Japanese green tea has been trendy for a while, but since Dalgona coffee went viral, matcha Dalgona latte recipes have also been shared en masse. Because not everyone likes Dalgona coffee! So we started working with the Japanese green tea, to make such a beautiful green whipped dalgona for a matcha latte.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a special Japanese green tea. Or well, it was found in China, but the Japanese discovered it and made it big. Matcha green tea is made from young tea leaves that are ground into matcha powder.
The special thing about matcha powder is that it completely dissolves! That’s why it’s so nice to work with, in the kitchen.
The taste is quite specific and quite strong. So you only need a little powder to make a matcha tea or a matcha latte! Please note that matcha also contains caffeine.
Is Matcha Healthy?
Yes! With 1 cup matcha tea, you get all the nutrients of 10 cups of green tea. There are many antioxidants in it, helps your metabolism, provides a natural detox, is rich in fiber and vitamins. In short, this is what you want! But not too much, because as I said, there’s caffeine in it, too.
Where to Buy Matcha Tea
This is another thing: where can you buy matcha tea? Nowadays, you can buy anything with matcha taste, but for this recipe, you need real matcha powder.
Our best tip is to look at a natural food store or Asian supermarket near you. Always be careful to buy 100% natural powder, because all matcha latte powder often contains a lot of sugar and other ingredients. Of course, you can also always buy organic Japanese green tea online!
How to Make a Matcha Latte
A matcha latte is really just matcha green tea with milk! Basically you can just throw the powder in a cup of milk, add some herbs and you have a nice matcha latte.
But today we make a special matcha latte! We’re going to whisk the matcha as a frothy topping for your milk.
The basis of the original Dalgona coffee is instant coffee, which can whisk until it’s frothy, with just water and sugar. Unfortunately, matcha powder doesn’t work that way. We have seen that some people simply whisk the matcha with milk, but for us, the mixture did not stay firm.
So we’re going to use another base for getting a frothy matcha Dalgona whip!
You can use coconut cream or aquafaba as a base. We used aquafaba. That’s just the moisture from a jar of frog peas – so don’t be put off by the fancy name. Aquafaba works exactly the same as whipping up egg whites, but it’s a lot healthier!
To make coconut cream, buy a can of coconut milk and leave it in the fridge for a night. You will then start working with the thick coconut cream that is separated from the coconut water.
Beat your base into a stiff mixture, after which you add a tablespoon (powdered) sugar and a teaspoon of matcha powder to the mixture. We used icing sugar because it is much lighter than regular sugar, but you can also use granulated sugar. Do you use sweetened milk? Then you can make the whipped matcha without sugar!
So, it’s really only a matter of whisking and you’ve got the matcha Dalgona topping within minutes (please use an electric whisk).
This topping can be poured on a glass of vegan milk (3/4 filled) and you have a beautiful vegan matcha Dalgona latte! You can heat up the milk for a hot drink, or serve it with ice cubes for an iced latte. You can, of course, vary with milk (coconut milk, for example, jammie) and possibly add cinnamon for the taste.
Vegan Matcha Dalgona Latte
- 3 tablespoon aquafaba or 5 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon* (powdered) sugar
- ¾ glass vegan milk hot or iced
- Prepare a glass of milk to pour the whipped matcha on top later. If you want to drink a hot matcha latte, heat milk in a pan. Do you fancy a matcha iced latte? Toss some ice cubes in your milk.
- Beat the aquafaba / coconut cream until stiff
- Add the (powdered) sugar and whisk again
- Add the matcha powder and whisk until the mixture is all green. Do not continue for too long, as the matcha powder will aggravate the mixture.
- Pour the whipped matcha dalgona on milk and you're done. The mixture will become liquid on rather quickly, because the matcha powder will make the mixture heavier.
- Stir the matcha latte well before drinking, so that you get a nice green drink with a nice foamy edge. Enjoy!
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