Absolutely divine, creamy bittersweet matcha green tea latte! Quick and easy to make. With half the caffeine of coffee to energize you for twice as long.
Matcha green tea, 抹茶, is a finely powdered green tea, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. It has up to 10 times the antioxidants of green tea since you are consuming the whole leaf and not just the brewed water of the tea. The caffeine in the tea is slowly and continuously absorbed by the body over 6 hours to give you sustained energy and increased focus without giving you a caffeine crash later in the day.
I’m not a coffee drinker but I do crave for matcha green tea latte. It’s the perfect combination of the warm milk and matcha that is so calming and relaxing, helping me feel more focused throughout the day. I use reduced fat milk and I like to add one drop of natural vanilla essence as the flavor reminds me of green tea ice cream!
Sometimes I use the vanilla flavored (Soy Dream) organic soy milk instead of milk and it also tastes sooo good! There is a cafe that I used to go to get this all the time until I learned to make it myself. Saved myself a lot of money!
I prefer to use Ryu Mei Organic Japanese Matcha green tea powder because it dissolves very well even in cold water, taste nice and is inexpensive compared to other matcha powder. You can buy it from amazon.com.
I also prefer to use agave syrup rather than sugar because it dissolves better. I like to froth the milk as it gives a better texture and mouth feel. I got my milk frother from amazon.com but you can also get one from Ikea for $2.49!
There are numerous health benefits of matcha green tea, one of which is increasing metabolism and burning calories (see bodyhealthlove.com for more information). So give it a try, sip up and slim down!
|Matcha Green Tea Latte|| |
- 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
- 2 teaspoon of agave syrup, depending on desired sweetness
- 1 drop of natural vanilla essence (optional)
- ¼ cup of warm water
- 1 cup of milk or soy milk
- Add matcha green tea powder and agave syrup into cup.
- Add warm water and stir until powder has fully dissolved.
- Heat up 1 cup of milk in a small saucepan at medium heat until it just starts to boil (185F or 85C) or in a separate cup, heat milk in the microwave for 50 seconds.
- Froth milk using a frother (if you have one) for 10 seconds.
- Pour the frothed warm milk into the cup and stir.
As a vegan alternative, soy milk or almond milk can be used.