Easy Japanese Recipes

Green Tea Smoothie 抹茶スムージー

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Today I’m sharing one of my favorite smoothies and it’s Matcha Green Tea Smoothie (抹茶スムージー).  Summer is just around the corner and I thought some of you may be interested in healthier food and drink menus (once in a while, at least?).  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know how much I love matcha (green tea powder) and it seems right to start sharing smoothie recipes using matcha. :)

Before I start, I want to mention once again that matcha (or green tea powder) is NOT something you can make by grinding green tea leaves that you normally drink at home or restaurant.  I receive this question all the time, so please make sure that you don’t grind green tea leaves to make matcha.  What’s matcha then?  Read this post where I explain a little bit more about matcha.

Green Tea Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

After becoming a full-time food blogger, I spend more time in testing recipes (= “eating”) and sitting in front of computer (= “not moving”).  Back in October last year (before I gain another year), I’ve decided to live a healthier lifestyle.  What that means to me is that 1) make time to go to the gym 5 days a week and exercise for at least one hour, 2) sleep by 1 am, not 2 am anymore, and 3) eat smaller portion (and less carbohydrate).

And smoothies became a part of my life ever since.  They are not a replacement for a meal in my case.  Instead they are more like healthier “snack” between meals to fill me up as I don’t eat a big portion during meal times anymore.  I make healthy smoothies for Mr. JOC and myself every morning and another round of smoothies for my kids and myself everyday after school.  I’ll share our healthy and delicious daily smoothie recipes in the near future.  Of all the smoothie recipes I’ve experimented with so far, my favorite is green tea smoothie.  The taste of banana mixed with my favorite matcha green tea flavor complements each other well and the result is simply irresistible.

Green Tea Smoothie | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

You can use any blender to make smoothies, but I bought a Nutribullet from Costco a while back when it was discounted.  It’s so easy to use!  You can make as many servings as you like, but what I like most about this Nutribullet is that it’s easy to make ONE serving.  And the blender container will turn into a cup so you don’t need to pour the smoothie into a glass (one less thing to wash!) and you can even take it it go with a special lid (I am not being paid or compensated by Nutribullet).

If you cannot find matcha green tea in your area, you can get them from my favorite online spice store Season with Spice.  They sell excellent quality matcha powder for culinary purpose.  Use the promotional code below to order.

Season with Spice matcha promo for JOC

Matcha Chai Tea Blend w200I also tried their brand new spice blend, Matcha Chai Tea Blend, instead of matcha powder for this recipe, and it was delicious too!


Want to see how quick and easy it is to make green tea smoothie?  Check out this video!

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Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 Banana
  • 5 ice cubes
  • ¾ to 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or cow's milk, coconut milk, etc)
  • 1 tsp. matcha green tea powder
    Green Tea Smoothie Ingredients
  1. Put banana and ice cubes in an electric blender/mixer or Nutribullet.
    Green Tea Smoothie 1
  2. Pour almond milk and add matcha green tea powder on top.
    Green Tea Smoothie 2
  3. Blend until all the ingredients are combined and smooth. Pour into a glass/glasses.
    Green Tea Smoothie 3
I use NutriBullet to make smoothies.

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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  • Theresa May 7, 2014, 3:52 pm

    I actually make these all the time, instead of going to starbucks for the green tea frappuccino! But I never thought of adding bananas. I’ll try that next time! Bullets are great at making smoothies!

    • Nami May 12, 2014, 4:47 pm

      Hi Theresa! I hope you enjoy green tea smoothies with banana in it. It’s a wonderful natural sweetness and goes well with matcha. :)

      • Theresa May 12, 2014, 5:08 pm

        I tried it, and it was amazing! I love the hint of banana :) It makes the smoothie thicker too! Thanks for the great idea :D

        • Nami May 12, 2014, 9:05 pm

          So glad to hear you enjoyed it already! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! xo :)

  • Vivalabbird May 7, 2014, 3:57 pm

    Nami! Have a great trip to Japan! I can’t wait to read about all the food you eat and all the places you go. Are the kids doing some school in Japan again? Take care and bon voyage!

