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A layered matcha green tea iced espresso on a wooden board.

Matcha Coffee Recipe (Dairy-Free)

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What is cool and creamy, sweet and earthy, and gives a powerful health punch? Matcha coffee! If you love a good latte and want to make it as healthy as possible without compromising taste, this Matcha Coffee recipe is for you. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or other plant milk)


  1. Brew the espresso and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Add the matcha powder and sweetener to the warm water and whisk thoroughly. Ensure there are no clumps of powder left. 
  3. Add the matcha mixture to the bottom of the cup, and add the ice.
  4. Slowly pour the milk over the matcha. For best results, slowly pour each layer over the back of a spoon. 
  5. Your next layer is the espresso. Again, slowly pour the milk over the back of a spoon. 
  6. Serve, and enjoy!


  1. If you want to make a kid-friendly version of this recipe, consider substituting the coffee for chicory or carob, and remember to let them have it in moderation! One serving of matcha coffee daily will provide a suitable amount of caffeine for a ten-year-old child, while younger children should only have around half a cup. Be sure to ask your healthcare provider if you have questions about serving caffeine to children.
  2. You can use regular milk in this recipe if you aren’t on a dairy-free diet.
  3. Use decaffeinated espresso or coffee if you want to reduce the overall amount of caffeine in this beverage.
  4. You can leave out the maple syrup or use a sugar substitute to reduce the sugar content, if you prefer (see my list of the best natural sugar substitutes).
  5. If you want to make a hot version, use hot water to mix the matcha powder and don’t let the espresso cool before mixing the matcha and coffee together.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 171
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 76 mg
  • Fat: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 4.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg