Hi Friends! Happy 2020!!! Have we all set our goals/intentions/resolutions? I would love to know what some of yours are. I’m still working on mine as quiet moments for reflection and intentional thinking are hard to come by in a house with a six and a one year old. More than anything I want to be more intentional in 2020. 2019 was a year of survival, flying by the seat of my pants, improvising, sleep deprivation, coasting on fumes and fueled by constant caffeine infusions. Less caffeine dependency should probably be on my 2020 resolution list. However, I know me. I will never, ever, ever give up coffee. They would pry my favorite mug from my cold dead hands. However, I am trying to let coffee sit the bench in my afternoon caffeine game and give tea a fair shot. Like with this Matcha Chai Latte!!!
Made with traditional Matcha powder and pinches of nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom and sweetened with just a drizzle of agave syrup, it offers all the comforting flavors of chai without the gobs of sugar of a traditional latte. We make this mug o’ goodness with half water and half milk of choice- nut milk, cows milk- it doesn’t matter. Point is, it doesn’t you leave you feeling weighed down and there is no sugar crash. If you like a creamier version- use all milk or add a little half and half.
Also, for big bonus points- the recipe also includes directions for an iced version. Don’t tell anyone, but yesterday I had one of each. 😉 So insanely delicious!
You can use the traditional Matcha whisk and tea bowl if you have them on hand. The whole frothing thing does have a zen quality to it- sort of like taking the time to make French Press or pour over coffee. But if you don’t have the equipment, you can just as easily make this in a mug with a whisk. Just make sure you whisk long enough to dissolve the Matcha powder.
Enjoy friends- caffeine boost without the caffeine (or sugar) crash. Also, could someone please tell me how to properly pronounce “matcha”?!
I think I’ll go sit down with one of these (and one of our chocolate chip scones I just discovered in my freezer) and try to get my 2020 intentions on paper.
Matcha Chai Latte - Hot or Iced
This Matcha Chai Latte has all the magical benefits of green tea, combined with the comforting flavors found in a traditional chai latte, but without all the sugar. Enjoy hot or over ice!
- 1 Teaspoon Matcha powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch Nutmeg
- Pinch Cardamom (optional, can sub Allspice)
- 1/2 Cup water, hot but not boiling
- 1/2 Cup nut milk of choice or cows milk
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Agave or honey to taste
- Heat water over stovetop or in microwave until steaming hot, but not boiling.
- Place spices in a traditional matcha bowl or a mug with the hot water. Whisk one minute with the matcha frother whisk or a small regular whisk until powder is dissolved.
- Heat milk over stovetop or in microwave. If microwaving, heat in 15 second intervals, stirring in between.
- Add hot milk to the spices solution and add vanilla and desired amount of agave or honey.
- Pour into mug and enjoy.
- For Iced Matcha Latte
- Prepare spices the same as for hot version. The powder won't dissolve in cold water.
- Add cold milk to spice solution along with the vanilla and pour over ice.
- For a creamier version of either, simply use more milk and less water. Or add a dollop of half and half or heavy cream. Customize to your hearts content!