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    Pamela
    March 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Just tried this. Delicious. Thanks for sharing.

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