Have you ever tried a vanilla matcha latte? Did you know this tasty drink could also help you lose weight? In this post, I share this amazing vanilla matcha latte recipe with you.
Vanilla Matcha Latte Recipe
I remember the very first time I tried matcha. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t sure I liked it either. For some, I think it can be an acquired taste.
My experience the second time around was quite different. Upon placing my order, my barista suggested I try it with soy milk.
I took her advice, and I was instantly hooked! I loved it so much that I headed to my favorite coffee shop every morning before work for my beloved matcha soy latte.
But when I started my weight loss journey, I had to make some changes. So, I started making my matcha lattes at home because I learned the coffee shop I frequented listed sugar as the first ingredient.
Yes, SUGAR, not MATCHA! But don’t worry; the recipe I’m going to share is low in sugar and calories and tastes amazing!
This post is all about the best vanilla matcha latte, plus 9 reasons you should start drinking matcha today.
What is matcha?
Matcha originated in China, but it’s mainly produced in Japan today. It is made from processed green tea leaves ground into a powder. So, think of matcha as a more concentrated version of green tea in a powder form.
The traditional way to prepare matcha is to whisk the powder in hot water. And then drink.
It’s also important to note that matcha has many uses. You can put it in your smoothies, oatmeal, and baked goods. There’s even matcha popcorn and matcha vanilla ice cream.
So, what are some of the benefits of matcha, and why should you consider it your new go-to morning beverage?
Benefits Of Matcha
Matcha has many benefits; below, I list 9 of them!
1. Burns belly fat
Green tea has been well-documented for its amazing weight loss properties, including its ability to help with belly fat.
A 12-week study divided participants into two groups. One group was given a combination of catechin (one of the primary antioxidants found in green tea) and caffeine.
The second group was given a placebo. The group that received the catechin and caffeine saw a significant reduction in belly fat. While the control group saw NO reduction.
2. Can lower cholesterol levels
If you are like me and you have struggled with high cholesterol (mine was borderline), you may want to give matcha or green tea a try!
Matcha / green tea is loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants, called catechins, have an array of powerful benefits that have been shown to lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
3. Can increase your metabolic rate
The combination of caffeine and EGCG makes green tea very effective at burning fat and boosting metabolism.
Several studies have tested the efficacy of green tea and metabolism. One study on 14 participants found a significant increase in their metabolic rate over a 24-hour period in the group that consumed a green tea extract supplement versus the group that received the placebo.
4. Improves stress and anxiety levels
So, it might be surprising that green tea can help with stress. While regular green tea does not contain as much caffeine as coffee, it does have caffeine.
Matcha, a more concentrated version of green tea, has more caffeine than regular green tea. But even with the caffeine content that green/matcha has, it can still help with stress and anxiety.
Here’s how. Green tea leaves contain an amino acid called L-theanine, which has a calming effect.
This calming effect has often been described as an alert calmness. The L-theanine in green tea helps counteract the stimulation caffeine usually has on the nervous system.
And matcha has significantly higher amounts of L-theanine compared to regular green tea. So, even with the presence of caffeine, drinking green tea or matcha can help lower stress levels.
5. Can help prevent certain types of cancers
Research suggests that matcha can help prevent certain types of cancers due to the catechins in green tea leaves. Again, catechins have strong antioxidant properties.
6. Improves cardiovascular health
Matcha and green tea can help improve your overall cardiovascular health. Managing your cholesterol and blood pressure levels is vital for cardiovascular health.
As previously mentioned, it can help with your cholesterol levels, but it also can help your blood pressure. A review of studies has shown that drinking green regularly can help reduce your blood pressure.
7. Can act as an appetite suppressant
The catechins in green tea can help your body produce more of a hunger-suppressing hormone called cholecystokinin (CCK).
This hormone is produced during digestion in the small intestine. It makes you feel physically full and prevents you from continuously eating. So if more of it is produced, you will feel less hunger.
8. Stabilizes blood sugar levels
Green tea/matcha is known to have an anti-diabetic effect and can reduce blood sugar levels.
One study showed that participants who drank at least 6 cups of green tea daily had a 33% decrease in chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Another study chronicling green tea drinkers over a 10-year span found that participants had less body fat and belly fat when compared to non-green tea drinkers.
And people with less body fat tend to have a lower chance of developing conditions such as diabetes.
9. Improves immune system
Again, the powerful antioxidant EGCG in green tea leaves helps strengthen the immune system by preventing cell damage.
So, let’s finally get to the recipe.
Key Ingredients In This Vanilla Matcha Latte
This recipe can be easily turned into a vanilla matcha latte iced. The recipe below consists of just 3 main ingredients and one optional.
As previously discussed, matcha has many health and weight loss benefits. So not only is this latte delicious, but it’s also good for you.
But what matcha should you choose? There are two main grades of matcha powders: ceremonial and culinary.
Culinary grade, often referred to as food grade, is cheaper as it is slightly lower in quality. But it can be used in many recipes calling for matcha powder, like lattes, pastries, smoothies, oatmeal, and popcorn.
This grade has a stronger, slightly bitter taste. Still, it works great when mixed with other ingredients versus a stand-alone drink because it is meant to be used in recipes and combined with other ingredients.
Ceremonial grade is the highest grade matcha. I use it for all my matcha lattes, what I would use if I were making a vanilla matcha smoothie, and what I recommend for this recipe.
