Easy Banana Matcha Smoothie Recipe

whipped cream smoothie – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

Do you feel too rushed in the morning to eat breakfast? Want a mid-afternoon snack to help get you through the rest of the day? A smoothie might just be your answer. This easy banana matcha smoothie has all the makings of a delicious, creamy smoothie with the added benefit of matcha, a vibrant green tea powder full of antioxidants that also has anti-inflammatory properties and offers a caffeine boost. It’s easy to get started with something that offers so many potential health benefits, is quick to prepare, and is portable.

Wellness coach and recipe developer Miriam Hahn shows us this easy matcha banana smoothie recipe and says, “I’m a huge fan of smoothies and rarely a day goes by that I don’t include one.” one in my morning routine. I started drinking matcha. a few years ago because of all its health benefits, and adding it to a smoothie is a great way to incorporate it.

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Gather the Ingredients for This Easy Matcha Banana Smoothie Recipe

recipe ingredients

recipe ingredients – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

To make this delicious and energizing smoothie, you only need a handful of ingredients. Stop by the produce section and pick up some dates and bananas. “I like to use Medjool dates for this recipe because they tend to be larger than other varieties and they have a rich, caramel-like flavor that is so perfect in this recipe,” shares Hahn.

Next, you’ll need soy milk, matcha, and a little maple syrup (the real thing). “There are many variations of milk available and you can use any type. I used soy milk here because it has a neutral taste and is a rich source of plant-based protein,” notes Hahn.

If you want to jazz up the smoothie, get some whipped cream for the topping. To keep the recipe vegan, opt for coconut whipped cream.

Step 1: Soften the Dates

dates submerged in water

dates submerged in water – Miriam Hahn/Food Republic

Immerse the dates in boiling water and let them soften for 15 minutes.

Step 2: Drain the dates and discard the pits

pitted dates on board with a knife

Pitted dates on board with knife – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

Remove the dates from the water. Discard the pits.

Step 3: Add Ingredients to Blender

add matcha to blender

add matcha to blender – Miriam Hahn/Tasting Table

Add the softened dates, soy milk, banana, matcha and maple syrup to a blender.

Step 4: Mix

banana matcha smoothie in a blender

banana matcha smoothie in a blender – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

Blend until smooth.

Step 5: Serve the Smoothie

matcha banana smoothie in glass

banana and matcha smoothie in glass – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

Pour into a glass and serve. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

Can the smoothie recipe be made in advance?

smoothie in glass

smoothie glass – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

If you’re not quite ready to drink your smoothie right after making it, you can store it in the refrigerator with a tight-fitting lid for a few hours. “Usually when I make smoothies, I make enough for the other members of my household to enjoy, so even if I’m ready to eat mine, they might not want to consume theirs yet. I find using a wide-mouth mason jar with a lid to be the best way to keep them fresh in the fridge,” shares Hahn. (But note that as smoothies sit, ingredients may settle and separate.)

You can also simply prepare the ingredients so they are ready to use. “Since bananas ripen so quickly, I usually slice them when they’re past their ripeness and freeze them in a reusable silicone bag. Plus, I like to have a batch of softened dates in a container in my fridge. Then you just put everything in a blender,” says Hahn.

How do I know what type of matcha to use in this smoothie recipe?

hand holding glass

hand holding a glass – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

You may have noticed that the price of matcha varies greatly and you may be wondering why and if that matters for this recipe. Much of the matcha you will encounter is divided into two main categories: ceremonial quality and culinary quality.

Ceremonial grade matcha is of the highest quality, made from the youngest, most tender leaves of the tea plant. Ceremonial grade matcha has a vibrant green color, smooth texture, and delicate flavor profile. “I always have both types of matcha on hand and usually use ceremonial matcha when enjoying it on its own, hot or iced,” says Hahn.

The other type, culinary grade matcha, is made from older tea leaves and can be harvested from different parts of the tea plant. It has a more robust flavor and slightly bitter taste compared to ceremonial grade matcha. It’s much more affordable and a great option to mix into a smoothie.

Easy Banana Matcha Smoothie Recipe

smoothie in glass and bananas

smoothie in glass and bananas – Miriam Hahn/Tasting table

Preparation time: 15 m Cooking time: Yield: 1 servingIngredients

Optional Ingredients

Directions

  1. Immerse the dates in boiling water and let them soften for 15 minutes.

  2. Remove the dates from the water. Discard the pits.

  3. Add the softened dates, soy milk, banana, matcha and maple syrup to a blender.

  4. Blend until smooth.

  5. Pour into a glass and serve. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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