Start your morning off on the right foot with a homemade healthy matcha latte, using plant-based milk and sweetened with manuka honey!
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Make a matcha latte at home
Matcha green tea has a wide range of health benefits, from it’s high antioxidant content, to its slow and steady release of caffeine. Purchasing a matcha latte everyday can get expensive, though, and might contain unwanted sweeteners or additives.
I taught myself how to make a delicious, healthy matcha latte at home. It’s so easy, I make one every morning! My morning matcha latte contains simple, antioxidant-rich ingredients that are easy to keep on hand in my pantry.
Manuka honey – my sweetener of choice
I sweeten my morning matcha lattes with a teaspoon of Manuka Health manuka honey. Manuka honey is a special type of honey produced in New Zealand. It is well researched for it’s powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.
Manuka honey gets its health properties from the combination of honey and Manuka flower nectar, which only blooms 6-8 weeks a year. Manuka honey contains the bioactive compound methylglyoxal (MGO). Among other health benefits, manuka honeys antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may also help regulate gut heath (1).
Manuka Health manuka honey
How do you know how powerful the manuka honey is that you buy? Manuka honey’s MGO content is measured, and given a grade. The higher the number, the more potent the honey! Manuka Health pioneered this grading system.
Manuka Health owns their 20,000+ beehives, so each jar of their honey is totally traceable to the origin, batch, and beekeeper. Therefore, they hold strict quality standards, and their honey is raw, unpasteurized, and non-GMO.
You can find Manuka health manuka honey in your local grocery store or online. I even purchase an extra large jar at Costco in the Boston area!
How to make a matcha latte with Manuka honey
To make a homemade matcha latte, you’ll need: matcha powder (ceremonial grade is best), water, Manuka Health manuka honey MGO 573, plant-based milk, and cinnamon. The tools you’ll need are: a small bowl, a matcha whisk, and a milk frother.
Spoon 1/2 to 1 tsp of matcha into a small bowl.
Heat 6 oz of water to 175F. Don’t let the water come to a boil, because the heat can destroy the delicate flavor of matcha. Pour 2 oz of water into the small bowl with the matcha.
Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag pattern for about a minute, until frothy.
Transfer whisked matcha to your mug, then add remaining hot water. Stir in a teaspoon of manuka honey until melted.
Use a milk frother to heat and froth 4 oz milk. I like unsweetened almond milk or oat milk. Pour frothed milk over the matcha in your mug.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, stir, and enjoy! You can purchase Manuka Health manuka honey here, and get 15% your first order with code 15DAISYBEET, from now until February 26, 2020.
Note: If you don’t have a milk frother, just heat the milk on the stove or in the microwave. You just won’t have the foamy top on your latte.