This warm and cozy matcha latte recipe only has 3 ingredients. Not only does matcha have health benefits, but it has a fresh taste that can't be described!
I'm a huge coffee fanatic (I have my DIY coffee latte daily), but sometimes I'll have a hankering for a different kind of warm drink. Enter the matcha latte! This drink is delicious and fresh tasting - the perfect drink for a cold winter afternoon.
- matcha green tea powder
- maple syrup
See recipe card for quantities.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a fine powder made from green tea leaves and there are usually two types: ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha. Ceremonial grade is often consumed alone whisked in hot water. Culinary grade is intended to be an addition to lattes, smoothies and baked goods. Culinary grade match powder is usually less expensive, so I buy this type for my lattes. My favourite one is the Elan Organic Matcha at Costco Canada (you can also find it here on Amazon) because it's budget-friendly!
What are the benefits of matcha?
There's a wide range of potential health benefits to consuming matcha green tea powder. EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a key ingredient of matcha, has anticarcinogenic effects. It also may have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties.1
In a large mug, whisk together the matcha powder and some hot water.
Add some more hot water and whisk.
Pour some maple syrup into some milk, and then steam the milk mixture until frothy.
Pour the steamed milk mixture into the matcha and enjoy!
Hint: whisking the matcha powder in a small amount of hot water first will make the final latte texture nice and smooth.
- Maple syrup - instead of maple syrup, you can use your favourite sweetener or remove the sweetener altogether
- Milk - use your favourite dairy or plant-based milk that foams well
My Breville Barista Express is my favourite machine in the house! I've been using it for years to make my homemade coffees, and to steam milk for the kids' drinks. I highly recommend it, and it's the perfect machine for DIY matcha lattes like this!
They have similar antioxidant content, but matcha is less acidic and usually has slightly less caffeine.
Matcha has a very distinct, grassy, and somewhat bitter taste so most people (including myself) like it slightly sweetened. You can wean yourself down to unsweetened, though!
Any milk that foams up well is great for a matcha latte. I like 2% dairy milk, or oat milk is my favourite plant-based milk for a latte.
Cozy Matcha Latte
- milk frother / espresso machine
- 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- ½ cup milk
- ⅓ cup hot water
- In a large mug, whisk together the matcha powder and 1 tbsp hot water. Use 1 tsp for a milder taste, and up to 2 tsp for a stronger taste.
- Add a ¼ cup more hot water and whisk.
- Pour the maple syrup into the milk, and then steam the milk mixture until frothy.
- Pour the steamed milk mixture into the matcha and enjoy!
What do you think?