Matcha is a bright green Asian tea powder packed full of health boosting properties, including potent antioxidants (×10 the amount found in a cup of standard green tea).
“You hear that green tea, you ain’t no matcha for me.” ~Maggie Matcha
In particular, antioxidants called catechins are found in matcha but in virtually no other foods. They help the body fight diseases, including various cancers. Furthermore, matcha helps lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels and stress. Chlorophyll, vitamin c and minerals, such as zinc and selenium, present in matcha tea detoxify the body and promote clear, glowing skin.
The addition of coconut oil provides a filling creaminess to the latte. Although a saturated fat, coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids which the body metabolises and stores differently to the short chain fatty acids in most saturated foods, like fatty beef or butter.
Matcha can be an acquired taste, especially if it is unsweetened, so the vanilla provides a sweet little lift to the latte.
Okay enough tea-sing, let’s make this thing.
1 tsp matcha tea powder (I used kissa focus)
1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used almond)
3/4 cup hot water
1 tsp coconut oil
1-2 tsp honey/sweetener of your choice
¼-1/2 tsp vanilla
Simply put all the ingredients in a blender and give it a good whizz. Boom, done.
I did try and whisk the ingredients at first, but it quickly became apparent that the matcha was not having it.
A blender is definitely the way to go. Unless you like sipping on powdery lumps, in which case whisk away my friend.
Now grab a magazine/book and take a little break. Let the latte recharge you and leave you feeling matcha better.
Matcha may traditionally be drunk but you can consume it in so many more ways than just drinking it. Why not try some of these delicious recipes:
I think you’ll find them a matcha made in heaven.
Thanks very matcha for reading, have a super week x