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3-Ingredient quick & Easy, Diabetic-Friendly Matcha Latte Recipe
Make your own Matcha Green Tea Latte with just three ingredients and in under two minutes!
Green is in.
I have a thing with Matcha Green Tea nowadays, ever since I read that it’s a better alternative to coffee in more ways than one.
I know I’m kinda late in the matcha game. You see, I’m a certified coffee drinker. I drink at least three cups of coffee a day. Believe me, I’ve tried to replace coffee with all kinds of teas and juices. But nothing came close to giving me the boost I needed to keep me going all day long. Besides, coffee has that delicious taste that I kept looking for in other beverages.
A little background on this amazing green powder.
Matcha is simply powdered, high-quality green tea.
High-quality in the sense that while matcha and regular green tea both come from the Camellia sinensis plant, matcha plants are covered and shaded from sunlight 20-30 days before harvest. There’s a reason for that, apparently. Doing this triggers an increase in chlorophyll levels and the production of amino acids. This results in its leaves becoming dark green, which are then pulverised until it becomes fine powder.
Which means, when you drink matcha, you’re drinking whole leaves. Unlike drinking regular tea, where dried tea leaves are infused in water (that’s what you only drink, the water) and the bag containing the leaves are thrown away.
Whatcha in Matcha?
Here are some of the reasons to switch from coffee to matcha:
The antioxidants in matcha is 137 times more than regular green tea, and much more powerful. It has an abundance of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is hailed by health professionals as the most effective cancer-preventing polyphenol.
Aside from having super less caffeine in a cup of matcha than in a cuppa coffee (studies vary), matcha also contains L-theanine, a scientifically proven psychological and physiological stress reducer. This is an amino acid which slowly processes the caffeine in the body, resulting in a more slow but sure release of energy. You are alert and full of energy but you are calm, without the jitters and heart palpitations usually associated with drinking coffee.
It’s a great metabolism booster, as proven by a study, which means it burns fat faster than coffee.
Antioxidants in matcha also help maintain healthy arteries and heart health. Aside from the heart, it helps improve mood, memory and concentration. In a 2014 study, it improved cognitive dysfunction of elderly patients.
Plus points: easy to make, does not stain teeth and does not give coffee breath.
Okay, enough already. Let’s make matcha!
Heat 60mL water in a mug for one minute in the microwave. Don’t let it boil as this will make the matcha bitter.
Add the matcha powder, non-fat milk and coconut sugar, and whisk or mix thoroughly. Add ice cubes if you want it cold, and voila! You have an iced matcha latte.
Enjoy your homemade quick and easy, diabetic-friendly matcha latte!
It’s important not to use boiling water. This will make your drink bitter and you may lose all those amazing antioxidants in the process.
I used coconut sugar because aside from having many minerals and antioxidants, it also contains inulin fiber for slow glucose absorption. (And because it’s what I have on hand haha.) You can choose to use stevia, too.
I think my matcha latte turned out to be a bit on the brownish-green side because of the coconut sugar. But it still tastes amazing! Add more coconut sugar if you find one tablespoon not sweet enough.
Non-fat milk is healthier because it contains less than 0.5 mg of fat per cup. I used the powdered variety but the liquid form is also okay.
My matcha latte doesn’t have a thick, pretty froth because I just used a spoon to mix the three ingredients thoroughly. I’ll have to remember to buy a chasen, a bamboo whisk brush specifically for matcha.
I bought my ingredients locally, but the best international brands are suggested here if you’re not in the Philippines.
Have a Gooda Matcha Time!