This hemp matcha chip smoothie bowl is packed with antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals and is completely fruit-free, making it an excellent low-sugar option for breakfast, dessert or a snack. The texture is extra thick and creamy and with crunchy cacao nibs and peppermint extract blended in, it’s like eating mint chocolate chip ice cream!
Low-Sugar Smoothies All Day
Low-sugar smoothies can be enjoyed anytime of day as a healthy snack or meal replacement. By packing them full of smoothie-friendly vegetables, you’re basically eating salad, except it tastes more like dessert! This hemp matcha chip smoothie is completely fruit-free so it’s very low in sugar. Instead, it’s beautiful, creamy texture comes from frozen cauliflower.
Frozen Cauliflower for Smoothies
Frozen cauliflower is the ultimate base for low-sugar smoothies. It’s blends up perfectly for amazingly thick and creamy smoothies, so it’s a nice alternative to banana. I love a good frozen banana smoothie or big bowl of nice cream but for day to day, I prefer lower sugar options. I just feel better eating less sugar but it’s totally a personal preference, so feel free to try this smoothie with mango, strawberry, peach or banana instead of cauliflower!
What Kind of Matcha to Buy
There are so many different brands and varieties of matcha out there it can be hard to figure out which one to buy. When shopping for matcha, you’ll most likely see two kinds: ceremonial grade and culinary grade. Ceremonial matcha is of a higher grade than culinary, which tends to be duller in colour with a more bitter taste.
I use culinary a grade matcha powder for smoothies and recipes and a higher quality, ceremonial grade matcha for making tea. If you don’t plan on making tea, you can purchase organic culinary grade for use in recipes. They can certainly be used interchangeably though, so don’t feel like you must spend the big bucks if you’re not matcha-crazy!
Ceremonial Grade for Tea
Matcha is quite expensive but in most cases, you do get what you pay for. For a small bag or container of ceremonial grade organic matcha for drinking, expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $50. Organic match will be more expensive than it’s non-organic counterpart. However, if you love matcha lattes, you’ll still be saving a lot by making your own rather than buying them at your local coffee shop. I usually just buy matcha online unless I come across a good find in-stores. Some excellent choices for matcha tea and lattes are Encha Matcha, Pure Matcha, Midori Matcha and Kenko.
Culinary Grade for Recipes
For making smoothies and using in baking and other recipes, I use a culinary grade matcha like Kiss Me Organics Matcha Green Tea Powder. You can definitely still use it for making tea but it may not taste as good as the ceremonial grade ones. You’ll still get all the matcha flavour, antioxidants and subtle boost of caffeine though, so it’s perfect for adding to morning smoothie bowls.
Hemp Seeds for Smoothies
Hemp seeds are one of my all-time favourite superfoods and they’re a true superfood in every sense of the word. Hemp seeds are a complete source of protein making them an excellent choice for vegans and vegetarians. They’re low in carbohydrates, high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, high in vitamin E and contain B vitamins, fibre and iron. I include them in my diet someway or another pretty much every day.
You can add hemp seeds to smoothies, oats, granola, sprinkle them on yogurt and salads, use them to make energy balls or hemp milk and even eat them by the spoonful! The have a delicious nutty flavour somewhat smooth, creamy texture. Whether you eat a plant-based diet or not, hemp seeds are an amazing source of energy and nutrition.
Hemp Matcha Chip Smoothie Bowl
Aside from the many health benefits you can enjoy by digging into this low-sugar, hemp matcha chip smoothie bowl, let’s talk about the taste. Creamy, perfectly sweet, a subtle, refreshing hint of peppermint, crunchy, chocolate cacao nibs…this sweet delight has it all!
Plus with a balance of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, you’ll enjoy sustained energy without a sugar crash. It’s a great way to start the day or beat the afternoon slump. Just be careful eating it too late in the day if you’re very sensitive to caffeine.Print
Hemp Matcha Chip Smoothie Bowl
- Yield: 1
- 3 tbsp (30 g) hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk or water
- 1 cup (120 g) frozen cauliflower pieces
- 1 cup (40 g) packed fresh spinach
- 1 serving Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp pure peppermint extract or a few fresh mint leaves (optional)
- Add the hemp seeds and liquid to a high-speed blender and blend on high for about a minute.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse to combine until it’s thick and creamy. If it’s too thick to blend, add a dash more liquid at a time until it blends.
- Scoop the mixture into a bowl, add your favourite toppings and enjoy with a spoon.
To make this a drinkable smoothie, increase the liquid to 3/4 cup and then slowly add more to reach desired consistency.
Topping Ideas: hemp seeds, shredded coconut or coconut flakes, almond or sunflower seed butter, cacao nibs, cashews, almonds, sliced strawberries, blueberries or banana.