Matcha choc chip and mint smoothie

Matcha choc chip and mint smoothie

I never used to like Matcha, I couldn't understand how anyone could enjoy that flavour! That is until I went to Japan and fell in love with it. All of a sudden it was all I wanted to drink, I couldn't get enough of it! 

I took some home with me from Japan, and started experimenting with different milks, quantities, temperatures and techniques to re-create the flavours I experienced at cafes in Japan. Then I moved onto smoothies and it opened up a whole new area of possibilities. I combined my two favorite flavours, Matcha and Choc Mint and realised they work really well together. 

I am a pastry chef, and all round food lover. One of my greatest passions is to create nutritious, and delicious foods that are refined sugar free, made with nothing artificial, and bursting with nutrition and flavour. I can work in a kitchen for 8 hours a day, and still be excited to come home and continue to create and play around in the kitchen. 

So expect to see many more recipes coming your way!

But now to the important part..

The recipe!

P.S be sure to read the additional notes for more ideas on how this recipe can be used, and always remember to Keep it, creative 

Ingredients 

  • 1 x frozen banana
  • 1 x medjool date or 3 pitted dates
  • 1 x cup (250ml) coconut milk*
  • 1/2 cup (115g) fresh spinach 
  • 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
  • 1 tablespoon of cocoa nibs
  • 3 x drops of food grade peppermint essential oil or substitute with 10 mint leaves
  • 3 x ice cubes 

*Don't use the canned coconut milk made for cooking, use the carton one made to be used as a dairy milk replacement. 

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, and blend on high speed until well combined, and smooth. If its too thick, add more coconut milk.
  2. Serve in our reusable wheat husk cups and top with additional cocoa nibs on top 

Additional notes

This recipe can be made into ice creams if you have ice cream molds, just pour it in and freeze. Once they are set, you can remove them from the molds and dip them in melted chocolate, and sprinkle with cocoa nibs to make them extra delicious.
If you don't own ice cream molds, I suggest you run out and buy some.. Quick.. You don't know what your missing out on..