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Easy Homemade Matcha Latte

By January 12, 2024January 17th, 2024Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

Homemade Matcha Latte is a delicious warm beverage that is high in antioxidants. It’s easy to make with only 4 ingredients. Matcha is the powdered form of green tea that provides a no-jitters energy boost making it a great coffee alternative.

What Is Matcha?

Matcha a fine powdered form of shade grown green tea leaves. Young tea leaves are ground into a bright green powder. When you drink matcha you’re consuming the whole tea leaves getting all the nutritional benefits instead of steeping the leaves and tossing them away.

  • Matcha is high in antioxidants, catechins, flavonoids, and polyphenols which reduce cell damage.
  • Matcha has energy boosting properties, improves attention, memory, and reaction time.
  • It boosts metabolism and fat burning making it good for weight loss.
  • Studies show it protects the liver (1) and promotes heart health (2).

Matcha green tea has been consumed for centuries by Buddhist Monks for meditation, Samurai Warriors for energy and millions of Japanese people to support wellbeing.

Easy Homemade Matcha Latte cup alone with heart shaped milk

Is Matcha Better Than Coffee?

While matcha does have caffeine, a cup of matcha tea has less caffeine than coffee (25mg versus 150mg).

Coffee causes spikes in adrenaline, glucose and insulin levels, which create jitteriness and nervousness and can be followed by a crash . With matcha there are no spikes and crashes. It comes on gently and lasts longer, so the energy boost is more stable.

How is that possible? The way it works is the caffeine in matcha binds with matcha’s phytonutrients, especially L-theanine, which allows the caffeine to be absorbed into the body at a slower rate. There will be less jitters and you’ll feel more alert for hours.

Easy Homemade Matcha Latte matcha in a bowl

Ingredients

  • Matcha Powder: I like this organic ceremonial matcha. You can also get culinary grade matcha. Look for organic matcha tea grown in Japan and is stone ground to get the most pleasant and mellow taste.
  • Water: Matcha requires hot water, but not boiling. Hot water around 80°C/176°F enhances the delicate, fragrant taste. Rapidly boiling water scorches the matcha powder and makes it taste bitter.
  • Milk: I like dairy free milk like almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk or oat milk but whole grass fed cow’s milk is good too.
  • Sweetener: Since Matcha has a slightly bitter, grassy taste I like to add a little honey. It’s optional.
  • Collagen: I add collagen or gelatin for extra protein, but it’s optional.
Easy Homemade Matcha Latte ingredients

How To Make Matcha Latte

In a blender:

The easiest way to make a Matcha Latte is in a blender. This is the way I make it.

  • Put matcha powder into a blender. Add collagen, if using.
  • Pour the hot water into a cup, (to cool slightly), then pour into the blender.
  • Add the milk.  
  • Blend on high for 30 seconds until frothy.
  • Pour into a cup and add sweetener if desired. Enjoy!

With a whisk:

Traditionally matcha is made in a small wide bowl with a bamboo whisk.

  • Sift the matcha – Use a small strainer and sift the matcha powder into a small wide bowl.
  • Whisk the matcha. Pour in the slightly cooled hot water, then use a bamboo whisk or frother to whisk vigorously back and forth until the tea becomes frothy and there are no chunks of powder left, about 30 in the seconds.
  • Froth your milk – Heat and froth your milk using a frother.
  • Pour into a cup – Pour the matcha tea into a cup, add collagen (if using), add the frothed milk and sweetener. Stir and enjoy.
Easy Homemade Matcha Latte pouring into a cup from a blender

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between ceremonial grade matcha and culinary grade matcha?

Ceremonial Grade is the highest quality made from young matcha leaves. It has a sweet, mild flavor ideal for tea.
Culinary Grade is a bit more robust and bitter. It’s also less expensive. It’s good for smoothies, chia pudding, energy bites and baked goods that soften the flavor.

Can I make my matcha tea in advance and store it?

This homemade matcha latte is best served immediately. If you want to store it, just make the tea without the milk and store in a mason jar for up to 2 days. The color might change a bit. When ready to serve, gently heat and add the frothed milk.

How do I know if my water is the right temperature?

I don’t test my water temperature. A good way to get the water at the right temperature is to boil your filtered water, pour what you need for tea into a cup, then pour it into the blender or bowl.

Can I turn this into an iced matcha latte?

Yes, make the warm matcha tea in a bowl or cup, add honey, then chill it in the fridge. Once cold pour into a blender with cold milk and blend until frothy. Pour into a glass with ice cubes. Stir and serve.

Easy Homemade Matcha Latte side view 2 cups napkin and spoon

Here are a few more matcha recipes you may enjoy:

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Easy Homemade Matcha Latte


  • Author: Ingrid DeHart
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

I make this homemade matcha latte in a blender because it’s so easy . See instruction above to make it with a whisk. 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/21 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1 scoop grass fed collagen or gelatin (optional)
  • 8 ounces hot water
  • ¼ cup dairy free milk, cashew, almond, hemp, oat, coconut*
  • 1/21 teaspoon raw honey

Instructions

  1. Put matcha powder into a blender. Add collagen, if using.
  2. Pour the hot water into a cup (to cool slightly) and pour into the blender.
  3. Add the dairy free milk.  
  4. Blend 30 seconds until frothy.
  5. Pour into a cup and add sweetener, if desired.

Equipment

Notes

Diary milk can be used too!

Nutrition information is with cashew milk. I like it because it’s easy to make at home.

The recipe can easily be doubled.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Keywords: matcha latte, homemade matcha latte, easy matcha latte

2 Comments

  • Lori says:

    The problem I have with matcha is that toward the bottom there tends to be “sludge” at the bottom. How do I get away from this?

    • Ingrid says:

      Hi Lori, If you blend the matcha with your nut milk for 40-60 seconds there will be very little sludge. Also as you get to the bottom of your cup, stir it a few times before taking a sip to incorporate any powder that may not have dissolved. Enjoy your morning!

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