Piña Colada Smoothie With Matcha Green Tea/
Adding matcha to your smoothie is a great way to add flavour, colour and a little extra healthiness too. This healthy piña colada smoothie recipe is made using natural whole ingredients and it tastes utterly delicious. Surprisingly, matcha works perfectly when paired with coconut flavours such as a piña colada cocktail or smoothie. The flavour combination of coconut and matcha green tea will have you dreaming of summertime in no time.
You can enjoy this healthy smoothie as it is or add a splash of white rum for a full on frozen piña colada cocktail experience
Here are some commonly asked questions about matcha and about the infamous tropical piña colada cocktail:
What is Matcha?
Matcha green tea is a special type of Japanese powdered green tea. ‘Ma’ means powdered and ‘cha’ means tea. This type of tea is grown and processed in a particular way. Matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the exact same plant that produces all other types of tea. Other kinds of tea from the tea plant include white tea, oolong, green and black tea.
Matcha is a great tea to use in many different ways and in many different recipes. Because matcha is in powdered form, it can easily be incorporated into soups, cakes, pastries and in smoothies just like this pina colada smoothie recipe. There are many ways to mix matcha with or without a special bamboo whisk and mixing bowl. The traditional whisk and bowl are known as a chasen and chawan.
What are the Health Benefits?
Matcha is well known for it’s wonderful health boosting benefits including free radical fighting antioxidants. Green tea may help with allergies. Green tea, especially Japanese green tea such as matcha contains a compound known as methylated EGCG which contains strong anti-allergenic effects. Matcha may even aid in weight loss and matcha may make you poop more!
What Ingredients are in a Pina Colada?
The popular piña colada cocktail was first invented in Puerto Rico and traditionally contains pineapple juice, coconut cream and white rum. This cocktail is dreamy for sure but not the healthiest of drink choices so I created a lighter version packed full of fruit with an added star ingredient, matcha green tea. The flavours of matcha and coconut work perfectly together.
Feel free to add a shot of white rum or coconut rum with a squeeze of lime juice for an alcoholic frozen pina colada. Add a wedge of pineapple and a glace cherry on top to garnish.
If you love the idea of using tea in cocktails, you may also love this recipe for making a tequila sunrise with matcha. Alternatively, try using white tea in this recipe for white tea shots.
Tips for Making this Matcha Smoothie
Frozen fruit: I would highly recommend using both frozen banana and frozen pineapple in this recipe to make a really thick indulgent smoothie. You can use fresh fruit but note that your smoothie will be less thick than when using frozen fruit.
Coconut milk: Use coconut milk from a carton rather than from a can. Coconut milk is the best type of milk to use for this recipe for a more coconutty taste. Alternatively, use any of your favourite type of milk including cow’s milk or plant based.
Yogurt: A dollop of yogurt helps to add creaminess and texture without added calories of using cream. Feel free to use any type of yogurt including greek, regular or plant based yogurt.
Toppings: Toppings are purely optional. Top your smoothie with whatever your heart desires including whipped coconut, coconut flakes, a wedge of pineapple or a pretty glace cherry for a fun cocktail vibe.
How to Make this Pina Colada and Matcha Smoothie From Scratch
Here’s how to easily make this totally tropical coconutty smoothie at home:
INGREDIENTS (SERVES 1)
1 Cup of Frozen Pineapple Chunks
1/2 Cup of Frozen Sliced Banana
1 Cup of Coconut Milk
2 Tablespoons of Yogurt (Greek, Natural, Plant etc)
2 Tablespoons of Shredded Coconut
Whipped Coconut Cream - Optional
Add your frozen banana, pineapple, coconut milk, yogurt, shredded coconut and matcha green tea to your blender and whizz up until all the ingredients are well combined and no lumps remain.
Pour your smoothie in your favourite glass and top with optional whipped coconut cream and an optional sprinkle of shredded coconut.
Read More of my Matcha Recipes
Iced Matcha Lattes - With Strawberry and Rose
Matcha Wellness Shots - With Turmeric and Ginger
Piña Colada Smoothie With Matcha Green Tea
Sat. Fat (grams)9
Approx. nutritional values.
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