Desperately Seeking Matcha Smoothie and other tea smoothie recipes
I've been experimenting with the proportions and ingredients for a matcha smoothie. I generally boil some water and then dump into the water a few curved Japanese wooden spoons ladled with good qualify Japanese matcha - dump the matcha into about two ounces of the boiled water. I then add 4 oz soy milk (I'm allergic to regular milk - l have been lately using Westsoy Unsweetened Vanilla Soymilk - the ingredients look natural, but the milk has a bit of an off flavor - I think I could do better with my smoothie if I used a better brand of soy milk). I then add a full teaspoon of Suzanne Sommers' SommerSweet, which I bought at her cheesy website (to me, it tastes much better than all the other alternative sweetners, including the artificials and the stuff like stevia). Then I throw the mixture to be blended into the blender with about 8 ice cubes to be crushed and blended .Though my concoction is not bad, I know that if I keep working on it, I will achieve perfection before the really hot dog days of summer, where one of these would hit the spoy perfectly.
So, any suggestions on hot to kick the matcha smoothie up a notch? Or ideas for a tea based smoothie with something other than matcha.
All creative suggestions warmly welcomed.
i just put the matcha powder into my milk cold, i don't boil it. i have a pack of green tea powder that is made for cold tea though, but i'm sure you can get this at an asian market. i use a pack of splenda, about 200 mls of low fat milk and ice cubes and just shake it up with like a teaspoon of match powder (i don't have a blender).
I love making smoothies and often have a matcha smoothie as my pick-me up. I'd recommend throwing in a little yogurt or half of a frozen banana ( sliced ). It gives the smoothie a little bit more body than just plain ice, and does not affect the flavor.
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This is what I do:
a bit less than 1/2 cup plain yogurt which I freeze myself
about 2 cups unsweetened soya milk (I use organic, a brand called Natura made here in Quebec - I've tried lots & find this one tastes best to me)
2 tespoons of matcha green tea powder
2 teaspoones of maple syrup (or to taste)
Into a blender it goes. Very refreshing! For info, 1 tsp. of maple syrup has 1/2 the calories of 1 tsp. of white sugar. Plus it tastes so good.
This is one of my favorite summer drinks - I make it at work with a mini blender.
if you want better soy milk try 8th continent. I LOVE this stuff. I drink soy milk as opposed to milk, because I loathe the taste of milk...it tastes awful! Anyways I usually buy the fat free vanilla and use it on my cereal or use it for making smoothies. It might not be to your liking though because it is very sweet.