This Dairy-Free Matcha Banana Shake is a delicious alternative way to start your day. It has all the food groups covered and the matcha powder can replace your coffee as a more sustained energy boost.
Nutritional information for the Dairy-Free Matcha Banana Shake
This shake has protein from the nut (or seed) butter, fibre and potassium from the banana, antioxidants from the matcha and cinnamon, and good oils from the extra virgin coconut or macadamia oil.
According to the new dietary guidelines, we should be getting a tablespoon of good oil each day. It is necessary for optimum brain function. Makes sense when the brain is 60% fat.
The added cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, lowers blood sugar levels, and has anti-inflammatory properties. It also has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. However, if you intend to have more than 1 teaspoon of cinnamon a day, use the higher quality Ceylon cinnamon rather than the more common cassia cinnamon. This is because too much cassia cinnamon can end up being harmful due to its coumarin content. If interested, read more about it here!
If you are not a fan of cinnamon, try reducing the amount to half or a quarter of a teaspoon.
Matcha Powder and Caffeine
Matcha powder does have caffeine because it is made from ground green tea leaves. So if you are avoiding all caffeine then simply leave the matcha out or try my Banana Cake Smoothie or my Choc Banana “Sneaky” Shake.
Coffee, black tea, green tea, matcha powder, and cacao are all caffeine-containing real foods. There is a lot of conflicting information about whether a moderate caffeine intake (equivalent to one coffee a day) has health benefits or not. One thing that is not disputed is that too much caffeine can be harmful and addictive. I play it safe by treating these caffeine-containing foods as a treat rather than a regular part of my diet.
For those of you who would like to cut down on their caffeine intake, then this shake may be a good way to start. Here’s why! Matcha contains a compound called L-theanine, which alters the effects of caffeine, promoting alertness for longer (up to 6 hours). This helps avoid the crash in energy levels that can follow caffeine consumption.