A few months ago I started drinking green tea lattes. I regularly make my own lattes at home, for years my fix was a chai tea latte using soy or almond milk.
Then, my friend Julieanna introduced me to Starbucks’ green tea latte.
What took me so long? I’ve created recipes with matcha powder (there’s a matcha biscotti recipe in LTEV), but drinking matcha tea never appealed to me, until now!
I decided to recreate my matcha fix at home. I’ve always relied on soy or almond milk for lattes, Silk introduced their new Creamy Cashew milk. I was excited to use it in recipes and also whisk it up in my morning green tea latte recipe.
As easy as it is to make cashew milks and other nut milks at home, I’m one mom that appreciates the convenience of purchasing vegan milks. Cooking and baking for a family of 5, it’s so helpful to have milk at the ready.
Before getting to the green tea latte recipe, let’s talk about the milk. As I mentioned, normally I use almond milk or organic soy milk in my homemade lattes as well as in baking, as I find them the most versatile. Silk Creamy Cashew is similarly versatile. It’s thick and creamy much like soy, and slightly nutty like almond milk. I don’t drink non-dairy milks straight up, but our youngest daughter does, and she loves this new milk.
Overall, it’s a good choice for baking and enjoying straight or in hot drinks. It does have some added sweetener, so I wouldn’t use it in cooking. Hopefully Silk will introduce an unsweetened cashew milk to their product line, I’d definitely use it in cooking (and also for baking and in hot drinks).
Nutritionally, this cashew milk is probably most similar to almond milk. Like most non-dairy milks, Silk Creamy Cashew milk is fortified, and is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. And, good news for those concerned about carrageenan – it’s not an ingredient.
On to the Green Tea Latte recipe! A few notes:
- You do NOT need any fancy tools for this latte. I don’t have any. Not even a frother. I do plan to pick up an inexpensive frother. But for now, I use a saucepan and a whisk. You can too!
- If you cannot find the cashew milk, you can substitute another plant-based milk (as per recipe note).
- You can find matcha green tea powder in most natural food stores (and natural food sections of larger grocery stores). I also buy it online, so have included that link in the recipe.
- I use powdered stevia to sweeten my lattes, especially using unsweetened milks. Matcha is naturally quite bitter and I don’t enjoy other sweeteners in teas. If using a sweeteened vegan milk, you may choose to omit it or adjust to taste.
- A shout-out to Nicole Axworthy for these unbelievably beautiful food photos. Thanks Nicole!
Enjoy the latte, guys!
Let me know how you like the green tea latte recipe. Also, have you tried the cashew milk? If you have, and love it, Silk welcomes your feedback on their facebook page!
Vanilla Green Tea Latte
- 1 1/4 cups non-dairy milk of choice ex: organic unsweetened soy milk, Silk Creamy Cashew milk, almond milk, etc; see note
- 2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 2-4 tbsp hot water I boil in kettle, then use shortly after
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp stevia powder or less/more to taste and based on brand; can use other sweeteners like maple syrup or coconut nectar to taste
- 1/8 tsp vanilla bean powder optional, see note
- Optional toppings: 1 tsp coconut sugar; dusting of extra matcha powder
In a small saucepan, add milk over medium/medium high heat. Whisk, allowing the milk to heat through and start to simmer. Meanwhile, prepare the matcha. In a small bowl (or wide-mouthed mug) use a small whisk to mix the matcha powder with water. It’s helpful to first sift the matcha, but not essential if you whisk well. If mixing in a bowl, transfer the blended mix to a mug. Continue to watch milk as it heats. Once at a low simmer, gently bubbling, add stevia (I use about a scant 1/4 tsp, you can adjust to taste) and vanilla, and quickly whisk through and remove from heat. Pour into your mug with the matcha mix. (If you have a frother, you can first froth the milk before pouring into mug.) Taste, and if you’d like a little extra sweetener, add to taste. Makes 1 large latte.
Milk Note: You can substitute another non-dairy milk if you aren’t able to find the cashew milk. I prefer organic soy or almond mik.
Vanilla Note: The vanilla bean powder isn’t essential. If you don’t have it, you can use the seeds scraped from a vanilla bean. I wouldn’t substitute vanilla extract in this recipe, if you don’t have the powder/bean, simply omit.
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