Have you fallen in love with a Latte yet?
Maybe you like a caffè latte. Bold coffee, mixed with steamed or scalded milk.
OR, maybe you are more of the tea latte, fan. Rich, espresso-free tea with swirls of heated milk.
Either way, you can’t really go wrong, however, I have a favorite and I typically never stray. “Soy Chai Tea Latte, extra hot, no water, please”. It’s like a drinking a little bit of Happy.
SO when I tell you that this post is NOT about a Chai Tea Latte, I’m kinda cheating on my first love because I’m going to share with you how to make a Matcha Tea Latte, right from home!
Now, I know what you are thinking, “make your latte at home, that’s absurd. I mean, do you see everything they have to do before handing us those cups filled with wonder from the Starbucks counter”? Typically, I would tell you how correct you are, BUT, you don’t need any of those things! Honest.
All you need is a mug or saucepan and a blender. Now if you have a fancy (meaning you spent $35 on Amazon) milk frother, then bring that out too but it’s not a must. However, if you want to ultimately save some $, then I can tell you that I make more drinks at home now and only order a drink every other day or so now that I have this handy little tool.
Before I share the “how to recipe”, I want to share the “what”, meaning, what Matcha Tea is exactly.
Matcha is a Japanese “powdered tea” made from leaves that grow in the shade which increases their chlorophyll content. These chlorophyll-rich leaves are hand-picked, steamed, then dried and ground into a fine green powder which is then blended into a drink or incorporated into traditional recipes. So instead of drinking tea infused water, you are actually drinking the powdered tea leaves themselves.
The health benefits are numerous, especially when considering its antioxidant content. Just one cup of matcha tea, has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular tea! When you drink a cup of matcha tea, it’s like when Popeye eats his spinach. It helps with metabolism, it reduces stress, helps lower cholesterol and all those antioxidants fight free radicals,teenage-mutant-ninja cancer fighter!
Matcha green tea also contains up to 5 times more L-theanine than conventional green tea. Whether you remember the “L-word” or not, what you need to know is that this is important because although matcha contains some caffeine, the relaxing properties of this L-theanine balance out the jittery effects of caffeine and helps with concentration without the side effects that coffee can bring. Pretty cool right?
Ok, have I convinced you to try this yet?
You may decide to start off and simply order it at a coffee shop and that is a good place to start. In fact, Starbucks has a nice tasting Vegan matcha latte, using soy or coconut milk (which is what I use). If you aren’t Vegan or don’t have a dairy allergy, I’d still suggest sticking with your non-dairy milks. From what I’ve read, the dairy cancels out a lot of the antioxidants, thus reducing its health benefits. No Bueno!
If you’re all in and ready to take the matcha plunge, then get yourself some wonderful Japanese tea and make this drink at home. Once you start seeing the results, you’ll be ditching that caffè latte or other sugary drinks and opting for this nutritious, healthy, and energizing tea latte.
- 1 C. coconut milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 TB. pure grade B maple syrup
- 1 tsp. matcha green tea
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Place your milk in a mug and microwave until hot (1-2 minutes) OR warm in a saucepan over medium heat until hot.
- Pour milk into a blender. Add syrup, matcha tea powder & vanilla extract. Blend until dissolved and milk becomes frothy. Increasing the speed as you go, will create a lighter, more airy beverage.
- Transfer frothed tea to your mug and enjoy.
- Add additional sweetener if desired.
If desired, use your milk frother and add a little steamed coconut milk on top then sprinkle with some cane sugar for a beautiful presentation.
In case you’re wondering how to choose the perfect Matcha Tea Blend, jump on over to one of my favorite blogs, and check out Kathy’s Matcha Green Tea Review.