Come in, take a seat and indulge in a delightful cup of Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte. This vegan concoction is the perfect treat for anyone who enjoys the complexity of chai spice with the added bonus of creamy matcha green tea. With a dash of vanilla, this latte feels like a warm hug on a chilly day! I’m here to guide you step-by-step as we make this delicious dairy-free delight. You don’t need to be a barista to whip up this magical beverage. Get ready to treat yourself and impress your friends with this simple yet sophisticated recipe!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Listen up, folks. Are you a matcha lover looking to switch things up from your usual matcha latte routine? Or maybe you’re a chai tea aficionado who wants to incorporate more green tea into your life? Either way, I’ve got the perfect solution for you: a Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte that is dairy-free and packed with incredible flavor and health benefits.
First of all, let’s talk about the taste. Imagine the warm spice and sweetness of traditional chai, but with an added kick of earthy matcha and fragrant vanilla bean. Each sip is a delightful dance between these unique flavors that will leave your taste buds begging for more.
But what really sets this recipe apart is the abundance of health benefits you’ll reap from each cup. Matcha is high in antioxidants, boosts brain function, and can even promote weight loss. Chai tea is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, can aid in digestion, and improve heart health. By combining these two powerhouse ingredients with raw honey, fresh ginger, and other spices, we’re creating a delicious concoction that not only tastes amazing but also does wonders for our bodies.
And let’s not forget about our dairy-free friends out there. Traditional lattes can leave some feeling bloated or uncomfortable. But with almond milk or coconut milk as your milk choice in this recipe, you can enjoy a hot or iced latte without any negative effects.
So why will you love this recipe? Not only does it taste like a dream come true, but it also supports a healthy lifestyle choice and caters to different dietary needs. Trust me when I say this Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte will become your new go-to morning pick-me-up or cozy evening treat.
Here Are the Ingredients You Will Need for This Delicious Drink:
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 whole cloves
- 5-6 peppercorns
- 2-3 cardamom pods
- 1 tsp fennel seed
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- 4 cups of liquid (you can use water or your milk choice)
- 2 tea bags (chai tea and green tea powder mix)
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- Raw honey or maple syrup (add according to desired level of sweetness)
3. Vanilla Addition:
- ½ vanilla bean, sliced in half (or you can use vanilla extract to taste)
4. Milk Choices:
- Almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk, nonfat milk or oat milk
Note: Be sure that the “milk” is unsweetened so the latte won’t be too sweet.
The Recipe How-To
Brewing the Tea
Step 1: In a medium saucepan, combine water, fresh ginger (~1 inch piece), fennel seed (½ teaspoon), whole cloves (5), cinnamon stick (1), and peppercorns (4) on medium-high heat.
Step 2: Bring to boil, then reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Step 3: Remove from heat, add 2 tea bags of chai tea, and steep for an additional 5 minutes.
Preparing the Matcha
Step 4: In a small bowl or cup, whisk together 1-2 tsp of matcha powder with hot water (1/4 cup) until smooth.
Combining Tea and Matcha
Step 5: Strain the chai tea mixture into your blender.
Step 6: Add the matcha mixture to the blender along with almond milk (or your milk choice).
Step 7: Blend until smooth and frothy.
Sweetening and Extracting Vanilla Flavor
Step 8: To sweeten, add raw honey (optional) or maple syrup while blending. If you want extra richness, include some vanilla bean as well.
Hot or Iced?
Step 9: To serve hot, pour into a mug and garnish with additional cinnamon / vanilla extract. For an iced latte, blend in ice till smooth.
Enjoy your tasty Vanilla-Matcha-Chai-Latte!
Substitutions and Variations
When it comes to making vanilla matcha chai latte, there are plenty of options you can use to substitute some ingredients. Let’s explore these options and variations to create a unique taste and texture.
– Milk alternatives: The recipe is dairy-free, so you can use any plant-based milk of your choice such as almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, oat milk, or cashew milk to make a creamy latte. For the best result, opt for unsweetened varieties.
– Sweetener: Swap raw honey for maple syrup, agave nectar or stevia to cut down on calories or to make it vegan.
– Matcha powder: If you don’t have matcha powder add green tea powder or one tea bag of green tea with 1 tsp of matcha powder.
– Spices: Customize the flavor by adding or eliminating spices like fennel seed, fresh ginger, whole cloves, cinnamon stick, peppercorn, and cardamom pods. To spice up things more add 1/8 tsp of ground ginger.
– Vanilla flavor: You can replace vanilla extract with ½ tsp of vanilla bean paste or 1 vanilla bean scraped out directly into the mixture for an intense vanilla flavor. Alternatively, omit the vanilla altogether if you prefer a strong chai taste.
– Serving temperature: Enjoy hot and steamy during cold winter mornings or over ice as an iced matcha latte during warm summers. Add blended ice for a frappuccino-like drink experience.
With these variations and substitutions in mind, you can customize your vanilla matcha chai latte just the way you want it. Experimenting with different combinations is just part of the fun!
Serving and Pairing
When it comes to serving and pairing the vanilla matcha chai latte, I like to keep it simple yet sophisticated. This latte is a perfect beverage to enjoy any time of the day. Whether you’re in the mood for a warm mug during the chilly winter months, or an iced glass on a hot summer day, this latte will be your go-to treat.
