Coconut Matcha Latte

This 3-ingredient coconut milk matcha latte is a creamy, cozy, antioxidant-filled drink for cool days. It's 100% vegan and simple to make!

Coconut Matcha Latte

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, and I suppose this coconut milk matcha latte is as close as I’m going to get to a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. (Not that I want to get really close to a Shamrock Shake, but it does have its nostalgic memories). Today’s recipe is just as colorful, but is quite the opposite in every other way. This coconut matcha latte is a yummy frothy mug of health that’s vibrant green without dye… flavorful without being “flavored.”

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Unlike steeped tea, matcha is made by grinding the entire tea leaf into a powder. Because you consume the whole leaf, it has approximately 10x more nutrients than regular green tea. (If you’re interested in more health benefits, click here). We, of course, love it because it tastes good.

This matcha latte is super easy. It’s just two ingredients (and a tiny bit of sweetener if you want). No fancy barista skills or equipment are required. If you’re going to make a lotta lattes you might want to invest in an official (and very cute) matcha whisk, but a small kitchen whisk will froth it up just the same.

Love matcha? Try it in a smoothie, vegan ice cream or milkshakes, or mix it into frosting for a cake!


4.5 from 2 reviews
Coconut Matcha Latte
 
This 3-ingredient matcha latte is packed with antioxidants and delicious flavor. A cozy yet healthy drink for cool days. Vegan!
Author:
Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sift your matcha so it is lump-free (This step is optional).
  2. Spoon the matcha into a large mug. Add the hot water and coconut milk and whisk briskly, in an up and down motion, until frothy - about 30 seconds or so. (You can also use a small kitchen whisk if you don't have a matcha whisk).
  3. Taste and add additional water, coconut milk, and/or sweetener to your liking. (I added just a bit of honey).
Notes
I used light coconut milk, but you could use full-fat coconut milk if you prefer a richer latte.

 

This recipe was created for Aiya Matcha.

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  1. dana from minimalistbaker.com
    03.14.2014

    Love! I’m in love! Pinned.

    • Erin
      08.18.2014

      Agreed! Pinned! You should try Zen Green Tea matcha- its really awesome quality and a great price compared to others out there, about $29 for 60 grams, which lasts ages. They offer free shipping and I buy from their website: http://www.zengreentea.com.au.

      • Mash
        09.05.2017

        Erin – you’re the owner of the website! It would have been nice if you disclosed that info when you posted. Not very honest.

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          09.05.2017

          Hello Mash, Erin is a reader that commented with this info. You can see that this post was sponsored by AIYA matcha, which was disclosed.

  2. This looks delicious! Would never have thought of this combination together. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  3. Skye from frommydiningtable.com
    03.14.2014

    I’ve made matcha lattes with almond milk before, but never with coconut – it sounds delicious. I am very excited about trying it!

  4. Pang from circahappy.com
    03.14.2014

    I am so glad you reminded me to vote for you, and I did 🙂
    Of course I did, I love your blog. Best of luck to you.

    • jeanine
      03.14.2014

      thanks Pang! Looks like you had Matcha on the mind for St. Paddy’s too! Loved the Pocky addition!!

  5. Yum! I love everything about matcha. I think the coconut/matcha combo would be amazing. And how cute is that whisk!?

  6. How cool! I’ve seen matcha all over the place recently, but never known how great it was for you! Now that I know its benefits, I can’t wait to try it. This recipe looks like a great way to introduce myself to it, too 🙂

  7. So gorgeous. I love matcha lattes. Unfortunately, up here in Alaska it’s impossible to find one of those little matcha whisks! I looked everywhere! I need to order one online because let me tell you, a regular old kitchen whisk DOES NOT cut it! 🙂 Or…whisk it…rather.

    • jeanine
      03.15.2014

      I got mine on amazon! (the link is up there in the post)… although I did get it to froth up with a (small) regular whisk too 🙂

  8. Sarah
    03.14.2014

    Hello can you please let me know what brand(s) of coconut milk you use/prefer? Thank you.

