Iced matcha lattes are delicious but can add up quickly when purchased at a coffee shop or cafe. This iced matcha latte recipe is so quick and easy to make for a fraction of the cost. You don’t even need a whisk. Just a few ingredients and a blender!
It’s been almost two years now since I started using matcha green tea on a regular basis. And if you follow me on Instagram Stories, I’m always making myself a mason jar of matcha latte or matcha smoothie in the mornings. I enjoy them both hot and cold depending on the weather and what I’m in the mood for.
I’ve never been fond of coffee (except for a few months when I was trying to pull all-nighters to get through grad school) but I LOVE (and that might be an understatement) matcha! I love both the taste and how it gives me a boost in the mornings.
The Easiest Iced Matcha Latte
If you’re intimidated by the idea of making a matcha latte at home, I completely understand. I felt the same way in the beginning but after I made this one with hemp seeds, I couldn’t believe I had been spending so much money buying them at coffee shops. And most of the times, those blends are loaded with sugar and not the best quality of matcha (I’m looking at you, Starbucks). No, thanks!
What’s the Deal with 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.
Today, it’s enjoyed by individuals all over the world. Not only does matcha give you a boost of energy, it’s a powerhouse for antioxidants, packed with EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), flavonoids, polyphenols, and catechins. Matcha is rich in chlorophyll (thus the vibrant green hue) and vitamins, including Vitamin C, chromium, selenium, and magnesium. It’s known to 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 matcha is also known to possibly help with memory and learning (which is extremely important to me!).
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!
I hope you enjoy this easy iced matcha latte. It’s certainly one of my favorite beverages. If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear what you think! Just tag your photos to #realandvibrant on Instagram or @realandvibrant on Instagram Stories! There’s truly nothing that inspires me more than seeing you guys trying out the recipes I post
Iced Matcha Latte
- 1/2-1 tsp matcha green tea
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 tsp MCT oil, brain octane oil, or coconut oil (optional)
- a drizzle of maple syrup or any other sweetener of choice (optional)
- handful of ice cubes
- Combine all of the ingredients (except for the ice) in a blender. Blend until frothy and smooth.
- Pour over ice. Enjoy!