This stunning strawberry matcha smoothie combines frozen fruits, matcha powder (green tea) and oat milk. SO simple, but delicious, healthy and pretty. Great for breakfast or afternoon snacking and 100% vegan and dairy-free.
I cannot think of anything better than combining sweet strawberries with earthy green tea matcha powder for breakfast.
Since I enjoy fruity smoothies regularly, I made a strawberry matcha smoothie to test out those flavors together and wow, the result was even better than I imagined. Strawberry + matcha taste so good together: the tangy and sweet berries balance the natural bitterness from the matcha powder perfectly. It is a match meant to be!
It is like a strawberry matcha latte but in the form of a smoothie! Amazing!
Blending frozen fruits creates a thick and super rich-in-flavor smoothie mixture, which is the key idea for this recipe. I simply blended frozen bananas with matcha powder and a little oat milk to create a beautifully green matcha layer. Then, I quickly rinsed the blender and simply combined frozen strawberries with oat milk for a strawberry-flavored layer.
The banana sweetens the matcha mixture naturally, so this drink is entirely made without any added sugar, keeping the smoothie even healthier.
You can then combine both mixtures in a serving glass to create swirls of contrasting red and green as you wish, making this smoothie more appetizing and fun without that much extra effort. Be sure to watch my quick video below to see how I make it in 5 minutes!
This healthy smoothie recipe not only will give you amazing energy, thanks to the vitalizing matcha powder, but also, this matcha smoothie is shockingly packed with good-for-you antioxidants and vitamins.
Enjoy for breakfast, snacking and even as a light dessert, it is so delicious and sweet!
Let me know if you give it a try! ❤️
Why you should try this recipe
- Easy and quick recipe
- LOADED with nutrition and rich in antioxidants
- Can help boost your energy level
- Ultra-rich in flavors that pair fruit + green tea
- Made without added sugar or sweetener
- Perfect for breakfast and great as an afternoon snack
- Naturally vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free
What kind of matcha should I use
Matcha green tea powder simply is green tea leaves that were ground into a fine powder. It has a vibrant bright green color and tastes slightly bitter, sweet and even a little grassy.
You can find matcha powder in local Asian stores, health stores and some regular grocery shops, too. I like to get mine online as it is easier.
There are different grades of matcha powder depending on their quality, which is determined by the way they are processed into a powder. Their quality can affect their flavor, freshness and color (how bright is the green color).
- Ceremonial grade matcha is a high-quality matcha powder and is more expensive. It has a very clear green color with amazing flavor. You can reserve this kind for when making a matcha latte to enjoy all of its subtle aroma and superior quality.
- Culinary grade is considered lower in quality, meaning less expensive and less intense or bright in flavor and color. This type of matcha works great for baking recipes, such as when making matcha brownies, as you won't notice as easily the nuance of the quality of the matcha powder.
When making this matcha smoothie recipe, you can obviously use both kinds, although I recommend using culinary grade if you have it. Combining the green tea powder with fruits will make it harder to discern the difference between the grades of matcha. Keep the expensive good stuff for when it is worth it!
Ingredients you will need
- Frozen strawberries: using frozen strawberries is great to create a thick smoothie texture.
- Frozen bananas: filled with natural sweetness, used to make the matcha smoothie mixture.
- Matcha powder: this culinary grade matcha powder from the brand Jade Leaf is perfect for this recipe. You can get it online.
- Oat milk: or use any milk of choice that you like. Oat milk is great for making this smoothie super creamy and rich in texture but also helps smooth out the overall flavor. Almond milk (would add a nice nutty flavor), soy milk (to boost the protein content) or cashew milk (enhance the creaminess) all work well too.
How to make a strawberry matcha smoothie
I like to serve this smoothie with swirls or layers of colors, which takes an extra 2 minutes, but makes the drink more fun!
Blend the matcha mixture
To a blender, add ¾ cup of the plant-based milk and then, the frozen banana and matcha powder. Blend on high until smooth.
Pour into a large serving glass and set aside (you can place it in the freezer until ready to pour the second layer).
Blend the strawberry mixture
Give the blender a quick rinse and then place it back on its base.
Add the 1 cup of milk and then, the frozen strawberries to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Combine and serve
Pour the strawberry mixture over the tall glass with the matcha smoothie mixture.
Then, use a straw to stir and create swirls. Sprinkle some extra matcha powder and enjoy right away.
- Using frozen bananas is essential to have a thicker smoothie consistency. What you can do is get more bananas than you need when grocery shopping, then let them ripen on the counter. Peel, roughly chop and freeze the ripe bananas so you always have some ready to go.
- I highly recommend using oat milk for this recipe. It is creamier, but it is also naturally a little sweet and will help smooth the naturally grassy flavor from the matcha powder.
