Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte…with a twist!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on May 21, 2016

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I’ve had a lot of requests for my go-to iced matcha latte recipe since I first posted pictures of it on Snapchat last month. I uploaded it to the app a few weeks ago, and today I’m sharing it on the blog!

I love that matcha gives me loads of energy without any jitters whatsoever. During the first trimester, I didn’t want anything to do with tea or coffee—the thought of it absolutely turned my stomach and I couldn’t even be around it. I made the mistake of drinking a coffee one day after a random craving and I was so sick afterwards. But sometime well into the second trimester, I started to crave matcha tea, and found that I could stomach it just fine. Shortly after, this amazing iced latte recipe was born!

Here are my favourite tips for making the very best iced matcha green tea latte:

– My preferred method, by far, is to blend everything up in the blender. Matcha green tea powder has a tendency to clump very easily, so the blender ensures a super smooth end result!

– My favourite twist? I love to incorporate frozen wheatgrass juice for an extra boost. (I buy the Evergreen brand of frozen wheatgrass cubes.) But not to worry if you don’t have any—it’s still delicious without!

– Vanilla bean makes a lovely pairing with matcha. I love adding 1/4 teaspoon of pure vanilla bean powder into this drink. A bit of pure vanilla extract will also work in a pinch!

– Since matcha has a grassy flavour, I find it needs a bit of sweetener to bring all the flavours together. My preferred sweetener is pure maple syrup—1 to 2 teaspoons, to me, is perfect.

– I always keep a stash of almond milk ice cubes in my freezer now, just for this very drink! The almond milk ice cubes not only keep it super cold, but prevent the drink from getting too watered down, like regular water ice cubes can do.

– A side note: I avoid taking vitamins within 1 to 2 hours of drinking matcha because it can hinder absorption.

– If you want to make it fancy, feel free to add a bit of Coconut Whipped Cream on top. Though usually, I just blend up the latte, pour, and drink!

– I’m often asked which brand of matcha I use. You can find my favourite Do Matcha brand here.

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Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte

Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, no bake/raw, oil-free, soy-free

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This is a fun way to get a healthy matcha fix when the temperature starts to rise! Rather than using regular ice cubes (which tend to water down lattes), I like to keep a stock of almond milk ice cubes on hand. Blending a couple almond milk cubes into this latte ensures it gets cold without the flavour being compromised! Vanilla bean adds a gourmet feel to an already luxurious cold drink.

Yield
1 1/2 cups (1 serving)
Prep time
Cook time
0 Minutes
Chill time
4 to 6 hours (ice cubes only)

Ingredients:

  • 2 almond milk ice cubes (60 mL), plus more for serving
  • 1 cup (250 mL) unsweetened almond or coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder or 1 vanilla bean*, seeded
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup, or to taste
  • 1 to 2 frozen wheatgrass cube(s)** (optional)
  • For serving: Coconut Whipped Cream, matcha powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pour almond milk into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. I recommend using a silicone mold if possible, as they’re easy to pop the cubes out of. I also try to keep a stash on hand in the freezer so the cubes are ready to go at all times.
  2. To make the latte: Add the cup of almond milk into a blender along with 2 almond milk ice cubes, matcha powder, vanilla, maple syrup, and the optional frozen wheatgrass cube(s). Blend on high for around 20 seconds to ensure it gets nice and frothy.
  3. Pour into a glass, along with more almond milk ice cubes. You can also add a spoonful of coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of Matcha on top to make it ultra fancy-pants!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) | Calories 100 calories | Total Fat 4 grams
Saturated Fat 0 grams | Sodium Fat 250 milligrams | Total Carbohydrates 12 grams
Fiber 1 grams | Sugar 8 grams | Protein 4 grams
* Nutrition data is approximate and is for informational purposes only.

Tips:

  • * I like to keep pure vanilla bean powder on hand, so it's super quick to add a quarter teaspoon into the blender for a decadent vanilla flavour. If you don't have any vanilla beans or powder on hand, not to worry! You can use vanilla almond milk and/or a half teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in a pinch.
  • ** I love the Evergreen brand of frozen wheatgrass cubes. You can find them in the freezer section of some grocers like Whole Foods and Organic Garage.

Happy iced latte drinking!

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Caroline October 13, 2016 at 12:14 pm

Oooh this is my kind of drink! Can’t wait to try this combo of vanilla and matcha, thank you for sharing!!

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Angela Liddon October 13, 2016 at 7:07 pm

Enjoy!! :) I’d love to hear how you like it.

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Rob October 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Coffee gives me the jitters too… but I still love the tasted of my iced vanilla latte! Matcha is the perfect alternative. Thanks for the recipe!

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Gmail sign in October 31, 2016 at 7:11 am
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It sounds delicious! I really like matcha flavor, all kinds of matcha drinks, cake… Thank you for the recipe!!

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Michele March 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm
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I did not expect to like this, but I did! I did not include the wheatgrass. I used trader joe’s pure matcha powder from Japan (not their matcha latte powder) and it was very good, not astringent or bitter, as I have read some matcha powders can taste. This would be a nice alternative to iced tea or coffee in the summer.

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Dog names March 22, 2017 at 5:26 am
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Love it! Thanks for the recipe!!!!!

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Katie June 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm

Which vanilla bean powder do you use? I can never find it at markets. I love matcha!

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Angela Liddon June 26, 2017 at 10:10 am

Hi Katie, I get my vanilla bean powder online from the Vanilla Food Company. :)

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Liv May 1, 2018 at 5:06 pm

What kind of matcha powder do you use?

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Liv May 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Oy! Just saw the note- thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

No problem, hope you enjoy! :)

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Sasha Jamison June 15, 2018 at 4:28 am
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I feel like I am so behind and am the only person in the world who hasn’t tried a matcha latte yet 😉

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