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, I am sure it's just as nice with cow 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. I added once a couple of apricots and was pretty disappointed, so I think it's really best just with banana. 
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Makes 2 large glasses

1 ripe banana
2 tsp Matcha (green tea) Powder
3 Tbsp Soy yoghurt
app. 300ml rice milk
5 Tbsp ground oats
10-14 ice cubes
1 Tbsp 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 Matcha (green tea) Powder
3 Tbsp Soy yoghurt
app. 300ml rice milk
5 Tbsp ground oats
10-14 ice cubes
1 Tbsp 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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