    • Nami May 12, 2014, 4:49 pm

      Thanks Vivi! I can’t wait to eat there too! :D This time we’re hoping to travel more within Japan. Thanks again!

  • kathleen May 7, 2014, 4:19 pm

    This sounds delicious! My husband and I have been looking for something like this for our hectic mornings! Have a great time in Japan…I’m SO jealous!

    • Nami May 12, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Kathleen! :)

  • Liz B. @ Umami Life May 7, 2014, 4:26 pm

    I am all about some matcha smoothies. I’ll do it with carrot and ginger! Will def throw a banana in there soon!

    http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired!

  • ATasteOfMadness May 7, 2014, 4:57 pm

    I am drooling over these pictures! I love putting matcha powder in everything. But the weird thing is, I’m the only one I know who likes it. This smoothie is so happening soon!

  • cristina May 7, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Great video and step-by-steps for this green tea smoothie! I’m making this for my breakfast tomorrow with my vanilla Almond Breeze milk! Thanks, Nami – I think you started me on a Green Tea Smoothie addiction. :)

  • Mel May 7, 2014, 5:21 pm

    I would really be pleased if I could havea glass of this right now for my breakfast. The weather is terribly hot here and have gone up to 38C.

  • A_Boleyn May 7, 2014, 5:25 pm

    I’ve never tried almond milk but I think I should attempt it at least once especially since I still have matcha powder in my pantry and a banana in my freezer.

  • Fiona May 7, 2014, 6:04 pm

    WOW, this is such an easy and tasty recipe! What a good idea to have that as a quick snack or even breakfast smoothie! Yum!

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce May 7, 2014, 6:32 pm

    You are the master in using matcha in your recipes, you are great

  • Vee May 7, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I’ve been having smoothies for breakfast daily now and it’s been great. Very filling and at the same time, I’m having my daily portions of vegetable without having to chew anything… I usually use spinach or kale for my green smoothies.

    • Nami May 12, 2014, 9:08 pm

      Hi Vee! My kids definitely prefer baby kale in the smoothies than eating it as a meal. It’s a great way to squeeze in extra nutrition! :)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 7, 2014, 7:46 pm

    I never thought of how green tea powder is made but that’s really interesting. And good on you for keeping up your fitness regimen. It’s one of the curses of this blessed life isn’t it? :)

  • Alessandra Zecchini May 7, 2014, 7:58 pm

    Wow, do you really manage to go to the gym 5 times per week? Good on you, I manage zero times!! Too busy!
    Love the green tea smoothie, sounds delicious!


  • Hotly Spiced May 7, 2014, 8:42 pm

    How do you get up in the morning when you go to bed so late? I try to put exercise into my week as well because of all the time spent on the computer! I always feel so much better after a workout. I won’t ask you if I can make matcha powder by grinding green tea leaves! That’s a beautiful looking smoothie xx

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. May 7, 2014, 9:29 pm

    This smoothie looks fantastic! I need more green tea in my life!

  • Juliana May 7, 2014, 9:50 pm

    Yum! I have never had green tea smoothie…I will try this as soon as I get some matcha…looks good and packed with caffeine.
    Thanks for the recipe Nami…hope you are having a wonderful week :D

  • Cooking Gallery May 8, 2014, 3:08 am

    This looks super delicious and healthy, Nami! I know what you mean about sitting too much in front of the computer ;)! I should give this smoothie a try, especially because I love almond milk – I have stopped drinking cow’s milk for more than a month now and changed to unsweetened almond milk due to its low carb content. I look forward to seeing your other healthy smoothie videos :).

  • Medeja May 8, 2014, 3:19 am

    This smoothie has such a lovely color! Must have been delicious..

  • Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health May 8, 2014, 6:24 am

    i like matcha powder in smoothies too but i always get it from a nearby store..i need to try this at home…

  • Kelly May 8, 2014, 7:54 am

    I love matcha and to make it into a smoothie is such a great idea! It looks fantastic Nami, thanks for sharing another great recipe and I can’t wait to try this :)

  • Selma May 8, 2014, 9:11 am

    Wow this matcha smoothie is great! I just tried the recipe and i made it with rice milk, it was yummy ;)
    I like your blog, I found it browsing the net to look for japanese recipes and informations about the lifestyle ´cause am starting a blog (www.1countryaweek.wordpress.com) on which I present one country a week with
    it´s food and culture; I cook and try to live that country´s life during the week. I probably use Japan as the first country and your blog is a wonderful inspiration!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs May 8, 2014, 10:25 am

    Great smoothie! I agree with you on drinking smoothies as a snack rather than as a meal — works much better for me that way (I want to actually chew when I have a meal!). And cutting portions and watching carbs (in addition to exercising) is totally the best way to control one’s weight. Not that I do it, mind you, but it is the best! ;-)

  • Lokness @ The Missing Lokness May 8, 2014, 10:38 am

    YES, taste testing means eating too much and unhealthy! I feel you. My husband and I have also decided to go to the gym late last year. It is not easy, but we are happy. Banana and green tea sounds very interesting together. But I know it must be delicious! I will try this for sure!

  • Jan May 8, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Your green tea smoothie looks so good and I can’t wait to try it. I’m trying to make healthy choices too.

  • donna mikasa May 8, 2014, 1:33 pm

    Oh, Nami! As I’m typing this I’m sipping my matcha smoothie and it is my NEW FAVORITE MID MORNING SNACK!
    I know my family will love it, too because it will satisfy their sweet tooth! Thank you, thank you, for sharing this and I hope you have more smoothie recipes!

    • Nami May 12, 2014, 9:10 pm

      Hi Donna! Thank you for posting the picture on your instagram! So happy you enjoyed it! I’ll include more smoothie recipes this season. :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz May 8, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I am actually going to make this when I get home after work today…if I find a ripe banana! By the way not sure you can buy green tea syrup from my post but I included the recipe…super easy.

  • Monica May 8, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Nami, you make a green smoothie look good. Honestly, this is something I would enjoy. Plus, I agree with you about needing to focus on eating healthy. I make room for treats (and chocolate!) but also try to eat more whole foods and fruits/vegetables these days. This smoothie sounds filling and a great mid-morning snack. I love bananas and eat one pretty much everyday as it is.

  • Holly | Beyond Kimchee May 8, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Looks refreshing! I think banana goes well with green tea and the addition of almond milk is a nice touch. I really love the wiggly wooden spoon in the photo. Cute!

  • Anikaviro May 8, 2014, 3:16 pm

    Wow! This is a must try! :_)

  • Terra May 8, 2014, 6:16 pm

    I love how simple, yet so delicious your recipe sounds! I do love matcha green tea, so I need to start using it more! Yum, Hugs, Terra

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living May 8, 2014, 6:38 pm

    Love the idea of green tea in smoothies! Beautiful color Nami!

  • Gourmet Getaways May 9, 2014, 12:19 am

    Smoothies are excellent thirst quenchers during summer. I’ll take this one down and plan for blendin’. Thanks!

    Gourmet Getaways

  • Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking May 9, 2014, 5:45 am

    Banana adds such wonderful natural sweetness to smoothies, and I love your easy smoothie recipe here with them! Thanks for sharing, Nami. Have a great weekend!

  • Min May 9, 2014, 6:31 am

    Such a simple yet tasty recipe! I love matcha green powder. Like you, I don’t really like to substitute a meal with smoothies. I’m such a texture person that I’d rather consume my calories through chewing ;). However, this would make for a perfect snack!

