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Gluten Free and Vegan: Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

Cool off with a naturally gluten-free and vegan smoothie that also features this year’s starring superfood ingredient: matcha. If you’re a little cautious to try matcha, this is a great way to be introduced to the green tea’s powerful antioxidant benefits. Paired with coconut in this smoothie, the matcha finds a great balance in taste and texture. If you’re not already on the matcha bandwagon, you may surprise yourself in not only loving the endless health benefits of the green tea but also the taste. With only one teaspoon of matcha, it already has 60 times the antioxidants than a comparable amount of spinach leaves. Now that’s what I call a super food! Serving more than two? Be sure to double or triple this recipe to suit your summertime entertaining needs. Enjoy and happy summer!

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Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie

(Serves 2)

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz. can light coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 2-3 tsp. matcha
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp. agave (or maple syrup, honey, etc)
  • Small handful ice

For detailed directions on how to prepare this smoothie, you can find the original recipe on The Garden Grazer. 

Kaitlin, of the blog The Garden Grazer is a self proclaimed vegetable enthusiast who enjoys making recipes that complement her passion for veggies. Her blog features recipes that are a creative and delicious take on eating fresh. For more from Kaitlin and all things The Garden Grazer, connect with her on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.