Another one of the forgotten ones. I wrote this awhile ago and forgot to share it. I was asked a week ago for a suggestion for a morning drink instead of coffee (from someone wanting to cut coffee out). First thing that came to mind was tea, and more specifically a matcha latte. Then after getting a message yesterday about the return of the Starbucks Frappuccino Happy Hour I knew today would be a great day to share this! The best thing is since writing this I found out A like matcha! Yep for a 7 year old she has great taste! She had a Cherry Blossom Frappuccino when we were in California that was topped with matcha powder and it was love and first lick. So funny because she wanted it because it was green, her favorite color, and I didn’t think she would like it because honestly I can’t remember the last time I had straight matcha powder. I’m going to whip this one up for her today and see how she likes it, if she doesn’t I get it oh darn. If not I think I’ll just make her one of her favorite banana or berry smoothies and top with with some Coco Whip and a sprinkle of matcha.
Matcha isn’t new, although I know many who still have not tried it. Or maybe you picked it up and didn’t like it as a tea, with or without milk, maybe try using it in a smoothie. You really can’t go wrong adding matcha to your protein shakes with all the health benefits. While I usually enjoy my matcha in a matcha tea almond milk latte I also like adding to my shakes and smoothies. I like to take any of my regular smoothies and add in superfoods mixing things up with maca, sprulina, greens or kale powder, wheatgrass, the list goes on. I try to balance things out based on my needs. I’ve tried mixing matcha and mint, matcha and oranges, in chocolate protein shakes a number of others and came down to a favorite being a the simple matcha protein shake with protein and adding frozen banana or avocado to make it thick and creamy! Both are delicious and which one I make depends on my mood, what my nutritional needs are, and what I have on hand. For some reason I was thinking of Matcha Frappuccinos when I made it again to photograph, because the other times it didn’t photograph well and today was no different, I added some Coco Whip Coconut Whipped Cream on top and even put it in my Starbucks cup. Of course there is more nutrition in this one and it’s better for you even with the Coco Whip! Not that we don’t like our Starbucks treats too on occasion, it’s all about balance.
Matcha Protein Shake
Makes 1 serving
1c non dairy milk of choice (used So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (used French Vanilla Vega One, more a treat Vega Sport or Clean Protein)
2tsp matcha powder
1/2-1 frozen banana, ice, or 1/2 an avocado
pinch of cinnamon, optional
coconut whipped cream, optional (used So Delicious Coco Whip Lite Coconut Whipped Cream)
For more nutrition add in a handful of sweet greens like spinach.
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blenders, blend together milk, protein powder, matcha powder, banana/avocado until smooth. Pour into a glass and top with coconut whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!
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While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I used as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.