Creamy Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte
This creamy vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte recipe is so simple to create yourself and loaded with health benefits. The combination of dairy-free milk and antioxidant-rich matcha powder creates the most satisfying latte you can imagine!
UPDATE: This post was originally published in November 2016 and has been updated to reflect new information and helpful content.
No matter the season or weather, I can’t seem to get enough of matcha lattes; hot or iced, you could say I’m kind of addicted… but it’s a healthy indulgence, so I’m okay with it.
I’ve been drinking matcha green tea lattes regularly for a few years now. Have you hopped on this delicious bandwagon yet?
What Is Matcha?
Alright, so what the heck is matcha? Matcha is a special type of finely ground powdered green tea.
It’s actually the only form of tea where the whole leaf is consumed (meaning that instead of just infusing water with tea leaves that get discarded, you’re drinking the actual leaves as you dissolve them in liquid).
Matcha has a pretty strong taste–it’s earthy, a little grassy with a bit of umami. It can be a little jolting upon first sip, but I think it’s simply delicious and the health benefits definitely make it one taste worth acquiring.
Matcha is shade-grown, resulting in a tea with more theanine, an amino acid that promotes calm, relaxation and concentration.
Because matcha tea leaves are super high-quality leaves that are treated with great care, it delivers more of the healthful elements of green tea than other forms (source).
Matcha Green Tea Health Benefits
In fact, matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea–one cup of matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content.
Actually, there are more antioxidants in matcha than almost any other superfood, including spinach, blueberries, acai and goji.
Why is that important? Antioxidants are those naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases.
One of matcha’s most powerful antioxidants is EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), a catechins with potent cancer-fighting properties that counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals. EGCg research has also shown that it can help boost your metabolism.
How Much Caffeine is in Matcha?
Yes, it’s true that matcha powder is higher in caffeine (roughly three times as much caffeine as a cup of steeped tea, or the equivalent of a cup of coffee; source), but because of the elevated levels of L-Theanine, matcha may inhibit any possible side-effects from caffeine as the catechins bind to caffeine and slow its release (source), while helping memory and learning ability.
In fact, matcha is known for its “alert calm”, meaning basically that it’ll boost your energy and concentration without making you jittery and crazy, like coffee can.
Matcha is also an amazing detoxifier–because it is shade-grown, it is substantially richer in chlorophyll, which helps eliminate both toxins and heavy metals from the body.
The list goes on–matcha is high in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium; it helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar; and may even slows the aging process (source).
Needless to say, drinking matcha green tea is one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all of these incredible health benefits.
Here’s a great resource on all the benefits of matcha if you want to learn more, along with what to look for in matcha, from one of my favorite tea companies, Pique Tea.
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Where to Buy Matcha
Because of matcha’s strong taste, many companies sell powdered mixes that are often full of sugar or milk. In general, I recommend avoiding those kinds of mixes, unless you know the brand is really high-quality.
One such mix I’d recommend is Firepot Nomadic Tea’s Organic Amai Matcha Powder ($3.99/ounce).
But, since quality is key and I prefer to sweeten my food/drinks myself, I often opt for other brands that only contain 100% pure matcha.
Be forewarned…pure matcha comes at a cost. BUT, a little goes A LONG WAY! I really only use a tablespoon at a time. Here are some of my favorite matcha brands:
- Pique Tea’s Sun Goddess Matcha ($2.07/serving) is the world’s first organic ceremonial grade matcha that’s been quadruple toxin screened for pesticides, heavy metals, toxic mold AND radioactive isotopes–you can definitely taste its quality and calming effects through its umami taste! All of Pique Tea’s unique teas are composed of supercharged 100% organic tea crystals that dissolve in cold and hot water, no tea bags required. The crystals deliver 12x the antioxidants of teabags and 20x the antioxidants of bottled tea with no preservatives, sugar or additives. I LOVE this matcha! (Get 5% off your sitewide order with the code ROOT5)
- For the magic of matcha combined with the wonders of mushrooms, Four Sigmatic’s Mushroom Matcha with Lion’s Mane ($2.00/serving) is adaptogenic heaven! Lion’s Mane is like a hug for your brain, plus this mix also contains the adaptogen moringa, known as “The Miracle Tree” due to its reputation for fighting inflammation and combating various effects of malnutrition and aging. (Use the code rootandrevel for 15% off any order!)
- I also really love Thrive Market’s Matcha Love Organic Stone Ground Green Tea Powder ($19.70/ounce) and Matcha Love Culinary Green Tea Matcha Powder ($0.80/serving).
- On Amazon, I’m fond of Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder ($0.20/serving).
- Amazon also sells Sencha Naturals Green Tea Latte ($1.81/serving), which is more of a pre-made drink that could save you time if you don’t want to hassle with making your own. Of course, I always encourage you to make your own–you know exactly what’s going into your drink and it’s likely healthier!
- Vital Proteins’ Matcha Collagen ($2.02/ounce) is two of my favorite things–collagen + matcha–together in one canister!
How to Prepare A Matcha Green Tea Latte
So obviously this recipe is for a matcha latte–essentially a blend of the matcha powder with non-dairy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and coconut oil that results in a creamy and delicious treat.
Making it at home is key, as–even though Starbucks is delicious and I’ve been know to order their matcha occasionally–it has a pretty insane amount of sugar. I believe in everything in moderation, but if you’re not into 33 grams of sugar per latte, then make yours at home, save the $5 and skip the blood sugar spike (our recipe contains less than 5 grams of sugar)!
Or for a completely sugar-free option if that’s your jam, simply swap out the maple syrup for Lakanto’s maple flavored syrup–a near perfect zero glycemic substitute!
And don’t stop at just lattes–you can use matcha in just about anything!
I see tons of recipes for matcha baked goods and desserts (from muffins and brownies to mousses and ice creams). You can add matcha to soups, guacamole, overnight oats and cocktails. Have fun with it–experimenting with superfoods is one of my favorite ways to spend time in the kitchen!
While you’re at it, have you tried our Keto Matcha Coconut Fat Balls?
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In a small glass bowl, combine matcha with hot water and stir until matcha has dissolved.
Add matcha water to a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix*) with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a coffee mug and enjoy warm*! For a cold matcha latte, chill in the fridge for a few hours or add ice to cool.
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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