Have I told you my theory about bananas and matchmaking yet? No?
Well, you know how when people don’t want the entire bunch of bananas in the grocery store, they often break off just the ones they want, and leave the rest of the bunch there in the display? I have this great belief that if you take the part of a bunch you want, and then linger around the produce section keeping an eye on the now-lonely companions of the bananas you took, the chances are good that the shopper who picks them up and puts them in his or her basket may be Your Soulmate.
Of course, this may not work every time, so you’d have to not get discouraged when a little old married couple buys the other half of your banana bunch. I also haven’t worked out how you would then start up a conversation with Your Soulmate without sounding creepy. And no, I do not know anyone who has met their significant other this way. But, doesn’t it have a logical, romantic feel to it? Couldn’t you just see it in a Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks movie?
Anyway, you know how much I love frozen bananas in these two healthy vegan “ice cream” recipes. And I thought they would be the perfect complement to green tea powder here, to make this matcha frozen latte from Republic of Tea a little more substantial, creamy, and naturally sweet. I really liked the result. It has a fairly strong green tea flavor, so if you’re not a tea person you may want to use only 1 tsp. matcha powder, or add some strawberries or blueberries to tone it down a bit.
Also, please don’t let the spinach scare you! I love putting spinach in my smoothies. It is great a trick I learned from Mama Pea at Peas and Thank You (her kids eat it happily, so you probably can too), and I promise you can barely taste it, if you can even taste it at all. Plus, how great do you feel when you know you’ve squeezed in an extra serving of veggies at breakfast? Pair this with some avocado smashed on toast and sprinkled with salt, and you just got two servings of vegetables, probably before you even put in your contact lenses for the day. If you are looking for another Mama Pea smoothie to put spinach in, try this (low-fat) PB&J one made with peanut flour.
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
1/2 cup warm water
2 tsp. matcha green tea powder (I found this at Whole Foods)
2 bananas, sliced and frozen for 4-6 hours or overnight (use a plastic spatula to get them off the sheet)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 – 2 Tbsp. agave nectar (raw honey is also tasty here if you are not strictly vegan)
2 big handfuls baby spinach leaves (I promise that you can barely taste this!)
fresh or frozen strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries (optional)
1. Stir the green tea powder into the warm water until dissolved. Set aside.
2. Combine the banana slices, almond milk, agave nectar, spinach, and berries (if using) in your blender. Give the green tea/maca water one more stir and then pour it into the blender too. Blend until smooth and thoroughly combined. Add more sweetener or berries to taste.