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This Homemade Matcha Latte Is Just As Good As the Coffee Shop Version

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Chances are pretty good that you've seen or tasted a matcha drink or dessert lately. The green tea powder is enjoying a resurgence of sorts, but don't let that fool you—matcha powder has been around for centuries. Loaded with heart-healthy antioxidants, matcha is made from chlorophyll-rich green tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder. It contains some caffeine, but has a little less than your usual cup of coffee, making it a nice choice for those who've already had one or two cups of coffee (admit it!) or anyone trying to cut back on caffeine intake in general. (Related: 11 Facts About Coffee We Bet You Never Knew.)

So if you've ever wondered how to make a matcha latte, worry no more: This simple homemade matcha latte recipe uses almond milk (though any dairy or non-dairy milk works just fine) and mixes in another antioxidant-rich ingredient—cinnamon. If grassy isn't exactly your choice of drink flavor, feel free to sweeten things up with a bit of honey or by adding a drop or two of vanilla extract.

To make the matcha latte, simply heat up the milk in a saucepan and vigorously stir the called-for ingredients to create the frothy latte effect. Then, pour into your mug and enjoy! If you prefer an iced matcha latte, allow the mixture to cool, then shake it in a blender bottle to create froth before pouring it into a glass filled with ice. (Bonus: You can transport the blender bottle on the go!) If all else fails, and you have one around the kitchen, you can always use a milk frother to get the same effect. (Next up: Try This Lavender Iced Matcha Latte.)

Homemade Matcha Latte with Cinnamon and Vanilla

Makes 1 latte

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 tablespoon hot water
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Place hot water in a mug. Add matcha powder, and whisk well until matcha is completely dissolved.
  2. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and honey, and whisk again until dissolved.
  3. Heat almond milk in a saucepan until it starts simmering. Vigorously stir milk for around 30 seconds until it becomes very frothy, and pour it into the matcha mug.
  4. Optional: Sprinkle a bit more cinnamon and matcha powder on top.
  5. Enjoy immediately while it's nice and warm, or let mixture cool before pouring over ice for an iced matcha latte.

Nutrition facts per serving: 68 calories, 2.5g fat, 10g carbs, 8g sugar, 1g protein

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