To elevate the flavor profile of this latte, I recommend pairing it with some scrumptious baked goods like croissants, muffins, or scones. The creamy texture and subtle sweetness of the vanilla matcha blend will help balance out the richness of the baked good.
For those looking for a healthier option, this latte pairs well with fresh fruit or a small bowl of nuts. The nutty flavor will complement the earthy notes of the matcha powder without overwhelming your palate.
If you want to take your vanilla matcha chai latte experience to another level, try adding some foam on top. This added foam can help highlight the subtle aromas and flavors while adding some textural contrast to each sip. You can try variations of foam with dairy-free alternatives like oat milk, coconut milk or almond milk.
Whether you prefer this drink hot or iced, there is no doubt that it will become your new favorite drink recipe. So why not invite some friends over and serve them some delicious homemade vanilla matcha chai lattes? Trust me; they won’t regret it!
Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating
As a barista, I know that you may not have time to prepare your Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte every morning. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for make-ahead preparation and easy reheating. Here are some tips to ensure the best results.
To make ahead, prepare the latte as instructed in the recipe and let it cool to room temperature before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
When reheating, avoid microwaving as it can cause separation of the ingredients. Instead, use a small saucepan over low heat or reheat it in a microwave-safe jug until it’s warm enough to your liking.
If stored properly, your vanilla matcha chai latte should last up to four days in the refrigerator without losing its flavors or texture. When you are ready to serve again, remember to stir and add extra sweetener/milk/spices as desired.
This flexibility makes it an excellent choice for busy mornings or on-the-go breakfasts. You can also prepare multiple batches in advance and store them for weekdays when you’re short on time.
Now that you know how to make and store your Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte ahead of time, there’s no reason to skip out on enjoying one of my all-time favorite lattes!
Tips for Perfect Results
As a barista, I’ve learned a few tricks to make the perfect vanilla matcha chai latte every time:
1. Use high-quality ingredients: The quality of your ingredients directly affects the flavor of your latte. Opt for fresh ginger, whole spices, and high-grade matcha powder.
2. Steep the tea properly: To prevent bitter flavors, steep the tea bags or loose-leaf tea in hot water for only 3-5 minutes.
3. Froth your milk: Dairy-free milk doesn’t froth as easily as regular milk, but it’s crucial to add frothed milk to your latte for that creamy texture. Use a frother or whisk vigorously while heating on the stovetop.
4. Sweeten with honey or maple syrup: For a natural sweetener, use raw honey or maple syrup instead of sugar. It adds depth and complexity to the flavors of your vanilla matcha chai latte.
5. Adjust the spice levels: While following the recipe is important, don’t be afraid to adjust spice levels based on personal preference. Start with less spice and gradually add more until the perfect balance is achieved.
6. Temperature matters: Make sure that your water and dairy-free milk aren’t boiling; if they are, it can affect the flavor and consistency of your vanilla matcha chai latte.
7. Experiment with milk choices: Almond milk and coconut milk are popular choices but try out other plant-based milks like cashew or oat milk for a fun twist.
8. Enjoy in moderation: Although it’s tempting to down multiple cups of this delicious vanilla matcha chai latte, remember that moderation is key for optimal enjoyment!
By following these tips, you’re sure to create a deliciously satisfying and healthy beverage that can be enjoyed at any time of day!
So there you have it, folks – my recipe for a delicious and refreshing Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte that’s both dairy-free and incredibly easy to prepare. With its unique combination of green tea, chai spices, and sweet vanilla notes, this latte is the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re feeling sluggish or in need of a little extra inspiration.
Whether you’re a seasoned barista or someone who’s just starting out in the world of home brewing, I hope that my recipe and accompanying tips have given you the confidence and inspiration to try your hand at making this delightful beverage. Experiment with different milk choices, spice blends, or levels of sweetness to find what works best for you.
And remember – while coffee may be the go-to beverage for many people around the world, there’s no reason why you can’t branch out and try something new. Who knows? You might just discover your new favorite drink with this Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte!
Vanilla Matcha Chai Latte (Dairy Free) Recipe
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup blanched almond
- 4 cardamom pods
- 1/4 teaspoon peppercorn
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 6 whole cloves
- 1/4 inch fresh ginger, peeled slice
- 1/3 teaspoon fennel seed
- 2 teaspoons green tea powder (Must be matcha but F. didn’t recognise, I use Matcha Superior from Teaopia)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons alcohol free vanilla (I buy ours from the health food shop)
- 1/8 cup local raw honey, to taste
- Blend water and almonds until very smooth.
- Strain through a fine sieve.
- Bring almond milk and spices to a boil.
- Boil for 5 minutes with the lid off, then simmer for 10 minutes covered.
- Strain into a blender (I use glass). Let the mixture cool down for a few minutes, then add the matcha powder & vanilla and blend. Add raw honey to taste. I probably use more than an 1/8 cup but do it to taste.
- Enjoy hot or cold. (I prefer it hot though).
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John has been working in the coffee industry for over five years, having started out as a barista in the bustling city of Los Angeles. He fell in love with the craft and set out to expand his knowledge and understanding of coffee. He has traveled all over the world, visiting coffee farms and learning from the best in the industry. His mission is to share his love of coffee and its unique flavors with others, and The Drive Coffee Bar is his way of doing that.