This iced matcha latte recipe is made with matcha green tea, nut milk, and a splash of sweetener for a healthy and refreshing drink. You don’t even need a whisk!
It’s been a few years since I started drinking matcha green tea on a regular basis. I love both the taste and how it gives me a boost of energy in the mornings. And if you follow me on Instagram Stories, I’m usually making myself a cup of matcha latte or a matcha smoothie in the mornings. I enjoy matcha both hot and cold!
What is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha is a green tea that originated in Japan and, unlike most other teas we’re familiar with, the entire matcha leaf is consumed in powder form. It’s interesting to note that over a thousand years ago, monks would sip on matcha to remain calm and alert during long hours of sitting in meditation practice.
Does Matcha Contain Caffeine?
Matcha does contain caffeine — about a quarter of the amount in coffee. Unlike coffee, which can cause havoc on the body, matcha doesn’t lead to spikes and crashes, stimulate the adrenal glands (activating the body’s fight-or-flight response) or cause glucose spikes. Matcha is a winner in my books!
Matcha Green Tea Benefits
Not only does matcha give you a boost of energy,
Matcha helps calm and relax the mind and body while keeping it alert. I find that it helps me concentrate when I’m trying to focus throughout the day. The L-Theanine in the
Iced Matcha Tea Latte Ingredients
If you’re intimidated by the idea of making a matcha latte at home, just know you’re not alone! There are a few great reasons to give it a try, though. It’s much cheaper (compare the cost of a tin of matcha green tea that will last you a few weeks to a month compared to a $5-6 matcha latte at a coffee shop). Many times these blends may be loaded with sugar and not the best quality of matcha (or other added ingredients).
Here’s what you need to make matcha at home:
That’s it! When you first start drinking matcha, you might feel the need for adding a little sweetener. But as you get used to it, and if you’re using a high-quality matcha, you won’t feel the need to sweeten it at all!
How to Make an Iced Matcha Latte
To make the iced match latte, all you need is a blender. You don’t need a high-speed blender, any blender will do. Once you have your blender,
- Combine the matcha powder and almond milk in the blender.
- Blend until smooth and you no longer see the clumps from the matcha. If you want it a little more frothy, blend for longer.
- Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!
You can also make some matcha and store it in an air-tight glass jar for later. When it’s time for you to enjoy it, give it a little shake and pour it over a glass of ice (or add some to your jar) and voila!
Tips for making an Iced Matcha Latte
While I’ll still order matcha when I’m out and meeting up with a friend, a majority of the time I just make matcha in my kitchen. It’s much cheaper and I know exactly what’s in my drink.
After making hundreds of matcha drinks over the last few years, here is what I’ve learned about making the perfect iced matcha latte.
- Use good quality matcha. Ideally, you want to stick to ceremonial matcha from a trusted source. I always stick to organic matcha. The quality of your matcha will dictate the end result, so choose wisely!
- Use unsweetened nut milk so you can adjust your own level of sweetness and know example how much sweetener you’re putting in there.
- Boost the nutrition level with MCT oil to give you an extra dose of healthy fats!
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This iced matcha latte recipe is made with matcha green tea, nut milk, and a splash of sweetener for a refreshing drink. You don’t even need a whisk!
- 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- a drizzle of maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice (optional)
- a handful of ice cubes
- Combine all of the ingredients (except for the ice) in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour over ice. Enjoy!
Keywords: matcha, matcha tea, iced matcha latte, matcha latte
This recipe was originally published on March 4, 2018. Since then, it’s been freshened up with new pictures, commentary, and made even more delicious!