My new favorite thing is the Matcha Latte. If you follow me on snapchat, you’re well aware that I order them non-stop and photograph their glowing green goodness. But I can’t help it.
You may or may not have heard people talking about matcha lately. It’s basically just a green tea powder. There is still caffeine in it, but you don’t have the crash you do with coffee, and I notice my energy kicks in earlier and lasts longer. And if I have it in the afternoon, it doesn't keep me up at night.
I wandered to the tea place down the street from my apartment and tried my first almond milk-matcha latte the other day and it was a game-changer. The first couple sips are a little earthy tasting, to be honest, but there are so many things you can add to it to spice or sweeten it up a bit.
I was so sold on it that I’m going to risk losing all credibility and say: coffee and I are taking a break. I love coffee. So much. But I really only love it with a whole bunch of extra crap in it that makes it really unhealthy. (I have a large bottle of hazelnut Coffee Mate in the fridge at all times). And what I really love the most about coffee is the morning ritual. But lets face it; there are many other ways to achieve a quiet moment before your day. Like with matcha.
I went and bought a packet of matcha powder, stocked up on almond milk, and even went on Amazon and ordered a milk frother so I can now make matcha lattes from the comfort of my own home every day.
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup milk (I use almond milk, you can use dairy, soy, rice, whatever your little heart desires)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon honey (or whatever sweetener you prefer – stevia, agave syrup, etc.)
Scoop the matcha powder into your mug. Splash some of the hot water over it and whisk it up until it’s dissolved. Add your cinnamon, honey, and the rest of the water until they’re all combined.
Put ½ cup of milk into the frother until it’s good and foamy. Pour over your matcha and enjoy!
I use this frother, but you can also use one of these hand-held ones, and then you’ll just need to heat up the milk in the microwave or a saucepan, pour it over your matcha mixture, and then use the frother to add some foam.
AND, an iced matcha latte is the best afternoon pick-me-up, especially if you’re here in Seattle where it’s been uncharacteristically warm for April the last few days.
It’s the exact same process, but I only use a little hot water to dissolve the matcha, and then add cold water, then top it with cold milk and froth it up. (The frother I got has a hot and cold setting to make it easy).
Play around with the recipe, add more cinnamon, less honey, whatever you feel like doing. The world is your oyster. Enjoy!
PS - if you're not following me on snapchat, you should be (pumpsandplaid). Otherwise you might miss a weather update, or my daily matcha latte.