This matcha almond milk smoothie with banana is smooth, creamy, packed with fruit, and utterly delicious!
This vegan matcha smoothie is one of my favorites. It’s so easy to make that I find myself whipping it up quite often on busy mornings.
Matcha Almond Milk Smoothie with Banana (Vegan and Dairy Free)
Almond milk is one of our vegan go to ingredients, and we love it in this almond milk berry smoothie. If you’re craving coconut milk instead, check out this strawberry matcha smoothie with banana and coconut milk that’s vegan, vegetarian, and dairy free as well!
What is matcha?
If matcha is something new to you, it’s a high quality, finely ground green tea powder. Matcha is packed full of concentrated green tea antioxidants, and is sweeter and stronger than regular green tea.
Matcha (sometimes spelled maccha) has been used in Japan for centuries. It has a fragrant smell that reminds me a bit of fresh hay.
Why would I use matcha?
By weight, some green tea matcha powder has several dozen times more antioxidants than many foods known for their antioxidant properties, including pomegranates, spinach, dark chocolate and blueberries.
Now that’s pretty impressive, and you know that we’re big fans of eating fruits and veggies packed with antioxidants.
There’s also some evidence that theanine found in Japanese green tea powders can reduce mental stress and anxiety. And given that I have kids, that’s reason enough to give it a try.
How do I use matcha?
You can take matcha powder to make delicious hot drinks (more recipes to come!), and even add it to baking and in delicious, nutrient-packed smoothies.
I experimented with matcha powder in a few drinks, but this simple, ice-cold banana smoothie was one of my favorites. It’s easy to make, and the sweetness of the banana and slight dryness of the great tea are a nice compliment to each other.
Ingredients for the Matcha Almond Milk Smoothie with Banana
Here’s what you’ll need for a matcha green tea smoothie with almond milk.
1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
1 large banana
1 cup milk, or almond or soy milk
1/2 cup ice cubes
Add ingredients to blender, cover and blend for 3 minutes.
I like my smoothie without added sugar, but you can add 1 teaspoon maple syrup or your favorite sugar substitute to sweeten.
Where can I buy matcha powder?
You can pick up Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder by Kiss Me Organics (or any other brand, really) on Amazon, and have it delivered straight to your door.
If you really fall in love with matcha, you can even pick up a cute traditional chasen (green tea whisk) and scoop for preparing the matcha powder.
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup milk, or almond or soy milk
- 1/2 cup ice cubes
- Add ingredients to blender, cover and blend for 3 minutes.
Add 1 teaspoon maple syrup, agave syrup, or your favorite sugar substitute to sweeten.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 177 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 10mg Sodium: 128mg Carbohydrates: 26g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g Protein: 9g