I simply love green tea. I have it every day and it’s my favorite drink.
My first green tea dessert was green tea ice cream at a sushi restaurant a couple of years ago. I was impressed but I had no idea how it was made. Now, I’m a bit embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered how green tea desserts are made. It was on Pinterest that I found about this awesome Japanese matcha green tea and I was blown away by all the possibilities of using it.
You probably know what matcha is, but if you don’t, it’s basically a finely ground powder of green tea that is specially grown and processed.
Even though matcha is high-grade green tea, I must admit that for a drink, I still prefer a cup of regular green tea. The reason for that may be that I’m not sure if the organic matcha that I bought from my local healthy food store is of the highest quality. However, I still absolutely love baking and cooking with my matcha powder. And of course lattes made with matcha are super awesome. Besides, this great tasting matcha has some amazing health benefits too.
To make this skinny iced matcha green tea latte, I use almond milk. I normally like to substitute cow’s milk with plant-based milks and my preferred alternative is usually homemade almond milk. It is incredibly easy to make, but if you don’t have the time, store bought will do. All you have to do to make fresh almond milk is presoak almonds and dates overnight and then blend them with water and a hint of cinnamon. I usually use about 1 cup of almonds, a few dates, a hint of cinnamon and 4 cups of water. Here is a detailed recipe for vanilla cinnamon almond milk.
In case you are wondering what those sticks in the drink are, they are matcha ice cubes and they are only there for decoration purposes. If you want to make them, mix a teaspoon of matcha with water and freeze it in an ice tray.
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 2 to 4 teaspoons of matcha green tea powder
- 2 teaspoons of honey (optional)
- 1 cup Ice
- Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of green tea powder to a big glass, depending on how strong you want your drink. Add hot water. Be careful that the water is not boiling. Whisk until green tea powder is completely dissolved and there are no lumps.
- Fill up with ice, add a teaspoon of honey, and fill up with almond milk.
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