Is it Friday yet?
Sometimes I wake up in the morning and think that it is a totally different day than it is - works out ok when I wake up thinking it is Wednesday but it is really Friday but not so good when it is Tuesday and I think it should be Friday...if you know what I mean.
I have definitely been relying on caffeine to get me through the day and I've been trying to swap out my coffee for matcha to change it up. I'm a huge fan of Mocha Lattes so now I'm graduating to the Chocolate Matcha Tea Latte.
If you like super sweet drinks, this isn't the one for you but if you like matcha you should totally give this a shot. While my easy recipe doesn't call for added sugar or sweeteners you can easily add a bit if you prefer. A touch of maple syrup is also nice.
So what is Matcha?
Basically, matcha is a fine powder made from finely ground green tea leaves, and matcha green tea is supposed to deliver all kinds of health benefits like helping to prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease but I'm not a doctor or an expert so I just like it for the taste and the colorful punch it brings.
Making a chocolate matcha latte in the blender is so easy.
Just toss the ingredients in, including the matcha green tea powder, and blend away using the soup function if you have it. If not, you can try variable speed.
Once done, pour into a mug and watch the layers form. The first layer is bright green matcha, followed by a cocoa layer topped with a frothy milk layer. No fancy pouring is required - it is like magic.
If you don't have a blender, you can also make this on the stovetop in a small saucepan.
Do Matcha and chocolate pair well?
The earthiness (is that a word?) of the matcha flavor is nicely coupled with the slightly chocolatey / slightly bitter taste that comes from the cocoa and the frothy milk is what brings it all together.
If you want something even sweeter you could try swapping the cocoa for milk chocolate or even dark chocolate. The heat generated during the blender cycle will melt the chocolate and bring it all together similar to when we make our peppermint hot chocolate. You can also try different types of milk - coconut milk is absolutely delicious in this matcha latte recipe but you can also use cow milk or almond milk.
Never thought I'd give up my morning coffee and I'm certainly not giving it up forever but it sure is nice to have a viable alternative, that is easy to make at home, to get me moving in the morning. Variety is the spice of life (and all that!).