One look at this make-ahead breakfast shake, and you’ll want to make one for every day of the week! This gorgeous shake backs up its looks with nutrition and flavor. As a bonus – it’s super easy to put together, too! Refrigerate this matcha and ginger overnight breakfast shake the night before, and it will be ready to go in the morning. I love how easy that is!
If you’re new to using matcha powder, never fear – we’ll fill you in soon with all the details of this magical caffeinated powder. We also figured out a way to make this healthy breakfast shake vegan, thanks to the use of coconut yogurt. If you can’t find it in the store, you can make it yourself by adding probiotic capsules to coconut milk, or you can sub-in Greek yogurt if you’re not following a plant-based diet.
What’s the Deal with Matcha?
You may have heard about matcha because this ingredient has become trendy in the last few years. It’s not a new ingredient – Asian tea ceremonies have been using the tea for thousands of years. Here in North America, it’s become the newest rage for lattes, smoothies, and shakes. Once you taste this matcha and ginger overnight breakfast shake, you’ll understand why!
Matcha is a green tea that has been ground into powdered form. It comes in many different grades (from low-grade to ceremony-grade), but you can usually tell the quality just by looking at the color. The brighter green it is, the better it is (and, the newer it is, as the powder darkens with age).
Health Benefits of Matcha
The health benefits of this powder are innumerable. It contains some nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals, but its real power comes from antioxidants known as polyphenols. These antioxidants have been linked to preventing heart diseases and some form of cancer, a reduction in blood pressure, improved blood sugar regulation, and they’ve also been linked to boosting metabolism.
In addition to its health benefits, matcha also contains caffeine. Even though it’s a powder, this caffeine is naturally occurring since it comes from tea leaves. One scoop relates to about one cup of brewed coffee. Talk about the perfect way to wake you up! In my experience, the caffeine buzz is more mellow than coffee-related caffeine.
Combine the benefits of matcha with its caffeine boost and the flavors of this shake, and you have the real deal! We love the way the flavors of cinnamon and ginger stand up to the matcha, and the chia seeds thicken everything up. This is definitely the way that I want to start my day!
Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1 1/4 cup | Calories: 258 | Total Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 110mg | Carbohydrates: 25g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Protein: 7g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 7
- 1 1/2 cup fat free coconut yogurt (this is vegan yogurt, plain Greek yogurt can be substituted)
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 banana
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- In a blender, combine the yogurt, matcha, banana, cinnamon, coconut milk, ginger, and maple syrup (if using). Blend until smooth. Stir in the chia seeds.
- Pour into serving glasses, cover, and refrigerate overnight.
- Before serving, remove from the refrigerator. If too thick stir in additional coconut milk. Serve and enjoy!
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