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I never liked matcha– until I tried matcha green tea lattes. I tried my first one at a local coffee shop and then just started ordering them everywhere. Not only are they a great source of caffeine, they’re full of antioxidants and essential vitamins and nutrients. Yes, of course, they can be both pricey and packed with sugar. For reference, a grande Starbucks matcha green tea latte is $4+ and contains 32 grams of sugar. So, I prefer to make mine at home! Keep reading for the simple recipe (both with and without collagen) and for some dairy-free matcha latte alternatives!
Also, quick note– I used to put unflavored collagen peptides in my coffee every day, so I wanted to find a way to add collagen to my matcha lattes, as well. Dose & Co sent me a few of their collagen products to test out, so I decided to try adding a hint of vanilla with their dairy-free collagen creamer. Y’all, it’s so good! It adds the perfect amount of subtle flavor and provides 10mg of collagen per serving. I don’t recommend adding it to your regular coffee lattes, though. I love that it’s dairy-free, but it just doesn’t provide nearly as much flavor as, say, Califia Farms. Just my two cents!
Homemade Matcha Latte (with or without Collagen)
Probably my favorite thing about this matcha green tea latte recipe is that anyone can make it. You don’t need any fancy coffee gadgets or espresso machines– just matcha powder, hot water, honey, and hot milk. It’s that simple. Keep reading for the full recipe, including a printable/saveable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
Matcha Green Tea Latte Ingredients
Here’s everything you need to make a matcha green tea latte (with or without collagen)–
- 1 1/2 tsp matcha powder– I buy this organic matcha powder and love it!
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 3/4 cup hot milk– You don’t necessarily need a frother, but I prefer my milk frothed. I use our Nespresso frother, but you can find a super affordable mini frother on Amazon here!
- 2 tsp honey– No need to measure the honey exactly– just eyeball it and add more (or less) if you like extra sweetness!
- 1 heaped tbsp vanilla collagen creamer (optional)– As much as I love collagen matcha lattes, the collagen creamer is totally optional. I use Dose & Co’s Dairy-Free Collagen Creamer, and it adds a nice hint of vanilla. It’s 100 calories per serving, though, so if you’re looking to cut down on calories but still want the added collagen, you may want to use their pure collagen instead.
How to Make a Matcha Latte at Home
To make a matcha latte at home, combine the hot water and matcha powder in a mug. Mix thoroughly– and if you have a bamboo matcha whisk on hand, I highly recommend using it! Otherwise, a regular mini whisk (or even a fork) works well for mixing and breaking up clumps of matcha.
Once the matcha’s mixed, add in the hot milk. I use my Nespresso frother to heat and froth mine, but if you don’t have a frother, hot milk heated on the stove will do. If you want a frother but don’t want to pay for a fancy pants gadget, this little mini frother is one of my all-time favorite Amazon kitchen gadgets! It’s got amazing reviews and is under $25.
Next, add in your honey and (optional) vanilla collagen creamer. I say optional because a lot of people don’t like collagen and because honey can totally get the job done on its own. I just like the added benefits of collagen (10mg per serving!) and the extra little tinge of coconutty-vanilla flavor from Dose & Co’s Dairy-Free Vanilla Collagen Creamer.
Also, quick digression– how adorable are these pink and gold measuring cups? I found them on Amazon and am obsessed!
Finally, whether you choose to use vanilla collagen creamer or not, be sure to stir your matcha latte thoroughly. Matcha has a way of creating sludgy sediment at the bottom of the mug. Serve warm and enjoy!
Dairy-Free Matcha Latte Substitutes
If you want to make your matcha green tea latte dairy-free, you can totally sub coconut milk or almond for whole milk. They’re both super tasty and froth up similarly to cow’s milk. I prefer coconut milk personally (especially with Dose & Co’s dairy-free vanilla collagen creamer, which is made with coconut milk), but both are great dairy-free options!
- 1 1/2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 3/4 cup whole milk, warmed
- 2 tsp honey
- 1 heaped tbsp vanilla collagen creamer (optional)
- Combine hot water and matcha powder in a mug and whisk until no clumps remain. Add in the hot milk, honey, and (optional) vanilla collagen creamer. Whisk again to combine.
- Serve warm and enjoy!
If a regular whisk doesn't eradicate the matcha clumps, consider investing in a bamboo matcha whisk instead.
- Non-dairy milk- To make your matcha green tea latte dairy-free, you can sub coconut, almond, or oat milk for whole milk. They’re all still pretty darn tasty and froth up similarly to cow’s milk.
- Maple syrup- If you don't have honey handy, maple syrup is a great alternative sweetener.
Nutrition InformationYield 1Serving Size 1 latte
Amount Per ServingCalories 178Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 18mgSodium 94mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 0gSugar 21gProtein 12g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and can vary based on a number of factors, including but not limited to discrepancies among brands, precision of measurements, and freshness of ingredients.
Trust me, y’all– once you make this matcha latte at home, you’ll never want to pay $5 for one again. It’s so tasty! Plus, it’s a great boost of both caffeine and antioxidants. Wins all around!
If you tried this green tea matcha latte recipe for yourself, please don’t hesitate to let me know if you had any trouble. Questions, concerns, or complaints– I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!
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