Recipe: Matcha Mocha Latte
Matcha has become ubiquitous in my life after spending much time in Japan. You'll find it there not only as a green tea, but as flavored ice cream, pastries, breads, noodles, and anything else you can possibly imagine. It is given to drink before or after every meal and without charge at restaurants. You can see everyone enjoying it as a refreshing iced drink in the summer, or a warm cozy drink in the winter. It really is everywhere!
This is because the Japanese have known for centuries the amazing properties of Camellia Sinensis, and have made it an indispensable part of their daily routines. This knowledge is now spreading, and in western countries it has become popular not only for its health benefits, but also for its mellow velvety taste. It is not as bitter as most black or herbal teas, and packs as much, if not more, virtues than its counterparts. You can count on Matcha to help bring a sense of calm alertness, as well as giving an added boost to your metabolism, aiding in detoxification, antioxidants, fiber, chlorophyll, and Vitamin C among many other amazing trace minerals and vitamins. It is definitely a multifaceted drink with benefits that range from digestion to anti-aging. And did you know that Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world?
If you are new to Matcha or are looking for another fun Matcha drink to add to your repertoire, may I suggest this easy to make Matcha Mocha Latte? This delicious drink is the perfect way to start your day.
Matcha Mocha Latte
Makes 1 serving
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1 teaspoon cacao powder (see notes)
1 1/4 cup soy milk (or other plant / nut milk)
1/2 teaspoon agave syrup, maple syrup, or honey (or to taste)
2 drops vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
In a blender, add cold milk, matcha and cacao powder. Blend until matcha is completely dissolved.
Add your preferred sweetener and vanilla extract to the mix. Blend until frothy.
Serve and enjoy!
Want it hot? Just heat up the milk before hand. Be extra careful when blending and leave enough space inside the blender.Print Recipe
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Use unroasted cacao powder, which also has vast health benefits. Not to be confused with cocoa powder which is roasted at high temperatures and therefore looses most of its inherent nutritional values and enzymes. Prefer it a bit more chocolaty, go ahead and add 1 more teaspoon of cacao powder.
No added sugar? Add 1 Madjool date to the mix and blend until smooth.
Add maca for an extra boost in calcium, fiber, magnesium, protein + hormone balancing properties. Please go ahead an experiment with other adaptogens and superfoods!
Please let me know if you'd like to try this recipe in the comments below! And if you end up making it, don't forget to tag it with @nativoskincare and #nativorecipes so I can see your delicious recreations!
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