This Creamy Matcha Vanilla Milkshake has a rich and silky smooth texture plus a huge boost of nutrition thanks to the anti-inflammatory and naturally energizing matcha green tea powder it contains. It’s also free of added sugar and vegan-friendly!
Spring is here and that means bring ALL the green goodness my way!
In all honesty, I make it a point to consume a variety of green goodies all year round, every single day. But when spring arrives and the grass begins to get a bit brighter and the sun becomes a little warmer, something inside of me just wants more green goodness in my life! Salads, veggies, fresher food. But what I also love is sneaking some green goodness into my smoothies and shakes each day. Because well, why not? 🙂
And I have been loving the latest variation of this Creamy Matcha Vanilla Milkshake recipe that I’ve been tinkering around with in the kitchen this week!
This recipe features one of my most favorite health products of the last 5 years—matcha green tea. I love the earthy flavor it has and the calming, energizing feeling it gives me. So much different than coffee (which I also love), plus matcha green tea is packed with chlorophyll—that glorious green color in plants that makes it so good for us!
Matcha is basically shade-grown (raw) green tea powder that’s native to Japan f you’re still unsure of what it is and why it’s so healthy. Comparing a high-quality matcha green tea powder to regular green tea is like comparing fresh, organic spinach to dehydrated spinach flakes; they’re both good for you, but one is obviously so much better for you.
Our bodies love when we give them an abundance of chlorophyll and pigments from plants. Why? Because it nourishes them on a cellular level in a way no other nutrient can. Sure, we definitely need our protein and complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats are also important for us too. But micronutrients from plants do something that no macronutrient can do.
A high-quality matcha green tea (which should be bright green in color, not a ruddy brownish-green shade) will taste earthy, bright, and sort of grassy.
Matcha can really enhance the taste of a smoothie, or you can make it into a coffee-free latté, a chia pudding, whatever your heart desires.
I loved using matcha here lately to make healthy, cold, green drinks for springtime such as this beauty!
My Creamy Matcha Vanilla Milkshake is nothing like your typical milkshake. I’ve used a plain unsweetened yogurt in place of ice cream found in most milkshakes, so you still get that uber creamy texture and mouthfeel without all the high-fat and calories. Not that calories are bad for us, but it’s always best to eat them and not drink them—just sayin’!
The matcha powder I used in this recipe is by Sunfood. It’s brand new to the market and is a fantastic matcha powder! I’ve tried several organic matcha products over the years, and Sunfood’s is definitely a high-quality option. If you’ve had good matcha powder, then you know a good matcha tea product when you taste and see one. So I was pretty happy to see one of my favorite brands release one that’s also affordable and delicious.
I also used unsweetened almond milk in this recipe, almond milk ice cubes to make it even creamier (just frozen cubes of almond milk like ice cubes), a little stevia, Sunfood vanilla bean powder (a favorite of mine for 3 years now), and a few cubes of fresh pineapple which rounds out the flavor and enhances the taste of the matcha. Pineapple is pretty fabulous for digestion too. 😉
Sure, this is one healthy milkshake recipe, but if you can have the best of both worlds (desserts and health), I say, why not?!
- 1 cup of unsweetened non-dairy milk - I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup of ice cubes (or frozen almond milk cubes)
- 5-6 ounces (about ¾ cup) of your favorite unsweetened, plain yogurt
- ¼ cup frozen pineapple cubes
- ½ tsp. matcha green tea powder - I used Sunfood Organic Matcha Powder
- ⅛ tsp. vanilla bean powder - I used Sunfood Raw Vanilla Bean Powder (or you can use ½ tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract)
- ¼ tsp. pure stevia extract (or liquid)
- Add all the ingredients in the order listed to your blender (a high-speed blender or Nutribullet works great here!) and blend on low, then progress to high.
- Serve immediately, or freeze for 30 minutes to make it even colder. This milkshake also goes great in a pre-frozen glass if you want to make it even better.
If you don't like stevia, feel free to use whatever sweetening option you enjoy.
To make this thicker, add 1 tbsp. chia seeds before blending.
Matcha and Vanilla Notes of Importance and Use:
I like to use around 1/2 tsp. matcha in my single-serving recipes, so the 4-ounce bag of matcha by Sunfood will last me at least a couple of months. If you’re looking for a great matcha powder to try to start off with, I definitely recommend Sunfood’s matcha powder.
And honestly, although raw vanilla bean powder is not cheap (because there’s a massive vanilla shortage in the world right now)—Sunfood’s really is the best; it’s not dry, it’s moist like the powder right out of fresh vanilla beans, and it’s completely raw so all the nutrients are preserved. One little bag of vanilla bean powder lasts me around 6 months in the pantry, because a little goes a longgg way. I tend to only use 1/8 tsp. of vanilla in my oatmeal, smoothies, shakes, and sometimes 1/2 tsp. in my baked goods.
Vanilla bean is also great for your brain, blood pressure, and even digestion. It’s packed with nutrients and beats the extract stuff by a mile. However, if you’re on a budget (like me!), you could definitely use vanilla bean extract in this recipe. I’d just suggest choosing a vanilla extract made without sugar (corn syrup, sugar, or cane juice/ syrup) and looking for one without alcohol as the best option.
Make yourselves something bright, green, and delicious this spring, friends!
Have you ever tried matcha green tea powder? If so, what’s your favorite way to use it?
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