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This 5-ingredient matcha latte is made with flax milk, organic matcha powder, vanilla, coconut butter, and manuka honey making it rich in nutrients to energize your morning while providing your body with some pretty amazing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. It’s easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Gluten-free, plant-based, nut-free, soy-free, vegan option.
Ahh Matcha. The “tea” that has given coffee a good run for its money and snuck its way into the most popular of coffee houses, Starbucks included. But like, what’s the deal? Why is it gaining so much popularity? I used to be a skeptic, not even knowing what matcha was until a couple of years ago and now it’s everywhere.
If I’m being completely honest, matcha is kind of an acquired taste. The first few times I had it I didn’t get it really. It was strong and I wasn’t sure what all the hype was. But I continued to give it a go and eventually, I too hopped on the matcha train.
If you’re sensitive to caffeine, like me- you might still be sensitive to matcha as well, as it does contain caffeine. However, my Matcha Latte recipe is light and mild so that even if you’re still not swooning over matcha like the rest of the world, I think you’ll enjoy this recipe.
The main reason why I include matcha into my diet is because of matcha’s high antioxidant content. Basically, antioxidants are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases, and yes, help boost your immune system. Enjoying a hot cup o’ Mo (maybe that’ll catch on??! haha) in the morning in place of coffee has been something I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d share it with y’all too 🙂
I know there are tons of Matcha Latte recipe out there, so what makes this one different? Let’s take a peek, and I’ll also go over why I chose to use these specific 5 ingredients.
Flax Milk. I started drinking and using flax milk more in my recipes lately. Most plant-based milks are made from nuts or grains. I’ve been noticing some inflammation when I consume grains, and possibly nuts too, so I thought since flax milk was an easy replacement, why not. Coconut milk is my other choice, however, I chose flax milk for this matcha latte recipe for its other benefits, such as flax’s high content of omega-3 fatty acids, high fiber content, vitamins A, B12 and D, and low content of sugar and calories compared to other sources of plant-milk (when consuming unsweetened flax milk). A quick recap on omega-3 fatty acids: they can help fight anxiety and depression, they improve eye health, reduce the risk for heart disease, help fight inflammation and autoimmune diseases, improve bone, joint and skin. And our bodies cannot make omega-3 on our own, so it’s a great way to add more into your diet!
Matcha Powder. We’ve already talked about this briefly, but antioxidants is matcha’s superpower. There are a variety of fruits and vegetables that contain significant antioxidants, but matcha is unparalleled in comparison. Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents, aka the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease. Not only is matcha high in these glorious little soldiers, but matcha contains one class of antioxidants in particular- called catechins, which aren’t even found in other foods! These catechins provide potent cancer-fighting properties and counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage.
So, pretty much you’re sold so far, amiright?!
But let’s continue.
Coconut Butter (Manna). All you keto dieters, I’ve just introduced you to your new bestie. Coconut butter is made from pureeing coconut meat, including the oil into a peanut-butter-like consistency. And it’s delicious. It’s also rich in a component called lauric acid, boosting immunity, good cholesterol, and helps to destroy bacteria and viruses, and fungi. Coconut butter is full of essential amino acids, calcium, and magnesium as well. Like grab a spoon and eat it right from the jar people.
Manuka Honey. Ok, so y’all might have been really waiting to hear about the use of this “non-vegan” ingredient. Manuka Honey has extensive health benefits, including wound healing, aiding in oral health, digestive health, immune support, boosting energy, and may support gut health as a prebiotic and its anti-inflammatory properties may also positively impact inflammatory bowel disease. Studies also demonstrate Manuka as an alternative treatment in fighting bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). and Clostridium difficile (C. diff). To me, that’s a whole lotta reasons to include it in my diet, in particular, being that I have gut issues. I make sure my manuka honey is genuinely sourced and also supports Save the Bees initiatives. If you’re not comfortable with using honey in this recipe, a simple swap can be made, like using maple or agave syrup.
So as you can see, this Matcha Latte recipe is loaded with all the goods, tastes amazing, isn’t too strong, is easy to make, and is extremely Instagrammable! Speaking of which, go ahead and snap a photo and tag me on Instagram and Facebook if you make this recipe. I love you soooo Matcha!
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