With summer already appearing here in the DC region, well before its due date, finding cool ways to consume your morning tea, makes it high on my priority list. While usually a purist when it comes to consuming my tea, I will make an exception for matcha smoothies. When cooking with tea, matcha is truly versatile as we’ve illustrated in previous blogs with matcha recipes for ice cream, cookies, and more.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is typically ground gyokuro though it can be made from other Japanese teas. It generally has the taste of fresh cut grass. Not necessarily my favorite flavor, but it compliments other fruits and vegetables well. Below are a handful of smoothie recipes that allow you to get your morning tea and maybe venture into appreciating Matcha.
Spinach and Matcha Smoothies (Makes 1 16oz glass)
These bright green matcha smoothies are going to taste more like a salad than matcha.
- 1 cup of loose Spinach leaves
- 2 oz Silken Tofu
- 1 Stalk of Celery, trim off the ends
- ½ cup of water
- 1 tsp of Matcha
- 1 tsp of Agave Nectar (or more if you like sweet smoothies)
Blend together until the celery pieces are to a size you like. Can be poured over ice if you prefer.
Blueberry Matcha Smoothies (Makes 1 16oz glass)
This recipe makes great smoothies if you do not like the color green in the morning but still like the flavor of matcha.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 2oz Silken Tofu
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp Matcha
- 1 tsp Agave Nectar
Blend together until slushy and blueberry pieces are small. This will taste more like Matcha than Blueberry.
Banana Mango Matcha Smoothies (Makes 12-16oz glass)
The matcha in this recipe makes turns this drink green. However, the banana and mango will dominate the flavor of this smoothie.
- 1 small banana
- 3 medium mango slices (If you cut your own Mango, figure about a quarter of the Mango)
- ½ cup water or your favorite milk or nondairy milk if you would like it a little creamier
- 1 tsp Matcha
- ½ tsp of Agave Nectar
Blend together until smooth. Add more water if it is too thick for you.