Today I’m going to teach you how to make my absolute favorite morning drink, a matcha latte. A little background on my morning drinks of choice, I stopped drinking coffee after I graduated college. I was so reliant on it that I would drink around three cups a day and end up super twitchy and scattered which I very quickly realized was not a way to function. So I stopped drinking coffee cold turkey and instead replaced it with tea. I was not always a fan of tea (hot tea in particular took a bit to get used to) but I grew to love it. Green, herbal, yerba mate, white, black, you name it I’ve most likely tried it. For a long time I drank yerba mate in the morning with a spoonful of honey (which I still love) but I was really missing the latte aspect that I used to get with coffee.
Matcha is a finely ground green powder that originated in Japan. Loaded with antioxidants, drinking one cup of matcha is like drinking TEN cups of green tea, it’s that good for you. It has a very earthy taste but I have grown to love and crave it in the mornings when I wake up. It took me a few weeks, but I finally perfected my own personal favorite version of a matcha latte which I am going to share below. Keep in mind this is not the traditional way to drink matcha, but it’s the way I enjoy it the most.
MORNING MATCHA LATTE
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1 scoop collagen peptides
- 1 cup milk (my preference to mix with matcha is almond)
- 1/2 cup water
- First things first, check to make sure your blender is fine to blend hot liquids and always leave the center hole open for the steam to escape so it doesn’t explode!
- Scoop out one scoop worth of collagen peptides and dump into blender. Fun fact, collagen peptides are good for hair, skin, nails, bones and joints.
- Sift one teaspoon of matcha into the blender. Sifting helps the matcha to blend easier, trust me.
- Add in one tablespoon of coconut butter. NOTE this is not a coconut “spread” it is actual coconut butter found in health stores like Whole Foods next to the coconut oil. Coconut butter is similar to coconut oil except it is made with the coconut meat which gives it the thick consistency.
- In the microwave heat one cup of almond milk and half a cup of water for two minutes, then add to blender.
- Mix on medium low for around 15 seconds or until everything looks blended together. Serve in the mug of your choice and enjoy!