  • Kristy May 9, 2014, 7:35 am

    You cease to amaze me Nami! How you find time to go to the gym for an hour five days a week and have the energy to stay awake that late! Wow. I try to get to the gym four to five times. Some weeks it’s a real struggle. There’s no way I could stay up that late though. I used to be such a night owl, but that’s back when I got to sleep past 8 a.m. ;) This smoothie sounds great. It’s the perfect thing for warm weather. I’m going to have to get some matcha!

  • Lail | With A Spin May 9, 2014, 9:36 am

    Matcha smoothie sounds delicious. Happy planning for your trip to Japan. I know how much preparation it takes to travel with kids.

    Happy Mother’s Day, Nami.

  • Sandra May 9, 2014, 4:18 pm

    I finally bought some matcha yay! My heart wants to make a pound cake with it and my thighs say the smoothie would be better!!! Thanks for the video also.

  • Jess @ whatjessicabakednext May 10, 2014, 10:42 am

    This smoothie looks amazing! I love green tea!

  • ChopinandMysaucepan May 10, 2014, 6:28 pm

    Dear Nami,

    Love your video on this delicious smoothie – simple, delicious and healthy too!

  • Tomomi May 11, 2014, 4:04 pm

    I love Matcha too! It calms me down really!

  • Rosa May 12, 2014, 12:03 am

    Exquisite! A lovely idea.



  • Mich Piece of Cake May 12, 2014, 12:35 am

    What a beautiful smoothie. I love matcha and would love to make this…

  • Asmita May 12, 2014, 5:25 am

    Wow Nami,
    You are incredibly disciplined. I find every excuse under the book to skip the gym. So motivated and inspired after reading this post.
    Loving this drink. Love the idea of having it as a snack in between meals. It s so good for you too.

  • Christine @ No Gojis No Glory May 12, 2014, 1:46 pm

    I’ve never tried Matcha Green Tea, but I love regular green tea and I looooove bananas. Smoothies are one of my favorite snacks as well, so I really must try this!

  • Lynna May 12, 2014, 8:32 pm

    I love getting matcha smoothies and frappicinos! But, the idea of making them at home never occurred to me even though I have matcha powder! Haha!! Thanks for this, Nami!!!

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  • Raymund May 13, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Looks nice, this might be the best way I introduce Japanese green tea to my daughter

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking May 13, 2014, 8:36 pm

    I saw some ppl already tried your recipe and loving it…I can’t wait to try it! I think SWS’s matcha is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing this healthy smoothie, and I applaud for sticking to your goals! Well done, Nami you are truly amazing!

  • Nancy@SpicieFoodie May 13, 2014, 8:48 pm

    Nami, it’s been so hot here (and they say it will only get hotter) that I would love to drink your smoothie instead of coffee in the morning. I haven’t found Matcha yet but will keep looking so I can make your smoothie. Thanks for sharing!:)

  • mjskit May 14, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Oh goodie goodie – I have everything I need to make these smoothies!!! I’m a matcha lover too as you know so I always love seeing your new creative matcha recipes. Yes, you are the Matcha Queen my dear! :) Thanks for sharing this. I will be making it!

    • Mjskitchen June 3, 2014, 10:17 am

      Had this for breakfast this morning. YUM! I will be making it again and again and again. :)

      • Nami June 4, 2014, 12:50 pm

        You’re such a sweetheart, MJ! Thank you so much for your kind feedback! I’m drinking this every afternoon… :D

  • TheKitchenLioness May 15, 2014, 12:55 am

    Dear Nami, I do think I would like anything better right now than to share a refreshing and healthy green tea smoothie with you! Goodness, you are so disciplined – fives times a week at the gym…respect! I love Matcha by the way!

  • Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen May 15, 2014, 11:37 pm

    Two of my favorite things: matcha tea and smoothies!

  • Sissi May 16, 2014, 7:32 am

    I would have never thought of combining banana with green tea. What a creative idea! I must test it very soon because this smoothie looks fabulous.