This Japanese matcha latte powder is what they use for tea ceremonies in Japan. This grade is made specifically for drinking, so it will have the best taste. It has a slightly brighter green color than the culinary grade and is less bitter.
Plant-based milk alternative
To make this latte as delicious as possible, use the milk or milk alternative you enjoy. You could use regular milk, which is fine, but this recipe is more geared toward weight loss.
That said, I recommend a milk alternative like soy, almond, oat, or coconut milk. I have had it with all different milk alternatives, but I currently use oat milk.
Generally speaking, I like to use unsweetened almond milk, though, because it is creamy and low in calories.
If you use dairy milk, opt for 1% or skim milk.
Green tea and vanilla go really well together. Not only is vanilla extract absolutely essential to this recipe, but did you know vanilla extract is also good for you?
Well, it does have some health benefits. The active ingredient in vanilla extract, vanillin, has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cell damage. Vanillin also has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anticancer effects.
Vanilla Matcha Latte Recipe
- 1 teaspoon ceremonial matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon boiling water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- Optional: Stevia to taste or 1-2 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- Add the matcha powder to a cup or bowl, preferably a small bowl.
- Add the boiling water to the bowl and whisk in a zig-zag motion, preferably with a bamboo whisk or a spoon, until matcha is lump-free.
- Pour the matcha mixture into a mug and set aside
- Add vanilla extract to the milk and steam. Steam milk with a milk frother or on the stovetop.
- To steam on the stovetop, add milk to a saucepan and heat over low to medium heat. Continuously whisk the milk until it is frothy while the milk is heating.
- Pour the steamed milk over the matcha
- Add stevia or honey, and enjoy!
Variations and Substitutions for this Vanilla Matcha Latte
Make it Iced – Iced matcha latte recipe
Turning this latte into an iced vanilla matcha latte is very easy! Once you whisk the matcha with the hot water until free of lumps, pour the mixture into a glass or mason jar.
Add vanilla extract and sweetener of your choice to your cold milk or milk alternative and stir. Pour milk over matcha. Add ice cubes and stir!
Again, feel free to use any milk of your choosing. Oat milk, almond, and coconut milk go great with this recipe. If you are trying to lose weight, opt for unsweetened options. If you use dairy milk, opt for 1% or skim milk.
This recipe is made with ceremonial-grade matcha, but you can certainly use culinary-grade if you are looking for a less expensive option.
Of course, you can certainly make this recipe without the vanilla extract, but unfortunately, it would no longer be a vanilla matcha latte, but it will still be yummy!
If you can drink this matcha latte and enjoy it without the sweetener, then go for it, especially if weight loss is the goal. But if you need to add a sweetener, that is totally fine.
Adding 1-2 teaspoons of honey, maple syrup, or stevia will keep this recipe low in calories and sugar. Personally, I have to add sweetener to mine. I prefer maple syrup or honey over stevia.
Make it a smoothie
If you love this recipe and want to try a matcha smoothie, check out number 7 of this post for this amazing matcha smoothie recipe.
Vanilla Matcha Latte Caffeine
I wanted to briefly discuss caffeine because some people are sensitive to this stimulant. As mentioned, the caffeine in green tea and matcha does have many benefits, including weight loss and increased energy levels, and can even help suppress appetite.
However, it is essential to know how much caffeine is in matcha because it does have more than regular green tea, and too much caffeine can be harmful.
Figuring out how much caffeine is in green tea and matcha depends on several factors, like the types of leaves used, the length of time leaves are steeped, and how much is used.
Generally, a cup of green tea has between 30 and 50 mg of caffeine, while 1 teaspoon of matcha powder can have between 76 and 176 grams.
As you can see, this is a wide range, so it’s best to find this information on the brand’s nutritional label. The brand I use has 80 mg of caffeine per teaspoon.
Also, the FDA considers 400 mg of caffeine daily generally safe for most healthy individuals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does vanilla go well with matcha?
Yes! As mentioned earlier, matcha and vanilla go great together. The vanilla extract gives this latte a nice flavor.
Is vanilla matcha latte good for you?
So people often ask, is matcha latte actually healthy? And the answer is YES, matcha lattes and vanilla matcha lattes can be very good for you, provided they are made with healthy ingredients.
As already discussed, the ingredients in this matcha latte are loaded with antioxidants that have disease-fighting, anti-inflammatory, and weight-loss properties. But it all comes down to what you put in your latte.
When it comes to lattes, including this one, the health of this drink all comes down to what you put in it.
If your latte is loaded with sugar, it won’t be so good for you and may negate some of matcha’s health benefits.
But you don’t have to worry because this matcha latte is loaded with antioxidants and good-for-you ingredients.
Can vanilla matcha latte help with weight loss?
Yes, this recipe can help you lose weight for many reasons. For one, it is low in calories and low in sugar. It’s also rich in the catechin EGCG, which has been shown to boost metabolism, burn fat, and suppress appetite.
Vanilla matcha latte calories – How many calories are in a matcha latte?
This matcha recipe has 134 calories. But note it all depends on the brand and type of milk you use and what you use to sweeten your latte.
I used oat milk. The brand I used has 90 calories per cup. I also used 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. I have also made this recipe with unsweetened almond milk, which has just 30 calories per cup.
When I make it with unsweetened almond milk, my matcha latte has just 74 calories. I say all this to say it depends on the brand and type of milk you use.
Hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions.
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