Matcha Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie

April 7, 2014

in Drinks, Reviews & Giveaways

Matcha Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie (Vegan, Raw, Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

I think the first time I tried matcha was around three years ago, when we were living in San Francisco. It was an impulse buy at a health food store and since I loved green tea, I thought I would give it a try in a homemade almond milk latte. I only remember this because when I took my first sip, I nearly spit it out. It was so bitter and gritty and tasted very, very green. I love green, but not green like most of those green superfood powders that taste like dirt. I tried to choke it down, but I couldn’t do it, and so that matcha powder sat untouched in my pantry for months until I finally decided it was time to toss it. (I really hate wasting money)

And that was the end of my matcha drinking, until a few weeks ago when a company called Kiss Me Organics emailed and asked if I’d be interested in trying their organic matcha powder. My immediate reaction was “No!”, but I checked their Amazon reviews and nearly all of them were positive. I was also intrigued by the claim that their matcha has 137 times the antioxidants of brewed green tea – that’s a lot of antioxidants. I skeptically said yes, and my green tea powder arrived two days later (thank you, Amazon Prime).

Matcha Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie (Vegan, Raw, Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

I have not tried the Kiss Me Organics‘ matcha in a latte, but I have made a few smoothies. I am happy to report that they do not taste like dirt! This matcha is a beautiful, bright shade of green, and unlike the gritty green tea powder I first tried, it’s smooth and dissolves easily.

I received a matcha recipe guide with my order (it’s given to all first-time customers) and today I’m sharing a recipe for the Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie, which I’ve adapted to use all raw ingredients, hemp seeds for healthy fat and protein, and some frozen fruit where it was more economical. I also like my smoothies on the icier side, but if you prefer a more room temperature drink, you can of course use fresh fruit instead.

The only thing about this smoothie is that green matcha + red strawberries = brown smoothie. So we’ll just look at the ingredients pre-blend…

Matcha Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie (Vegan, Raw, Nut-Free) | picklesnhoney.com

Matcha Powerhouse Breakfast Smoothie (Vegan, Raw, Gluten/Soy/Nut-Free)
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Recipe type: Smoothie
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Serves: 2
 
This smoothie is a great way to start your day! It's loaded with fruits, vegetables, some healthy fat and protein, and an energizing, antioxidant kick from the vibrant matcha powder.
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup frozen chopped mango
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup frozen organic strawberries
  • 1 banana (or sub ½ small avocado for a creamy texture)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender on high speed for 30 seconds, or until smooth.
  2. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!

Photography by Aaron Scott.

Have you tried matcha powder? What’s your favorite way to incorporate it?

xo
Amanda

Disclosure: I received the Kiss Me Organics’ Matcha for free, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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Abby @ The Frosted Vegan April 7, 2014 at 11:35 am

I’ve been a little afraid of matcha, so I’m glad you had the same fears! I can’t wait to try this!
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Michelle Lahey April 7, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Oooh, I’ve never tried matcha powder before. But this smoothie sounds delightful!
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Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork April 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I haven’t tried matcha powder, but have definitely been intrigued. I would assume that it contains caffeine since it’s made from green tea? I’ve been trying to reduce/nearly elminate caffeine in my diet.
I have tried a powdered greens mixture and loved it. I can only imagine it’s a similar flavor. I received a sample of Raw Green Organic’s Super Greens in my Greatist Parcel box and definitely want to buy more (http://www.rawgreenorganics.com/organic-super-greens-usda-certified-organic-224g/). Same thing when you mix with some other things, though–turns a lovely brown color. Still tastes great, though!
Thanks for sharing!
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Amanda April 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Yes, matcha contains caffeine. I try to make sure I limit it to mornings/early afternoon so it doesn’t keep me up at night! I’m really sensitive to caffeine (coffee makes me jittery and I mostly drink herbal tea), but I didn’t notice much of an impact from the matcha.

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Katie @ Soulshine and Sassafras April 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

I went to Japan a few years ago, and they are all about it. It’s a common ingredient in desserts – either blended in or sprinkled on. I really loved it, and haven’t had any in awhile – I’ll have to give this brand a try!
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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} April 7, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I love matcha! My favorite smoothie is super simple; http://herbivoretriathlete.com/vanilla-matcha-green-smoothie/

I am waiting for my Kiss Me Organics matcha to arrive, can’t wait to see how it compares to the Rishi I currently have been using. I’ve never tried it any ways other than in smoothies or as a latte, does the book contain other recipe ideas?
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Amanda April 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

I think I will make your vanilla matcha smoothie next!
The recipe guide includes quite a few recipe ideas, and they go way beyond lattes. They’re not all vegan, but they could probably be fairly easily adapted.

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Denise April 8, 2014 at 3:17 am

I tried Matcha the first time a few month ago and I like it more as a cold drink than as Matcha Latte. My favorite Drink is Matcharinha. Just blend Matcha with cold filtered Water and Icecubes. Add some Lemonslices and Agavesirup (optional). Very refreshing on hot days (though we don´t have many here in Germany)!
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Amanda April 8, 2014 at 8:16 am

That does sound very refreshing, Denise!

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health April 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm

i bought matcha tea at whole foods and use my coffee grinder to make them powdery, i like it in baked goods.
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Amanda April 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm

Oh, good idea to grind your own matcha powder at home! I’ve yet to try it in baked goods, but I need to get on that.

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Katie @ Produce on Parade April 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm

I love amazon prime! Though in Alaska we don’t get two day shipping. Boo! I am too scared to put matcha in my smoothies. The stuff is so dang expensive!! Matcha powder though is different, I think I’ll have to try this stuff out! :)
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Amanda April 9, 2014 at 7:26 pm

You don’t get two day shipping?! I guess that makes sense, but still kind of annoying. I think the matcha powder is $25, which is a bit of an investment, but I expect the bag should last a long time. I’ve basically just reallocated my clothing budget to foodie things these days. :)

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Ceil April 10, 2014 at 7:58 am

Hi Amanda,

Happy Spring. :)
Thanks for the intro to and review of KMO matcha powder. Your Matcha recipe looks yummy. I look forward to trying it someday.
Keep well!

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Amanda April 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

Happy Spring, Ceil! Hope you’re well!

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