This Green Tea Smoothie with Bananas and Matcha recipe adds healthiness to your day. This smoothie is rich, creamy, and green, but that’s because it’s full of phytonutrient-dense spinach. But don’t worry, there are 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.
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.
What You Need
You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.
Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:
- Cashew or plant-based milk
- Green Tea Bag
- Matcha powder
How to Make a Green Tea Smoothie
It’s fun to make an easy matcha green tea smoothie. 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.
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.
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.
Finally, add ice cubes and pulse again until smooth. The ice cubes are important because it creates a nice, thick consistency.
The Best 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:
- vitamins A, B6, C, E and K
That’s an impressive list, but it’s only the highlight reel. There are so many benefits to this smoothie! If you’d like to learn more about the benefits, check out my Why Green Smoothies Matter podcast episode. 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 of a smoothie. It doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t taste great. But the good news is, matcha banana smoothies are so smooth and delicious, you’ll be scraping the blender with the spatula to get every last drop of this tea shake!
Are green smoothies good for weight loss?
Green smoothies can contribute to weight loss because they help meet your nutritional needs throughout the day. This is important because when your nutritional needs are being met, you can feel more satisfied both emotionally and physically.
This Green Tea Breakfast Smoothie is a perfect way to start out the day because green tea is so nutritious.
- To reduce the number of carbs in this smoothie, use only one banana
- 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 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.
More Vegan Smoothies
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
- 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
- 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.
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The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.