simple matcha smoothie

Simple Matcha Smoothie

January 27, 2017 in Beverage / Tea Recipe

Often times I find that we are complicating smoothies. Have you ever looked at a smoothie recipe before and wonder why there are so many ingredients in a small drink? Sure, they can be filled with superfoods, but I think simple smoothies are the way to go. This is especially true when it’s a tea infused smoothie because too many ingredients can mask the tea’s flavour. My go-to lately has been this simple matcha smoothie. Matcha can have a strong taste in smoothies but the taste could hide depending on what you combine it with. I like to be able to taste my tea. I mean, that’s why I’m adding it in the first place.

I had the flu last week and all I really wanted were smoothies and my homemade cold relief tea (recipe for this coming next week!). This Simple Matcha Smoothie was a regular because it was quick to make and so rewarding. All it takes is 5 ingredients (6 if you’re counting the optional one) and 5 minutes.

simple matcha smoothieIf you have never used frozen bananas in a smoothie before, you’re missing out! Seriously. Frozen bananas are a staple for my smoothies because they make them nice and cold (who wants a warm smoothie?!) and they make them sooooooo creamy! The spinach adds more vitamins and a vibrant green colour with the matcha green tea, too. I also added in fresh ginger because that’s another staple for me when I’m sick. The optional ingredient is protein powder. Sometimes I make it without, but when I do add it in my favourite brand is Vega. In this particular smoothie, I used their French Vanilla Vega One Nutritional Shake. With these few ingredients, this green smoothie really just tastes like a creamy ginger matcha shake. Every time I sip it I wonder if I forgot to add spinach because I can never taste it (sidenote: the spinach is never forgotten).

simple matcha smoothieSo, get ready for the prettiest, simplest, and tastiest green smoothie yet…

*Note: Don’t use your ceremonial grade matcha for this. If you have a culinary grade, be sure to use that instead for the smoothie (here’s the one I used). Save the ceremonial stuff for hot tea.

Simple Matcha Smoothie
Serves 2
The tastiest green smoothie, ever! All it requires is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.
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Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
3 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
5 min
  1. 1-2 handfuls spinach
  2. 2 frozen bananas
  3. 1 tablespoon matcha green tea
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  5. 1 scoop protein powder (optional)
  6. 1 cup water
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. You’ll know it is complete when you see the beautiful green colour!
  2. Pour in a glass and enjoy.
  1. You can add more water if your blender needs help, or if you prefer your smoothies thinner.
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  • Reply Katie Foley January 30, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    I haven’t tried green tea in my smoothies yet, but I LOVE green tea and I LOVE smoothies, so why the heck not? This sounds delicious, trying for breakfast tomorrow!!

  • Reply Bianca Osbourne January 30, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    I love matcha so much…probably because it’s so versatile and doesn’t make me jittery like coffee!

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio January 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Those are good reasons! I also love how versatile it is.

  • Reply Sophie January 30, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    This looks super yummy and healthy. I can’t wait to try it out for myself!

  • Reply Chrissie January 30, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I have not yet mixed veggies and fruits in my smoothie. But this doesn’t sound too bad

  • Reply Lauren January 30, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Love matcha! My family stayed away from smoothies until I snuck in some spinach and kale into one…then realized you really couldn’t taste any of it.

  • Reply Mary Jane January 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Oh snap, this looks amazing! I have all the ingredients and am SO making this tomorrow morning! Pinning now. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio January 30, 2017 at 7:40 pm

      Awesome! You’ll have to let me know what you think of it. Enjoy Mary!!

  • Reply Jade January 30, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    I never heard of matcha before, so this was very interesting. Anyhoo, I’m definitely going to try this in my green smoothies. Thanks for the recipe.

    Jade |

  • Reply Desiree January 30, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Delicious and nutritious!

  • Reply Emily January 30, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I agree – simpler is better when it comes to smoothies! Yours turned out to be such a pretty green color!

  • Reply Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen January 30, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    I haven’t tried matcha, but it seems to be in so many recipes. Guess I need to try it, huh? This smoothie looks really tasty. Wish I had one right now.

  • Reply Riely January 31, 2017 at 12:12 am

    Love Matcha smoothies!

  • Reply Brianna January 31, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Okay, I don’t understand this thing with matcha. People seem to be obsessed with it! I was so excited to finally try a matcha latte this summer, and was so sad to discover it tasted like eating grass! Maybe I just got a bad one??

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio February 1, 2017 at 8:04 am

      It’s definitely possible to have tried a bad matcha. There are many different qualities out there. The best quality matcha should be vibrant green (sometimes you’ll find brownish coloured ones..), from Japan and not bitter at all. I hope you’ll get a chance to try it again and love it ☺

  • Reply T.M. Brown January 31, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    This looks rather simple to prepare and actually quite delicious! I have been wanting to get into the smoothie thing for some time…this recipe may be easy enough for me to get the ball rolling.

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio February 1, 2017 at 8:08 am

      I hope you’ll love it! Simple and delicious are the best kinds of smoothies to start with.

  • Reply Rebecca Robson January 31, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    This looks great! Saved this to follow when I make my next smoothie. Thanks.

  • Reply Tess Chupinsky February 1, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I’ve been trying to find matcha everyone. Looks like I’ll go through your site and pick me up some. I’m so excited to try.

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio February 1, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Oh perfect! I have a post on here with my top 5 matcha brands to recommend. That would be a great place to start. Let me know if you have any questions while matcha shopping!

  • Reply Cait Weingartner February 1, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This smoothie looks delicious. I try to drink a smoothie every day for a light, healthy lunch, so I’m always interested in adding new recipes to the line up. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Chloe February 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    This smoothie looks and sounds so amazing! LOVE matcha so I definitely can’t wait to try this out! 🙂

    xo, Chloe //

  • Reply Lianne February 3, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Good idea to put in green tea and protein powder, never thought of that!

  • Reply Andrea Reese February 3, 2017 at 10:08 am

    This looks so healthy! We got a Magic Bullet for Christmas and I really want to smoothie it up in 2017! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Lu Ann Pannunzio February 3, 2017 at 10:13 am

      We got a new blender for Christmas too so it has been inspiring a lot of smoothies lately! Enjoy Andrea ☺

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