Matcha and Pistachio Smoothie Recipe
After my last post on matcha green tea, I’ve been really craving a hot cup of it. There’s a really bad flu or cold bug making the rounds here and both my daughter and I caught it. For some reason when I’m sick I crave two things: chicken soup and tea. Unfortunately, I only have culinary matcha at home right now and that’s not a very good matcha for drinking as a tea. I was at the grocery store this morning and decided to grab some loose-leaf green tea from the bulk section (they don’t carry any matcha at this place).
I made some up as soon as I put my girl down for her nap in my fancy loose-leaf teapot. In a pinch, this stuff hits the spot. It is good but it isn’t my matcha.
But on a really good note, this hot cup of green tea is putting me in the right state of mind to roll out a matcha green tea smoothie recipe I’ve been sitting on for a couple of weeks. Say hello to my Matcha Green Tea and Pistachio Smoothie! As the name suggests, this smoothie has matcha green tea powder and roasted pistachios in it (along with some other cool stuff). This unique combo compliments each other very well with a sweet, creamy green tea flavor paired with a buttery undertone.
Are you looking for a way to drink matcha regularly? Or are you looking for a matcha tea recipe?
This smoothie might be what you are looking for!
The Story Behind the Drink
So how did I come up with this smoothie?
This recipe was born years ago (back in March 2015) but was originally intended as an ice cream. If you read my last post on the Health Benefits of Matcha Powder, you know that I discovered matcha when I was looking to make my own green tea ice cream. I was sitting with my partner one night eating some green tea ice cream we had just made and it hit me like Archimedes’ eureka in the bathtub. Luckily, I wasn’t in the bathtub otherwise I might have made a fool of myself.
Unfortunately, follow through with an idea never seems to be my strong suit. I’ve also got a terrible memory to boot. I was able to solve the latter problem by keeping a small notebook in my back pocket for jotting down ideas when they come to me. Apparently, I have a lot of them.
But I never seem to get around to actually doing most of them. And I’m sure you’ll agree with me on this. But what’s the point of a great idea if you never do it? It gathers dust on the bookshelf next to all other unfulfilled ideas in the library of dreams. It’s a bit of an obscure reference I know, but I’ll give you mad kudos if you get it.
It’s a shame too that I never acted on this idea sooner. I’m pretty sure green tea and pistachio has made its way around by now and is no longer quite as novel as it was back in 2015.
But the silver lining to this story? I may not have made that ice cream yet but I did realize this idea in the form of the best green tea smoothie I have tasted yet.
Tips to Making a Matcha and Pistachio Smoothie
As always I’ve got some suggestions on how to make this the best tasting smoothie for you. So here are some important things to keep in mind when making this recipe.
- First, make sure you are using a culinary grade matcha. I made the mistake of buying ceremonial grade matcha thinking that since it was better quality it would make for a better smoothie. It doesn’t. The green tea flavor barely comes through. The culinary grade matcha has a much stronger bitter flavor. Not so great for drinking but very good for smoothies and other foods where you want a green tea flavor. And with how expensive ceremonial grade matcha is, it really is a waste to use it for cooking. In most other situations using better quality ingredients makes for a better dish. For example, a better quality wine that you would drink actually works better in cooking than using a cooking wine. But matcha green tea is the exception to this.
- Roasted and unsalted pistachios I found work the best. You can use raw pistachios but the pistachio flavor will barely come through. Pistachios are so subtle to begin with and the roasted ones lend a stronger flavor.
- Also, roasted pistachios have a crunch to them that makes for a great texture in the finished smoothie. I like to leave the pistachios out until the very end of blending so you get a chunky texture. When you blend the pistachios fully, you don’t get the texture and the flavor doesn’t come through as well. However, if you prefer no texture and a completely creamy smoothie, go ahead and blend them up as the smoothie is wonderful either way. I’d just recommend that you double up the amount to two tablespoons.
- Like every smoothie recipe I post, this one calls for frozen fruit. Most of the time I just buy my fruits in the frozen aisle at my grocery store but in the case of bananas, I prefer to freeze my own. Why do I prefer to freeze my own bananas instead of buying pre-frozen ones? Overripe bananas make for the best tasting smoothies. If you buy pre-frozen ones those will still work but they just aren’t as good.
- Bananas are the easiest fruit to prepare frozen, it just requires a little bit of planning. I buy a few bunches of fresh bananas and let them sit until they are a few days overripe. I then break them up by thirds or fourths and loosely pack them in a freezer safe container or plastic bag. Let them sit in the freezer for a day at least and you’re ready to go. This process really takes very little of your time too and the results are completely worth it. If you make a ton of smoothies like I do, this is the better way to go.
- Frozen fruit smoothies I think are lightyears better than fresh smoothies. They come out silky and creamy like a milkshake (a very healthy milkshake too!) but they also require a better blender. To make frozen fruit smoothies, you need a high-performance blender with variable settings. Unfortunately, a powerful blender like this is going to cost significantly more. But these blenders are so awesome! The blender I suggest is the Vitamix 5200. It is the one I own and use for all my recipes. If you’d like to know more about this blender, I have an in-depth Vitamix Review and why you should consider buying it here.
- Lastly, I like to make my smoothies very thick. To do this you need to pour in just enough almond milk that it sits about an inch to 1 1/2 inches below the very top of the fruit. Be conservative about this. You can always add more milk. I start the blender up on a very low setting and see how it does with what I put in. If your blender is laboring to turn, just add more slowly until the blades turn. Be careful that you don’t turn the setting up too high before doing this or you’ll likely burn out your engine if you push it too hard.
That’s it! Now let’s get to blending!
Looking for a different kind of matcha drink? This matcha green tea smoothie is sweet and creamy with a hint of pistachio. This is vegan, gluten-free, and no added sugar.
- 1 1/2 cups banana, frozen (approx. 1 1/2 med.)
- 2 tbsp. hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp. coconut milk
- 1 tbsp. pistachios, roasted and unsalted
- 1/2 tsp. matcha powder culinary grade
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground
- 1/2-3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (milk should sit 1" below top of fruit)
Place everything but the pistachios, bananas, and almond milk in the blender first.
Add the bananas.
Pour enough almond milk in the blender until it sits 1 inch below the top of the fruit.
Turn on blender at the lowest setting and let it run until everything is starting to blend together. Add more liquid if needed to reach desired thickness.
Slowly turn the setting to high.
Once the smoothie is thoroughly blended and you are getting the vortex at the top, turn the variable switch to high (if you have the option) or let it blend on the highest setting. Add the pistachios while the blender is running and blend an additional 10 seconds.
If this smoothie isn't sweet enough, either substitute the unsweetened vanilla almond milk for sweetened vanilla almond milk or add 1-2 dates. If you'd like to use another sweetener, add it 1 tbsp. at a time until you reach desired sweetness.
Add 1 full tsp. of matcha powder if you want a stronger green tea flavor.
I really hope you give this recipe a try! This Matcha and Pistachio Smoothie recipe taste just like a buttery, silky green tea ice cream shake. And it is so good for you too! If you give this a try, I would love to hear what you think of it!
If you have any questions about this recipe, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me. I’m always happy to help! Just leave a comment below.
Have you got a favorite matcha treat?
I would really like to hear about it! I’m always looking to expand my horizons.
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