I bet you have heard of this strange word “matcha” at some point in the past year or so (past 2-3 years to be more accurate). It has been all over social media – Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. – oh what a time to be alive! 😀 – and it still is. And that’s exactly how I found out about it. I wanted to try it immediately – because I like all things that are on the healthier side, and it looked intriguing.
But the first try was not that great for my taste buds. I found a café in Bergen that served matcha latte (and I think they were the first ones to do that), but it was so intense, that I had to pretend to G. that I like it. 😀 After all, I paid around 3 euros for that cup! Every sip was bittersweet, haha. However, I did not give up after that failure and decided I should try to make a matcha drink myself. So I ordered a set of matcha tea powder (yes – matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves) together with a whisk (you would need that for preparation). And let me tell you – a good and tasty matcha latte is only a matter of proportions.
- 1 or ½ a teaspoon high quality matcha green tea powder(the amount depends solely on you – start with a bit less and see how it tastes)
- ½ cup hot water
- ½ cup of dairy free milk (almond, coconut, cashew)
- 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup ( I usually add less than that)
Add the matcha tea powder to a small amount of hot water into your favourite mug and whisk it with a bamboo whisk until it is completely dissolved. If you don’t have a whisk, you can use the back of the spoon to stir and make a paste. After that, add the remaining hot water and if you use the sweetener, add at this point. Prepare your almond milk (or the milk of your choice) as if you would make a latte – warm it up and make a foam with a milk frother, then pour it over the tea. Taste it to see if you need a bit more sweetness and enjoy!
And – if you like the tea, or the latte drink, you will probably enjoy other foods as well, because you can add the powder to smoothies, while baking or making some healthy treats. At the moment I am looking for recipes for the energy bites (or energy bliss balls), and I will let you know how it turns out!
If you want to find out about the benefits of matcha tea, you can read more here. It’s full of antioxidants, it’s good for your heart and your brain, and it gives you energy! I will say – give it a try 😉