How to Make an Almond Milk Matcha LatteSkip to Recipe
This almond milk matcha latte recipe is exactly the delicious and balancing drink your morning needs! Loaded with health benefits, this vegan matcha latte recipe delivers amazing taste along with its powerful healthy magic. This matcha latte is perfect for your daily morning routine, and can be made with coconut milk or any other vegan milk that inspires your wake-up!
Almond Milk Matcha Latte
If you’ve followed me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen), you’ve most likely seen me in one of my stories drinking a coconut milk matcha latte. I am absolutely in love with making this vegan drink and it have become my favorite part of my daily routine. Many requests have come my way on how to make this drink recipe along with providing some tips and tricks, so here’s how to make an almond milk matcha latte!
Before we get started, the vegan matcha latte I make is usually the potion where I add in all of my adaptogens and CBD oil. Now let me be very clear you DO NOT have to have all the fancy adaptogens or CBD oil to enjoy this almond milk matcha latte every day. The adaptogens are completely optional and you can make a delicious matcha potion with only matcha, water, milk & sweetener of your choice.
These adaptogens & additions definitely won’t hurt, they only make the potion a little more magical!
Love magical vegan lattes? Try this Everyday Adaptogenic Herbal Coffee Latte!
Matcha vs Coffee
If you are close to me or have been following my journey, you know I struggle with digestive issues, adrenal function & high anxiety. Everyone is different, but for me, this potion really makes a difference in my mood and energy every morning. Having that ritual and something to look forward to really helps in the morning, almost like a blessing to myself and my loved ones.
So why did I choose a matcha latte instead of coffee or another beverage? Aside from loving the taste and its magical green color, it has just a little bit of caffeine for a pick me up and is loaded with antioxidants.
While I like the taste of coffee, drinking coffee has never been a thing for me. It’s packed with too much caffeine and makes me feel jittery – no joke, literally heart palpitations! Therefore, Matcha is the most magical potion that I truly love to add to my morning routine. After these tips and tricks, I hope this almond milk matcha latte will be part of yours as well.
Vegan Matcha Latte Benefits
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Prevents disease
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
(Benefits sourced from http://matchasource.com/health-benefits-of-matcha-tea/)
Choosing the Best Matcha
Like teas and coffees, the best latte’s come from the best sources. When just learning about how to make a vegan matcha latte, it can be a little overwhelming. There are different grades and brands of matcha. The first tip is to avoid food grade and go for a ceremonial grade. Food grade is for cooking (like cookies or baked goods) and has a stronger taste. I’d recommend going with ceremonial grade matcha since it’s meant for drinking. Yes, it might cost a little bit more, but if you want to enjoy an amazing tasting latte, I’d highly recommend it.
After choosing the grade, make sure to select a reputable brand. The brands I’ve tried and loved are:
Rishi Barista Matcha: I was so pleased to find this Matcha, as it is the most vibrant green, is very smooth and flavorful. It’s honestly my new go-to as it’s organic, & very affordable. It comes in a beautiful large bag and has lasted me months without losing its quality.
Ippodo Matcha – Balanced: Holy moly this blend has to be one of the top choices. Their matcha is so soft and smooth with absolutely delicious taste. It was the closet Matcha brand I could find that tasted like a jar of matcha that one of my best friends brought me from a small farm in Japan. I was so stoked to find something similar with such a potent quality. I’d highly recommend this brand!
Mizuba Daily Matcha: I found this brand while going to Portola Coffee Roasters in Costa Mesa, CA. They serve matcha lattes and I was lucky enough, that they sell this brand in-store. I also read about the brand from Alison Wu. They are a small company out of Portland, OR and I love their story! They source their matcha from a small farm in Japan. This blend is more of my everyday Matcha as it is incredibly smooth and yummy with no compromise in flavor. Also a great price point!
If you have any brands you love and would like to let me know of, please do! I’m always interested in trying other magical brands, just tag me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen) or comment below!
Drink it Warm, Not Hot!
The biggest tip to making any delicious matcha latte is to heat up the water to the right temperature, making sure it is not too hot. Shoot for a temperature between 155 and 160 degrees F. Do NOT boil the water as you would for tea, or you will extract unwanted, bitter flavors. When I make my almond milk matcha latte I use a Breville Electric Kettle where I can digitally set the temperature. This ensures I get all of the delicious flavor notes without any bitterness. With an electric kettle, it gets heated to the right temperature every time!
After the water is heated, sift the matcha to make sure all of the clumps are out. Here is the bamboo whisk I use to sift the matcha. Using the whisk and sifting the matcha will result in a much smoother drink!
It’s Not a Latte Without Milk
This is where the creativity starts! When making a vegan matcha latte, milk choice adds those subtle, delicious flavor notes and adds to the richness of the drink. Being personally dairy-free, I find that an almond milk matcha latte is one of my favorites! A coconut milk matcha latte is a second runner-up, but I also like to get creative and make my own nut or seed-based milk.
I’ve been able to be even more creative and try a variety of different nut and seed combinations with ease, ever since I got an Almond Cow (use STEPHANIE for $15 off). One of my personal favorites is a pumpkin seed and almond milk that’s oh so smooth and creamy! It works great in my morning vegan matcha lattes.
Now when getting that frothy goodness in the latte, I’d highly recommend this Breville Milk Cafe Frother. It allows you to froth any milk with ease! When making my vegan matcha lattes, I make sure that they are extra frothy. However, if you don’t have the milk cafe frother, you can use a whisk or handheld milk frother. It will really enhance the final elixir!
Make it Your Own!
One of my favorite parts of making an almond milk matcha latte is customizing the final elixir. For my matcha, I always add a sweetener (usually stevia), some adaptogens, and CBD oil. Adding CBD oil to this tincture was a recommendation from my naturopath. He recommends a little bit of CBD oil daily to help with anxiety, digestion, and mood. What better way to get your daily dose of CBD and adaptogens than in your daily vegan matcha latte?
A Few Extra Notes:
- If you are not sugar-free, feel free to use honey or coconut sugar – I would start with a teaspoon of honey and add more to taste if you desire. You can also use stevia or raw monk fruit.
Of course, let me know if you make this almond milk matcha latte! I’d love to hear your customizations and how you modify this matcha latte recipe to make it your own! Tag me on Instagram (@mytinylagunakitchen) or comment below!
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- 1 Cup of hot water (155-160 degrees F)
- 1 Cup almond milk (or any nut/seed-based milk)
- 1 Teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 Scoop collagen peptides
- 1/4 Teaspoon stevia
- Pinch vanilla bean powder
Optional Add Ins
- Warm the cup of water to approximately 155-160 degrees F. Do NOT go over or you will get bad flavor notes in your latte and it will taste extremely bitter!
- Put 1 teaspoon of matcha in your cup. Using a bamboo whisk, sift out any matcha chunks to make sure it's all evened out.
- Pour in your water. If you aren't using a blender, use a whisk or a milk frother to combine.
- Add in any of the additional ingredients to make your matcha magical!
- Mix in a blender on low to medium or use a whisk for about 3 minutes until fully combined.