Save yourself some money and a trip to Starbucks by making this iced matcha green tea latte right at home! This is truly the best matcha latte recipe: it's creamy, flavorful, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants.
Inspired by its Chinese origins and Japanese traditions, this vegan iced matcha latte is perfect to enjoy in the morning to kick start your day or later in the afternoon to get out of that 3pm slump! Matcha lattes can be served hot or cold, totally up to you! If you'd like it hot, check out the recipe variations section.
You only need a few ingredients to make this simple homemade iced matcha latte recipe!
- Matcha Powder: of course! I will say, it's very important to get a good quality matcha powder. If you don't like matcha or think it's way too bitter/super grassy, you likely didn't use a good powder! Make sure you're getting an organic ceremonial grade matcha powder, as it's made specifically for drinking purposes.
- Warm/Hot Water: to dissolve the matcha in. Make sure it is not boiling, as I've heard it can harm the powder.
- Non-Dairy Milk: I'm so extra and I use 2 milks to make these lattes. Trust me on this, the combination of oat milk and almond milk gives these lattes the perfect texture and flavor. You can totally use one or the other.
- Pure Maple Syrup: for a natural sweetener.
- Cinnamon: maybe I'm wrong but I feel like cinnamon in a matcha latte is highly underrated? It adds a perfect hint of warmth and flavor!
How make a iced matcha green tea latte at home
Let me start by saying I LOVE the process of making matcha and some of these steps are not always necessary but I promise it'll yield great results! Plus, the first few steps follow the traditional Japanese method for making matcha.
- Using a tight mesh or wire strainer, sift the matcha powder into a bowl. You can totally skip this but it really helps to create a nice, smooth latte.
- Add warm/hot, but not boiling, water to the bowl and whisk quickly in a "W" shape using a matcha whisk until the matcha powder has fully dissolved and a watery paste with many tiny bubbles on the surface has formed.
- Add the maple syrup to the matcha and stir with the whisk until combined. Feel free to chill the matcha mixture in the fridge or freeze for 5-10 minutes, but since you'll be pouring it over ice, you don't have to.
- To a glass, add as much ice as you'd like and add the non-dairy milks. Pour the matcha into the glass, add a dash of cinnamon, and stir with a spoon or straw to combine. Enjoy!!
- Change up your sweetener by either leaving it out completely or using something else like sugar, agave, date syrup, or vanilla syrup!
- Make a hot matcha latte instead by heating the milk in a saucepan until hot and of course, skipping the ice! Feel free to froth the milk too!
- Add different spices to change up the flavor and health benefits! Turmeric is a great, anti-inflammatory addition.
- Buy a good quality ceremonial grade matcha powder! I know they can get a bit pricey but it's super important not only for to get the all the health benefits matcha provides but for it taste delicious too!
- Make sure you're whisking it well! You do NOT want to have any powder clumps in your latte. This is why I strain then whisk the powder, it results in a super smooth matcha with absolutely 0 clumps.
- Sweeten to your preference for the best overall taste! Again, the quality of the powder itself is very important but I highly recommend just a hint of sweetener to ensure you eliminate any unwanted, earthy flavor.
Matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, originating in China and traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. The green tea plants used for matcha are shade-grown for three to four weeks before harvest; the stems and veins are removed during processing.
It all depends on the ingredients you're using! Making a matcha latte at home is so much healthier than getting it at Starbucks! Starbucks matcha has a TON of sugar that you can't really control. This recipe has ~80% less sugar than Starbucks'. Using unrefined sugars like maple syrup and non-dairy milk really help to keep this recipe healthier.
Overall, matcha is a healthy alternative to coffee is and loaded with antioxidants, detoxifying properties, boosts your memory and concentration, and provides you with longer lasting and cleaner energy than coffee.
You don't need to! If you don't have one or don't want to buy one, feel free to use a frother or a blender instead. However, this is the traditional way to whisk matcha powder and the bamboo whisk has many prongs that suspend and separate the matcha powder in a way that will eliminate any and all clumps.
If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a pic and tag me on Instagram. If you have any questions or feedback at all, send me an e-mail or leave a comment and review below. I hope you love this dish as much as we do!Print