Saturday, 03 May 2014 10:09

Matcha Mango Berry Smoothie Recipe

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This smoothie is one of the best I've ever had, let alone made at home! Matcha green tea powder is one of my all time favorite culinary flavors, and if you haven't tried it yet it's 'bout time! Or perhaps you've tried it in something like mochi and you just didn't realize what was behind the delicious flavor of that scrumptious dessert. For those unfamiliar, matcha is bright, vibrant green, fine powdered green tea with a rich, sweet flavor. It is high in antioxidants and gives the body a smooth, steady stream of energy for hours. It's traditionally used by whipping the powder and hot water together in a bowl to make a tea drink, which is how the Zen Buddhists prepared it back in the day. Now matcha is common in fancy tea shops and natural cafes, where I get very excited to see it on menus.

I like to keep a jar of organic matcha powder at home to make my own lattes, and sometimes I get creative and put it into desserts. I recently saw a matcha smoothie on a menu at a macrobiotic restaurant and felt inspired to try my hand at it at home, and boy did it turn out well! Plus, it cost just over $3 to make a large serving, which would run at least $5...probably closer to $7, at an organic cafe. 

Ready for a super easy, rich, creamy recipe packed with antioxidants and flavor? With no further ado...

Ingredients (use organic whenever possible):

  • non-dairy milk*: 12 oz 
  • matcha green tea powder: 1/2 - 1 Tbsp (or to taste)
  • mango**: 1/2 (about 1/2 cup)
  • blueberries, frozen: 1/2 cup
Directions:
  • Blend baby blend! 
    • Blend for about 30-40 seconds. Using a high-speed blender like a Blendtec is useful, though certainly not necessary - any blender will get the job done!
* I recommend So Delicious non-dairy milk, which is widely available in coconut or almond base. If you're in California my favorite local brand is Omega Creamery - definitely worth seeking out their organic flax/rice/hemp milk!

** When in season, look for ataulfo mangoes for a rich flavor and creamy texture!

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