Looking for a dairy-free matcha latte recipe to replace your morning coffee? You’re in the right place!
I’m an unabashed one-a-day coffee drinker and have been, off and on, for over 15 years. You too? I’ve always taken it with a little sweetener and most importantly, a liberal pour of cream. In addition to the aroma, warmth and pick-me-up, my morning coffee ritual is all about comfort and a slow, relaxed start to the day.
It also reminds me of family because my dad was a coffee drinker as far back as I can remember. I have fond memories of being woken often in my teens to the clattering sound of fresh coffee beans in the grinder. It’s not a sound that is easy to sleep through!
What’s the problem with drinking coffee all the time?
Like anything, coffee (regular and even decaf) consumption can be a bit of a slippery slope. This is especially true if you’re using it as a crutch—for extra energy, stress (ah the irony!), or pushing through a last-minute work project.
I have never enjoyed decaf coffee so when my relatively harmless one-coffee-a-day habit suddenly becomes a 2-3+ coffee-a-day habit, it’s a reminder that sometimes all good things must come to an end.
Cue a self-imposed coffee “strike”. I like the word strike because it feels like the decision to quit coffee is fully in my court – in other words, coffee isn’t quitting me!
My fellow coffee lovers will understand.
And like most people, I find it’s often easier to cut something out when you have something ready to replace it.
Sometimes my coffee gets replaced with a non-coffee substitute like chicory or dandelion, a herbal tea, flavoured water or even coconut water, and this often depends on the morning’s weather.
Lately, this “magical” dairy-free matcha latte recipe has done a terrific job of pinch-hitting for my old friend, coffee.
What are the health benefits of matcha tea?
Matcha is unique compared to most teas. Regular or herbal tea leaves are typically soaked/infused in hot water and then removed before drinking. Matcha’s tea leaves on the other hand are ground up so you’re consuming the leaves themselves.
Matcha green tea is packed with an impressive amount of antioxidants, including one called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), found mostly in green tea.
Matcha also contains L-theanine, an amino acid with a relaxing effect that can help boost concentration and memory. It has been studied for its effects on reducing symptoms of stress and anxiety.
Why should you make this matcha tea latte recipe?
This “magic” trick of this matcha latte recipe, without milk or dairy of any kind, happens thanks to the coconut oil… so please don’t leave that out! If you must, replace it with another fat that will do a similar job.
A few ideas are ghee (which I’ve used many times, sometimes alone or with coconut oil), unsalted butter, avocado oil or maybe even red palm oil, though I suspect this would dramatically affect the overall colour.
You can use coconut oil to make any beverage frothy and creamy (without milk or dairy). It works best with blended drinks, including dairy-free hot cocoa, turmeric (or golden) tea and even any kind of herbal tea.
I normally include a sweetener because I find it helps offset matcha’s natural grassiness and/or bitterness, but you could absolutely leave it out for a sugar-free matcha tea latte. You could try stevia or my current favourite, monkfruit.
This dairy-free matcha latte recipe also packs a protein punch. It contains about 6-9 g of protein from the hemp hearts, and an extra 9 g of protein with the optional collagen powder.
Due to the matcha itself and the added protein, this matcha tea latte doesn’t seem to spike my blood sugar like coffee can. However, if you are sensitive to caffeine or if you simply wish to avoid it, you may prefer to skip matcha and choose a non-caffeinated option.
This recipe as written makes enough for one person. You easily scale it up to feed a crowd.
Dairy-Free, Protein-Rich “Magical” Matcha Tea Latte
A protein-rich matcha green tea latte using coconut oil and hemp hearts for froth & creaminess!
- 1-2 tsp ground matcha (powdered green tea)
- 2 tsp coconut oil and/or ghee, liquid or solid
- 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1-3 tsp maple syrup, honey or other sweetener (recommended but optional – see notes)
- 8 oz. hot water
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend on high for a few minutes or until the hemp hearts are fully blended. Your latte will be frothy and ready to drink immediately.
I normally use maple syrup as a sweetener because I find it helps offset matcha’s natural grassiness and/or bitterness, but you could absolutely leave it out for a sugar-free version.
Supplemental add-ins (all are optional)
1 tsp maca powder; 1 Tbsp grass-fed collagen powder; 1 serving of L-glutamine powder
I usually include all of the supplemental add-ins, except for the collagen (which varies based on my daily protein intake). Please consult a health care provider to determine whether these supplements are or are not appropriate for your individual condition.
If you don’t like matcha or want to avoid the caffeine in it, you can blend coconut oil with any other hot drink for a creamy, non-dairy drink.
Life is a plate… Eat up,