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.
BTW, I suspect earl grey would make a good smoothie too, it sure makes great ice cream! However as with the ice cream, the flavor dilutes out with hot water, so steeping in hot soymilk might be something to try. I've tried tea bags, and the flavor isn't intense enough, I suspect that you need tea leaves and perhaps even bergamot essence.
Dannon's Lite and Fit Vanilla Yogurt is a good base. It's about 60 calories per cup I think, so I've been using it as the base for my green tea frozen yogurt. I also use Westsoy (the unsweetened original flavor), and I see your point about the taste, I find that when it's frozen the off-taste is less noticeable and then I appreciate the fuller mouthfeel cause it makes the frozen yogurt taste more creamy.
'm not sure what the proportions for a smoothie might be, but just for some extra ideas --- I don't use hot water, just blend 1 C. yogurt to 3/4 C. soymilk and 3/4 tsp matcha. I do find that 1 tbsp matcha makes the whole mix too astringent, so I tend to bias towards less matcha. the matcha really needs sugar to increase flavor, so honey would be great, but of course that increases the cal count.
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.
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.
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).