Vegan Matcha Latte

Vegan Matcha LatteI was intrigued about the power of Matcha tea when I heard one of my coffee-obsessed friends say he made the switch to matcha. I knew it had to be powerful to inspire such a devout coffee lover to abandon his favorite drink! If your not familiar with matcha it is a powder tea made from dried, young green tea leaves. In the past I tried foods made with matcha and I hated them so I assumed I wouldn’t like the tea by itself. Happily I tried making myself a Vegan Matcha Latte and I am totally hooked. Every morning I wake up and make myself a mint latte and savor it while I read the paper before my son gets up. If you are looking for a delicious drink that supplies sustained energy, without the ups and downs of coffee, give my minty Vegan Matcha Latte a try.

Vegan Matcha Latte-4Kathy Patalsky over at Happy Healthy Life has created an awesome guide to matcha. Be sure to check out all of the information she has provided. She tested out an impressive number of matchas!

Vegan Matcha Latte-2Based on Kathy’s guide I tried DoMatcha from Whole Foods. I also tried ordering Encha online since she spoke so highly of the flavor and interviewed the founder in another matcha post. I was also inspired by the Encha story and their commitment to organic matcha. Since the tea is made from grinding the entire leaves it is very important to buy organic matcha if you want to reduce your pesticide exposure. I’m now a subscriber and have the Encha matcha delivered monthly. It is delicious and by far my favorite matcha.

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To make my Vegan Matcha Latte I use both a milk warmer/frother and a handheld frother. I use both of these items since I am trying to not wake my son up early in the morning. I put all of the ingredients in my Secura milk frother using the “warmer whisk”. It warms the milk and stirs everything together, but it doesn’t produce any froth. I use the handheld frother to add froth once I pour the latte into my mug. If my son is awake I just heat the milk and blend everything in my blender. Traditionally people use a bamboo whisk to mix the matcha with milk or water. Personally I didn’t have any success with that method so I abandoned that technique. Nobody likes a chunky latte!

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Some people love matcha in cold drinks as well. I definitely prefer it warm, but occasionally I’ll make a matcha smoothie. I use the same recipe as below, but I add 1/4 cup of ice and a scoop of chocolate protein powder.

Do you use matcha? What are your favorite recipes?

Vegan Mint Matcha Latte
 
Warm, minty latte that will have you ready to face the morning with the power of Matcha Tea.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of non-dairy milk
  • 1 teaspoon Matcha tea
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. MILK FROTHER: Add all ingredients to milk frother using the mixing disc. Mix until warm and frothy. Serve warm.
  2. BLENDER: Warm milk. Add warm milk and remaining ingredients to blender and blend until uniform. Serve warm

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