Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip "Shake"

Today’s recipe, my Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Shake is sponsored by my new friends at DōMatcha.

I have been consuming matcha tea almost every day for the last six years.  The benefits of matcha tea are endless.  Matcha is packed with antioxidants, is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins.  It does contain caffeine (Woo Hoo!) so if you’re not a coffee drinker like me, matcha is the way to go.  As a matter of fact, the caffeine boost that you receive is gradual and steady producing a sense of calm throughout your day.  You won’t experience the ups and downs, then eventual crash that coffee brings.

I first learned about matcha tea while taking an Art in Non-Western Societies class in college.  It was in this class that I learned that this tea is used in the Japanese tea ceremony called Chanoyu or Sado.  It is a well-choreographed ceremony that was reserved for Samurai’s and royalty, but is enjoyed today by everyone that visits Japan and wants the experience (raises hand).  The equipment in the ceremony consists of the chakin (small white cloth to wipe the tea bowl), chawan (tea bowl), chashaku (tea scoop), and chasen (tea whisk) to create the frothiness of the tea.  Matcha was born during the 8th century by travelling Zen monks from Japan that brought the tea and tea seeds from China and began their tradition of cultivating, processing and preparing powdered green tea.  The ceremony was also born from the Zen monks, where they based the ceremony on the four principles of harmony, purity, tranquility and respect.

In addition to drinking the tea daily, I use it in my smoothies and other recipes.  This smoothie contains coconut milk (chilled), spinach, mint, bananas and matcha tea powder.  I finished it off with some coco whip and cacao nibs. Delicious, nutritious and refreshing.

 

Enjoy!

Matcha Mint Chocolate Chip Shake//serves 2

2 frozen bananas
2 cans (14-oz) coconut milk, chilled
1 cup spinach
1 handful mint
2 teaspoons Matcha

Garnish
Coconut Whipped cream (recipe here)
Cacao Nibs
Mint sprig

Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth. Top with coconut whipped cream and cacao nibs