Make your own Iced Matcha Latte at home just like your favorite coffee shop with just a few simple ingredients. It’s creamy, refreshing and made with high-quality matcha powder, creamy milk, and a touch of sweetness, this delightful beverage is a refreshing combination of flavors that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied. Dairy-free, vegan with paleo, low carb, keto and Whole30 options.
Updated May 2023
DIY Iced Matcha Latte Recipe
Are you ready to indulge in a deliciously satisfying beverage that not only quenches your thirst but also boosts your energy levels? This Iced Matcha Latte is creamy, refreshing and a healthier twist on the popular Starbucks Matcha Latte. Whether you’re a matcha aficionado or new to the world of this vibrant green tea powder, this recipe is sure to become a staple in your beverage repertoire.
It’s easy to make at home with your favorite matcha powder, just a touch of maple syrup and vanill along with any plant-based milk. Serve it in your favorite glass filled with ice cubes and some frothy whipped coconut cream and it’s even better than your favorite coffee shop! So grab your favorite mug and let’s dive in!
What is Matcha?
Matcha powder (“MA-cha” 抹茶) is finely ground green tea powder that originated in Japan and has gained popularity worldwide. It is made from specially grown green tea leaves that are finely ground into a vibrant green powder. Unlike traditional tea leaves, which are steeped and then discarded, matcha powder is whisked into a beverage, allowing you to consume the entire leaf and enjoy its full nutritional benefits.
Matcha is known for its rich, earthy flavor and unique characteristics. It has been a staple in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, where it is prepared and served with careful attention to detail and mindfulness.
By embracing matcha, you not only indulge in a flavorful and invigorating beverage but also reap the numerous health benefits it offers. So, join the matcha movement and savor the goodness of this remarkable powdered tea.
Ingredients you need
Save money and time by making your own iced matcha at home with just a few simple ingredients. This recipe is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and can easily be customizable by using your favorite paleo or low carb keto sweetener of choice.
- Ceremonial Grade Matcha powder: we like Ippodo Tea, Jade Leaf or Maeda-en.
- Water: be sure to use very hot water to dissolve the match.
- Maple syrup: use more or less to taste. You can also sub with your favorite sticky liquid sweetener such as organic agave, date syrup, honey (if not vegan), Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, liquid pure monk fruit or liquid stevia for low carb and keto. Leave out for Whole30.
- Vanilla extract: for extra flavor.
- Milk or Cream: we like to use Malk Organics almond milk or Nut Pods dairy-free creamer for our vegan iced matcha latte.
- Ice cubes: you’ll need a few handfuls.
How to make Iced Matcha Latte
- Prepare the matcha: Add matcha powder to a matcha bowl or cup. Pour in hot water and using a bamboo whisk, whisk in a back-and-forth zig-zag motion or a “W”motion for about 30-40 seconds, until a loose paste forms and the powder has completely dissolved and there are no lumps.Add sweetener and vanilla and whisk together until fully combined.
- Assemble: Add a large handful of ice to two glasses and divide the matcha evenly between the two glasses. Pour almond milk (frothed if desired) over the matcha.
- Serve and enjoy: Serve with whipped coconut cream, then sift over a pinch of cinnamon or matcha powder for some color. Stir to combine and enjoy.
Tips and trips
- Look for Ceremonial Grade: When selecting matcha powder, opt for ceremonial grade if possible. It is made from the youngest tea leaves, resulting in a vibrant green color and a smooth, delicate flavor. Our favorite matcha powder brands are we like Ippodo Tea, Jade Leaf or Maeda-en.
- Check for Quality: Ensure that the matcha powder you choose is of high quality. It should have a fresh aroma and a fine, powdery texture. Avoid powders that appear dull or have a grainy texture, as they may not provide the best flavor.
- Organic Options: Consider choosing organic matcha powder to avoid any potential exposure to pesticides or harmful chemicals. Look for reputable brands that prioritize organic farming practices.
- Storage: To maintain the freshness and flavor of your matcha powder, store it in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Avoid exposing it to heat, moisture, or direct sunlight, as these can degrade its quality.
- Ratio: We like using a 4:1 ratio. So for every one cup of coffee beans, you would steep them in four cups of water.
- Water: We prefer to use very hot water (not boiling) for the cleanest tasting matcha.
- Best whisk: a bamboo tea whisk (chasen)
- Bowl: a traditional Japanese tea bowl (chawan) or a wide 12-ounce mug.
Incorporating Matcha into Your Routine:
- Experiment with Recipes: While Iced Matcha Lattes are a fantastic way to enjoy matcha, don’t be afraid to get creative! Explore other recipes like matcha smoothies, matcha-infused baked goods, or even matcha-based desserts. The versatility of matcha opens up a world of culinary possibilities.
