I have been in love with green tea, really ever since I traveled to Japan and tasted the real stuff. I mean tea that’s so green it is bright green in your cup and glass, unlike what you see here in the states. That’s why I’ve really been happy to see an interest in Matcha tea coming our way.

Here I am, visiting a classroom in Tokyo in 2010 to learn about the national school lunch program in Japan with my friend and colleague Barb Ruhs.

What is matcha tea? It is a Japanese-style green tea made from tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder, which you can dissolve into hot water or milk or soymilk. This contrasts from most teas, in which the leaves are steeped in hot liquid and then removed. Matcha tea dates back over 900 years and has a long tradition in Zen Buddhism. The health benefits of green tea, such as heart health and cancer protection, are due to its high antioxidant content. Green tea contains significant amounts of catechins, an antioxidant in the flavonoid family.

I ordered some really great matcha tea recently and have been having so much fun using it in cooking this month. I thought it was perfect for the smoothie bowl trend. And this easy recipe lets the flavors of matcha tea shine right through. It’s a great breakfast, light lunch, or snack.

Yields 1 serving

Matcha Tea Smoothie Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free)
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    Smoothie Bowl:
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • ½ cup almond milk, plain
  • 1 small orange, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 ½ teaspoons matcha tea
  • Toppings:
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped dark chocolate (dairy-free)


  1. Smoothie Bowl: Place almonds, almond milk, peeled whole orange, agave nectar, coconut, and matcha tea into the container of a blender. Place it in the refrigerator and soak and chill for 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour in a bowl and decorate with the toppings: chia seeds, coconut, and dark chocolate.
  3. If desired, chill about 30 minutes to thicken, or serve it immediately with a spoon.


Smoothies Bowl Only: Nutrients Per Serving: 343 calories, 8 g protein, 42 g carbohydrates, 18 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 30 g sugar, 92 mg sodium

Toppings Only: Nutrients Per Serving: 46 calories, 1 g protein, 4 g carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 2 g sugar, 1 mg sodium


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