Raw Vegan Recipes: Matcha Cucumber Smoothie

November 6, 2015
The health benefits of matcha tea abound. Matcha, a potent variety of green tea, has been observed to aid weight loss by boosting metabolism and promoting the stomach's feeling of satiety. Weight loss goals aside, matcha is a superfood ingredient thanks to its impressive antioxidant content, which is significantly higher than that in other strains of green tea. Finally, matcha's L-theanine content may improve memory and concentration--without the jitters that accompany other caffeinated beverages. I find that it lends a nice feeling of calm and clarity to my mornings--until the day's chaos invevitably sets in ;) Since I started playing around with matcha, I've mostly been putting it in my morning oatmeal. It tastes okay (imagine oatmeal + green tea, and there you go). But I've wanted to do more creative things with it lately, so I decided to make this matcha cucumber smoothie bowl/ ice cream (using frozen bananas as the magic vegan ice cream base). I've added cucumbers in the mix to make this treat extra hydrating and refreshing--perfect after a long day or intense run. For me, this raw vegan smoothie bowl served as a mid-afternoon pick me up on a day when I just felt zonked out for no apparent reason. Feel free to change of the veggies and fruit and even add some leafy greens to make this a green(er) smoothie. Hopefully, it will bring you a boost of calm energy, too!
Raw Vegan Recipes: Match Cucumber Smoothie Bowl | Peaceful Dumpling

Raw Vegan Recipes: Matcha Cucumber Smoothie

Recipe Type: Beverages Breakfast
utensils YIELDS 2 servings (about 2-3 cups)
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  • 2 frozen bananas, broken into chunks
  • 1 teaspoon raw matcha powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cucumber (frozen or chilled), cut into chunks
  • a few drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt (optional)
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Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender. If you'd like to make vegan ice cream (a.k.a. 'nana nice-cream), pulse until the mixture acquires a soft serve consistency. Stir the mixture or add another splash of vegan milk if the blender is getting stuck. For a thinner, smoothie-like consistency (as shown in the photos), add a bit more liquid. Enjoy immediately! Photos: Mary Hood Luttrell

Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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