Matcha Smoothie

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This matcha smoothie is energizing, delicious, and high in antioxidants. Learn how to make it in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients!

Matcha smoothie in a glass.

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Recipe Highlights

  • This tasty matcha smoothie is a caffeinated and healthy drink that’s easy to make in a blender with just 5 ingredients.
  • The bright green color comes from matcha (finely ground green tea) and baby spinach. Frozen bananas and date syrup give this smoothie a naturally sweet taste.
  • Sip on a matcha smoothie whenever you need a boost of energy or satisfying treat.

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3 Reasons to Drink Matcha Smoothies

1. Provides Antioxidants

Matcha is so healthy because it’s high in antioxidants. This includes vitamin C and polyphenols. The baby spinach and bananas are high in antioxidants too. Antioxidants are good for you because they reduce the risk of chronic disease, such as cancer and heart disease.

2. Increases Energy

If you’re feeling tired or sleepy, this matcha smoothie can help you feel more awake. Matcha tea contains caffeine, which has a stimulating effect on the body. Unlike coffee, matcha is less likely to cause a caffeine crash. That’s because it contains a molecule called L-theanine, which balances the effect of caffeine.

3. Promotes Relaxation

The L-theanine found in matcha relaxes the nervous system. This may help reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.

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Ingredient Notes

Ingredients for a matcha smoothie on a table.
  • Oat milk: Oat milk is great with matcha but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • Date syrup: Made from Medjool dates, date syrup adds natural sweetness to the recipe.
  • Matcha: The highest quality matcha isn’t needed for this drink, but make sure the matcha is from Japan and bright green in color.
  • Baby spinach: Full of vitamins and antioxidants, baby spinach makes this smoothie even healthier. It also deepens the green color of the drink.
  • Frozen banana: Frozen banana is a popular smoothie ingredient because it adds creaminess and thickness. Avoid using fresh bananas, as this will make the drink too watery.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip

The more vibrant the green color of matcha, the higher the quality (and more expensive). Expensive matcha isn’t necessary for this drink since it’s going to be blended with other ingredients so go with one that’s about $20-$30 for a tin or pouch.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Variations

Protein powder: To make your smoothie extra filling, add whey or vegan protein powder. This ingredient is helpful if you’re recovering from a workout. For this recipe, unflavored or vanilla protein powder will taste best. Use ½ to 1 scoop per smoothie.

Seeds: Seeds are great for adding healthy fats and vitamins to your drink. Try flax seed, chia seeds, or hemp seeds. Stick to 1-2 tablespoons to avoid overwhelming the smoothie.

Extracts: This matcha smoothie works well with vanilla extract or almond extract. Use ½ teaspoon and add it after the oat milk.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Date syrup and oat milk in a blender.

Step 1: Pour oat milk and date syrup into the blender.

Always put the liquids into the blender first.

Date syrup, matcha, and oat milk in a blender.

Step 2: Add matcha.

Frozen banana, oat milk, matcha, and spinach in a blender.

Step 3: Add spinach and frozen banana.

The heaviest ingredient goes into the blender last.

Smoothie being poured into a cup.

Step 4: Blend until smooth. It’s not recommended to blend on low for too long. This can overheat the motor and damage the blender. Instead, start on low speed, then quickly increase to high.

Pour into a cup. Serve immediately.

Blender Tip

The secret to a good smoothie is to add the ingredients from lightest to heaviest. This will reduce air pockets and ensure a smooth blend. Start with liquids, including syrups, then follow with any powders or seeds. Finally, add leafy greens, fresh fruits, and heavier items like ice or frozen fruits.

Expert Tips

  • When freezing bananas, be sure to slice them into coins. This will make it easier for your blender to break the banana down. Choose yellow bananas with some brown spots for the sweetest and freshest flavor.
  • If the smoothie is too thick, add some oat milk and blend for 10 seconds to combine.
  • Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately or within 24 hours. If you need to store leftovers, use an airtight container, like a jar. Store it in the refrigerator and drink within 1-2 days.

Questions You May Have

Is a matcha smoothie good for you?

Matcha smoothies are high in essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. The most nutritious version is made with high-quality ingredients and minimal sweeteners.

What fruit is best with matcha?

In a smoothie, matcha tastes best with bananas. The earthy flavor of matcha pairs well with the sweetness of bananas.

What is the difference between matcha and green tea?

Matcha is a green tea that has been finely ground into a powder. Matcha has more antioxidants and caffeine than green tea in tea bags that has been steeped in water.

Matcha smoothie in a glass.

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Matcha Smoothie

By: Jee Choe
Healthy and refreshing, this matcha smoothie will give you a boost of energy. Get the step-by-step instructions for this 5-ingredient drink.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup oat milk
  • 1 tablespoon date syrup
  • 1 tablespoon matcha
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 ½ frozen bananas, (sliced)

Instructions 

  • Put oat milk, date syrup, matcha, baby spinach, and frozen sliced bananas into a blender. Secure lid.
    Place ingredients into the blender in the order listed.
  • Blend until smooth. Start the blender on LOW speed for 10 seconds. Increase speed to HIGH for a full minute.
  • Pour smoothie into a cup. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Oat milk is great with matcha but you can use any kind of milk you like.
  • The more vibrant the green color of matcha, the higher the quality (and more expensive). Expensive matcha isn’t necessary for this drink since it’s going to be blended with other ingredients so go with one that’s about $20-$30 for a tin or pouch.
  • It’s not recommended to blend on low for too long. This can overheat the motor and damage the blender. Instead, start on low speed, then quickly increase to high.
  • If the smoothie is too thick, add some oat milk and blend for 10 seconds to combine.
  • Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately or within 24 hours. If you need to store leftovers, use an airtight container, like a jar. Store it in the refrigerator and drink within 1-2 days.

Nutrition

Calories: 338Carbohydrates: 65gProtein: 14gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 139mgPotassium: 919mgFiber: 7gSugar: 40gVitamin A: 4168IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 384mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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