One of the most disappointing moment for some vegans is trying to get a hot creamy drink. Sure if you go to a coffee shop they almost always have soy milk (heck even almond milk sometimes!) but you might not be able to advance past a simple latte. See, most baristas are unaware of all the ingredients in their mixes. Although I read that Starbuck’s tea lattes are vegan, most smaller shops use powders that have whey in it.
Although I find that some chai tea mixes by Tazo (used at Starbucks) and Zhena’s Tea, they tend to be very sweet. In fact I have to mix them with unsweetened almond milk, and still find them to be too sweet. Not to mention, they are technically not vegan as they contain honey. I then go on a frenzy of making the perfect vegan chai teas. Most have resulted in being dumped in my kitchen sink.
Until one day I was reading Just One Cookbook and saw that she had a few drinks listed. I clicked the green tea latte and a light bulb went off. Dear god! All I had to do was use matcha! I mixed her techniques with some of mine. I added a lot more sugar than what she listed in part I used unsweetened almond milk. Add sugar as you find fit, you might like your green tea lattes super sweet like major chains, or you might like it pretty bare.
Also keep in mind all matcha powder is different. I picked up a small bag from my local Asian food market and found it was too strong for a latte. I later got a batch from Season with Spice, which was better suited for a latte. This recipe is really dependent on tasting as you go. I would love to give more matcha recommendations but I find that all stores have totally different brands from each other, and some that are consistent are just way too much money.
- 1 tsp matcha powder *
- 1/2 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp honey or choice liquid sweetener **
- 1 1/2-2 cups milk of choice (rice, skim, soy)
With a BlenderToss all ingredients into the blender and turn on a low setting until all of the matcha seems to dissolve. Pour mixture into a pot to heat up or in a microwave safe container to heat in the microwave. Blender FreeIf you don't have a blender this method will yeild a less frothy latte. If you want you can include a milk frother to get that foam.
- Boil a pot of water. Mix matcha powder and tablespoon of hot water together, stirring make sure all clumps are gone. In a pot (or microwave) heat up your choice milk with vanilla and sweetener. Do not bring to a full boil. When hot enough froth milk, if you want. Pour hot milk into the pre-mixed matcha mix, stirring to combine.
*Matcha powder can be very expensive. If you want to try out matcha head to an Asian food market, as they sell smaller sizes of matcha powder. You can give it a try to as low as $5. **Taste as you go. I found that with my unsweetened almond milk and matcha I actually needed MORE than 1 tablespoon of honey. Add a little at a time and taste as you go.