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Iced or Warm Matcha Latte

Iced or Warm Matcha Latte

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This Healthy Iced Matcha Latte is perfect for those hot summer days when you’re looking for something refreshing and quick to make, or if you live in the northeast like me, then a Warm or Hot Matcha Latte is great for those colder fall and winter days!

Matcha is a finely ground powder of grown and processed green tea leaves, traditionally consumed in East Asia. The green tea plants used for matcha are shade-grown for three to four weeks before harvest.

Matcha literally means “powdered tea.”

When you order traditional green tea, components from the leaves are infused into the hot water, but then the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you’re consuming the actual leaves, which have been finely powdered and made into a solution.

Matcha Kit + Equipment

I was gifted a beautiful Japanese Matcha Tea Set, which includes a Matcha Whisk, Traditional Scoop, Matcha Bowl, Ceramic Whisk Holder, Matcha Caddy, Handmade Matcha Ceremony Kit For Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony – BEST GIFT EVER!

A frother or immersion blender is great to have too! But not necessary!

Iced Matcha Latte Ingredients Needed:

Matcha Powder
Oat Milk (milk of choice and/or water)
Honey (or sweetener of choice) – Go for Local!!
Vanilla Extract,
Protein Powder (Optional)
Ice!

Same ingredients for the Warm/Hot Matcha Latte – the ice of course!

Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

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Hot Matcha Latte Recipe

Iced or Warm Matcha Latte

This recipe can also be made both warmed or iced! Made in less than 5 minutes! (Ingredient list shows amounts for both 1 or 2 mason jar glasses, so enjoy a glass to yourself, or share with a loved one!)
(Dairy-Free, Vegan, Gluten-Free)
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 2 people
Author: Alyx Braunius

Ingredients

  • tsp Matcha 3 tsp for 2 servings
  • 2 tbsp Hot Water  4 tbsp for 2 servings
  • 2 Cup GF Oat Milk (or Milk of Choice) (Or Water) 4 cups for 2 servings (I usually do half dairy-free milk/half water, so for 1 person – 1 cup milk, 1 cup water – just so it's not as heavy, depending on the milk you choose!)
  • 1 tbsp Raw Honey (Maple Syrup or Sweatener of Choice) 2 tbsp for 2 servings
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract  1 tsp for 2 servings
  • 1 Cup Ice 2 Cups for 2 Servings

Optional

  • Favorite Protein Powder Optional

Instructions

Iced Matcha Latte

  • Heat water (not boiling), then in a small bowl add the Matcha Powder, and use a Bamboo Whisk, and mix well until Matcha is completely dissolved. (this is the Matcha Kit I have)
  • In a pot/bowl with a pour spout, mix Oat Milk (milk of choice and/or water) with Honey (or sweetener of choice), Vanilla Extract, Protein Powder (Optional), using a frother or immersion blender. Then add in the Matcha!
    (I usually buy Chobani GF Organic Oat Milk – its Cheaper at Hannaford)
  • Grab your favorite mug, add the ice & pour the mixture over the ice!
  • Serve & Enjoy!

Warm Matcha Latte

Notes

(I do not recommend adding the honey if you let the water get to a boil as it will lose the health benefits of raw honey.) 
iced or warm matcha latte

Benefits of Matcha

Matcha is made from high-quality tea, and the entire leaves are consumed, so it’s a more effective source of nutrients than steeped green tea. Providing small quantities of vitamins and minerals, and is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, which are known for protection against heart disease and cancer, along with better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Matcha also helps to boost metabolism and slow or pause the development of cancer cells.

Since you’re consuming whole leaves in matcha, you may get three times as much caffeine as a cup of steeped tea, approximately the amount in a cup of brewed coffee.

The preparation of Matcha traditionally involves meditation, and is focused on Japanese Tea Ceremonies, being associated with Zen! Preparing and tasting Matcha has given us a way to slow down and be present.

Check out HealthLines post about the benefits of Matcha!

Matcha

Best Milk for Matcha Latte

So, what is the best milk for a matcha latte? 

Oat, Coconut, and Almond Milk are some of the best non-dairy milk options for matcha lattes, Creating a sweet, creamy, nutty flavor, and earthy flavor!

Traditionally, matcha is prepared with only water and matcha powder.

However, to prepare an Iced or Warm Matcha Latte, you can add your choice of plant or nut-based milk, creating a more creamy, fulfilling beverage that makes a great alternative to coffee!

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