Minty morning matcha latte with vanilla & coconut oil

Silky and frothy.

Delicious and healthy.

And has a beautiful green color.

Minty morning matcha latte with vanilla and coconut oil

Meet my minty morning matcha latte (intentional alliteration here) with vanilla and coconut oil, or as I’ve been calling it lately: pre-breakfast date with my fiancé.

We’ve jumped on the matcha bandwagon just recently, but quickly became obsessed with this wonderful tea. This recipe is my personal success story of how I made my love consume something that is actually green. Now we sip on this goodness almost every morning. Score!

minty morning matcha latte with vanilla and coconut oil

Matcha latte is a little twist on green tea, made with high fat milk to make it extra frothy and creamy.

Infused with mint and vanilla, it’s the exciting combination of hot and cold, and it has a sweet and characteristic taste that you will love! It can even double as dessert for after breakfast. I also added a scoop of collagen powder for healthy joints and shiny hair, yaay!

Matcha tea actually comes from Japan and goes through a special treatment during production: in the last 10 to 20 days prior to harvesting, the plant is grown in the shade which increases its chlorophyll content, a powerful antioxidant, painting it a lovely vibrant green color.

Whole tea leaves are then finely grounded, so you consume the entire leaf and reap all its benefits. Cool story, I know!

matcha latte for two and matcha powder

This superfood helps you detoxify your body, boosts your immune system, it also aids in weight loss, and is packed with antioxidants that help you stay young, inside and out. It contains caffeine, but doesn’t give you the crash (a.k.a. that coffee hangover feeling). Instead, it provides mental alertness while also stimulating the alpha waves in your brain, which results in a relaxed, calm state of mind.

Matcha is also very versatile: other than drinking it in traditional tea form, you can add it to your smoothies, juices, even pancakes or other baked goodies and bam! All healthified.

I guess you could probably write a novel on the perks of matcha, or better yet: an ode. An ode to the mighty matcha…

minty morning matcha latte with vanilla and coconut oil

On top of its health benefits, this drink also has magic powers: it has the power to get me out of bed at 5:30 am, marking the beginning of our morning rituals. Make it part of yours too. 🙂

I want to encourage you to start each day with intention. Set the foundation for a great day.

Get out of bed and stretch. Take a deep breath.

Smile and be thankful.

Drink matcha.

And attack the day with enthusiasm! You are invincible.

Cheers to that!

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minty morning matcha latte with vanilla and coconut oilMinty morning matcha latte with vanilla & coconut oil

Yield: 2 cups
Prepare: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk of your choice (preferably high fat)
  • 1 heaping tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 Tbs collagen powder (optional)
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • a sprig of mint

Instructions:

  1. Heat milk on the stove in a small pot, add mint leaves too and simulaneously melt coconut oil over it in a metal bowl.
  2. Be careful not to overheat the milk. Once the coconut oil has melted, turn off the heat.
  3. Gently bruise mint leaves in the pot with the help of a wooden spoon to release the essential oils. After a few minutes take the leaves out.
  4. Add warm milk, melted coconut oil, vanilla, matcha and collagen powder (if using) into a blender and blend.
  5. Add honey to taste.
  6. Enjoy!

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