Blueberry Matcha Smoothie
Start your day off right with a creamy, sweet, and nutritious Blueberry Matcha Smoothie!
Packed with fruits, leafy greens, and matcha powder, this delicious smoothie is perfect for breakfast or as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day.
This smoothie starts with a creamy banana as the base. Then, we add some baby spinach for a healthy dose of greens. Blueberries come next, bringing a burst of color and loads of antioxidants. Finally, old-fashioned oats are thrown into the mix to keep you full until your next meal. And let’s not forget the extra health benefits from the matcha powder!
Why you’ll love this matcha green tea smoothie
- Nutrient-packed: matcha and blueberries are rich in antioxidants, promoting overall well-being.
- Energizing: matcha’s natural caffeine will keep you energized all day long.
- Ready in 5 minutes: this recipe is perfect for busy mornings or anytime you need a quick pick-me-up.
- Customizable: feel free to personalize this smoothie by tossing in your favorite ingredients or extras.
What is matcha powder?
Matcha powder is a type of green tea finely ground into a powder. It’s packed with antioxidants and offers several health benefits, including increased energy, mood enhancement, and stress reduction.
Ground green tea is incredibly versatile and can be used in many recipes, from desserts to cocktails. It’s also a fantastic coffee alternative, thanks to its natural caffeine content.
It comes in different grades, so you can choose the one that suits your preferences and intended use.
- Ceremonial-grade matcha has a vibrant green color and a smooth, delicate flavor, making it ideal for traditional tea ceremonies.
- Latte-grade matcha has a slightly less intense color but a more robust taste, ideal for lattes and smoothies.
- Cooking-grade matcha is more yellow and has a pronounced bitter flavor. It is the most affordable grade and great for cooking, baking, or adding to smoothies.
What does it taste like? Matcha green tea has a unique and earthy flavor. Some people love it, while others may not be as fond of its grassy taste.
I don’t like matcha on its own, but when I blend it into smoothies with blueberries and bananas, the matcha flavor disappears. This way, I still get all the wonderful benefits of matcha.
Ingredients & substitutions
Here are some helpful notes about the key ingredients for this green tea smoothie:
- Matcha powder: you can go for either ceremonial-grade matcha or latte-grade matcha; both are excellent choices.
- Banana: for a thick consistency, use a frozen banana. Slice and freeze your bananas for easier blending. If you prefer alternatives or don’t have bananas, try ripe mango or avocado for a similar creamy texture.
- Blueberries: frozen. If you’d like to switch things up, you can also try strawberries or raspberries.
- Baby spinach: you can substitute with kale, Swiss chard, or romaine lettuce if desired.
- Unsweetened almond milk: use any type of milk you like, such as dairy milk, soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk.
- Old-fashioned oats: if you’re looking for a gluten-free option or want to experiment, you can substitute with quinoa flakes.
- Optional sweetener: for added sweetness, consider using natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar.
See the recipe card below for a detailed ingredient list and step-by-step instructions.
- Enjoy it as a quick and easy breakfast or post-workout snack by itself.
- Pair it with a hard-boiled egg and a slice of whole-wheat toast for a satisfying meal.
- Add a scoop of protein powder to your smoothie and pair it with a simple homemade banana muffins.
- Swirl in peanut butter or almond butter for a healthy fat boost.
- Top with chia seeds, granola, or fresh fruit for added texture and flavor.
Save time by prepping your smoothie the night before.
Place the blueberries, banana, oats, and spinach in a resealable bag or container and freeze them. In the morning, simply transfer the frozen ingredients to the blender, add matcha powder and almond milk, and blend for a quick and convenient start to your day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use other types of berries in this smoothie?
Yes, you can use any type of frozen berry you like. Some popular options include strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Yes, you can use protein powder. Choose a flavor that complements the matcha and blueberry combination, such as vanilla or berry-flavored protein powder.
This smoothie is best enjoyed immediately to ensure that you get the best flavor and texture. However, you can still prep the ingredients in advance by placing them in individual Ziploc bags and storing them in the freezer. Check out my make-ahead tips above.
Have you tried this matcha tea smoothie yet? Share your feedback, variations, or any questions you have in the comments below. We’re here to help!
How To Make It: Blueberry Matcha Smoothie
- 1 cup (155 g) frozen blueberries
- 1 cup (30 g) baby spinach
- 1 ripe banana sliced and frozen
- 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk
- 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes, or until smooth and creamy.
- Serve immediately.
- Use ceremonial-grade matcha or latte-grade matcha.
- Cut your banana into pieces before freezing. It will be easier to blend.
- Swap unsweetened cashew, soy, oat, coconut, or dairy milk for almond milk.
- You can add natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, or stevia for a sweeter taste.
- Add some vanilla protein powder for an extra protein boost.
- Make it gluten-free: use gluten-free oats or quinoa flakes.