The other day I found a little package of matcha powder that I bought last year. Since it will amost expire I wanted to use it up, but how do I use matcha powder on a daily basis? You can add matcha green tea powder to a lot of recipes such as raw vegan icecream or sweet recipes, but I don’t eat that every day. What I do eat (drink) every day is a green smoothie. A tropical smoothie to be precise since I love to add frozen pineapple to my smoothies with these hot temperatures. Why not add matcha powder as well, right? A new smoothie was born: tropical matcha green smoothie.
You might know that green tea is healthy because of the amount of antioxidants, right? Well, let me introduce to you powdered green tea – also known as matcha. It makes sense that whole-leaf teas will contain more antioxidants than tea bags or any ready-to-drink product. There are some good indications that matcha powder contains more antioxidants than ordinary green tea. Personally, I find a warming matcha latte delicious, but not everyone can appreciate the taste (fishy taste) and others love it. I think it all comes down to how matcha is prepared. A sweet ingredient such as (dried) fruit is a good way to make matcha a true treat.
The frozen banana in this recipe will create a nice sweet and creamy base and the pineapple and coconut water will elevate this smoothie to a tropical delight. Pineapple will also balance any matcha powder ”bitterness”. And of course, the matcha powder adds such great health benefits to any smoothie while giving it an earthy tea flavor.
If you give this tropical matcha smoothie a try, let me know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to tag a picture: #thegreencreator on Instagram. I’d love to see your version of this tropical matcha smoothie!
- 1,5 cup (130 grams) frozen pineapple
- ¼ medium cucumber
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- ½ -1 inch fresh ginger
- 1 ¼ cup (140 ml) coconut water or normal water
- Add frozen banana slices, pineapple, (coconut) water, ¼ cucumber, ginger and matcha powder to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
- Add only as much (coconut) water as you need to help it blend. I like smoothies that are not too thin, but also not too thick. I like a smoothie to be thick yet still drinkable.
- Taste and adjust flavor as needed by adding more banana for sweetness, matcha for more intense green tea flavor (be careful: adding more matcha powder adds more caffeine).
- Serve. This smoothie is best when fresh, but you can keep this smoothie in an air tighted bottle (filled until the rim) in the refrigerator up to 24 hours.