- Matcha as a Boost: Matcha can be a wonderful addition to your morning routine. Consider incorporating it into your pre-workout or breakfast routine to enjoy its energizing effects and potential metabolism-boosting benefits.
- Mindful Consumption: While matcha is generally safe for consumption, it does contain caffeine. If you are sensitive to caffeine or have any health conditions, it’s wise to moderate your intake and consult with a healthcare professional if needed.
- Sustainable Sourcing: Support brands that prioritize sustainable and ethical sourcing practices. Look for matcha that is sourced from farms that prioritize fair trade, environmental conservation, and community development.
Now that you’re armed with helpful tips and information, it’s time to embark on your matcha journey. Our Iced Matcha Latte recipe is just the beginning. Discover the world of matcha and let its vibrant flavor and numerous health benefits enhance your daily routine. Cheers to a refreshing and energizing matcha experience!
How to serve
While our Iced Matcha Latte is a delightful and refreshing beverage on its own, pairing it with complementary treats can elevate your matcha experience. Here are some ideas for what to serve alongside your Iced Matcha Latte:
- Matcha-Flavored Desserts: Enhance the matcha flavor by serving matcha-infused desserts like matcha cookies, matcha cake, or matcha-flavored macarons. The combination of the creamy latte and the sweet, earthy desserts will create a harmonious balance of flavors.
- Fresh Fruit: Enjoy the contrast of the cool and creamy Iced Matcha Latte with a plate of fresh fruits. Sliced strawberries, blueberries, or mangoes can add a refreshing and juicy element to your matcha experience.
- Light Pastries: Pair your Iced Matcha Latte with light pastries such as buttery croissants, flaky scones, or delicate madeleines. The subtle flavors of the pastries will complement the bold and vibrant taste of the matcha latte.
- Nuts and Seeds: For a crunchy and nutritious accompaniment, serve a bowl of mixed nuts and seeds. Almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds can provide a satisfying textural contrast to the smooth and creamy latte.
- Cheese and Crackers: Create a savory pairing by serving a selection of mild cheeses and crisp crackers. The creamy and tangy notes of the cheese can provide a delightful contrast to the earthy flavors of the matcha latte.
- Japanese-inspired Snacks: Embrace the Japanese origins of matcha by serving traditional Japanese snacks like mochi (sweet rice cakes), matcha-flavored Kit Kats, or delicate wagashi (Japanese confections). These snacks will harmonize well with the matcha’s distinct flavor profile.
Remember, the goal is to complement the Iced Matcha Latte without overpowering its unique taste. Choose light, subtle, and complementary flavors to create a well-rounded and enjoyable matcha experience. Experiment with different pairings to discover your own personal favorites.
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Make your own Iced Matcha Latte at home just like your favorite coffee shop with just a few simple ingredients. It's creamy, refreshing and easy to make in less than 10 minutes. Dairy-free, vegan with paleo and low carb sweetener options.
- 4 teaspoons organic ceremonial matcha powder
- 4 tablespoons very hot water
- 3-4 tablespoons pure maple syrup , use more or less to taste. You can also sub with your favorite sticky liquid sweetener such as organic agave, date syrup, honey (if not vegan), Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup, liquid pure monk fruit or liquid stevia for low carb and keto. Leave out for Whole30.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk , frothed in a milk frother or using a handheld electric frother if desired. Wwe like to use Malk Organics almond milk or Nut Pods for a dairy-free creamer.
- 2-3 large handfuls of ice cubes
Add matcha powder to a matcha bowl or cup. Pour in hot water and using a bamboo whisk, whisk in a back-and-forth zig-zag motion or a “W”motion for about 30-40 seconds, until a loose paste forms and the powder has completely dissolved and there are no lumps.
Pour in hot water and using a bamboo whisk, whisk in a back-and-forth zig-zag motion or a “W”motion for about 30-40 seconds, until a loose paste forms and the powder has completely dissolved and there are no lumps.
Add sweetener and vanilla and whisk together until fully combined.
Add a large handful of ice to two glasses and divide the matcha evenly between the two glasses.
Pour almond milk (frothed if desired) over the matcha.
Serve with whipped coconut cream, then sift over a pinch of cinnamon or matcha powder for some color. Stir to combine and enjoy.
**Nutritional facts are based on using maple syrup and unsweetened almond milk. If using regular sugar or dairy milk, the nutritional value will be different.
Disclaimer: This updated post was generated on May 22, 2023 by ChatGPT, an AI language model, and all info should be reviewed and validated by a human for accuracy and relevancy before implementation.