Rich coconut milk and matcha powder create a delicious dairy-free matcha tea latte. If you have a milk frother or steamer, use them to create a lovely light, yet creamy, drink. Matcha green tea is a wonderful tonic for enhancing focus and concentration and can be a perfect way to pick up energy levels through the day.
Difficulty – Easy
Time – 2 minutes cooking
What’s good about it?
The epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) in green tea is a powerful antioxidant known to protect brain health. Green tea also contains L-theanine, an amino acid which increases levels of neurotransmitters (the brain’s messenger chemicals) known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), serotonin, dopamine, and alpha-wave activity – and might also reduce mental and physical stress.
- Put the milk and matcha powder in a jug/pitcher and whisk together. Pour the mixture into a saucepan, add the stevia and warm it through over a medium heat.
- Use a hand-held milk frother, or small whisk and froth it until hot, thick and creamy. (Alternatively, if you have a milk steamer, use this according to the manufacturer’s instructions.) Pour the smoothie into a mug and serve with some coconut cream and a dusting of cinnamon, if you like.
Did You Know?
Another benefit to Matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) than regular green tea. In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate. It does however contain caffeine so if you are sensitive to caffeine opt for a decaf variety.
240ml/9fl oz/1 cup almond milk or coconut milk
½ tsp matcha tea powder
stevia, rice malt syrup, maple syrup or yacon syrup, to taste
coconut cream, to serve (optional)