Green Tea Matcha Smoothie Recipe with Bananas

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe with Bananas and Matcha adds healthiness to your day. This Matcha Smoothie recipe is rich and creamy and green, but that’s because it’s full of phytonutrient dense spinach. But don’t worry, there’s lots of delicious flavors, making this green smoothie healthy to drink and easy to make too. I’ll show you how to make it without matcha too!

A glass with green smoothie in it and a pink paper straw. The text on the image reads, " Green Tea Double Banana Spinach Smoothie."

I’ve been a fan of the green smoothie going way back to the day when I first read about it in Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live. Dr. Fuhrman talks a lot about the concepts of nutrient density. It makes sense — get the most nutrients you can from the fewest amount of calories and you’ll be on the right track.

I never really enjoyed spinach until the green smoothie arrived in my life. Now I eat it all the time!

Looking down on fresh spinach leaves topped with sliced bananas.

How to Make a Green Tea Smoothies Recipes

It’s fun to make easy matcha green tea smoothie recipes. It begins with how to make green tea. Add a green tea bag to water along. I use green tea bags that seep in either cold or hot water and that’s important for a smoothie because you don’t want to add hot water to a smoothie.

A photo of a mug holding a tea bag.

I add cashews to the water too to allow them to soak. So let the cashews and green tea seep for about 5 minutes.

Next add spinach and chopped banana to a blender. When the tea is ready, add that (along with the cashews) to the blender.

A close-up look at a blender jar full of sliced bananas and fresh spinach.

Pulse until nice and smooth. This may take several pulses to achieve. Use a spatula to push down any ingredients that might rise up on the sides of the blender.

A close-up look at freshly blended spinach and other ingredients in a blender.

Finally, add ice cubes and pulse again until smooth. The ice cubes are important because it creates a nice, thick consistency.

Why You’ll Love This Green Tea Spinach Smoothie.

Look, I think we’re all after the same thing — whether vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescetarian, frutarian, or whatever arian you are — we’re all trying to do the things to feel our best. We want energy and vibrancy. Clear headedness. Good digestion.

If you fit into this category too, then you’ll love this matcha protein shake. It’s loaded with so many good-for-you nutrients and phytochemicals, for example:

  • potassium
  • fiber
  • vitamins A, B6, C, E and K
  • folate
  • iron
  • copper
  • calcium
  • protein
  • manganese
  • flavonoids (an antioxidant)

That’s an impressive list, but it’s only the highlight reel. There are SO many healthy benefits to this smoothie! If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits, check out my podcast (and show notes) page on Why Green Smoothies Matter. I was so persuasive, I even got Shawn on board!

My new saying? The Couple that drinks green smoothies together, stays together. 🙂

Can I make this into a matcha smoothie?

Matcha is basically green tea leaves ground into a powder. So, by using green tea in this recipe, you technically have a green tea powder smoothie (aka a matcha smoothie).

That said, if you want to increase the green tea goodness, go ahead and add a teaspoon or two of matcha powder. The burst of green and green tea flavor will create a delicious matcha tea smoothie recipe!

Do matcha smoothies taste good?

Of course, healthy is only one part of the equation. It doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t taste great. But the good news is, this matcha banana smoothie is so smooth and delicious, I was scraping the blender with the spatula to get every last drop of this tea shake. Delicious!

Looking down at a glass mug full of green smoothie, with lots of bubbles on the top, showing it was just freshly blended.

Are green smoothies good for weight loss?

This Green Tea Breakfast Smoothie is a perfect way to start out the day because green tea is a great metabolism booster! Dr. Gregor explains more about the effect that green tea (and other flavonoid-rich foods) can have on fat-burning.

I don’t know about you, but I’m for a little metabolism boost in the morning! That means we need to have a green tea smoothie for weight loss!

Looking down at a glass full to the rim with a green drink with a pink paper straw.

Expert Tips

Use these tips and tips to make this matcha green tea smoothie recipe perfect every time:

  • To reduce the amount of carbs in this smoothie, reduce the banana to one
  • If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may want to soak the nuts longer than 5 minutes to make them softer
  • My favorite smoothie tip involves the clean-up. When you’ve scraped the goodness from the blender, go ahead and add some soapy hot water, put on the lid, and blend that for a second or two. Then scrub any necessary parts and give it a rinse and you’re done!
  • This recipe uses spinach only, but you can easily add other healthy greens, like kale and chard too.
  • Add 1/2 cup of blueberries to make a blueberry green tea smoothie.
  • If you have fresh or frozen mango on hand, add between 1/2 – 1 cup of chopped mango to make a green tea mango smoothie
  • For a spiced green tea smoothie, add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, ground cinnamon, or ground turmeric
  • Make this into a Matcha Almond Milk Smoothie by adding almond milk in place of the cashews.
A closeup of a glass full of green smoothie. There's a sliced banana at the top and a pink paper straw.

That’s it for this green tea banana smoothie recipe!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A a clear glass is full to the rim with green banana smoothie. A pink and white paper straw is on the side, and a slice of banana is in the middle of the smoothie.

Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie

This Green Tea Smoothie will add lots of zip to your day thanks to phytonutrients from spinach and fat-burning benefits of green tea! You’ll also love that the smoothie is like a matcha shake,  rich and creamy! 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 139kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon raw cashew pieces or ½ cup plant-based milk
  • 1 Green Tea Bag I used Kirkland’s Japanese Green Tea
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 -2 teaspoons matcha powder (optional)
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  • Place the cashew pieces (or plant-based milk) in a cup along with ½ cup of water and the green tea bag (Kirkland’s tea bags work in cold water). Allow the tea to steep for about 5 minutes)
  • In the meantime, place the peeled bananas and the spinach in a blender, along with the matcha powder (if using). 
  • When the tea is ready (you’ll know when it gets nice and green), pour the tea and the cashew pieces into a blender. Pulse. Remove the lid and push down ingredients from the side of the blender. Blend again. You may need to repeat this step several times. Once everything is roughly blended, switch the blender to high until a smooth consistency is reached.
  • Add the ice and pulse again until the ice is pulverized.
  • Pour into a glass (or glasses) and serve immediately.

Notes

If you don’t have raw cashew pieces on hand, simply use whole raw cashews and chop them up a little.
You can substitute raw almonds for cashews.
Add a teaspoon or two of matcha powder if you want to boost the matcha flavor and health benefits!
To reduce carbs in this smoothie, reduce the bananas to 1.

Enjoy!

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