Quick & Easy Matcha Latte
by Mona Fe on Apr 04, 2023
What is matcha, and why is everyone obsessed with it?
This green tea powder has taken the world by storm. It actually has a solid fanbase of wellness enthusiasts, celebrities, and even athletes because of its health benefits and energising properties. Everywhere you look, there’s a spread of matcha-flavoured edibles like cakes, cookies, ice creams, and our personal favourite - Matcha Lattes.
Well, matcha is definitely having a moment over at the WMBT HQ, too.
We’re excited to share this super quick & easy Matcha Latte recipe that will get you going first thing in the morning.
Try swapping your usual Mocha Java for this deliciously healthy beverage once in a while, and feel the difference.
And guess what, mums, if you like this recipe, you will enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s soon-to-be-released booklet, "Drinks for Mum". There you’ll find a range of recipes – from hearty hot chocolate to a power smoothie to an ice-cold gin and tonic. It’s always a great idea to have season-spanning, all-occasion beverages on standby! So be sure to check that one out, too
More On Matcha
This relaxing, caffeinated green tea powder actually has a rich history. Chinese Buddhist monks used it to remain attentive when in a deep state of meditation, while Japanese Samurais drank it to stay invigorated before going full battle-mode.
Fast forward to the future where it’s transcended the traditional Japanese tea ceremony to become a bright, flavourful modern trend.
In fact, everyone is so fascinated with matcha that famous brand Tenzo Tea came out with research showing how out of the top 100 videos:
21% YouTube influencers talked about matcha’s creaminess
23% liked its smoothness
24% thought it is rich
16% of the influencers talked about an increase in metabolism
27% were hot on the idea of matcha being an antioxidant powerhouse.
Most people love it because it provides the same benefits as regular ‘ol green tea - but with 137x more power! So not only does it boost your metabolism, helping with weight loss, but it also gives you sustained energy for hours. And because it isn’t nearly as overstimulating as coffee, it doesn’t come with a caffeine crash, either.
Perfect for when mum needs a little afternoon pick-me-up, too. *wink*
Aside from the benefits above, matcha also contains antioxidants called catechins which are said to help safeguard against cancer. Studies have also shown how this superfood may help protect the liver, reduce stress & anxiety, improve brain function, and promote heart health.
Doesn’t that just sound just like a dream?
Matcha Made In Heaven
Ladies, we should all know how to make ourselves this perfect cup of creamy, dreamy, healthy Matcha Latte.
Skip the line at the café because this drink is super quick, easy, and so much more affordable to make at home – all you need are a few simple ingredients.
Matcha is separated into two categories: ceremonial matcha and culinary matcha. Culinary-grade matcha is made to be added to lattes, baked goods, smoothies, and other dishes, while ceremonial-grade matcha is meant to be taken on its own when whisked with hot water.
The pull of commercial concoctions might be strong, but try to steer clear mums! Not only are they low in matcha (along with the health benefits), but they also contain crazy amounts of calories and sugar.
You can use any milk you fancy. Our personal favourite includes non-dairy options because they’re lower in fat and calories.
Almond milk is an excellent choice for Matcha Latte beginners because of its slightly sweet taste and silky texture. But, if you’re after a super-rich and creamy yet still healthy alternative, we suggest coconut milk. It has that tropical flavour that complements the earthy notes of matcha. It also heats well and is naturally sweeter than almond milk, so you skip or skimp on the sweetener. Another great plant-based milk is every barista’s milk of choice – oat milk. It’s pricier than almond milk and coconut milk, but it also packs more of a nutritional punch minus the fats. Oat milk is still rich and creamy, but it’s not as heavy.
One other thing we absolutely love about this recipe is its flexibility with the ingredients. We prefer to sweeten the naturally bitter tea with either maple syrup or honey but you can also use stevia drops or brown sugar.
Now, this traditional drink may feel very serious.
Add a splash of fun and a pop of pizzaz by serving it up along with a cute and colourful reusable silicone straw. Nope, they’re not exclusive for your little munchkins! This WMBT Bendie Straw is a must-have for every member of the household! Not only are they a great eco-friendly way to veer away from paper and plastic, but they also add a good dose of cheer when used.
Makes 2 Matcha Lattes | Prep 10 minutes
- 3 teaspoons matcha powder
- 2 tablespoons hot water
- 3-4 teaspoons honey/maple syrup, optional
- 375 ml (1 ½ cups) hot milk of choice
Sieve the matcha powder into a cup.
Add the water and stir to ensure there are no lumps.
Stir in the sweetener before adding the milk and serving.
Add a little extra fun by enjoying with a We Might be Tiny Bendie Straw.
TIPS FOR THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE
- Don’t boil your water to keep your tea from being too bitter. Keep it just under boiling, at around 175 degrees.
- Sift your Matcha powder before preparing to help avoid any lumps.
- Start off with about 3 tablespoons of water to 1-2 spoons of Matcha and whisk away all the clumps. Add more water and keep whisking as you go.
- To get your green tea latte thick and foamy, you can use the traditional matcha frother, or a regular whisk, or you even throw this whole recipe in the blender.
Ready to make an excellent cup of your own? Be sure to tag us at @wemightbetiny on social media. We’d love to see it!
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