This Matcha Green Tea Latte is dairy free and vegan, and perfect for a healthy, energizing beverage that won’t leave you jittery.
Choosing Matcha Instead of Coffee
So I posted my Rosemary Coffee recipe a few week ago, only to soon find that I was getting headaches from drinking coffee every day. I wasn’t sure if the coffee was the culprit, so I had to stop drinking it to be sure. Going coffee-free is no joke and no fun, wah! Rather than suffer from a caffeine-withdrawal headache on top of the migraines I was getting, I created this dairy-free Matcha Green Tea Latte to fill the gap.
The difference between the amount of caffeine in a cup of coffee versus a cup of matcha tea is pretty significant (anywhere between 100-200 mg for coffee, to about 35mg in a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha). That boils down to about 1/4 of the amount of caffeine in matcha as opposed to coffee, plus there is a difference in the way the caffeine is metabolized due the presence of l-theanine in the green tea.
How to Make Matcha Tea
You might be wondering if you can just use matcha powder and water to make a hot beverage. You totally can! But, it will taste awful. Maybe some people can tolerate the plain flavor of matcha, but I find it be overwhelmingly grassy and bitter. It’s pretty bad by itself. If you’re the type of person who can drink a basic green tea without lemon, then you might not mind the flavor of matcha by itself. Otherwise, you might want to check out my recipe to make matcha into something pleasurable and delicious.
Items recommended for this Dairy Free Green Tea Matcha Latte recipe (some affiliate links included):
- Organic matcha green tea powder
- Organic coconut butter, also called coconut manna
- Organic coconut sugar (this brand is similar to the one I used)
Update on Headache Frequency After 10 Days of Not Drinking Coffee:
In case you were wondering, my headaches almost immediately went away after I stopped drinking coffee and moved to matcha instead. To be completely honest, those first few days I drank about 2 cups of black tea and 1 cup of matcha tea because I was so used to have a lot of caffeine. I tapered down to 1 cup of black tea and 1 cup of matcha after about 4 days headache-free, and now can get away with just 1 cup of black tea or matcha per day. Not bad after only 10 days, plus my migraines have gone almost completely away.
Here’s my printable recipe with nutritional info for this delicious Dairy-Free Matcha Green Tea Latte:Print
A creamy and delicious dairy-free matcha latte!
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon coconut butter
- 10 ounces hot water (not boiling)
- Combine the matcha powder, coconut sugar and coconut butter in a medium-sized mug.
- Pour in the hot water and use a spoon to stir together the ingredients. You’ll need to stir for about 10 seconds to make sure that the coconut butter melts and gets incorporated into the latte.
You shouldn’t use boiling water with matcha powder. Instead, use really hot water that is not boiling or simmering.
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