Vanilla matcha latte

This Vanilla matcha latte is made with healthy, gut supportive ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to create. Thick, creamy and frothy, it is the perfect cosy latte to start the day, with less caffeine than coffee. 

Matcha is one of my favourite drinks ever- and NOT as a substitute for coffee. Matcha stands out on its own as a beautiful hot drink, and this gut-loving vanilla matcha latte is what i have made for YEARS every single morning. 

Vanilla matcha latte

Vanilla matcha latteMatcha is made from powdered green tea, and has a fresh, sweet, and mildly bitter flavour. It is uplifting and naturally has less caffeine than coffee, making it less stimulating. 

What is matcha? 

Matcha is a powder made from finely ground green tea leaves. This traditional drink from Japan is one that is steeped in culture and ceremony, and is made using a small bowl (called a chawan) and a bamboo whisk (chasen). This vanilla matcha latte is not at all a traditional way to consume matcha, but it is a delicious, modern latte spin off. 

Matcha has grown in popularity for its well known antioxidant properties, as well as its many health-promoting benefits. It still has caffeine like coffee does, but is a less stimulating drink and a great alternative for coffee drinkers (though the taste is completely different!). 

Matcha is light, vibrant, bitter, sweet, uplifting, a bit grassy and so delicious. 

Vanilla matcha latte

Vanilla matcha latteHow to choose a good quality matcha

Not or matcha is made equally! If you have tried matcha and didn’t enjoy it it might be because you had poor quality matcha. Good quality matcha should be vibrant green (not yellow), stored in an dark container, and refrigerated once opened. 

For the best tasting matcha; 

  • Buy the best quality you can afford. Matcha will be sold as culinary (to be used in food) or ceremonial grade (for tea), but I prefer to use ceremonial garden matcha for all my raw food recipes and the taste is incomparable.
  • Matcha should have a vibrant, sweet, slightly bitter and grassy flavour. It should be vibrant green and store in a bag or container that blocks sunlight.
  • If your matcha powder is overly bitter, yellow-green or brown-green avoid buying this brand again.
  • To keep matcha at its best store in the fridge once opened.
  • Do not heat ceremonial grade matcha over 70 degrees C. Heat will a) destroy the potent antioxidants present and b) create an excess of bitterness.

Vanilla matcha latte

Vanilla matcha latteVanilla matcha latte ingredients 

Matcha powder

Choose the best quality that is affordable to you, making sure it is ceremonial and not culinary matcha. Remember- good quality mathca should be green in colour and light, sweet and slightly grassy in flavour.

Gelatin

I use Grassfed and finished Australian gelatine in my matcha lattes to make them thick, creamy and frothy. Gelatine is also a great gut-supportive food, making this a gut-heslthy matcha recipe

Cacao butter

Cacao butter adds healthy fats into our matcha, a trick that slows down the absorption of caffeine into your body. Less caffeine + less caffeine jitters (yay!). Cacao butter also helps to make this a thick, creamy and frothy drink, and the flavour helps to ba;anace out any bitterness of the matcha.

Vanilla extract

Vanilla adds a subtle flavour and is an obvious ingredient for a great tasting vanilla matcha latte! Vanilla also adds a small amount of sweetness into our gut loving matcha latte, but if you need extra sweetness yo can add some maple syrup.

Vanilla matcha latte

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Vanilla matcha latte

Vanilla matcha latte

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  • Author: Jade Woodd
  • Prep Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Japanese inspired
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This vanilla matcha latte is made with healthy, gut supportive ingredients and takes just over 5 minutes to create. Thick, creamy and frothy, it is the perfect cosy latte to start the day, with less caffeine than coffee.


Ingredients

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  • 200 ml (or a small mug’s worth) water or milk of choice
  • 2 tsp grass fed gelatin powder
  • 6 cacao butter buttons / 1 small chunk of cacao butter
  • 1 heaped tsp ceremonial grade matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • whipped cream, to serve

Instructions

  1. Add cold water, gelatin and cacao button to a small saucepan. Allow to stand for 3-4 minutes, so the gelatine can bloom and thicken.
  2. Heat over a medium flame to 70c. If you don’t have a thermometer simply make it hot but not boiling. Matcha is best made below 77 C, so if you do bring it to the boil add a good splash of cold milk to bring down the temperature.
  3. Add matcha and vanilla. Use a stick bleneder to blend teh vanilla matcha latter. This should take 30 seconds, and will become thick and frothy.
  4. Serve immediately, with optional whipped cream if you’re feeling like a fancy topping.

Thermomix method

  1. Add all ingredients to your thermomix, and stand for 2 minutes. Heat to 70 C for 3 minutes, then blend for 30 seconds on 70C, speed 9.
  2. Serve immediately, with optional whipped cream if you’re feeling like a fancy topping.

 


Notes

Vanilla matcha latte additions

  • If you like a sweeter drink, 1/2-1 tsp pure maple syrup is recommended.
  • You can add 1/2-1 tsp powdered herbs to this drink- I ave used moringa, mesquite, lucuma, lions mane and tremella in the past and they all work great.
 
2 Comments
  1. I’m so glad I gave this one a try. Panaceas Pantry recipes never disappoint. This vanilla matcha latte will now be a heart-warming winter staple.






    1. Hi Helen- oh, I appreciate you’re time in leaving such a beautiful comment. Cheers to lots of warming winter cuppas.

      Xx jade

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