Matcha Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Recipe [Paleo, Keto, Dairy-Free]
This ketogenic smoothie bowl is filled with amazing superfood ingredients – like matcha powder, goji berries, chia seeds, and more. Plus, it’s completely sugar-free, dairy-free (and nut-free) and low in carbohydrates so you can enjoy it on a ketogenic diet as well as a Paleo (or any other low carb diet).
First, let me introduce some of these amazing ingredients to you:
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Matcha Powder
What is matcha powder?
Matcha powder is essentially powdered Japanese green tea. If you’ve been to Japanese restaurants, then they might have served you matcha tea. Or if you’ve ever had green tea ice-cream or other green tea flavored desserts, then you would have likely tasted matcha in them.
What does matcha powder look like?
Matcha comes in a tin or a bag and it’s just a green powder. In fact, it looks sort of like greens powder!
This is a photo of matcha powder in the bag:
Benefits of matcha powder
While matcha has been used in Japan for millennia, it’s recently entered the Western world as a desirable superfood. From being a great antioxidant to boosting energy and concentration, matcha is now a revered substance! Whether the claims are exaggerated or not, matcha is definitely a great tasting and pretty healthy ingredient to add into your morning smoothie bowl. At the very least it’ll give you a boost of caffeine.
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Chia Seeds
What are chia seeds?
You’ve probably come across chia seeds before. They’re these tiny balls that become puffed up when hydrated to form a sort of gel. They’re great in various recipes for adding some stickiness to things as well as for adding crunch.
What do chia seeds look like?
Here’s a photo of chia seeds when they’re dry, and below that is a photo of the gel that forms around the chia seeds when they’re soaked in water (or juice) for a while.
Benefits of chia seeds:
Like matcha powder, chia seeds have been used in ancient cultures. Unlike matcha, the ancient cultures that relied on chia seeds were based in South America rather than Asia (e.g., Aztec, Mayan, and Inca cultures).
Health-wise, chia seeds have been known as a superfood due to their omega-3 content (although honestly, the omega-3 in chia seeds is not the best form for you – omega-3 in seafood is much better).
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Goji Berries
What are goji berries?
Goji berries (sometimes also called wolfberries) are these bright red (slightly orange) berries that are native to China (traditionally grown along the Yellow River). The goji berries we’re used to seeing are mostly in the dried form – they look a bit like withered and wrinkled red olive pits!
Here’s a photo of goji berries:
Benefits of goji berries:
Traditionally, goji berries have been used for health purposes in China – for example, a small amount is often added to cook with chicken soup (like this Chinese Ginseng Herbal Chicken Soup). Another traditional Chinese dish that features goji berries is the Chrysanthemum Tea with Goji Berry.
The actual health benefits of goji berries are debated, but they do add a very slight sweetness (as well as beautiful color) to the smoothie bowls.
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Cacao Nibs
What are cacao nibs?
As I explain in this article here, cacao nibs are basically broken pieces of cacao beans. They’re very crunchy and rather bitter.
Benefits of cacao nibs:
Health-wise, they are a decent source of some minerals like magnesium and potassium. They are also high in antioxidants as well as fiber. And it’s probably these properties that have elevated cacao nibs to the status of “superfood” in the media.
What do cacao nibs look like?
Here’s a photo of cacao nibs:
Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Ingredient – Coconut
I probably don’t have to tell you too much about coconuts, and this ketogenic smoothie recipe uses both coconut yogurt (you can use a different base instead of the coconut yogurt e.g., if you’re ok with dairy, then Greek yogurt would work) and coconut flakes.
Matcha Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Step-by-Step Recipe
Step 1: Prepare the smoothie base by blending the coconut yogurt with matcha powder.
[Optional] – Add in greens powder if you have some.
Step 2: Pour smoothie into a bowl. Make sure the smoothie is thick enough.
Step 3: Start adding the toppings one at a time.
You can place the toppings on however you like – strips or quadrants or little patches or circular or all together. This is your chance to be creative with your food. You can also add additional yogurt on top.
First I added the chia seeds.
Then the goji berries.
Then the cacao nibs.
And lastly the coconut flakes.
Then I sprinkled some extra matcha powder on top.
And because I had some extra yogurt left over, I put another dollop of coconut yogurt on top.
Matcha Ketogenic Smoothie Bowl Recipe – Infographic
We’ve created this long image showing you all the ingredients in this smoothie bowl. Feel free to pin it and to share it.
- Blend the matcha powder with the yogurt. Add in stevia to sweeten it if you want.
- Pour the smoothie into a bowl.
- Top with the chia seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes, and cacao nibs.
- Enjoy with a spoon.
- Calories: 420
- Sugar: 6
- Fat: 28
- Carbohydrates: 25
- Fiber: 17
- Protein: 13