Secret Ingredient Matcha Shake from 365 Vegan Smoothies

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Kathy discovered this match shake recipe by accident while blending a matcha shake, and realized she was out of ice! So she subbed some frozen watermelon and found this shake tasted better than ever! The pastel green color tricks you because the flavor is deliciously pure pink.

This shake has a sweet matcha flavor that is very pleasant. With the same texture as some of your favorite restaurant shakes, this matcha shake recipe is a tasty introduction of another super healthy ingredient, matcha! (See below for a listing of it’s many health benefits). We also tested this recipe with one of our FAVORITE new superfood blends, Green Dream by Philosophie! Watch Kathy, Sophie and Blender Babe Tarashaun blend up this tasty shake recipe and have some fun!

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4.8 from 30 reviews
Secret Ingredient Matcha Shake
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Recipe type: Green Smoothie, Smoothie, Shake
Serves: 2 - 12 ozs
  • 1 cup your favorite non-dairy milk substitute
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1½ cups frozen watermelon chunks (or more for a frostier shake)
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Philosophie* Green Dream (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. For Blendtec: Press the SMOOTHIE button. Stop machine when you reach a frosty consistency you like!
  3. For Vitamix: Start on VARIABLE Speed 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to VARIABLE Speed 10/HIGH or use the SMOOTHIE setting. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
  4. All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! :) Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
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Nutrition Information
Serving size: 12 oz Calories: 152 Fat: 3.0g Saturated fat: 0.4g Unsaturated fat: 1.6g Trans fat: 0.7g Carbohydrates: 28.0g Sugar: 12.7g Sodium: 50.4mg Fiber: 3.1g Protein: 4.8g Cholesterol: 0.0mg

A long standing tradition of Japanese culture, matcha green tea is the highest quality powdered green tea availableMade from nutrient-rich young leaves, the tea is stemmed and steamed before it is ground up to make a very fine powder. It is then stored away from light and oxygen to preserve its brilliant green color and many antioxidant properties. The tea, consumed for over a millennium in the Far East, is now considered to be a very valuable whole food on the market.  Health benefits include:  

  • Is packed with antioxidantsincluding the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms and relaxes
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Is rich in fiber
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin levels

Image & recipe excerpted with permission from 365 Vegan Smoothies by Kathy Patalsky. Published by Avery.

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  1. Luna Kaddatz says

    unfortunately i have never tried matcha yet! but i would love to try it! sometimes i thought about buying a cup of matcha powder but then i did not because it is so expensive. but i thought about going to an japanese cafe or something and buy a matcha latte!!

  2. Autumn Reid says

    Yes!! I LOVE matcha! :-) I buy it regularly and love to order Matcha Frappaccinos every chance I get :-)

  3. yvonne lum says

    I love matcha!! I usually put some in a blender with coconut milk, frozen bananas and chia seeds for the summer and hot water with matcha powder with honey in the winter

  4. Lacey says

    I love matcha! Its so amazing! I make a similar smoothie with matcha, vanilla, frozen cantaloupe, lime and mint mmmm:)

  5. Samm says

    I’ve never tried Matcha, but I’ve always wanted to! It’s so hard to find around my area, and I’ve been hesitant to buy online because I don’t know how it tastes. But this smoothie sounds amazing–I LOVE watermelon and am so glad it’s finally getting closer to being in season!

  6. Cecilia Sinohui says

    Kathy’s Matcha smoothie is one of the best thing’s I’ve ever had! I would take it over candy anytime. :)

  7. JAne says

    I have tried Matcha before, and have some in the cupboard, but find I can’t drink it after lunch, or it keeps me awake at night. or is that my imagination??? :)

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      We feel the same way Jane! It’s definitely a coffee replacement and has caffeine in it :) It’s more powerful than regular green tea. HAPPY BLENDING!

  8. Kellie says

    Can’t wait to try this shake! I’ve only had Matcha tea before, but would love to try to incorporate it into some of my shakes.

  9. Marsha A says

    Yes, I use matcha powder. But, is it ceremonial grade… no! So, the quality is not so much! Love to try some “real” matcha.” I hear it’s super smooth. ;)

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yes there’s lots of different grades of Matcha. Kathy has a whole review on it if you want to check it out on :)

  10. Robin N. says

    I have purchased (very expensive) and tried matcha powder, but I haven’t yet found a way to use it that I really care for. I have tried stirring it into warm beverages, but it gets very clumpy, and when the clumps are in my mouth they break open and I get a VERY strong tea leaf taste. Not sure what to do! ??

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Hmmm… We are new with Matcha ourselves! Definitely try it in this smoothie recipe! Also good matcha recipes, there’s TONS of great ones out there. I’m sure you can find some delicious ways to indulge (and use up!) that Matcha Robin! :)

  11. Amber says

    I have had matcha mixed in with some green tea, but haven’t tried it by itself in a recipe yet. This recipe sounds fantastic! :)

  12. Liz says

    I’ve, actually, always been a bit apprehensive to try matcha afraid it will be too “grassy”, but I’m SO curious about it!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Totally understand. It’s more green tea than grassy tasting. A little sweetener and it’s aaaallll good!

