This 3-ingredient vegan Oat Milk Matcha Latte is simple, tasty, and the perfect start to your day!
I love a good matcha latte! I also love the idea that I can make one at home with real ingredients and without the price tag you get from an expensive coffee shop. And this Oat Milk Matcha Latte is my latest obsession to start the day!
This matcha oat milk latte is vegan friendly, and requires just 3 ingredients (and hot water) and less than 5 minutes of your time.
Simple, flavorful, and the perfect start to your day, and a great afternoon energy boost too!
What is Oat Milk?
Oat milk is a type of plant-based milk derived from whole oat grains. It has an oatmeal-like flavor and a creamy texture. Compared to other plant-based milk types, it is considered as one of the "more modern" types, having gained more popularity in recent years.
Oat milk is a great alternative to dairy in vegan diets or in cases of dairy milk allergies or lactose intolerance. It is considered as a "neutral-flavored" milk and has a thick, creamy consistency (similar to cow's milk), making it an ideal addition to coffees and lattes.
In addition to being dairy-free, oat milk is high in protein, fibre, and other nutrients.
What is Matcha Latte?
Matcha latte is a type of latte made with with powdered green tea and milk. Matcha lattes are typically bright green in colour and slightly bitter unless sweetener is added.
Matcha latte contains caffeine, although less than that found in a typical espresso-based latte.
Ingredients and Variations
Hot water - The liquid needed to dissolve the matcha for this latte.
Matcha - For the best flavor, use a high-quality matcha powder, such as ceremonial-grade matcha.
Oat Milk - If you can get your hands on a barista-blend of oat milk, this is perfect as it tends to froth best. Otherwise, any good quality oat milk brand will do. Alternatively, you can use other dairy-free milk types such as rice milk, cashew milk, soy milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
Sweetener - For a vegan-friendly latte, use agave syrup. Other sweeteners include: maple syrup, honey (not vegan-friendly), simple syrup, stevia, or granulated or brown sugar.
How to Make Oat Milk Matcha Latte
This 5-minute recipe for homemade matcha latte requires just 2 simple steps:
- Dissolve the matcha in hot (but not boiling) water.
Make sure to stir very well until the matcha dissolves and there are no lumps. The best way to do this is by using a bamboo whisk or a blender. Don't forget to use a tall glass!
If you don't have any of these, stir in the matcha in as little water as possible (until it forms a paste-like consistency), then add the remaining hot water and the sweetener of your choice.
- Top up with Oat Milk
Top up with hot milk of choice for a warm latte (use a milk frother!) or cold milk for a cold latte. During the summer months, you can top this up further with ice cubes for an iced-matcha latte!
Tips for the Prefect Latte
- For the best latte, use a milk frother for the oat milk. If you don't have a matcha whisk, you can also place all ingredients in a milk frother (matcha, milk, water, and sweetener) and mix them together.
- Use your favourite plant-based milk, or whatever milk is available to you - this latte does not necessarily require oat milk. Oat milk happens to have a neutral-flavor and similar consistency to dairy milk, making it a great alternative for lattes.
- Use your desired sweetener. If making this vegan, make sure to use a vegan-friendly sweetener.
- Use good quality matcha. Ceremonial-grade matcha is best, but it is also quite pricey, so look for high-quality matcha that suits your budget.
- Adjust sweetener and matcha amount as desired to suit your taste.
- If you want to amp up the flavour, stir in ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Oat Milk Matcha Latte
- 250 mL hot water (1 cup) not boiling
- 2 tsp. high-quality matcha
- 250 mL oat milk (1 cup), or other plant-based milk of choice
- 2 tsp. agave syrup or any sweetener of choice
- Divide hot water (not boiling) between 2 tall glasses. Stir in 1 tsp. matcha powder into each cup. Add sweetener of your choice.
- If serving hot latte, warm and froth milk in a milk frother and stir in desired amount into tea. If serving cold, stir in cold milk and top with ice cubes.