    • jeanine
      03.15.2014

      Hi Sarah, I usually get the 365 Whole Foods brand or the Thai Kitchen brand…

  9. Janie from hedgecombers.com
    03.15.2014

    Just went to vote but it has already closed, sorry!
    Janie x

  10. Lena
    03.15.2014

    Is there a way we can either buy the ingredients ( Aiya Cooking Grade Matcha and the Aiya Matcha Zen Cafe Blend) from a store other than online? Do they have them at World Market?

    As well as what is the difference between the Cooking Grade Matcha/Matcha Zen blend as opposed to just Matcha Green tea powder?

    Thank you! 🙂

    • jeanine
      03.17.2014

      Hi Lena, at the moment it’s only sold online and at a few small specialty tea shops…

  11. Signe from amillionmiless.blogspot.com
    03.15.2014

    wow that looks absolutely amazing!

  12. Fiona from burnt-feather.blogspot.com.au
    03.16.2014

    yum – just made this and I love the addition of coconut milk, I’d already been making it with almond milk but the coconut milk is definitely more lovely, now to find myself one of those adorable whisks!

  13. Jeanny P from lemonsandjoy.com
    03.16.2014

    I LOVE your blog!!! I just discovered it and I have to say its one of the best ones I’ve seen in a while. This recipe looks simple and delicious, I’ll try it for sure!
    I started my own blog http://www.lemonsandjoy.com as a New Years’s resolution, please follow me! Its such a coincidence with your blog’s name!!!

    You’re such an inspiration!!! Keep walking 🙂

    • jeanine
      03.17.2014

      thanks Jeanny! Congrats, I’ll check it out 🙂

  14. I’ve always seen those whisks at tea places but never thought to use them – such a good idea. I’m way too tired for anything St. Patty’s after SXSW, so this detox recipe is perfect.

  15. Ashley from edibleperspective.com
    03.17.2014

    Oooooh how I love matcha!!! That green color gets me every time. I made matcha doughnuts for the book and they literally taste like a matcha latte. 🙂 I really need that whisk.

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  17. I usually drink matcha straight (if you want to call it that!) for my afternoon pick-me-up as it gives such a great steady energy! But, the coconut milk is a perfect addition and will make it feel like a real “treat with benefits” – health benefits that is. Super! Thanks!

  18. Zoey
    03.23.2014

    This looks like a delicious combo! Question: so far I have had a little trouble getting my matcha to completely blend without getting a mouthful of lumps. I only use a teaspoon and I sift it first and then use a matcha whisk to combine with the milk but in the end I always have to strain it. Any thoughts? Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Katherine from kathsroom.blogspot.com
      03.25.2014

      It could be possible that you are adding too much matcha? Or perhaps you are not using a high enough grade? I buy mine at teavana, and store it in the fridge. It doesn’t have a very long shelf life (if you want it to be at its best quality) and oxidizes/gets stale if it’s not stored correctly. I hope this helps! http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/green-teas/p/matcha-japanese-green-tea

    • jeanine
      03.25.2014

      Hi Zoey – try whisking it with just a little bit of water at first, once you have sort of a paste, then add more water (or coconut milk). It might help it break up those lumps better. Other than that, I’d say make sure you’re whisking it in short fast up and down strokes and for around 30 seconds. If that doesn’t work, I’d try another matcha – the Aiya brand is really good (and I’m not just saying that b/c they sent it to me, it’s as good as the types I’ve brought back from Japan).

  19. Katherine from kathsroom.blogspot.com
    03.25.2014

    Oh I absolutely love matcha!
    I have it all the time; the Japanese tea ceremony I find absolutely fascinating.
    I usually drink it straight, but I have added almond milk or coconut milk in the past; and have preferred the coconut milk. But recently, I have been bringing my matcha to work (I work in a cafe) and I’ve been steaming it with almond milk! Not hot water. And wow, it’s so good that way! I don’t even have to bring my whisk with me, the steamer from the espresso machine does all that work:)
    It feels blasphemous to the Japanese tradition, but I like it and that’s what counts!

