Easy vegan matcha latte sweetened naturally, without any refined sugar. A 5-minute, creamy alternative to coffee that provides sustainable energy.
I always wanted to love coffee, but it's never worked for me. Coffee doesn't agree with my stomach, skin, or acid reflux (anyone else?). Sometimes I'll try a few sips of Jimmy's cold brew, but that's about the extent of my coffee intake.
Instead, tea and food have been my sources of energy and caffeine. The ultimate source? Matcha.
Matcha tea is my favorite option for days when my energy is lagging. This creamy, perfectly sweet latte not only provides a sustainable energy boost, but it's the perfect afternoon treat to enjoy on a work break.
Matcha lattes are super simple to make at home. I prefer this recipe to any latte from a cafe, thanks to a secret ingredient - vanilla extract. Vanilla extract adds an underlying sweetness, without any added sugar. It's my favorite addition in smoothies, lattes, and desserts.
This recipe is:
- vegan + vegetarian
- refined sugar-free
Tools + ingredients:
Thanks to Zulay Kitchen for sending me their milk frother and matcha to try!
Yes, I find that matcha is actually a steadier, more sustainable form of energy than coffee.
When you make your own matcha latte, you can control any additives like sugar. Starbuck's Matcha Latte has 32 grams of sugar in it... that's 8 teaspoons, or 8 sugar packets. Pro tip: always ask to see what's in the matcha powder if you order from a cafe (and get it unsweetened)!
Ceremonial matcha is meant for drinking, while culinary is meant for baking. Although you can drink culinary grade matcha, it will not taste as good (typically it's bitter).
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Easy Vegan Matcha Latte
- 1½ tsp Matcha powder ceremonial grade
- 1½ tbsp hot water
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1½ cup coconut milk
- 1 sprinkle cinnamon optional
- Add matcha powder, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and hot water to a mug or bowl.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Warm the milk in a separate cup, then froth it.
- Add matcha mix to a serving mug if using a bowl.
- Pour frothed milk over matcha, then stir.
- Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve while hot.
- Any plant-based milk will work, but creamier milks will froth better (like cashew, macadamia, oat milk).
- For less sweet, use less maple syrup.
- Can pour over ice in a mason jar and shake for an iced latte.