What’s with Matcha?
Okay you guys, I’ve been SLEEPING on the matcha life. For months I’ve seen tons of matcha recipes, my best friend Kayla drinks matcha, and then of course, my inspo Hannah Bronfman STAYS hyping up matcha lattes. If you don’t know exactly what matcha is, it’s finely ground green tea leaves which can be used in lattes, desserts, and teas. I was never that interested in trying matcha, BUT once I started doing research about the health benefits, I had to give it a try. Not only is it packed with nutrients, it’s also straight up delicious. If you’ve never tried it and you’re still a bit skeptical, keep reading. I promise you’ll want matcha to be your new morning, (honestly all-day), go-to drink!
So my research began with my desire to find a morning drink that would give me a little energy boost AND that made me feel good. I’m not a big coffee drinker because I don’t feel like my body really loves it, it’s not something I could drink every morning and feel good. So here’s what I found during my matcha investigation:
- Matcha is full of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and chloryll.
- It also boosts your metabolism to help burn calories and increase weight loss.
- Matcha has cancer fighting agents
- Matcha also provides ALL-day energy to the body, unlike coffee, which gives you a caffeine “high” and then instantly drops. With Matcha, you get the caffeine boost you need without the dreaded crash.
BUT, does that green stuff even taste good?
Now, once I read these health benefits I was hooked, the only thing was, will I even like matcha? I’m not a big tea person, I do like it, but not enough to make it my daily morning drink. And since matcha is pretty pricey, I wanted to try it before I invested in it. So Starbucks here I come. I ordered a matcha latte with coconut milk, which honestly, I didn’t really expect to like. BUT, I surprisingly ended up LOVING it. It was so delicious and creamy with a little hint of sweet vanilla. I was ready to start my matcha journey.
Time to master my perfect matcha
My next dilemma was, how do I recreate the Starbucks Iced Matcha Latte? I started doing some research, and I found out that one tall (which is the small), matcha latte from Starbucks has 17 GRAMS of sugar in it. WOW, that is almost your entire recommended amount of sugar for one day. That’s not a great way to start your morning. SO, now, how do I recreate this amazing drink WITHOUT so much processed sugar?! Well ladies and gentleman, after some research and recipe testing I created the perfect Iced Matcha Latte recipe.
So here it is, my newest obsession:
Iced Matcha Latte Recipe
****This recipe yields 16oz
- 2 cups vanilla unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-3 teaspoons maple or agave (to taste)
- In a small bowl combine sifted matcha powder and just a splash of hot water- just enough to form a paste. Mix until matcha powder is fully dissolved.
- Slowly add in the rest of the coconut milk, whisking as you pour. Continue to whisk until fully combined. ***If you still find there are clumps of matcha, pour through a strainer to get all of those unwanted lumps out!
- Add in vanilla and sweetener of choice, give it another whisk.
- Pour into a cup over ice and enjoy!