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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!

A woman holding a matcha green tea latte in a clear mug.

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?

A matcha green tea latte in a clear mug on a counter with a spoonful of matcha powder.

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).

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A matcha green tea latte in a clear mug next to a gold spoon with matcha tea powder and a tulip.

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.

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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:

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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!

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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?

A woman sitting crossed legged on the floor, holding a matcha green tea latte in her hands.

If you try this Creamy Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte recipe, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag the recipe #rootandrevel/@rootandrevel on Instagram.

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4.84 from 6 votes
Servings: 1
Creamy Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte
Prep Time
3 mins
Total Time
3 mins
 
Make this vegan matcha green tea latte at home! It’s a perfectly healthy indulgence and best of all, it’s ready in just 3 minutes.
Ingredients
Optional Add-Ons:
Instructions
  1. In a small glass bowl, combine matcha with hot water and stir until matcha has dissolved.
  2. Add matcha water to a large, high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix*) with the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

  3. 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.

Recipe Notes
*My Vitamix has a setting to warm up the contents while blending. Check out Vitamix blenders here! If your blender does not have a heat setting, then simply warm your blended liquid in the microwave or on the stove.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: latte, matcha, paleo, vegan
Calories: 790 kcal
Author: Kate Kordsmeier | rootandrevel.com

Creamy vegan matcha green tea latte recipe

Creamy vegan matcha green tea latte recipe

 

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20 comments on “Creamy Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte”

  1. 5 stars
    Loved this matcha latte recipe! Thanks so much (though I did cheat and use half regular milk and half almond milk since that’s all I had). Much better than an old recipe I was using, and I will try coconut milk. And I feel good, not hyper and about to crash as I do after a cappuccino!

  2. Thank you for sharing the information about It. I learned a lot from it. I appreciate you the detail you went into it. I am grateful for the amount of time and effort you put into this helping us. Your insights and summary are beneficial.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for the recipe! I love, love, love matcha latte. My dairy allergy made it very hard to find some tasty and rich one until I’ve found yours. I tried the basic one before: nut milk + matcha powder, but it felt like it was lacking something. Then you mentioned “coconut milk” and now my life is complete!

    P.S. I’m a fan of frappe, and this one works well too. A bit of xanthan gum can be added for the consistency, and the taste (before blending) should be made a little sweeter than normal, because the mixture of ice is going to soften the flavor out anyway!

    Again, thank you!!! xx

  4. Did you know that Cashews are related to poison ivy? look it up, to pick cashews the have to wear protective covering… they are not a true nut like peanuts are not a true nut

  5. 5 stars
    I am an almond milk latte lover. Cannot wait to try this matcha latte.

  6. 5 stars
    I love matcha green tea; lattes not so much. After reading your recipe and trying it out – WOW! a new favorite drink!

  7. Hi! Is this matcha latte meant to be like warm or so you heat the milk as well?

  8. Did you never heard that any green tea is never (!) brewed with boiling water ?! It destroys the fine light taste of the green tea. Have a try at 80 Degree Celsius, you will definitely taste the difference!

  9. 5 stars
    Outstanding story and great information.

    Matcha green tea is very much associated with Japan but a lot of tea drinkers don’t realize that powdered tea has roots in Chinese history. But now it has no border and no region.

    Have lots of evening with favorite Matcha Tea!

  10. 1 tablespoon seems like an awful lot! Typically it’s said to use 1 tsp for a classic matcha tea.

    • I think it’s a personal preference, Liz. I’ve always used one tablespoon and I love the taste of the latte’s when made this way. But if it’s too strong for you, 1 teaspoon is perfectly fine too. Thanks for writing in!

    • 4 stars
      Yeah, for me matcha is too pricey to justify a while tablespoon for one latte…

  11. I’ve been wanting to try a matcha latte at home so bad! Using this recipe TOMORROW!

    • Ahh, you’ll love it, Brita! Matcha lattes are so good. I just tried making this recipe with cashew milk and it turned out super creamy, too! Send me a photo when you make it 🙂