I am on a green tea kick this week. In addition to my usual cold brew coffee in the morning, I’ve been sipping plenty of iced matcha lattes in the afternoon as a refresher. (My apartment has been getting really warm and stuffy this past week, even with the windows wide open.) Yesterday, I decided to deviate from the routine and make a green tea smoothie instead.
Or rather, a coconut green tea smoothie. I’ve started keeping a steady supply of coconut water in the fridge in addition to almond milk for blended drinks, and it’s great on days when I’m in the mood for a lighter-than-usual smoothie.
I love using matcha powder in both drinks and desserts. It has a deep earthy flavor (with just a tiny hint of grassiness) that goes well in anything lightly sweetened, such as shortbread cookies and pound cake. And of course, smoothies. I usually go to Japanese markets in the East Village such as Sunrise Mart for matcha powder, but you can also find it online at places like Matcha Source, Amazon, or Kalustyan’s. A tiny bag goes a long way.
I love coconut in anything and everything, so I like to add extra shredded coconut to top off the drink. It’s optional but highly recommended.
Now working indoors on warm sunny afternoons are much more bearable.
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 3 tablespoons hot water
- ¾ cup coconut water
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- 1 ripe frozen banana
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
- In a small dish, stir together the matcha powder and hot water until the matcha powder is dissolved.
- In a blender, combine the dissolved matcha with the coconut water, Greek yogurt, banana, agave nectar, and coconut. Blend until smooth and transfer to a large glass.
Mmm I definitely have to try this!
You won’t regret it.
I love green tea smoothies! My usual morning smoothie is green tea, yogurt, flax seeds, chia seeds, and frozen or fresh strawberries. I love the sound of yours too with the coconut!
Alicia – Your green tea smoothie sounds fantastic too. Flax seeds and chia seeds are such great additions to blended drinks.
Great smoothie recipe! I was wondering as banana is not really a fave of mine: with which other fruit can I replace it with?
Farah – You can substitute with half an avocado to thicken the yogurt; it’s creamy and pretty neutral tasting. Other good thickeners include oats, granola, flax seeds, and chia seeds. Or just add a bit more Greek yogurt. The flavor will be slightly less sweet than when using a banana though. Hope that helps!
This smoothie has me oooing and aahing over here. Love green tea, so I know this will be a hit.
I made it this morning! I added flax seeds and frozen blueberries, so the pretty green colour is gone, but it’s very tasty.
Leanne – So happy you enjoyed it!
I love all your smoothie and blended drink recipes! Green tea and coconut is such a fun combination.