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Blended Matcha Green Tea

Updated on June 8, 2013

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Matcha Green Tea is made from dried green tea leaves that have had the stems and veins removed and then finely ground into a powder. They contain one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants and chlorophyll. It is packaged in metal tins that vacuum sealed for freshness. The powder can be used to make hot tea (often used in Japanese tea ceremony) or it can be added to other foods like French toast, muffins, ice cream, sauces and in this case blended drinks.

The first time I had Matcha Green Tea in a blended drink it was in an establishment in Canada called Teopia. The blended drink was a refreshing blend of pear and guava but it cost $6. A great one time treat but too expensive for a regular drink. I set out to create an acceptable make-at-home equivalent and I think I have succeeded. My husband even says that it's better than the $6 alternative. I hope you will give it a try to leave your comments and alternative methods in the guest book.

Citation: images copyright M. E. Wood, used with permission.

"If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; if you are depressed, it will cheer you; if you are exhausted, it will calm you." ~ William Gladstone

Ingredients

13 ice cubes

1 cup of Guava/Passionfruit juice (3/4 cup if using a Bullet blender)

2 tsp Splenda (optional if banana ripe)

1 banana

1/2 cup plain low fat yogurt (1%)

1/2 tsp matcha

1/4 cup hot water

About the Ingredients

What I Like to Use

Astro Best Yogurt - Individual serving yogurt cups with 100 grams of 1% M.F./M.G. probiotic yogurt.

Superior Matcha by Teopia which is 100% Japanese Green tea containing 1384 ORAC antioxidant per 1gm.

Minute Maid Real Fruit Beverage (Orange, Guava, Passion Fruit blend) from frozen concentrate made according to package directions. Update: This juice is now very hard if not impossible to find so now I am using Bolthouse's Hawaiian bottled juice which also has a combination of orange, guava, and passion fruit. It can be found in the produce section.

Ingredient Update!!

I am currently on my third cannister of DoMatcha green tea and I highly recommend it.

It has superior color and taste. Check out their official website for history, recipes, and ordering information.

Matcha - The Way of Tea

Enjoy this mini-documentary (26 minutes) brought to you by DoMatcha. Learn about the beginnings of green tea, how it is cultivated etc.

How to Make a Green Matcha Ice Beverage
How to Make a Green Matcha Ice Beverage

Directions

Add ice cubes, juice, Splenda, banana, and yogurt to a blender.

Use crush ice mode to break up ice until it's small enough to use the puree button. Puree to smooth.

Add whisked matcha and continue to blend for another minute.

Serve in large glass with straw. This makes one very large serving.

Getting Out the Lumps

The bamboo whisk is the best tool for blending the dry matcha with water. In a pinch you can use the traditional kitchen whisk but you will never get out all the lumps. I purchased mine online at ebay for $6.50.

Mixing Matcha

Enjoy!

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Have You Tried Matcha?

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Matcha Beginner's Tea Kit - Bamboo Whisk, Bamboo Tea Scoop

1x BambooMN Brand - Chasen (Green Tea Whisk) + Small Scoop for preparing Matcha + Tea Spoon
1x BambooMN Brand - Chasen (Green Tea Whisk) + Small Scoop for preparing Matcha + Tea Spoon

"Chasen (Green Tea Whisk) and Small Scoop for preparing matcha includes one bamboo chasen and one small bamboo scoop for dishing out matcha powder. The chasen (bamboo tea whisk) comes in a clear tube for storage/display. This set will help you whip up the perfect cup of lump free matcha."

 

"Wouldn't it be dreadful to live in a country where they didn't have tea?" ~ Noel Coward

Traditional Green Tea Ceremony (2 parts)

Here is interesting video footage from YouTube of the ceremonial steps involved in a green tea ceremony which involves the use of matcha.

"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty." ~Japanese Proverb

Other Recipes to Try with Matcha

There are so many "Matcha" recipes to be found on FlickR. Here is just a sampling of wonderful ones to try.

Shopping for Matcha on eBay - Not all matcha is created equal...

Teaopia raised their Matcha prices and I stopped buying it from them. I went without for a while then I found a distributor on eBay (ytcimports). They have a reasonable price, quick shipping, and from what I can tell a good product (I can't tell the difference when I make smoothies and cook with it from what I was using before). They don't always have it in stock but it is worth a look if you can't find it locally where you live. There are a number of other different stores that offer it as well. Here are just a few. Be sure to read their descriptions and compare shipping costs. If you have success with one do tell us in the comments below.

