Shortcut Matcha Latte

You all know I love my MATCHA! It's been my warm cup of choice in the mornings since I stopped drinking coffee in January.

Traditionally, matcha tea is made by whisking the matcha tea powder (finny ground green tea leaves) with hot water. You would then make this a latte by steaming milk and swirling the two together. While that makes for a pretty picture, I knew that I needed a shortcut, especially since I was pretty set on making my own almond milk to enjoy with the matcha.

First I hacked my homemade almond milk, cutting the process down to just two minutes. This trick definitely sped things up, but I was still making the almond milk a few times per week, and whisking the matcha up daily. I wondered if I could simplify the process even further, and the following recipe was born.

This delicious Shortcut Matcha Latte comes together in just a few minutes - no pre-made almond milk or whisk required! All the magic happens right in your high speed blender. 

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Shortcut Matcha Latte / vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free, paleo

Ingredients:

- 2 cups hot water (almost boiling, but not quite)

- 1 tsp matcha powder

- 1 scant tablespoon coconut oil

- 1 scant tablespoon almond butter

- Optional add-ins: 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, dash cinnamon, ginger, or turmeric (my personal favorite), pinch sea salt, cacao powder

Instructions:

1. Heat your water - you want it almost boiling, but not quite. If it boils, let it cool for a minute or two (you don't want it to be so hot that it burns the matcha, and your mouth!)

2. Add to your blender: matcha, almond butter, coconut oil, and any add-ins. Top with hot water. Place the lid on your blender. I also put a dish towel over the top of the blender - I find that when I blend hot liquid, steam/water sometimes escapes. 

3. Blend it up! If possible, start on a low setting and then increase the speed. Let it run for a good 30 seconds to 1 minute (you want the coconut oil to melt and get super frothy). 

This recipe makes 2 cups - I usually drink the whole thing myself but you can definitely share it with someone special =)

 

Have you every made your own latte? Let me know your experience in the comments below!

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