- For more distinct layers with a more obvious gradient effect, you can use less milk when blending the smoothie mixtures to keep them thicker. Placing the first layer in the freezer for 30 minutes before adding the second one can also help hold the layers separated from each other.
Matcha strawberry smoothie serving suggestions
This healthy green tea smoothie makes for an amazing breakfast meal or side drink to go alongside toast or oatmeal. It is made within 5 min and will add so much nutrition to get your day started just right. I also like it as a mid-day snack when I need a boost in energy.
I love this smoothie served with swirls for a beautiful presentation. BUT, you don't have to make swirls and you could just add all the ingredients to your blender and blend them all together. In that case, I would use a little less milk, about 1 ½ cup and add more only if needed.
Also, you can serve this recipe as a strawberry matcha smoothie bowl, one of my favorite breakfasts! To turn it into a smoothie bowl, then you will have to use less milk when making the layers. It is easier if you have a high-speed blender (like a Vitamix) for making a super thick mixture since you can use the tamper to help the smoothie ingredients stay close to the blades. You can look at my strawberry banana smoothie bowl for inspiration! Then, pour or scoop the smoothie mixture into a bowl and garnish with granola, cacao nibs, fresh fruit, seeds or any of your favorite toppings.
Also, for a boost of sweetness and redness, you can add a swirl of red fruit jam as seen in my strawberry boba recipe!
Variations to the recipe
Like most smoothies, this matcha powder smoothie recipe is super versatile and easy to customize to your taste. Here are a few ideas on how to personalize it:
- Boost the color: you can enhance the red color by adding some frozen raspberries, beet powder (check out my pink latte!), frozen cherries or even goji berries to the strawberry mixture. Also, add a handful of baby spinach or a pinch of green spirulina powder to the matcha layer to make it brighter in green, but also to boost it with more nutrients!
- Make it sweeter: if you love sweeter smoothies, then you can add some dates (soak them in hot water for 10 minutes first, then drain) or even a splash of maple syrup. Blending frozen bananas usually makes smoothies sweet enough, but taste it to ensure it is sweet enough for you!
- Add more flavoring ingredients: you can add some vanilla extra to the strawberry layer or cinnamon or chai spice mix to the matcha layer.
- Make it protein-packed: looking for extra protein in your breakfast? Then add ½ scoop of plant-based vanilla protein powder to one of the layers or include hemp seeds or chia seeds. A spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter would also add more protein to your drink!
- Add more fruit: you can easily pair this smoothie with more fruit, such as mango, pineapple or blueberries.
- Creamier: for a rich and higher-calorie smoothie, then you can make it using canned coconut milk instead of the regular plant milk from a box. You can use light coconut milk to prevent it from being too rich.
Yes you can! Instead of using bananas when making the matcha layer, you can use frozen mango or frozen pineapple instead. If you want to make the matcha layer without fruit, then simply use rolled oats instead.
Yes: 1 tsp of matcha powder contains about 70 mg of caffeine. For comparison, a cup of black coffee contains about 95-150 mg of caffeine. But here is the important point: matcha also contains some theophylline which helps the caffeine from matcha powder to be absorbed better and slower in your body. This means that matcha doesn't give the same rush of peak energy boost followed by a down of energy that you typically get from drinking coffee. Instead, matcha provides sustained and smooth energy for longer without feeling like taking a nap later.
Yes you can, although the consistency will be thinner. In that case, you could add a few ice cubes to the mixture to help thicken it and make it frosty.
This recipe is loaded with healthy ingredients! Strawberries are filled with fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Bananas also are packed with fiber and are especially rich in potassium, among a ton of other nutrients. And as you might already know, matcha powder carries an impressive amount of antioxidants that can help repair cell damage in your body.
You can make this smoothie in a food processor, although the texture might not be as smooth as if using a blender. But if this is all you have, then go for it!
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I hope you like this strawberry matcha smoothie recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Strawberry Matcha Smoothie with Bananas
- 1¾ cups plant-based milk (I used oat milk) - divided
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder - culinary grade works well
- 1 frozen banana - roughly chopped or sliced
- 1½ packed cup frozen strawberries
- Add ¾ cup of the milk to the blender and then add the frozen banana and matcha powder. Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour in a large serving glass and set aside.
- Give the blender a quick rinse and then, add 1 cup of milk and the frozen strawberries. Blend on high until smooth.
- Pour the strawberry mixture over the glass with the matcha smoothie and use a straw to create some swirls. Enjoy right away!
- You can keep the matcha layer in the freezer for 20 -30 minutes to make it more frosty and help create the layers if you want.
- Feel free to add some vanilla extract, cinnamon, dates and hemp seeds to the smoothie. Check out the blog post for more ideas!