I have to admit–St. Patrick’s Day has never been my thing. Every year, around this time, I realize just how Italian I am. Don’t get me wrong–I appreciate the holiday and the celebrations that surround it but I have rarely felt compelled to participate–until today maybe? I was playing around with this Almond Matcha Latte recipe and…lightbulb! It is green! That means it counts as a St. Patrick’s Day recipe! Right?!While this may be a stretch I am pleased that I have a festive recipe to share with all of you. Oh, and it’s really delicious and perfect for spring too!
What is Matcha? Matcha is a powder made from grinding green tea leaves. The tea leaves are shaded towards the end of their growing cycle. The shade increases the chlorophyll content and turns the leaves dark green, hence the color and nutrient density of the powder.
Why is it good for you? When you drink Matcha, you consume the entire tea leaf which is different than steeping a traditional green tea. The result is far more antioxidants. The nutrients in one cup of matcha are thought to be equivalent to 10 cups of traditionally steeped green tea.
How do you make Matcha? Matcha is prepared much differently than steeping a tea leaves. While you can make it many ways, it is most traditionally prepared using a bamboo whisk (see below) and tea bowl.
- sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha into a cup or tea bowl.
- add two ounces of hot (not boiling) water
- Enjoy the creamy goodness
What is a matcha latte? a matcha latte is exactly as it sounds–you add some frothed milk to your tea. I buy unsweetened nut milks when I am in a pinch but I prefer my homemade version as it is easy to make and free of additives, thickeners and preservatives. Learn more!
You could also use cows milk–we aim to purchase grass-fed, pastured, organic milk whenever possible.
Flavor! I love added herbs and spices to my drinks. This is a great way to maximize the flavor without added too much sweetener (if any). Considering spring is around the corner, I opted for some bright and refreshing mint to give this latte some life.
- 2-4 teaspoons matcha (depending on the strength you prefer)
- A few mint leaves (3-5)
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 4-6 ounces of hot water (not boiling)
- 4-6 ounces of nut milk such as almond or cashew
- Sift (or simply spoon) matcha powder into a small bowl
- Heat water in a saucepan with mint leaves and honey
- Remove the mint leaves
- Whisk the water into the matcha--it will become frothy
- Froth the milk with a milk frother OR heat the milk in a sauce pan and whirl in your blender to froth.
- Divide the matcha mixture between two to three cups
- Top with frothed milk
BambooMN Brand – Matcha Green Tea Whisk Set – Set of 4 Items. Whisk + Scoop + Tea Spoon + GREEN Whisk Holder.