Matcha is a form of green tea, it’s actually finely ground green tea leaves, and if you’ve been to your local coffee shop in the last year, you’ll likely have seen one or tried one. I hadn’t, which is basically equal to treason in here Los Angeles. My $7 almond milk matcha latte experience was so completely enjoyable, minus the ridiculous cost, that I promptly got my own powder and created this honey coconut matcha latte.
A quick google search showed me that my honey coconut matcha latte wasn’t just a trendy, creamy, green drink, but actually has tons of benefits. Not only is it antioxidant rich, but matcha green tea is great for reducing blood pressure, as well as containing anti-aging magic (now I understand the hype since age is forbidden in LaLa Land!). Matcha has also been shown to raise your metabolism, and fight those nasty cancer cells.
Keep in mind, this is all from the internet, but I feel confident that my honey coconut matcha latte is a great alternative to coffee! I’ve actually switched to matcha in the afternoons when I need a pick-me-up, because I feel like the caffeine is more gentle on the way up, as well as the way down, if that makes any sense.
This honey coconut matcha latte contains only 4 ingredients: matcha, coconut milk, honey, and vanilla. There are tons of different types of matcha out there, I checked Amazon and was instantly overwhelmed. So instead, I went to Whole Foods and found a brand I recognized for $24, which at the time seemed like a fortune. But after doing a little math, I realized it wasn’t too steep; you only use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha per serving, and the bag has 80+ servings. Next time I’ll buy online, but I’m happy with my current matcha situation!
Honey Coconut Matcha Latte
Yields 1 serving
1 cup coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1/2 t. matcha powder
1/2 t. raw honey
1 capful vanilla
1. Heat the coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. If the milk is too hot, it will burn the matcha.
2. Test carefully with a finger. Once it is hot to the touch, stir in the honey, vanilla, and matcha. Whisk vigorously until the matcha is completely dissolved. I keep my pan over low heat while I’m doing this.
3. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!