Vanilla Bean and Matcha Tea Latté
MARCH 1, 2017 by OLIVIA NEELY, RDN, LD
If you’ve been loving matcha lately, you’ll love this matcha latte recipe! It is creamy, with the faint bittersweet green notes of tea and a touch of vanilla. A little honey goes a long way to sweeten this latte, while collagen peptides and spirulina give it a boost of nourishment.
Whip this delicious latte recipe up in the morning to switch up your coffee routine. Takes only 5 minutes and serves 1.
Matcha tea is unique because the process of shading and harvesting increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine. While matcha may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea, the L-Theanine is known to create calmness without drowsiness. Another benefit to matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) than regular green tea. In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate. There is some evidence that these polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer. So sip away!!
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons collagen peptides
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
- 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
- 1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 3/4 cup whole milk (can be coconut, almond, raw milk, goat.. anything you prefer!)
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional
- Pour the water into a saucepan, and warm it over medium heat. Whisk the collagen peptides, vanilla bean powder, matcha tea and spirulina into the water. Whisk until the water is hot, and the powders dissolve completely.
- Pour the milk and honey, if using, into the hot water and continue to warm it over medium heat until hot. Pour into a mug, and enjoy right away.