This iced matcha latte recipe is dairy free, paleo-friendly and sure to become part of the best morning routine ever!
Matcha is so hot right now. It’s everywhere you look from trendy shops to desserts and everything in between. I’ve been wanting to see what all the fuss is about, but was a little nervous because of the caffeine. I have quite the sensitivity to caffeine (it sends my anxiety in to overdrive) so I tend to stay away from anything that boasts it’s caffeine level.
After trying matcha for the first time at a local coffee shop, a few observations:
- It’s delicious
- If not blended properly, you’re looking at a tasty drink with green chunks, and green chunks are never ok.
- Iced lattes are where it’s at – the only way a hot matcha latte tastes good is if it’s sweet.
Does Matcha Have More Caffeine Than Coffee?
Yes matcha does contain caffeine, but it also contains L-Theanine. L-Theanine is a rich compound in matcha, and promotes a state of relaxation by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA. In short, it helps you to chill while giving you the energy to power through the day. So while the caffeine gives you the boost of energy, the L-Theanine can help you stay focused and calm throughout your day. Matcha also contains tons of antioxidants including chlorophyll and polyphenols and vitamins including A, C, E and trace minerals like selenium, magnesium and zinc.
Best Matcha Brand
If you search the web for iced matcha latte recipes you’re bound to come across a variety of brands. It can be a little overwhelming trying to decide which one is best.
Here’s some of the qualities you want to look for in a matcha to make sure you are getting the best matcha latte recipe:
- The matcha should be a vibrant green color. The more green, the higher the nutritional value (yeay chlorophyll!)
- Good matcha should have a fine, silky consistency. It should mix into your morning matcha effortlessly.
- It should taste good! True authentic matcha has a bit of an earthy taste, which is why it’s typically sweetened with honey.
- Good quality matcha is going to be an investment (somewhere between $20 – $40 per bag). But think of it this way, that bag is going to give you numerous servings compared to the trips to the local coffee shop.
Your New Favorite Matcha Latte Recipe
So on to the good stuff – the recipe. You can make a matcha latte a million different ways, but I prefer my matcha latte like I live my life – simple.
For the longest time I was just tossing everything into a blender and hoping for the best, but then I got a milk frother and my life changed forever. It is so simple to make your own matcha latte with almond milk at home with just a few ingredients and a little determination. I also like to add in my l-glutamine supplement to my matcha for extra gut healing.
If you love cozy drinks, make sure to also check out my Golden Milk Latte Recipe for a peaceful night’s sleep!
- 1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Matcha
- 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp sweetener of choice (optional)
- Pour the matcha and cinnamon into a small cup. Add water and whisk until the matcha and cinnamon is dissolved (you can use a bamboo whisk, or a milk frother).
- In a larger separate glass, pour in the almond milk or coconut milk and fill with ice. Make sure you still have about 3/4 of the cup left to pour the matcha.
- Pour the matcha over the almond milk or coconut milk, and using a spoon, stir until combined. You can add any sweetener of choice at this point, but I also use vanilla milk so I don’t feel like I need any sweetener!