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Mmmmmm! Homemade matcha latte sounds DELICIOUS! Do you have a recipe you like to use Celeste?? :)

  13. Donna Cullins says

    I am ready to try matcha! I am working towards a healthier life style and working on losing weight.

  14. says

    I love matcha! When traveling abroad, I try to avoid US chains, but when I was in Tokyo, Starbucks did a matcha version of the frappuccino. I couldn’t stop drinking them!

  15. Ashley says

    I’ve tried matcha before! It’s an incredible additive – especially for someone like me who hates other caffeinated drinks and loves tea :)

  16. Bobi says

    I haven’t tried Matcha yet but everytime I see it in the store I keep wanting to try some. It’s so spendy though.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Awesome Nathan! We hope you LOVE your new Vitamix and happy you found us and our yummy recipes for your Vitamix. :) HAPPY BLENDING!

  17. Louly says

    I have heard about matcha for years now but still have never tried it. It’s supposed to be really good for you and I would love to integrate it into my diet.

  18. Monica says

    sadly i haven’t tried matcha yet! but i would love to try it soon! i’ve thought about buying matcha powder before but it is so expensive so i’ve never gotten round to it :/

  19. Ashley says

    I have never tried matcha. In the last 2 weeks I have seen several recipes included this green powder. I think I am going to buy some asap!

  20. Elizabeth V says

    I’ve tried matcha before but haven’t used it in my smoothies before. The one I do use is spirulina.

  21. says

    I am looking forward to trying this. I haven’t heard of Matcha before today. I also have yet to have a smoothie with watermelon in it. Sounds good!

  22. says

    I absolutely LOVE matcha and have tried it many times before because I lived in HK for 10 years and Thailand for 8. I think it is a great addition to almost anything; smoothies, ‘nicecreams’ and etc.
    Fingers crossed I win :)

  23. Jaymee says

    love green smoothies, and this looks wonderful. I have watermelon and bananas in the freezer, can’t wait to make this in the morning.

  24. Dean Hodges says

    I blend daily and always looking for new ingredients which can boost my immune system. I never heard of matcha!
    I’m looking forward trying matcha. ” a match for matcha – smoothie!

  25. Ellen Arpino says

    I have been making matcha and almond milk lattes for over a year and just love the energy boost it gives without the jitters of coffee. I have even used it making icesceam. I have not tried it in my smoothie before. I look forward to reying this recipe!

  26. Mauserati says

    You may want to kick me off this site, but matcha is my favorite Papa Beard flavor!
    I really want to try “Green Dream” but want to avoid nanners. I’m looking for smoothies that are veg or fruit based, not “milk” & banana.

  27. Kaylee says

    I have never tried matcha powder before, but I’ve come across it in a lot of recipes on Pinterest and I’ve been thinking of grabbing a bag next time I’m in the health food store.

  28. Kim n says

    I just learned about matcha 3 weeks ago and ive been drinking it almost daily. I love it! I just started adding it to my morning smoothies yesterday.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Yum Robin! Matcha ice cream sounds delicious! Refreshing, especially on a hot day + antioxidants. DONE :) We’re on a mission now!

  29. Tom H says

    Have had matcha in some hot green tea varieties and green tea frap at Starbucks. This blend looks good and probably a lot less than Starbucks.

  30. Debra S says

    I have not heard of matcha! I do NOT have a good blender.. I have a bad blender! LOL It’s an OLD OLD osterizer from the 60’s I think.. it’s bad. I want a blendtech SO BAD. I pray I win.

  31. Nicole says

    Yum! I definitely enjoyed. It does have an unique flavor, but I got over it quickly. Being a college student I need all the help i can get with focusing in a long lecture

  32. Beth says

    I haven’t tried matcha before… Not sure why but I’m still on the fence. Guess i need to give it a go!

  33. ikkinlala says

    I have tried matcha before, in several different ways. I don’t drink it often as tea, but I like adding it to other things.

  34. Rachel Abram says

    I am an avid juicer/smoothie maker, but I have yet to try matcha. I need to go and buy some ASAP so that I can try this drink!

  35. Nastasia says

    I cant believe that the recipe is so short and simple, although, I’m not really familiar with some of the ingredients used lol…But the green smoothies showcased on this website, looks really appetizing. I cant wait to try them all…Its a really great site. THANKS!!!

  36. Betsy Barnes says

    I have not tried Matcha yet, however, it sounds like something I need to have around, especially for this recipe! :)

  37. Jodie hollis says

    I love the generous blendtec giveaway! Please pick me before my little blenders motor packs in soon! I’d love to be able to crunch frozen fruit and ice without the fear

  38. Melanie Brown says

    LOVE matcha. I put it in my smoothies, ice cream and when I bake. The health benefits are just a bonus.