After you try this healthy matcha latte made with coconut milk, you won’t need to go back to dairy. I haven’t had a regular matcha latte since I discovered this unlikely combination. For some reason, matcha and coconut milk just go together. You gotta try it!
Matcha Latte with Coconut Milk? That’s weird.
These last few weeks being in quarantine, I’ve been experimenting with new ingredients that boost our immune system.
Somehow, the two ideas of healthy matcha and recipes to boost your immune system merged together in my subconscious mind.
That’s how this new recipe for healthy matcha latte came into fruition.
I had my doubts…
When it came to matcha, I used to be a purist.
In other words, I was snobbish and stubborn.
Matcha coconut latte was on the menu at The Matcha Tokyo, but I never considered ordering it.
To be honest, I thought what a waste of high quality matcha!
And boy, was I wrong.
Matcha and coconut– who would have guessed that this marriage of flavors was meant to be?
Healthy Matcha Latte – Keto, Vegan, and No Added Sugar
Once I tried my first matcha coconut latte at home, I was hooked.
Oh my god! This drink was pure indulgence.
With no sugar added whatsoever, it’s hard to believe that this “liquid dessert” is so incredibly good for you.
Imagine if you could drink a matcha, coconutty cheesecake– Mmm. It’s like that.
Think guilt-free milkshake.
You’d think, there’s no way on Earth this is good for you.
The natural sweetness of matcha, paired with the sweetness and creamy, healthy fats in coconut milk, make drinking this oh-so satisfying.
Whether you’re vegan, on a keto diet, or none-of-the-above,
you’ve got to try it.
Where to Buy Matcha Green Tea
The only thing is, you first have to get your hands on some decent matcha.
If you spend $30 on high-grade organic matcha, of course it will taste amazing.
But it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune.
You just have to know which matcha to buy.
To make this matcha latte recipe, I recommend you use decent quality matcha that isn’t bitter.
If you search for matcha on Amazon Japan, there are a lot of choices. Though, my guess is that the majority of the matcha available online isn’t very good quality.
I’ve tried the organic matcha that’s currently “Amazon’s Choice”– it’s pretty bitter.
I would recommend getting better quality, better tasting matcha.
This time I don’t think I’m being snobby, just honest.
Good Quality Matcha from Japan
Nagata-san, the owner of The Matcha Tokyo, told me that it’s very difficult to make good tasting matcha that’s sweet.
He’s found only two regions in Japan, Kagoshima and Kyoto, that produce good quality, organic matcha that isn’t bitter.
Green tea from Shizuoka is top quality, but their matcha isn’t as sweet.
These are my two current recommendations for organic matcha*:
Suisouen Organic Matcha can be purchased at www.suisouen.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
*Because of new rules, they can accept orders of 5 packages.
The people working at both of these companies are very nice and helpful. They have English-speakers on staff.
Suisouen matcha is now also available on Rakuten.(English and Japanese)
Rakuten prices are slightly more expensive than ordering directly.
*When you’re drinking matcha, you’re consuming the whole leaf. This is the reason I always choose organic matcha.
Is drinking coconut milk good for you?
I’ve known about the health benefits of coconut oil and MCT for a couple of years now.
If you’re interested, you can learn more about the health benefits of coconut milk here.
Which coconut milk should I buy?
Most of the time, I use Cocomi brand organic coconut milk.
On the can, it says the coconuts are handpicked in Sri Lanka.
There are no additives, no added sugar, and the can linings are BPA-free.
That’s what I look for on the label when I’m choosing coconut milk.
When the supermarket was out of Cocomi (mostly my fault), I tried the more expensive, French organic brand, Riz L’Asie, which was even creamier, naturally sweet, and wonderful.
Note: this brand does contain guar gum.
A quick note about guar gum: This is the general rule I follow. If I don’t know what it is or how to pronounce it, I try not to eat it!