Matcha is so hot right now. It’s everywhere you look from trendy shops to desserts and everything in between. I’ve been wanting to see what all the fuss is about, but was a little nervous because of the caffeine. I have quite the sensitivity to caffeine (it sends my anxiety in to overdrive) so I tend to stay away from it.
But after doing a little research on matcha, I also came across one of its mighty benefits in L-Theanine. L-Theanine in a rich compound in matcha, and it promotes a state of relaxation by increasing the neurotransmitter GABA. In short, it helps you to chill. So while the caffeine gives you the boost of energy, the L-Theanine can help you stay focused and calm throughout your day.
So on to the good stuff – the recipe. You can make matcha a million different ways, but I prefer this matcha latte with almond milk because it’s loaded with the good for you stuff and still tastes amazing.
I start out by heating up the almond milk on the stove on medium to high setting, storing occasionally. While its heating up, combine matcha with cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of water. I prefer to toss everything in the blender to get a nice froth going, but if you have one of those nifty whisk things then by all means whisk away. This matcha latte with almond milk has very few ingredients, and takes a very short amount of time to make, Perfect for those mornings when time isn’t something you have (which is pretty much daily for me).
Matcha Latte with Almond Milk
An excited mix of spices and the antioxidant powerhouse matcha for a quick afternoon pick me up or for those mornings on the go.
- 1 tsp green tea matcha
- 1 cup almond milk ( I use Pop & Bottle)
- 1 tsp coconut nectar
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
Place the almond milk in a sauce pan on medium to high heat on the stove for 3 to 5 minutes.
While the almond milk is cooking, combine the matcha, cinnamon and water in a blender and blend for 5 seconds just to get everything mixed together.
Once the almond milk has reached the desired temperature, add in the coconut nectar and the coconut oil. Whisk together before placing in the blender.
Place the almond milk in the blender and blend for 15 to 20 seconds or until completely blended. You should have a nice froth going once you pour it into your cup.
Serve with your favorite toppings and enjoy!