French Toast Matcha

I still have not tried french toast matcha yet but it is on my list to do. Here is a great how-to video showing how.

Romantic Food Movies - Five of My Favorites!

Thank you for stopping by my Blended Matcha Lens. Feel free to share your experiences with matcha or to leave behind some warm fuzzies before you leave.

Best wishes!

The Blended Matcha Guestbook

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Great lens!

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      crystal-cebryk-kneller 4 years ago

      just starting to drink it. luv it. 8) Domatcha - great flavor.

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      Joy Neasley 4 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I love blended Matcha green tea drinks..

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      Moe Wood 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      @Craftymarie: I just had one this morning, added spinach for fun. Still yummy! Thanks for making a stop here. I know you are really busy with the LOTD comments. Best wishes.

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      Marie 4 years ago

      I love the idea of your green tea - I've always been put off by some foul looking concotions that my sister has made. This looks really yummy though. More like a smoothie come milkshake. Yum.

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      healthbrights 4 years ago

      I love Matcha Green Tea, thanks for the great lense.

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      Tony Cooks 4 years ago

      Nice lens BigGirlBlue. I drink green tea a few times a week, still trying to get my intake up to a few a day, but alas I love coffee so much. Matcha is definitely my favorite, but I do something terrible and put milk in it :-)

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      It looks a great thing to try. One day perhaps I will. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012, hugs

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I do very much enjoy matcha - thanks for sharing this info with us! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the mention on your website! Stock is updated on eBay as fresh shipments arrive - we don't like to stock a lot at once, as we want to ensure that the tea we offer is as fresh as possible and not sitting around for too long. We are also looking into opening a new website in the coming weeks, with an online shop.

      If anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

      - M. Yoshitaka Okada, Yoshitaka Trading Company (ytcimports)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Matcha .... this is new to me. I just may have to try it. Great lens on Matcha!

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      MissBuffySpears 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I will have to try this sometime. I am all for trying something new and healthy!

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      Lizblueberry 6 years ago

      I am always up for a healthy new drink. Sounds very interesting!

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      Johann The Dog 6 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Oh, sounds interesting and healthy! Must try!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I had not yet heard of blended Matcha! Sounds intriguing and quite healthy ... since I've just been ordered on meds for blood pressure and high cholesterol and told to reduce my stress, perhaps this is what I need too?

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Sounds interesting. I'd certainly be willing to give it a try!

      I wanted to come thank you for the ANGEL BLITZ on my lenses! Wow. What an awesome thing to discover today.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      I've never heard of matcha, but I love green tea. The recipe sounds wonderful!

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      This sounds amazing. I would love to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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      enslavedbyfaeries 7 years ago

      This is so interesting! I've never heard of matcha, but that's probably because I am a coffee addict and rarely sway from my daily routine. Recently, I've started making some healthier changes to our diets and matcha may be a good addition. Very cool lens, I love the green and black color blocks!

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Looks great and I will try it. My daughter has been trying to get me to drink green tea for years but it never appealed. You have changed my mind. Top marks

      Norma

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      Thanks for sharing the recipes. I love matcha and I've never thought of mixing it with guava juice and banana of all things! Matcha tastes really good coated in chocolate too. (:

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      mosaic lm 7 years ago

      matcha + vanilla ice cream = YUM

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow...I love it...I paid 4 dollars for a large green tea latte...it had soy milk and 2 tsp of sweetened matcha. I felt really good after drinking. I then went to my local health food store and paid 19.99 for 10 matcha sealed packets. I blended almond milk, fresh pineapple, fresh ginger, and 3 packets of matcha and a bit of protein powder from hemp (just a tad) and it was delicious. Its expensive but it is great. Today I did the same thing, but a added a large spoonful of coconut bliss vanilla island ice cream with the 3 packets of matcha. Still the protein powder dab as well. Okay, it is amazing...I feel on top of the world...what a discovery. I am addicted. I hope you all enjoy your new found matcha experience!! I will continue to experiment would love to trade receipes Ro organiqueherbs@gmail.com (let me know how it goes)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great lens, thank you. Love Tea.

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      Johann The Dog 7 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Oh wow, that sounds amazing!!! I must tell Mum to try, thank you!

