The Best At-Home Matcha Latte with Oat Milk Recipe
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The Ingredients + Supplies for the Best At-Home Matcha Latte with Oat Milk
The first step in making your latte is to make sure you have the right matcha. While there are many grades of matcha, look for a tea that is shade-grown, stone-ground and made in Japan. This should lead you to an authentic ceremonial grade tea and harvesting process, giving your latte a smooth taste with nutrients unadulterated. While culinary matcha is good for baking and cooking, it has a more bitter taste. And even though our recipe here includes milk and simple syrup, we prefer the best matcha for drinking.
Ever wonder if you taste something burnt in your almond milk latte? That’s because you probably do. Almond milk scalds easily and results in a sour taste. More baristas and tea/coffee shops are turning to oat milk because it performs best in comparison to other milk alternatives. Oat-ly offers a vegan, plant-based alternative milk made from high quality, gluten-free oats and water. We can’t get enough!
Homemade Simple Syrup
While a little sweetness goes a long way, it serves another purpose too when making a latte you want to sip slowly. Matcha is a suspension, not a brew. If left to sit or not whisked properly, the powdered tea will settle to the bottom of your cup. A touch of simple syrup can help bind the prepared tea with the milk for a smooth, easy (and slower!) drinking latte.
To make a homemade simple syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water and bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally. Let the liquid simmer until sugars dissolve. Take off the heat to cool and store in a jar with lid in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
For lavender simple syrup, add dried culinary lavender leaves after sugar is dissolved (about 1/2 tsp. to 1/2 cup sugar to water ratio). Stir to combine and cover off the heat for 20-30 minutes for herbs to steep.
Matcha + Latte Tools and Substitutes
- Tea bowl called a chawan or a wide-cereal size bowl.
- Tea whisk called a chasan or a kitchen whisk.
- Bamboo spoon called a chasaku or a ½ teaspoon.
- Teapot or electric kettle to heat water.
- Saucepan to heat milk + whisk.
- Bowl or mug.
Matcha Latte With Oat Milk and Lavender Syrup
- 1 serving of matcha prepared (see instructions below).
- ½ cup oat milk (or milk of your choice).
- Optional: ½ to 1 tsp. simple syrup (directions above).
- To prepare one serving of matcha, whisk two bamboo scoops of matcha (each scoop = ½ tsp.) and two to three ounces of hot water (between 175 and 180°) in a bowl. Continue to whisk until no lumps are left on the bottom and the tea is frothy and smooth.
- Simmer the oat milk until steaming and about to boil. Whisk vigorously to create foam on top.
- In your drinking cup or bowl, add simple syrup (if you are using).
- Next, pour in your matcha and foam. Gently stir or whisk with your sweetener.
- Pour in your steamed oat milk, spooning frothy foam on top to finish.
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