29 June 2012

GREEN MATCHA TEA AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

GREEN MATCHA TEA AND BANANA SMOOTHIE

Green, sweet, smooth, and with a subtle bitter green tea flavour - my favourite breakfast treat these days. I have been making smoothies for a long time.  At the beginning mostly with fruit, on the basis of apples and orange juice, and then adding different fruit for different flavours on a daily basis. Then I discovered rice milk that I prefer to the acidic packaged fruit juices. Until I received a new kitchen machine with a coffee grinder, and now I grind good quality oats into fine powder and add it to the rice-milk based smoothies. This way I have a full breakfast, plus the added oats makes the smoothies even
more creamy. This smoothie is made with rice milk and soy yoghurt, but that's a matter of preference, you could of course use any dairy, or diary-free milk and yoghurt. For a bit of tanginess I add a spritz of lemon juice, but not too much, as I find that too fruity and lemony does not go well with green tea. 

Makes 2 large glasses: 

1 ripe banana
2 tsp (10ml) Matcha (green tea) Powder
3 Tbsp (45ml) Soy yoghurt
app. 300ml rice milk, or other non-dairy milk
5 Tbsp (75ml) ground oats
10-14 ice cubes
1 Tbsp (15ml) honey
optional: spritz of lemon juice

Put the chopped banana, yoghurt and green tea powder into the smoothie maker. If the blender, as mine often does, rotates empty around the banana pieces, add a little bit of rice milk until the blades start to catch again. Blend until smooth, then add the honey, ground oats and  remaining milk and blend again. At the end add the ice cubes and blend until fully ground and smooth. Depending on the size and ripeness of the bananas, I tend to add more ice cubes, or more milk or honey at the end, to get the flavour and sweetness I want. Add a splash of lemon for a more tangy taste, but making sure not to add too much as it might overpower the beautiful powdery Matcha taste. 



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GREEN MATCHA TEA AND BANANA SMOOTHIE


Makes 2 large glasses: 

1 ripe banana
2 tsp (10ml) Matcha (green tea) Powder
3 Tbsp (45ml) Soy yoghurt
app. 300ml rice milk, or other non-dairy milk
5 Tbsp (75ml) ground oats
10-14 ice cubes
1 Tbsp (15ml) honey
optional: spritz of lemon juice

1) Blend banana, yoghurt and green tea: 
Put the chopped banana, yoghurt and green tea powder into the smoothie maker. If the blender, as mine often does, rotates empty around the banana pieces, add a little bit of rice milk until the blades start to catch again. Blend until smooth. 

2) Add remaining ingredients and blend: Add the honey, ground oats and  remaining milk and blend again. At the end add the ice cubes and blend until fully ground and smooth. Depending on the size and ripeness of the bananas, I tend to add more ice cubes, or more milk or honey at the end, to get the flavour and sweetness I want. Add a splash of lemon for a more tangy taste, but making sure not to add too much as it might overpower the beautiful powdery Matcha taste. 

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