Matcha Green Tea Milkshake for a naturally delicious St. Patrick’s Day.

March 15, 2016

If you’ve been reading a while, you know that St. Patrick’s Day isn’t my gig. It used to be that I hated the throngs of drunk people who would swarm the city as I tried to make my way home (or to the bar where I’d try to quietly meet up with friends), but those days are long over. (After work drink—ha!) Now the issue is—get ready for it—dyed green food and drink. It annoys me, because gross.

Yes, seriously. It grosses me out enough that I’m writing about it.

It’s not that I don’t like green food (spinach rocks!), it’s that I don’t like green food that isn’t meant to be green—and is very green thanks to artificial food color. Like I said: gross. But naturally green food? I’m not a total scrooge. I can get down with it for St. Patrick’s Day! And the best way to make things green the honest way is to add matcha green tea powder. Because then it adds flavors, too. Natural color, a fitting flavor: See how that all works out?

This Matcha Green Tea Milkshake is so simple and delicious—and a perfectly natural way to serve a green treat on St. Patrick's Day (or any other day!) | One Hungry Mama

I always have matcha green tea powder around now that I’ve fallen in love with Green Tea Lattes (they’re the perfect afternoon pick-me-up), but my new favorite way to use the powder is in this milkshake. Matcha + vanilla + ice cream: It’s killer.

I like making my Matcha Green Tea Milkshake with vanilla ice cream and cow’s milk, the old fashioned way, but it’s also great with coconut ice cream and coconut milk, almond milk, or a combination of the two. You can even throw in some shredded coconut. Or you can get in the St. Patrick’s Day mood and make the grown up milkshakes boozy. So that you can annoy your kids the same way those throngs annoyed me. Ha!

Watch for how to make this goodness at home. And if you’re not sure where to grab matcha green tea powder, check your local natural foods market or, if you have one, Japanese food store. There are also tons of options ranging in package quantity and price on Amazon. Just keep in mind that that green tea has some caffeine. If you’re opposed to serving any to your children (especially if they are young), keep this treat all for yourself!

Matcha Green Tea Milkshake
Makes 1 large serving or 2 small ones
(See note below for age considerations)

¼ cup milk of choice
1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
½ cup vanilla ice cream (1-2 scoops)
¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Grate of fresh ginger, optional

1. In a small bowl or mug, whisk together milk and matcha green tea powder. Place in a blender along with all the other ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Note: Matcha green tea powder contains caffeine. The amount called for in this recipe is small enough that I am willing to share it with my school-aged children, but it’s something to keep in mind, especially if you’re serving young children.

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