This matcha smoothie is a fantastic way to get all the benefits of green tea: while sipping on a delicious fruity smoothie!

Matcha smoothie | Green tea smoothie

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! (Or wash it. Am I right?) Finally though, we have a few smoothies that we like to make on the regular. This matcha smoothie is one of them! It’s a fantastic way to get all the benefits of green tea: while sipping on a delicious fruity smoothie! Keep reading for the recipe.

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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 (source):

  • High in antioxidants
  • 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.

Not only is green tea full of health benefits, it’s pretty darn tasty combined with coconut milk, tropical fruits, and vanilla. 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.) Here’s what you’ll need for this matcha smoothie

  • Cooking-grade matcha
  • Light coconut milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Maple syrup: You can also use agave syrup or any other liquid sweetener
  • Shredded unsweetened coconut
  • Frozen pineapple: Brings just the right brightness
  • Banana: Helps to add texture
  • Ice

Can you make it ahead?

As if that wasn’t enough: this matcha smoothie doesn’t separate in the refrigerator! In fact, we put one in the refrigerator for two days and it was just as tasty as when we made it fresh. This is particularly helpful if you like to make smoothies in advance to have breakfast ready to go.

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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:

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

Best Matcha Smoothie


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

Description

This matcha smoothie is a fantastic way to get all the benefits of green tea: while sipping on a delicious fruity smoothie!


Ingredients

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  • 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

Looking for smoothie recipes?

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

  • Homemade Acai Bowl That popular purple smoothie and confetti of toppings taste refreshing and tangy sweet. It’s the ultimate healthy breakfast!
  • Perfect Strawberry Smoothie A tasty addition to any breakfast or brunch, with the perfect texture and sweet tart berry flavor.
  • Banana Smoothie The perfect banana smoothie recipe: frothy, creamy, and just the right sweet flavor!
  • Best Blueberry Smoothie The BEST blueberry smoothie? Yes, this smooth purple puree is full of healthy ingredients and tastes like heaven.
  • Honeydew Smoothie Green melon, pineapple, Greek yogurt and vanilla combine to make a delicate hydrating drink.
  • Watermelon Smoothie This 3-ingredient smoothie is juicy and lightly sweet, with frozen strawberries and banana. Ultra refreshing!

Last updated: March 2020

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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

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