Sunday, 13 February 2011

healthy banana matcha mint smoothie

matcha banana smoothie with a hint of mint

After spoiling me immensely for past couple of months or so, my parents are now back in Malaysia. It looks like I have to get back to the business of taking care of myself once more! On the bright side, I'm looking forward to cooking and blogging more actively again. However, I've engaged in so little productive activity over the past few weeks that I feel like I've lost my blogging mojo. All's not lost, though. What better way to get back into it than by making something supremely easy like a smoothie?

frozen banana chunks

I had a banana that I threw into the freezer awhile ago when it was getting very ripe, and I utilised it to form the base for this cold, yet comforting smoothie. The banana provided so much sweetness that sugar was made redundant. The earthy notes of matcha dug pleasantly into the senses, while the mint finished everything off with a light, refreshing tingle. Feel free to adjust the ingredients to suit your tastebuds.

making the smoothie

a cool, thick and healthy matcha banana mint smoothie for one

1 medium frozen ripe banana, roughly chopped (about 1 cup's worth)
1/2 cup milk
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon matcha (green tea powder)
6 mint leaves

Whiz everything together in a blender until smooth. Garnish with a tiny sprinkle of more matcha powder and a baby mint leaf.

banana matcha mint smoothie

18 comments:

  1. This smoothie sounds very interesting... I've never used the green tea powder.. and have to say is a great way to use your ripen bananas!!

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  2. This looks delicious... and so healthy ! I've just frozen a whole lot of bananas... I always go overboard and buy too many. This would be a perfect use for them !

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  3. Oh wow! this looks incredible! And I love matcha!! (greetings, I found your blog while googling potato pancakes)

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  4. Oh no! The Parents have gone home?? What a shock to the system! I still want mine to come back and do all my cleaning - haha.

    The smoothie looks good! You almost lost me with "healthy" but won me back with matcha ;)

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  5. Good idea to have banana and match smoothie. Great way to use up my leftover frozen bananas

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  6. I love love love this smoothie. The flavour is so wonderful.

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  7. It's like you've seen into my brain! I've been wanting to make an icy sweet matcha smoothie for weeks, but just haven't actually gone out and bought matcha yet. Love the idea of adding mint!

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  8. Thanks everyone!

    Chocolate Freckles, if you like green tea, you'll probably like matcha too. It's lovely in desserts!

    Agnes - I know! My parents have left my place clean, but I don't know how long that will last...

    Thanks Hannah, the mint was almost an afterthought but it really gave a new dimension to the smoothie!

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  9. I used to have plenty of banana smoothies when I wanted to loose weight as meal replacement, plenty of energy.

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  10. LOVE matcha! This sounds so yummy :-)

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  11. The addition of mint must have been very refreshing and a perk-me-up!

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  12. lovely flavours! And you remind me that i have some frozen banana in the fridge :D

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  13. That looks gorgeous! And so refreshing! I have never tried macha with banana before but will now make it a point!

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  14. I love the use of matcha - I have a whole tin I need to get through.......it looks good

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  15. I have a tin of matcha to get through too... looking forward to using it again soon! :D

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  16. I finally tried making this smoothie, and I LOVED it!! my mom was a fan too! I didn't have any mint leaves, so it wasn't really true to the recipe....BUT, I finally got some 'yerba buena' and try it out!

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  17. Yay Arelis! Thanks for your feedback, I'm so happy you enjoyed this! :D

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