This matcha latte recipe is the perfect start to your day or boost of energy early afternoon. You’ll definitely want to replace your coffee with this matcha latte (or remove the non dairy milk for just a regular matcha) because it breaks down caffeine more slowly so you don’t get the jitters.
Matcha is actually a green tea, usually from Japan, and is ground into a fine powder instead of steeped like your regular cup of green tea. It is known for a grassy earthy type of texture. It is best consumed organic for the best quality. Usually a culinary or cooking grade matcha is good to drink and you don’t need to splurge on the ceremonial grade matcha.
Matcha contains a compound called l-theanine which is really helpful for relaxation. Think of it as a calm or zen feeling.
Did you know? Buddhist monks use matcha for their meditation practice. It gives you that boost of energy from caffeine without the crash while also keeping you calm and relaxed.
Quite the perfect combination if you are trying to be productive or just hate that crash later in the day.
Try it out and let me know what you think!
Vegan, plant based, dairy free, gluten free
1 teaspoon matcha powder (I use this one)
1.5 cup non-dairy milk, unsweetened (I use soy milk for the nutrition or try coconut milk if you want a creamier texture)
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (optional)
1. Heat non-dairy milk and maple syrup/honey (if using) in a small pot on the stove.
2. Add matcha powder to cup.
3. When almond milk is hot, add about a ¼ cup to matcha and stir to combine. If you have a matcha whisk, use that instead and follow the directions of the whisk (generally you want to blend some of the matcha powder with a tiny bit of hot water before adding the hot non-dairy milk)
4. Add rest of the milk to cup.
Serve & enjoy!
Alternatively, you can also heat the milk up on the stove. I use my fave milk frother from Breville (not sponsored but I am obsessed with this thing)! I have a video on my IG showing you how I make it right here (or watch below) if you want to see. Tag me if you make one too.
Tip: You can steep a chai tea bag in the milk if you prefer chai tea over matcha.
Too warm for a hot beverage? Try it iced instead!
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your fave glass and add some ice if desired.