Ever since I went to Japan, I have been intrigued by matcha. It's incredibly healthy for you because it is whole green tea, ground up. So if steeping green tea is healthy for you, imagine how much more benefit your body can get by consuming the whole leaf!
With cooler weather around these parts, it seemed soothing to enjoy a cup of something warm and frothy. I had already had coffee for the day and I had just ordered Enzo Organic Matcha from Amazon a few days earlier. So it was the perfect time to bust it open!
Just to name a few:
It's crazy because it calms you down and allows you to focus and use your energy to accomplish a lot! Other energy boosting foods/beverages leave you jittery and even anxious.
Can you make lattes in a Vitamix?
The answer is Yes. The Vitamix is a super powerful blender and although they are pricey and I saved pennies for months before ordering one about 6 years ago, I have to say they are *really* worth the investment!! So yes, you can make lattes. You can add the milk cold, even, and let it run on high. But I will warn you that it will take several minutes for it to heat up to warm... But if you're cool with that.. err... if you're warm with that, then go for it! This method also lends to a bit of frothing in the process as the blender is incorporating air into the milk as it mixes.
Be aware: Not all milks froth the same!!! I used Almond milk this time, and it did froth some, but it wasn't cappuccino foam, that's for sure. It would likely froth more using some other type of frothing apparatus.
You could also heat the milk on the stove or microwave and then toss it in the Vitamix along with the matcha and any sweetener you want if you don't want the blender running for ages.
My Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe
I read a great article about making matcha lattes which even explains the difference in matcha qualities.
But anyway, here's what I did... roughly:
I always like putting marshmallows at the bottom because when you pour the drink over them, they always float to the top, but they get a perfect soft and melty texture right away when you do it in that order!
Cultural Insight: Note that this is not the traditional method of using matcha. Traditionally it is used with just hot water and mixed with abamboo matcha whisk!
This is a sweet version with that classic bitter matcha backtaste to follow.
Do you like Matcha Green Tea Lattes?
Or do you have a tip to making them or a recipe you love? Let me know!
P.S. Do you love how I take something healthy and add marshmallows to it? LOL Balance, people! I don't always add marshmallows and vanilla creamer, but it's a fun treat!
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