A delicious and healthy beverage to wake up to, or whenever you’d like a gentle pick me up in your day. This recipe for a Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Latte is a simple and customizable delight. Personally, when I’ve ordered green tea lattes in a coffee shop, they tend to be bitter yet overly sweet for my taste. They also are pricey at $4-5 each. After learning more about matcha while in Victoria, BC this past Fall at Just Matcha, I fell in love with its flavor as well as its amazing health benefits.
Matcha green tea is the leaf de-veined, de-stemmed, and ground into a very fine powder. It is then blended into hot or cold water or milk and ingested in this whole food form as opposed to regular green tea which is steeped and then removed. There are many grades of matcha tea and after tasting several, I could really taste the difference between them. Some were more of a darker olive green color while others like the one pictured below were vibrant green. I prefer the brighter green teas that have a fresher, smoother taste. I used the organic matcha green tea and the ceremonial green tea from Full Leaf Tea Company and both were excellent.
Matcha green tea contains high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It tends to provide a balanced energy boost due to its caffeine and L-theanine content. This combination promotes relaxation and focused energy. Compared to regular green tea, matcha green tea is 10 times more concentrated. Studies have shown health benefits throughout the body including: skin, lowering LDL cholesterol, oral, heart, immune function, brain, bone and joint.
I like to add a little vanilla and cinnamon.
Vanilla Matcha Green Tea Latte
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 t. Matcha green tea
- 1/2 t. Vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 c. Soy milk
- 1-2 t. Maple syrup
- Sprinkle of cinnamon powder
- Heat water almost to boiling. Pour water in mug. Add matcha green tea and vanilla and whisk or use a frother to blend.
- Heat soy milk just to slightly steaming and froth if desired. Add to green tea.
- Add sweetener, if using and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Have you used matcha? How do you like it?