Vegetal matcha, creamy coconut milk, and a hint of natural sweetness make this matcha vanilla latte irresistibly good. Serve it with ice cubes on hot summer days, or enjoy it warm on chilly nights.
If you love fancy drinks as much as I do, you’ll definitely want to try this matcha vanilla latte recipe. It’s a delightful twist on the classic latte that you can enjoy at any time of the day and it’s loaded with health benefits!
I’ve tried both the hot and iced versions of this delicious homemade matcha vanilla latte, and while I prefer a hot drink in the winter, I’ll be preparing the iced version all summer long.
My favorite part about this drink is that it’s a low-calorie sip that doesn’t skimp on flavor. It’s a delicious afternoon delight. And, of course, you get to include matcha into your daily routine, which is an added bonus.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
It uses simple ingredients: A coffee shop-level drink with staple and easy-to-find ingredients. What’s not to love? (If you don’t have matcha in your pantry, it’s time to make it a staple!)
It’s a good-for-you drink: This matcha latte boosts energy levels (without any jitters), is loaded with antioxidants, and has no artificial flavors. It’s like sipping whole green leaves.
Looks presentable: The vibrant green color of matcha powder turns heads, and your guests will think you stopped by a fancy café for their drink.
It is super quick and easy to make: No extra effort, no complicated directions. It’s easy to whip up and perfect for those busy mornings.
Recipe Ingredients–What You Need
Hot Water: We’re making an antioxidant-rich matcha latte for a cold night. So, we’ll use warm water.
Matcha Powder: Matcha is a green tea powder with a slightly bitter and earthy flavor that’s rich in antioxidants and other nutrients. There are several health benefits of matcha with its anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties. Read more about its health benefits later in this post. You’ll find different grades of matcha in grocery stores. Ceremonial grade matcha is on the pricier side but has a higher quality. Culinary-grade matcha is easier on the pocket and still works well. We need one tsp of matcha powder for this recipe.
Milk of Choice: Although I use lite canned coconut milk, feel free to use any plant-based milk. Almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, and cashew milk are popular options. You can use whole milk if you aren’t following a dairy-free diet. I love the slightly sweet flavor coconut milk lends to this recipe.
Pure Stevia Powder: We need a sweetener to balance the vegetal matcha flavor. Since I’m trying to keep this delicious matcha latte clean and healthy with less added sugar, I use stevia powder.
Ground Cinnamon: Add warmth to your drink with ground cinnamon. This spice helps with inflammation, heart issues, and aging. I love the aroma, too – that’s a plus for me!
Pure Vanilla Extract: It’s a vanilla matcha latte, guys! So, you can’t leave this ingredient out. The good thing is you already have it in your pantry. Your other option is to use a vanilla syrup. If you’re avoiding additional sugars, make it at home.
Raw Honey: Using honey is a healthier way of sweetening your drinks. Maple syrup is a good alternative for strict vegans.
Check the recipe card at the bottom of the post for all the measurements and details.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is packed with polyphenols, exceptionally powerful antioxidants, among other impressive bioactive compounds. Therefore, matcha has tremendous health benefits that are worth highlighting in their own section!
- Thanks to its high antioxidant level, matcha can help neutralize free radicals in the body. This can reduce the risk of many diseases by preventing damage caused by oxidation, including cancer and heart disease.
- Matcha has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system, thanks to the presence of the polyphenolic compound rutin.
- Quentin is present in matcha, and this antioxidant gives the tea a neuroprotective quality.
- Matcha tea can also help regulate blood sugar levels because of the presence of quentin.
- The theanine in matcha helps boost concentration and mood.
- Green tea is known to have anti-viral properties.
How to Make the BEST Creamy Vanilla Matcha Latte Recipe
- In a mug or latte glass, put the matcha powder, cinnamon, and stevia. Pour the hot water and use a whisk to combine well.
- Gently heat the coconut milk and vanilla. Use a milk frother to froth the milk to your preference.
- Pour the frothed milk into the mug with matcha and water. Stir to combine.
- Add the raw honey and stir again to combine. Serve and enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Don’t use boiling water for hot matcha lattes. They’ll taste way bitter that way.
- Use a whisk to properly incorporate the fine powder in your drink. You can use a traditional bamboo whisk or any small whisk you have on hand.
- To make this an iced latte, follow the directions as is, except use cold coconut milk. Add ice to separate mug and pour the prepared drink over the ice.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the Traditional Way of Preparing Matcha?
The traditional way is to whisk a few tablespoons of hot water (not boiling) and matcha powder in a small bowl with a traditional matcha whisk. I don’t have a traditional matcha whisk as I tend to avoid one-use products in my kitchen. A small whisk like this one will do the job just fine.
How to Store Homemade Lattes?
Keep your leftover vegan latte in an airtight jar and put it in the fridge for 1-2 days. It’ll do fine. Just make sure you stir (or shake) it before serving.
How to Enhance the Creamy Texture?
Boost the creaminess with a tablespoon of coconut cream or cashew butter to your latte and blend it in. This will give your drink a smooth and rich consistency. Using the milk frother for the coconut milk this recipe calls for gives it a luxurious finish without the need for the extra boost from cream, but the choice is yours.
What to Serve with Your Matcha Latte?
The drink is super versatile. You can pair it with a variety of snacks like flaxseed cookies, pumpkin oatmeal muffins, or vegan banana bread. Try it with some savory options like avocado toast or a quinoa salad for a balanced meal. If you want something more indulgent, serve your latte with a slice of Apple Pear Cake.
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