After starting my day with a warm, nourishing and super-healthy Matcha Latte with home-made nut milk, I felt the obligation to post the recipe straight away so you have the chance to share the excitement with me.
You can actually start with the preparation right now (which is nothing more than soaking the nuts for a couple of hours), blending the nut milk and adding the missing ingredients the next morning (or afternoon or whenever you need a little pick-me-up).
Soak 1 cup of almonds (or any other nuts you like), in double the amount of water at least 6 hours or overnight. For the Matcha Latte I would highly recommend using almonds, cashews, coconut or a combination of two. Hazelnuts for example are too strong in flavour and would overpower the matcha.
But it tastes great in combination with raw cacao, cinnamon or coffee.
Rinse, strain and blend the nuts in a high-speed blender with 4 – 5 cups of water (depends how rich you like it) and a pinch of salt.
I usually don’t add any extra sweetener/flavour to my nut milk until I use it for a beverage but feel free to add 1 tsp of vanilla or almond extract, 3 medjool dates or 1 Tbsp of sweetener if you like.
Pour the milk through a cheesecloth/nutmilk or washing bag and squeeze out the liquid.
Make sure you save the pulp for further use (check out my cake recipe here and a great granola recipe here).
Store the milk in the fridge for up to 4 days and shake well before using as the fat will separate from the water.
If you want a warm beverage – which I prefer, pour 200 ml of the nut milk in a small pan and warm it up until about 50-60 °C.
Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and let it cool to 80°C (around 5 – 7 Minutes)
Sift 1 tsp matcha powder in a small bowl/cup and “melt” matcha by adding 2 Tbsp water, stirring with a bamboo whisk until matcha becomes a smooth paste.
Add 60 ml water (4 Tbsp) and whisk again until frothy and no more lumps are visible.
If you want a sugar-free version add a few drops of stevia extract or blend in another (medjool) date otherwise stir in 1-2 tsp of your favourite sweetener (I love a mild honey with this) and blend/whisk again until frothy.
Pour the milk over the matcha and serve in a bowl or big mug.
Enjoy this delicious and nurturing drink first thing in the morning and you will have energy (and a warm belly) all day long.
Here is a great video that explains how to make traditional matcha latte.