Morning Matcha Latte (hot)

Morning Matcha Latte

Morning Matcha Latte

Matcha tea and I started our love affair earlier this year, when the sun was shining and the air was hot. All summer long I made an iced matcha latte each morning and drank it on the way to work. My old squeeze, coffee, just didn’t compare. I found that matcha tea gave me long-lasting energy with out the jitters, whereas coffee would help me out for a couple hours only to have me crash after lunch.

But summer doesn’t last forever. As the air began to chill I found myself missing the warmth of a nice hot cup of coffee. Did I break things off with coffee too soon? Could we work it out? I didn’t have a solid recipe for a hot matcha latte, after all. So matcha and I went on a break.

But who was I kidding? Matcha still held my heart. Every morning when I took a sip of coffee, matcha was on my mind. How could I leave matcha? Why didn’t I try harder to make it work? All I needed was to figure out how to make a quick and tasty version of my iced recipe. I’m happy to say, I’ve done it! I have gotten into my hot matcha groove, and matcha and I are stronger than ever.

Morning Matcha Latte

Morning Matcha Latte

The issue I had with the transition from an iced matcha latte to hot, was time. The base for my iced matcha latte is almond milk, with only a tad bit of water. I don’t have time to heat up (and then clean) a sauce pan of almond milk every morning, and I don’t particularly care for matcha when it’s only mixed with hot water.

So what’s a girl to do? I found a balance! This recipe for a hot latte has the same exact ingredients as my iced recipe: matcha, almond milk, water, and collagen. I’ve just adjusted the ratio of water to almond milk, and learned how to make a frothy foam topper! The collagen is optional, I GUESS. However, for me, leaving collagen out is not an option as it provides so many wonderful benefits to my hair, skin and nails. I also like to add a spoonful coconut oil to the hot version from time to time as well.

How do I make a frothy foam topper you ask? I use my handheld milk frother! It’s an inexpensive little contraption that has made my life with matcha oh so easy. There are a bunch of fancy tools you can buy for making matcha tea, however I think they are expensive, easy to lose/break, and unnecessary. All you need is a frother! I use the frother twice to make this latte: once to dissolve the matcha and collagen with the hot water, and then again to froth the almond-milk topper.

Okay so lets get to it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (I use unsweetened vanilla)
  • 2 TSP matcha
  • Optional:

Instructions:

  • Heat water using your preferred method;  I use a coffee maker.
  • Warm almond milk in microwave for ~45 seconds in a microwave safe container.
  • Place matcha, collagen, and coconut oil in a mug or cup.
  • To dissolve the matcha, fill the mug with half of the hot water and use the frother* to combine the ingredients.
    • A whisk or fork will also get the job done, just not as well.
    • If using a blender, just add all of the water and blend.
  • Once matcha is fully dissolved, add the rest of the water and half of the warm almond milk. Give the mixture one more quick mix with the frother.
  • Foam topper: Using the frother, froth the almond milk until the milk increases in size and becomes foamy. Once foamy, pour on top of latte.

If you do not have a frother, but would like to have one – I recommend purchasing it online. When I was shopping around for a frother, I visited several stores without ever coming across a frother. All that I could find were expensive bundle options that included several products in addition to the frother. By clicking image below, you can browse frother options on amazon!

Happy Sipping!

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Morning Matcha Latte (iced)

I have totally become a full blown matcha lover, and have almost completely phased coffee out of my daily routine. Let me tell you – one cup of this stuff energizes me ALL day, with no after-lunch crash. Its amazing, and so worth a try! If you’re not sure where to pick some up at, try your local HomeGoods (it’s the most magical place on Earth). They typically have several matcha options at discounted prices. If you do not have a magical HomeGoods near you, but you’d still like to give matcha a shot, check out OMG! Matcha. That’s the brand I snagged from HomeGoods and I really like it.

There are so many matcha latte recipes out there on the internet, but many of them require fancy tools (like special matcha-specific whisks), or call for a blender. I’m not about that life. I leave for work early in the morning, and have several roommates that I don’t want to wake up. Mixing my matcha latte up in a blender and heating water up on the stove just aren’t practical for me. Plus, who really wants to clean a blender every day? All you need for my recipe is a frother.

My recipe is not fancy. It’s easy, fast, tasty and gets the job done. But, when I say tasty, I don’t mean it tastes like a mocha frappuccino – it tastes like matcha and all of its earthy goodness. I also add Vital Proteins collagen to my morning matcha. Collagen has a bunch of health benefits but is essentially your hair, skin & nail’s best friend, and it’s tasteless.

Morning Matcha Latte

Morning Matcha

An easy matcha recipe for busy mornings.

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 TSP matcha powder
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • ice
  1. Heat water in whatever way works best for you I(‘m pretty lazy and just use the hot water out of my sink). The water needs to be warm/hot in order for the matcha and collagen to dissolve.

  2. Once you’ve got hot water, add the matcha and collagen powder. I use 2 (sometimes heaping) teaspoons of matcha, and it is more than enough to keep me wide awake and refreshed all day.

  3. This is where it gets tricky – matcha does not always dissolve with out a fight! Thoroughly mix the matcha and collagen powder with the water. A frother is a simple and easy way to get the job done. 

  4. Once mixed, add the almond milk, mix (or froth again if you have a frother!), and pour over ice.

Now that I have the frother and my fancy sink water trick, this takes me all of 3 minutes to make in the morning. I’m telling you – if you’ve heard all the great things about matcha, but just haven’t given it a try, you should really try it out for a week. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Happy sipping. : )

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Chocolate Banana & Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Banana Match Smoothie Bowl

Chocolate Banana Match Smoothie Bowl

Don’t let the color of this bad boy fool you… it’s got all the flavors of a chocolate covered banana, and some healthy stuff too. I chose make this as a smoothie bowl, but if you’re more into sipping your smoothies through a straw, leave the toppings off and pour the mixture into a cup! Either way, you’re taste buds will be happy.

Your taste buds wont be the only thing thats happy… you’re belly and mind will be too. There is no added sugar in this recipe, and the matcha will leave you energized all day!

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup vanilla, unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons matcha (I use 2, because caffeine)

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use: Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground moringa leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chia seeds
  • Toppings:
    • Toasted coconut flakes
    • Whole chia seeds
    • Cocoa powder
    • Granola
    • …the options are endless! Use what you have on hand : )

Instructions:

  • Super simple – throw everything into a blender and blend until smooth. I’ve found it blends the best when the almond milk is added first.

So, what’s with all the extra optional ingredients? Moringa-what? Colla-who? Collagen is great for your hair, nails, skin and joints. I’ve gotten in the habit of putting a scoop in my morning matcha or smoothie every day. While I haven’t been using it all too long, I’ve noticed that my nails are much stronger and the skin on my face is much brighter and appears firmer. I’m excited to see how my hair looks over the next year as it grows… I’ll keep ya updated. Anywho, the brand I included in the ingredients list is totally flavorless. You’ll never know it’s hiding in your smoothie.

As for the moringa powder, that just happened to be on sale at HomeGoods, the most heavenly place on earth, and since I have it on hand I’ve been adding it to smoothies for extra health benefits. Its flavor is a bit more noticeable than the collagen, but the banana masks it well. If you don’t have it on hand, no biggie – the smoothie will still taste like chocolate covered bananas. BUT, if you ever come across it on sale, try it out! It’s high in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins. I found the brand I snagged at HomeGoods on Amazon, check it out by clicking here.

**This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you purchase something from one of the links above, I will receive a small percentage, at no additional cost to you. I will only ever recommend products that I use myself and totally approve of.

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