This Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe is made Vegan with almond milk–it’ll boost your metabolism, enhance weightloss, and detoxify your body with antioxidant-rich matcha powder (green tea). Plus, it’s smooth, creamy and delicious!
And just like that, Thanksgiving has come and gone and it’s officially the Holidays!
I can’t wait to go get our Christmas tree and decorate our loft with all kinds of greenery and twinkly lights, while we watch The Grinch and The Santa Clause and Love Actually and The Family Stone and drink hot bourbon cider and just wallow in the amazingness that is the season.
This time of year is particularly special to me, as it’s when Mattie proposed!
We had just moved back to Atlanta from D.C., and into our first home and I was literally out to dinner with my girlfriends whining about how we’d been together for five years and he was never going to marry me…only to come home on that same Tuesday night and find him out on our back deck with dozens of flowers and photos of us and twinkling lights.
I don’t remember what he said exactly, but I do remember the pure joy I felt that night as I stood out in the freezing cold and he wrapped his arms around me and promised to choose me forever.
It’s hard to believe that was three years ago now!
OK OK… I’m sure you’re all wondering what the heck this all has to do with matcha…and you’re right. Nothing.
I literally cannot come up with a segway no matter how hard I try.
I got off on a tangent, thinking about the holidays and love and happiness, and now I’m going to reign myself back in and get to the point of today’s post: Matcha Lattes!
Which also bring me great love and happiness around the holidays…how’s that for a segway? Did it work? Too much of a stretch?
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 counteracts the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals.
EGCg has been shown in research to boost metabolism, making matcha an amazing enhancement for weightloss.
Did you know that matcha actually burns fat and may help burn calories by four times?
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 even slows the aging process (source).
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Needless to say, drinking matcha green tea is one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all of these incredible health benefits.
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:
- On Amazon, I’m fond of Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder ($4.54/ounce).
- I also really love Thrive Market’s Matcha Love Organic Stone Ground Green Tea Powder ($17.07/ounce) and Matcha Love Culinary Green Tea Matcha Powder ($3.70/ounce).
- Thrive also sells Sencha Naturals Green Tea Latte ($1.29/ounce), 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, plus it’s cheaper!
How to Prepare Matcha
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, without any of the guilt.
Making it at home is key, as Starbucks has once again completely ruined what could’ve been a healthy drink by adding so much sugar you might as well just eat a cupcake.
Did you know that Starbucks’ grande non-fat Green Tea Latte has 33 grams of sugar (source)?
Why would anyone ever need that much sugar? Make yours at home, save the $5 and skip the blood sugar havoc–our recipe contains less than 5 grams of sugar!
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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!
If you try this recipe, let us know what you think! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag the recipe #rootandrevel/@rootandrevel on Instagram.
Vegan Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe
- 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!
Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser
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