Hot + Iced Matcha Lattes

Welcome to Day 2 of our Matcha Madness Weekend! Now that we all know what matcha is, let’s talk about one of the most popular (and delicious) ways to consume it.

Matcha lattes are becoming more and more universally available, but let’s be honest—they can get pretty expensive. Not exactly an affordable daily habit (on our budgets, at least). And, as always, when dining out, it’s difficult to be 100% sure of what exactly is going into your food and drink. For example, Starbucks uses a “blend” of matcha and sugar in their matcha lattes instead of just using matcha straight up (why, Starbucks, why?).

While the occasional treat probably won’t kill you or break the bank, trust us when we say, making your own matcha latte at home is easy, less expensive, and just as satisfying. Below you can find our favorite methods for making hot and iced matcha lattes from the comfort of your kitchen. “Why are the recipes different,” you ask? Honestly, there is no reason. This is just the way we prefer them—the iced version is a little sweeter and creamier, while the hot version is a little more bitter. Give these a try, mix them up, make your own adjustments, and let us know what you think!

Note: In our WTF post about matcha, we talked about the difference between ceremonial grade and culinary grade. We used ceremonial grade for these lattes, but you can use either.

Hot Matcha Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Monitor it, stirring occasionally, until the milk reaches the desired temperature. Be careful not to burn it.
  2. In a blender, combine milk, matcha powder and cinnamon. Blend until evenly combined.
  3. Pour and enjoy! The top should be slightly foamy in texture.

Yield: 1 serving
Serving size: 1 latte

42 calories per serving • Fat: 2.5g • Carbohydrates: 1.5g • Protein: 3g

Iced Matcha Latte

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp honey

Instructions:

  1. Place matcha powder in a cup with a lid. Add a small amount of water to the cup, and whisk the water and matcha together until a paste forms. This step helps eliminate clumps.
  2. Add milk and honey to cup and cover with lid. Shake vigorously until evenly combined.
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Yield: 1 serving
Serving size: 1 latte

61 calories per serving • Fat: 2.5g • Carbohydrates: 6.8g • Protein: 3g

 

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