Healthy Matcha Latte (dairy-free, naturally sweetened)

Dairy-free, naturally sweetened matcha latte recipe made with only a few simple ingredients.

Matcha Green Tea Latte | dairy-free and naturally sweetened #vegan

Matcha green tea lattes are one of my favorite cold weather beverages. Last winter, I took a hiatus from coffee (it’s true. You’re looking at a Coffee Hiatus Survivor), during which my coffee addiction was jettisoned into a full-fledged matcha green tea latte obsession. You may remember this phase, as we had words about it in one of my blog posts, and many of you expressed interest in seeing a recipe for my morning matcha. Look at how punctual I am with my response to your request! I guess that makes me fashionably latte. Get it? Late? Latte? < – Lame. Real lame.

The recipe for this cozy bevvie is super simple. All you need to do is mix the matcha powder with a small amount of hot water in order to dissolve it, then add your sweetener and milk of choice. I like taking the dairy-free and naturally sweetened route by using unsweetened almond milk and pure maple syrup or honey. Because I’m all about steamy, frothy warm beverages, I use my milk frother when I make lattes. You can also heat the almond milk on the stove top or zap it in the microwave – just be sure it doesn’t come to a boil.

Green Tea Matcha Latte | dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and full of antioxidants! #vegan

I’ve been enjoying Kiss Me Organics‘ matcha powder in my lattes, and I love the creamy, cozy, green tea-y flavor. It’s a tasty treat to enjoy as your morning or afternoon pick-me-up, and to top it all off, it’s ever-so healthful for you.

In case you’re unfamiliar with matcha, it is finely-ground green tea leaves. Because you’re consuming the actual leaf when you consume matcha, it is an even better source of antioxidants than brewed green tea. Instead of giving you a caffeine spike the way coffee does, matcha green tea gives you up to 6 hours of sustained energy. In addition, studies show it helps boost your metabolism and protects your skin from UV rays.

Green Tea Matcha Latte | dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and full of antioxidants! #vegan

 

PLUS, the powder is versatile! It can be used in cooking, baking, smoothies, and lattes. Aside from lattes, two of my favorite matcha applications are this Mango Matcha Smoothie and this Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream. One bag of matcha goes a long way, giving you ample opportunity to work on your green tea latte foam art and experiment with other matcha treats.

Green Tea Matcha Latte | dairy-free, naturally sweetened, and full of antioxidants! #vegan

 

Get your matcha on!

 

Matcha Green Tea Latte | dairy-free and naturally sweetened #vegan

Matcha Green Tea Latte

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 matcha green tea latte
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk steamed or heated

Instructions

  1. Add the hot water, matcha powder, and pure maple syrup to a mug and stir well.
  2. Heat the unsweetened almond milk by either microwaving it, heating it on the stove top, or using a milk frother.
  3. Add the hot almond milk to the mug with the matcha mixture, give it a stir, and enjoy!
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  1. Julie

    So, the middle of a cornfield doesn’t know about matcha, but Jerry drinks green tea every day (except for the weekends), so he would be all about this. And the foam thing? Yeah. Don’t have the patience to learn that. Right up there with home ec classes, where my food got highest marks with the taste, but not always with presentation. Throw it on the plate and as long as it tastes good, who cares? < Maybe that's because I grew up with brothers. Anywho, I'll keep my eyes peeled for this.

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  2. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Julia, I totally need to practice my foam art (no better way to class up hot cocoa, in my opinion :). I love the pretty green the matcha brings here. I’ve never cooked, much less tasted, matcha but I’m totally intrigued!

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  3. JoAnne Lingo

    I’ll give this a try. The Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream sounds delish as green tea ice cream was a favorite before I became a vegan seven plus years ago.

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  4. Sarah @ SnixyKitchen

    I don’t even care that there’s no foam art on this matcha – it looks like the most perfect and beautiful cup of tea. (Although I can totally relate – as soon as I got a milk frother, I went on YouTube to find out how to make latte art…to no success!)

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  5. Nichole

    I would love to try this matcha! I try to drink it 5 times a week, love mine with a little coconut milk and stevia. I actually get it from my friend in Japan because it tastes sooo much better than most of the ones I can find here. Oh, and another one of the reasons that matcha is so healthy is because it is one of (or the only?) tea that is not oxidized…super antioxidents!!

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  6. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    I am glad to hear I am not the only one who ‘foams at the mouth’ but not in my cup when making lattes. Sigh. You were going for a woodland design, which ahem didn’t happen, BUT it is green. You gotta start somewhere. You get many points for trying. The drink looks good anyway.

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    1. Linda

      Very very Informative information that ‘s is good for your health and entire well being . Love it, embrace it, and try the recommendations

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  7. Sarah A

    I recently found your blog and have so enjoyed it. I drink green tea every day so am looking forward to making these lattes. In fact I already ordered the matcha and a frother. Monday, we’ll be enjoying frothy green creations.

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  8. Joanne

    I mean, I personally could talk about foam for DAYZ. But also matcha. Because it is one of my latest life obsessions. I need some green latte action in my life ASAP!

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  9. Jennifer M.

    So far the only place I’ve tried matcha is at Starbucks, so it would be cool to experiment with putting it in smoothies!

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  10. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    Uhh helps protect me from UV rays?!?! Why haven’t I been just directly injecting this into my mouth for decades, because my skin gets crispy just looking out the window on a sunny day. Even an additional 3 seconds of sunlight would be appreciated so I can stop sprinting to my car. 😉 This latte sounds seriously amazing though. I have a couple friends obsessed with matcha for good reason. Let’s pretend I’d share it with them if I won 😉

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    1. Julia Post author

      I was a little shocked when I read matcha helps protect your skin from the sun as well. Definitely helpful for us ginger-headed peeps. I burn within 10 minutes of sun exposure AND loathe sunscreen, so maybe I’ll just consume all the matcha from here on out. Sounds like a plan 😉

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  11. Erin

    I have never heard of Matcha but since finding your fb page ( and liking what i see) your recipe sounds great and I would love to try it. 🙂

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    1. Julia Post author

      Woop woop! Welcome to the wonderful world of matcha, Erin! If you like green tea, you’ll love matcha – the flavor is the same as regular green tea, but it has a nice and creamy flavor and texture. Enjoy!

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  12. Laura

    I LOVE Matcha! I go through nearly a pack of this stuff every couple weeks. The best days begin with a berry & banana Matcha smoothie and include a mid-afternoon soy Matcha latte. If you use vanilla soy milk you don’t need any additional flavoring. I hadn’t thought of ice cream – that sounds fantastic.

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  13. Charlene Abbott

    I am not a tea drinker but I love matcha tea. For years my doctor has been trying to get me to drink green tea but quite frankly speaking this coffee drinker just doesn’t like the taste of green tea.

    I saw a matcha latte on Dr. Oz and it looked so good I had to try it. I still have my morning coffee but I look forward to my midmorning matcha latte! I add a dusting of Vietnamese cinnamon on top and it is heavenly!

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