Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fruity matcha smoothie!

After much tasty experimentation, we at Mellow Monk have finally arrived at the ultimate recipe for a strawberry matcha smoothie!

Fruity Matcha Smoothie

(Makes enough for two.)
  • 2 cups frozen whole strawberries

  • 1 banana

  • 1 cup sliced fresh peaches (usu. 1 – 1 ½ large peaches or 3 – 4 small peaches)

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons Mellow Monk matcha

  1. Remove the green caps from the fresh strawberries, place in a ziplock bag, and freeze overnight.
  2. Slice up the peaches and measure off 1 cup of small slices. (You can use leftover peach slices as garnishing ... or eat them right then and there. Chef's choice!)

  3. Break a banana into two or three chunks.

  4. Add all the fruit to a blender, then pour in the orange juice and sprinkle on the matcha powder.

  5. Put on the lid and fire 'er up! Blend at High or Liquefy — or whatever setting your blender's instructions specify for frozen drinks — until the big pieces of frozen strawberry have all been broken up.

  • Using frozen strawberries eliminates the need to use ice cubes, which can dilute the smoothie. If, however, the final product is too strong for you, you can use unfrozen strawberries along with a cup of ice cubes.

  • Instead of orange juice, you an also try milk or soy milk ... or even brewed green tea, for extra green tea flavor! Be sure to use some liquid; otherwise, the ingredients will be difficult to blend.

  • Even with 2 teaspoons, the matcha taste is overpowered by the burst of fruity flavors. If you are a hardcore matcha aficionado, you can add 3 or 4 teaspoons. This will darken the smoothie's color, although the taste will be positively delectable.

—Mellow Monk

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