This vegan matcha latte is made with almond milk, ceremonial matcha, and the option to add sweetener. It takes only a few minutes to make and requires no whisk!
Recently, I revamped the Iced Matcha Latte recipe. I received a few questions about the easiest way to make the “hot” version, I decided it was time to add this hot matcha latte recipe as well!
I’ve been making matcha lattes for a couple of years now and I can’t think of a better morning or afternoon pick-me-up. It makes me feel much better than coffee and is so easy to make!
This latte is the perfect drink to make and take along with you for that morning commute or just make during the day when you want a boost of energy.
Caffeine in a Matcha Latte
Yes, matcha does contain caffeine. So if you’re looking for a caffeine-free beverage, skip this one and try out the turmeric latte instead (equally delicious and easy).
So much caffeine does matcha have compared to coffee? An 8oz cup of matcha green tea, made with 1 teaspoon (2 grams) of matcha green tea, has about 70mg of caffeine. Note that the quality of the matcha may vary this number slightly. Meanwhile, an 8oz cup of brewed coffee has 95mg of caffeine.
What I love about matcha green tea is that it won’t make you “wired’ or jittery. If you’re looking for that calm and focused energy boost, matcha is for you. No crashes, headaches, or spikes. The caffeine in matcha offers a gentle pick up and offer an extended energy boost before letting you back down gently.
How to Make a Matcha Latte
While there are multiple ways of making matcha, including the traditional way of using a whisk, I like to use my blender for days when I’m in a hurry. No whisking or milk frothing required. Here is what you need:
- Ceremonial matcha: The quality of your matcha will affect the taste of your latte.
- Almond milk: Use milk of choice, including cashew milk or oat milk.
- Sweetener: A drizzle of maple syrup or honey tastes delicious!
Making the matcha using this method is simple and takes only a few minutes!
- Warm up the milk: Be sure the milk is not warmer than 175F/80C or else it will burn your matcha green tea and create a bitter taste.
- Prepare matcha: Combine the desired amount of matcha green tea and hot milk into a blender. If you’d like to add sweetener, do so now. Place the lid on the blender and carefully blend the drink until it’s smooth and frothy (about 20 seconds).
- Serve: Pour into your favorite mug.
That’s it! If I’m on the go, I’ll pour the matcha latte in my favorite insulated tumbler so it stays warm for hours. Otherwise, I pour it in my favorite mug and get back to my day! I also love to top my latte with a sprinkle of dried rose petals!
Tips on How to Enjoy Matcha Lattes
- It’s safe to drink matcha on a daily basis, but suggested to limit it to 1-2 servings per day.
- Due to its caffeine content, it’s best to drink matcha in the morning or early afternoon so it doesn’t disrupt your sleep! The caffeine stays the bloodstream for up to 5 hours.
- Avoid drinking matcha on an empty stomach as it could possibly upset your stomach
More Easy Drink Recipes
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea
- 1 cup almond milk
- sweetener, optional, as needed
- Warm up the nut milk to your desired temperature. Make sure it’s not any warmer than 175F/80C or else it will burn your matcha and create a bitter taste (which won’t taste good!).
- Combine the desired amount of matcha green tea and hot milk into a blender. If you’d like to add sweetener, do so now. Place the lid on the blender and carefully blend the drink until it’s smooth and frothy (about 20 seconds).
- Pour into your favorite mug. I love to top my latte with these beautiful dried rose petals!