This latte is hot and creamy with hints of vanilla and the earthy matcha green tea flavor I have come to know and love. This particular recipe is a classic matcha latte with the addition of vanilla. It would also be incredible with mint if you have some on hand. It is whipped up in a blender in order to render frothiness just like the lattes you get at your local coffee shop. Today though, I wanted to indulge from the comfort of my own home. Let me tell you why:
First of all, the winter chill is still extending its frigid reach inside my city and continuing into my very being. Sounds dramatic, you say? Tell that to my cold creaking bones. I ventured out this morning for a nice hot breakfast with my family and then quickly retreated back to the warmth of our home. Then I decided the house needed a good scrubbing. Once that commenced I was starving so I whipped Ken and I up some lunch…after that, I decided it was time to treat myself. Hence, the Vanilla Matcha Latte. I just finished it as I am typing this and I am definitely going back to the kitchen when I am done to whip up another. Geez these things are addicting!
It wasn’t long ago that I was introduced to matcha. At first I heard about it, then had it mixed in a few smoothies; but it was not until recently that I purchased my very own bag of this green powder. What a great decision. I ended up looking up some information on this amazing tea and I would like to share my findings. I certainly think this historical tea deserves a shout out on this blog, so here are some fun facts:
-This tea originated from Japan. In Japanese “ma” means powder and “cha” means tea. So it literally means tea powder….which is obviously quite fitting.
-Matcha is a very potent form of green tea (many places I looked said the MOST potent but I do not trust random online sources enough to make such a bold statement.) The tea is actually ground into powder opposed to steeping the leaves. Therefore, since you ingest the leaves themselves, you gain more of what this beautiful green powder has to offer.
-What does this green powder have to offer? Well, my personal favorite is sustainable energy! It boosts metabolism and keep you energized for 8-10 hours, opposed to a coffee caffeine high of 3-4 hours. Pretty cool huh?
-I also saw that is offers a variety of other health benefits to include stabilizing blood sugar, detoxifying the body and skin, lowering cholesterol, and even helps your body age at a slower pace. While I can’t really say whether or not this is true or how much it actually helps these issues, I can say I am more than willing to test it out for us all.
Do you know of any other benefits of drinking matcha? Let me know in the comments below!
- ½ c water
- 1 c soy milk
- 2 drops vanilla extract
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1-2 tbs coconut sugar (could also use liquid stevia)
- Place sauce pan on stove on medium heat. Add water and matcha powder, stir until combined.
- Once water is warmed add soy milk, sugar, and vanilla and stir. If you like a sweeter latte use 2 tbs sugar, if not then 1 will suit just fine. Heat latte until it just starts to bubble. As soon as you see a bubble take sauce pan off the stove.
- CAREFULLY pour mixture into Vitamix or other high powered blender. Blend on low and slowly turn to medium speed. Let blend for 30 seconds or so, until frothy.
- Pour into a large mug and enjoy! Be careful though, it's hot!