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen May 17, 2014, 9:01 am

    I LOVE this smoothie! I’ve been on a smoothie kick for the past 6 months and I’m always looking for new things to try. I’m so glad you mentioned the NutriBullet. My poor, weak, blender kicked the bucket recently. It just can’t handle the frozen fruit. I’ll take a look at this the next time I’m at Costco. Do you think the NutriBullet is powerful enough to deal with frozen fruit?

    • Nami May 17, 2014, 4:49 pm

      Thank you Valerie! I have a blender too, but Nutribullet works perfectly that I don’t even use a blender anymore. It is easy to clean, too. Oh yes, I only use frozen fruit (sometimes ice cubes) and it works great! I’m using twice a day and I love it! :) Costco or Bed Bath and Beyond with Coupon deal is good!

      • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen May 17, 2014, 5:44 pm

        Thanks for the response! I’m definitely going to look for it. I’ll let you know if I get one :)

      • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen June 1, 2014, 9:35 am

        I did it, Nami! I bought the NutriBlend and we LOVE it! It is very powerful and so easy to clean. Thanks for the recommendation :)

        • Nami June 2, 2014, 12:07 am

          You’re welcome! I got a pingback from your site, too! Thank you so much for linking back to this post – I’m going to check your post now. :) Yaaaaay! :)

  • Charysma May 23, 2014, 8:39 am

    Hi! I love your website and your recipes and I wanted to give this green tea smoothie a try. It looks yummy!

    However, I do have a question before I make this smoothie. Now, I have matcha at home but I can’t eat bananas because I have a banana-intolerance. Can I use silken tofu as an alternative or are there other alternatives?

    • Nami May 23, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Hi Charysma! I hope you enjoy this smoothie! :) I add banana for the texture and sweetness. If you want your smoothie to be a little bit sweet (like the one I made), you need to add some sweet component such as honey or sugar. I’ve never tried tofu in my smoothie (that sounds fun!). But I would add yogurt etc to make it little more creamy. :)

  • rika@vm May 23, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Have you heard of this organic matcha tea powder by Kiss Me Organics?
    A few recommended this product for matcha-based recipes and smoothies,
    and I thought you can give it a try! I feel you, I also gain a bit of weight in testing and developing recipes and blogging, haha, so it’s nice to create healthy and summery dishes right now. Have you tried frozen banana? You can use that instead of ice and prepare sliced frozen bananas ahead for future smoothies.

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic June 9, 2014, 6:40 pm

    Absolutely making this tomorrow. I make smoothies daily and can’t believe I haven’t thought of this yet. Great recipe.

  • Cedirea June 10, 2014, 8:04 pm

    Can this be made without banana?

    • Nami June 11, 2014, 2:53 pm

      Sure! You need to sweeten with sugar, honey, or any of sweetener of our choice. :)

  • Marla January 14, 2015, 9:23 am

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. It was excellent. I also ordered some stuff from Season with Spice and it came within a day. Wow. Thanks again!

    • Nami January 14, 2015, 2:14 pm

      Hi Marla! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie! It’s one of my favorite and I’m really glad you liked it! Mark and Reese are the best! They work very hard to provide the best service and products. Glad you like Season with Spice too! :)

  • Edward Allistone February 10, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Love this recipe! I’m always looking for new ways to enjoy my matcha. I can’t get enough. Your site rules btw!

    • Nami February 10, 2015, 5:05 pm

      Thanks so much Edward! I love matcha too and hope to make more matcha recipes. :)

  • Russell Smith February 16, 2015, 3:24 am

    Loving this recipe. I tried it out – it’s simple and delicious!

    I also tried adding a little Cacao and it took it to a whole new level ;)

    • Nami February 18, 2015, 12:04 am

      Thank you so much for trying this recipe Russell! Ohh cacao addition sounds awesome! :)