You’re going to love this Iced Lavender Matcha Latte. It’s soooo easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients: matcha, honey, lavender, water and almond milk! If this drink doesn’t make you feel chill AF, idk what will 🙂
What is matcha powder?
Matcha powder is essentially ground up green tea leaves. With green tea, you steep the leaves in water, but do not consume the actual leaves. Whereas with matcha, you are literally consuming the green tea leaves themselves. This means that matcha has a stronger flavor (much more earthy), more caffeine and more bitterness.
Does matcha have caffeine?
Yes, but it’s about half as much as the amount in coffee. A cup of coffee has about 100-120mg per 8 ounces whereas matcha has about 50-70 mg per tsp (which usually makes about a cup). The main difference with matcha though, is that it contains L-theanine, an amino acid that binds with the caffeine and slow its absorption. This has been said to leave you with an “alert but calm” feeling unlike coffee where some people feel super high for a while then crash.
Are matcha lattes good for you?
It depends. Here’s some questions to help you figure it out: do you enjoy the taste of matcha? how does it feel in your body? do you notice anything different when you drink it? how do you feel an hour later…3 hours later? are you drinking it because you think you “should” or because you genuinely feel satisfied and nourished from it?
We are bio-individual beings. This means, only YOU know what is best for your body. If matcha feels better for you than coffee, honor that. If coffee feels better, then honor that. If you hate the taste of matcha, um hello, don’t drink it. If you don’t feel good with any amount of caffeine, honor that. You have full permission to do whatever feels right for you, your body and your health.
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How to make a matcha latte:
There are several different ways to make a matcha latte but this is the easiest (and my favorite!).
- Heat your favorite kind of milk (regular milk, almond milk, coconut milk, etc) on the stove.
- Remove just before it starts to bubble.
- Add matcha powder (and whatever sweeteners/flavors you like – see below).
- Mix very well – you can either blend it, use a wooden matcha whisk or a milk frother. The blender will mix it the best and make it the most frothy but all 3 options work.
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What should I put in my matcha?
There are endless flavors and sweeteners you can use it matcha to make it taste super yummy. Here are some of my favorites:
- Maple Syrup
- Coconut Sugar
- Coconut butter (makes it extra creamy/coconut-y)
- Lavender (boil small amount of water then steep dried lavender in it – use the flavored water in your matcha latte)
- Chai spices
Does matcha quality matter?
Yep, I hate to break it to you but cheap, low-quality matcha usually doesn’t live up to the matcha hype. Here’s some questions to help you figure out if your matcha is the right quality for you: Do you enjoy the taste of it? Is it chalky or smooth? Is it super bitter or sweet and earthy? How does it feel in your body? Does it give you an energy boost? Is it a bright green color?
Where do I buy high-quality matcha?
My absolute favorite brand of matcha is Rishi. You can order online and they give you enough for it to last a while. I have tried at least 10 different kinds and this one is by far the best. Not only does it have a good flavor (not super bitter like some brands) but it also mixes super well into whatever you are cooking. So for example, when you are making a matcha latte, it mixes in completely so it’s super smooth (instead of clumping up and tasting chalky). Rishi’s matcha is also grown in Japan (where pretty much all quality matcha is grown) in ecological, sustainable gardens (not from a manufacturing facility in China).
If you love matcha, check out these other recipes:
- Cinnamon Spice Matcha Smoothie
- Falafel with Matcha Tahini Sauce
- Sweet Potato Bowls with Matcha Cilantro Pesto
You’re going to love this ICED LAVENDER MATCHA LATTE. It’s soooo easy to make and only requires 5 ingredients: matcha, honey, lavender, water and almond milk! If this drink doesn’t make you feel chill AF, idk what will 🙂
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tsp dried lavender
- 1.5 tbsp honey
- 2 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1.5 tsp matcha powder
- Bring water to a boil. Once boiling, immediately remove from stove and add lavender. Let steep for about 5 minutes.
- Strain out the lavender then add the matcha and honey. Mix well (I use a handheld milk frother but you can use a whisk or blender if you don’t have one).
- Fill 2 glasses with ice and almond milk then add half of the matcha mixture to each latte and stir.
- If you like your matcha strong, feel free to use 2 tsp for this recipe. If 1.5 tsp is too strong or bitter, feel free to add more milk and/or honey as needed.
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: matcha latte, lavender matcha latte, matcha powder, iced matcha latte