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 7 years ago from Michigan

      I drink 3-4 double mugs of green tea a day. Have for years. This sound worth trying for sure. I'll check my local health food stores. And, of course, there's always online. Very interesting lens!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I love matcha tea. I got some this past winter in Los Angeles at a Tea Shop called Dr. Tea's. I like it hot with agave nectar and soy milk. Now I'll have to try it cold. Great lens, Your quotes are perfect. I need to get one of those bamboo whisks.

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      greenerme 7 years ago

      This sounds delicious, I love blended drinks so I might give this a try! Congratulations on your recent purple star award as well!

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      Frankie Kangas 7 years ago from California

      Great info. I have never heard of Matcha but it sounds like just what I need. I've been adding more green tea in my diet; moving away from black tea. Congrats on the purple star. Well deserved! Bear hugs, Frankster

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Congratulations on receiving your well deserved Purple Star!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      I love the tea quotes!!!

      Great lens; purple star worthy AND worthy of a SquidAngel blessing!

      Brenda

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      Lorelei Cohen 7 years ago from Canada

      Congratulation on being one of the first ocean creatures to receive a purple star.

      Ladymermaid

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      I'm In!!

      Congrats on your purple star!!

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      Achim Thiemermann 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      This was new to me, and it sounds fabulous! So is your lens. Congrats on the purple star! Blessed by a Squid Angel tonight. :-)

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      dahlia369 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your purple star and thank you for inventing and sharing this tasty new drink!! :)

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      CoolFoto 7 years ago

      Congrats on being one of the first purple stars! Never heard of matcha, but, I prefer black tea. :)

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Matcha is new to me, but this looks great! Congratulations on that purple star! And a Squid Angel blessing just for you!

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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've never had matcha..well actually I might have. I think Starbucks had a green tea drink that has matcha in it, judging by the looks of your lens. And what you said about chlorophyll being a good antioxidant, I have another benefit that many don't know about: it cures acid reflux. I took every prescription known to man to try and squelch it, but the only thing that worked was a cholorophyll supplement. I took it every day for about a year and it's been gone ever since. Excellent job, I might have to try that drink! Squid Angel blessed.

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      This is new to me, but it sounds fascinating and wonderful! Congratulations on the purple star!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Congratulations and Squid Angel Blessings on your first purple star lens!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      I've never heard of Matcha before but I love Green Tea so I'll try it if I get a chance. Congrats on the pretty, new purple star!

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      ThomasC 7 years ago

      Squidoo awarded you a purple star, I am awarding you with an Angel Blessing! Congrats!!

      ThomasC

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Never heard of matcha, but it looks great! And so does your new purple star badge - congrats!

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      clemency lm 8 years ago

      Great lens. Can't believe I've never heard of Matcha before, I will definitely give it a try.

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      Deborah LM 8 years ago

      Great lens. I've heard that matcha has great health benefits, but never tried it. I think I will now.

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      Moe Wood 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      [in reply to CleanerLife] I also drink loose leaf green tea (once you go loose you never go back - LOL). As for Splenda, like anything else, in moderation it is fine. It's when you get into a diet full of artificial sweeteners (of any kind) that it becomes a problem. Obviously if someone has a concern about using Splenda they can use regular sugar, it is only two teaspoons, and I think it's a common sense substitution on the individual's part.

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      CleanerLife 8 years ago

      I drink green tea, I actually buy it loose and try to keep away from bagged tea, but I've never heard of matcha. Sounds like something I should try, but I think I would have to agree with clouda9 about using something other than spenda for a sweetener. I know some people have no problem with it, but I won't use it.

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      clouda9 lm 8 years ago

      I loved learning about Matcha...gotta get me some! I do have a thought, especially because this is so healthy. I believe that adding Splenda or anything artificial discounts the benefits. Have you heard of or tried Chef Keem's Agasweet? Squidoo it and you will find his lens about it. Another option is powdered Stevia, a natural sweetener that you can find at your local grocery or health food store (a little goes a long way). Yet another option...I know I'm touched :) is local honey...adds sweetness and allergy protection! Super step-by-step pictorial lens that is jam-packed with Matcha info...thanks!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Wow. Great lens. I love green tea, but never tried matcha. I really should, I guess :)

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      papawu 8 years ago

      I have never heard of Matcha, but green tea is a highly prized staple in Asian culture. Although it is easy enough to find it now, there is one item made from green tea which I don't think a lot of people have tried. It is absolutely one of my favorite treats and I highly recommend it. It is the beautifully bright and flavorful Green Tea ice cream. If you've never had it.....Well....What are you waiting for? =)

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