I’ve been saying to myself that I’m going to swap my morning coffee for green tea for decades.
But I’ve been stalling the swap, not out of my inability to let go of coffee. It’s the lack of an alternative that’s equally worth waking up to.
Frankly, plain green tea can get boring fast, and it’s simply no match for coffee.
Just when I thought I’d be stuck with coffee for life, I found a matcha drink that completely wowed me in a perfect way.
This matcha latte might just be the convincing reason I needed to make that switch.
After all, I can totally use a break from having a coffee breath and my teeth getting browned.
Seriously, this green tea matcha latte is a must-try.
Not only this drink is tasty, but it’s also nutritious and easy to make. All you need is just 4 ingredients: matcha powder, MCT Oil, coconut milk, and water.
I have made it before with almond milk but is not as foamy as I would have liked it. I really like the thick foam the coconut milk provides. Soy milk is another good option.
Ok, let’s go over the ingredients you need to make this green tea latte drink.
If you haven’t heard, matcha is actually more nutritious than green tea. And here is a little scoop on its nutrition profile.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha is a green powder obtained from ground-up whole tea leaves.
Like green tea, matcha comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. But, it is grown differently and has a unique powerful nutrient profile.
A month ahead of harvest, matcha is grown with a cover on top to avoid direct sunlight. This practice increases matcha’s amino acid content and darkens the leaves’ green color.
Once they are harvested, the leaves are removed from the stems to be ground up into a powder known as matcha.
Because matcha is made using the entire tea leaf, it’s said to contain more nutrients than green tea.
Amongst many, matcha has a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants. All those are known to help improve heart health, promote weight loss, and protect the liver.
Overall, it’s a health-boosting drink that’s better than green tea and tastier than coffee.
It also sure helps a great deal that it tastes insanely good. Just make sure to buy high-quality matcha. I always buy unsweet organic matcha powder.
MCT oil is short for medium-chain triglycerides. It’s a type of fat found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and dairy products.
Unlike other fats, MCT oil can get quickly digested and converted into energy for the brain and body.
MCT oil is very popular within the keto diet community and among people who are looking to lose weight, burn fat and boost their endurance.
You can mix MCT oil into smoothies, coffee, shakes, and a green matcha latte like this one. I also like adding to my salads and yogurt.
Coconut milk is one milk packed with nutrients. It contains some protein and minerals such as copper, zinc, iron, and magnesium. It’s also particularly high in manganese, an essential nutrient required for bone and brain health among many others.
It’s also a plant-based source of vitamins B6, C, and E. But one thing keto dieters can appreciate is the presence of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut milk (1).
When picking coconut milk for your keto matcha latte, be sure to pick an unsweetened variety to avoid added sugar.
- 1/2 tbsp matcha
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1/2 tbsp MCT oil
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- Whisk together the matcha tea powder with hot water.
- Warm up the coconut milk in a microwave for 1 minute. Add the mct oil and use a milk frother to make foam.
- Pour the matcha into a cup and add in the foamed milk.
- If you like to sweeten your latte, add a serving of keto sweetener of your choice. Enjoy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 395Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 3g
- “Nuts, Coconut Milk, Raw (Liquid Expressed from Grated Meat and Water) Nutrition Facts & Calories.” Nutrition Data Know What You Eat., nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3113/2.