Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

The February issue of Bon Appetit this year featured several recipes using matcha. Matcha is essentially green tea powder, but it’s supposedly even healthier than brewed green tea because you consume the entire green tea leaf.

I spotted it at my local Japanese market recently and didn’t think twice before putting it in my basket.

Matcha

I became fascinated by all of its potential uses. Even thought I had originally bought it to try this simple Matcha Latte, the woman at the checkout suggested I use it in cocktails. I posted about it on my Facebook page and someone suggested I try putting it in a Bee’s Knees cocktail (gin, honey, and lemon juice). So far, I’ve only tried it in non-alcohol form, but I promise I will try that soon and report back.

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

This matcha, mango, and ginger smoothie was a complete experiment. In an effort to avoid afternoon iced coffee (I already have plenty in the morning), I wanted to turn the matcha into a cold, afternoon pick-me-up. I had some frozen mango chunks in the freezer and thought that would go nicely with the green tea flavor. I love ginger in my cocktails, so I added a bit to give the smoothie a little kick. Instead of almond milk, my go-to for smoothies, I went with greek yogurt for more protein and body.

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

Full disclosure: When I started blending, I saw its murky green color and thought “this might be gross.” Well, to say I was wrong would be an understatement. My mind was blown. It was amazing. And it tasted like dessert, not a health drink.

If you’re a fan of green tea iced cream, you will love this.

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

Yield: 1 16-ounce smoothie

Matcha, Mango, and Ginger Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon matcha
  • 3/4 cups water
  • 3/4 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup plain 2% greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey (adjust sweetener to taste)

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Notes

The ginger flavor in this is subtle, so feel free to add more if you'd like.

http://www.culinarycolleen.com/matcha-mango-and-ginger-smoothie/
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  • http://www.confessionsofachocoholic.com/ Bianca Garcia

    I love green tea ice cream and green tea desserts – in fact, a friend just gave me a box of green tea truffles and I’ve been enjoying each little square! This smoothie sounds perfect, especially with mango!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    This is exactly the kind of green smoothie I crave! I always want to experiment with matcha but it is SO expensive. I think I need to just suck it up and purchase some!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      It seemed expensive at first for such a small packet, but thankfully a little bit goes a long way!

  • Shannon Grande

    i bought a very small amount years ago because i wanted to try it… and it still sits in my cupboard :( shameful. wonder if it’s still good? hope so, because I might have to start with this smoothie!

  • http://www.quarterlifecrisiscuisine.com/ Ashley Bee

    I’m not sure I like it but I’d love to try a boozy version, hehe ;)

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  • Christine

    Just made that for breakfast and it was amazing. I had been looking up macha recipes for awhile and have had the macha latte ( wonderful as well) but wanted something cold today. Even my husband loved it ! The smallest about of honey made it perfect.

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      I’m so glad you liked it!! I keep trying to get my boyfriend to try it, but he’s skeptical…



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