l don’t make smoothies often enough. Maybe it’s that I don’t like to clean the blender. Maybe it’s that I just don’t think of making them. If I want fruit I just eat it as it is. This wasn’t the case for a short time about 8 years ago when we first got our blender. We made loads and loads of smoothies. We were making them constantly for, well, for about 2 weeks.
But, along comes a New Year and suddenly I’m thinking of ways to add healthy habits to my daily routine. One thing I would like to do more of is make more smoothies. I recently got some organic matcha for the first time and as a smoothie is such a simple thing to make it seemed a great way to first try the matcha.
I love the combination of coconut and banana and just by itself the banana and coconut milk makes a great smoothie, but the matcha just adds an extra dimension of flavour. I’m not a tea drinker but I do like weak green tea and the teaspoonful of matcha added to this smoothie complements the banana and coconut without being too strong. You could add a little more or less depending on how much you like it.
As I wanted a chilled smoothie I put the banana in the freezer before making the smoothie and the coconut milk in the fridge. You can do this with most fruits before making smoothies and it means you don’t need to use ice and so don’t dilute any of the flavour.
As I said, this was my first experiment with matcha but as it’s a really healthy ingredient with even more antioxidants than a cup of brewed green tea, I would like to do a little bit more experimenting with it. Cupcakes next maybe or possibly a matcha and chocolate mousse?
Have you used matcha and if so how do you use it?
Ingredients – serves 2
300ml coconut milk
1 tsp matcha (I used Kiss Me Organics Culinary Grade Green Tea Powder)
How to Make Chilled Matcha and Banana Smoothie
1. At least 30 minutes before making the smoothie slice the banana and put it in the freezer. Put the coconut milk in the fridge.
2. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Disclosure: I received a free sample of the matcha but the views here are my own.