Ever wondered what those vibrant green lattes appearing all over your Instagram feed are? Let me introduce you to matcha. Although it has been used for centuries in Japan as a sacred ceremonial drink, this supercharged green tea powder only exploded onto the Western health scene in the last couple of years. If you’re looking to switch up your morning coffee for a more nutritious alternative, be sure to try my Golden Turmeric Tonic, Brain-Boosting Hot Chocolate with Magic Mushrooms and this Cinnamon Matcha Latte recipe below!
So what makes matcha so much more powerful than other types of green tea? It is grown in the shade for 20 weeks before being harvested, which gives a boost to it’s chlorophyll levels, as well as the compounds called catechins found in matcha and other green tea. It’s then ground into a fine green powder, so you consume the whole leaf as opposed to the water of a teabag, packing an extra punch.
Give the recipe below a try and you will start to experience the beneficial effects of this green tea, such as:
- Boosts memory and concentration because of the production of dopamine and serotonin
- Enhance your metabolism so can aid in weight loss
- Antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects can reduce the risk of cancer
- Improve the skin and help prevent wrinkles
How to make a Cinnamon Matcha latte
I’m excited to share the recipe for my go-to matcha latte with you! The cinnamon helps keep blood sugar levels stable while also balancing out the taste of strong green tea. This makes a nourishing and antioxidant-rich replacement to coffee, leaving you calm with a gentle buzz. I’ve used matcha, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indigo Herbs.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup other plant-based milk (I love oat milk/cashew milk for creamy texture)
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon date nectar or honey
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan on a low-medium heat and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Use an electric whisk to create froth, or transfer to a blender and blend for about 20 seconds.
- Pour into mugs and serve hot.
I hope you are inspired to give matcha a try! If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @elibrechernutrition and so I can see your creations!