    • jeanine
      03.25.2014

      Ha! I love it – so blasphemous :). I bet it’s deliciously frothy though!

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  21. This is what I miss most about our trip to Japan! I bought myself some matcha powder over the holidays and have been whisking up lattes ever since. Definitely going to try your coconut milk version.

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  23. Patricia
    04.25.2014

    Hi! This looks great! I have a couple of questions about it:
    1. How much caffeine are we talking about per serving? How does it compare to coffee? I recently gave up coffee, but do drink green tea almost everyday to get a boost right after lunch. Can’t handle much caffeine after 2 or 3pm…won’t sleep well.
    2. How many calories (approx.) per serving

    Thanks!!! looking forward to having this treat real soon 🙂

    • jeanine
      04.28.2014

      It has less caffeine than coffee, but if you have trouble sleeping (as I do), I usually stop by 3pm.

      I’m not exactly sure about the calories – you can google for a calorie calculator and type in the ingredients. Also feel free to use less coconut milk/more water to make it lighter.

  24. April
    09.04.2014

    This sounds and looks amazing! Do you sugguest coconut milk from carton or the creamier tinned one? xx

    • jeanine
      09.04.2014

      Hi April, you can use either one depending on how light or rich you want yours – I used light coconut milk from the can and mixed it with water, but you can use coconut milk from the carton and not add any water (since it’s much lower in fat). I’ve also used almond milk…

  25. Mari from kaleandcake.com
    10.13.2014

    Love the photos! … And the recipie too. Pin-pin-pin!

    • jeanine
      12.11.2014

      Thanks Christine 🙂

  26. sharon from mauigirlcooks.wordpress.com
    12.12.2014

    I love coconut milk & matcha, so this must be delicious!

  27. Regina from mollymell.blogspot.com
    12.15.2014

    Good morning Jeanine.

    I’ve been getting your posts on my mailbox for a while now, and it’s always a happy moment for me reading your recipes and impressed by your beautiful photos. Definitely we are always learning, I’ve never heard of matcha tea, and now I a intrigued, specially after reading the matcha white hot chocolate & this coconut latte.
    Thank you for that.

    • jeanine
      12.15.2014

      aww, thanks Regina – we absolutely love matcha since having it (everywhere!) in Japan – I hope you give it a try, let me know what you think 🙂

  28. Christian
    01.06.2015

    I didn’t care for this recipe, too just alright. My brand of matcha was too bitter I guess…

  29. Wow are you kidding me? Matcha + coconut = the best combination EVER! Thanks for the idea!!!

  30. I love Matcha, and I really like that you used coconut milk too! Looks so good!

  31. Rob from ujido.com
    07.15.2016

    This looks so tasty! I like the twist on a traditional favorite Latte.
    I can’t wait to try this one out at home. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Patsy Grace
    09.06.2016

    Cannot wait to try the Matcha in many recipes, especially the coconut milk latte!

  33. Lora
    12.19.2017

    Is there a reason why the serving size is so small? half a cup of liquid total (between water and coconut milk) is very small. Just curious, as I’d like to enjoy a larger glass of this.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.20.2017

      You can increase the recipe as you like – it’s just 1:1 coconut milk to water. Adjust the amount of matcha and sweetener to your taste. Hope that helps!

  34. Kathy
    03.12.2019

    I made this this morning. I love the taste of maple syrup in my matches latte. I used unsweetened almond milk, but I prefer coconut. Delicious!

    • Kathy
      03.12.2019

      I use Tao of Tea matcha.

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      03.17.2019

      Hi Kathy, I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  35. MatchaMe
    04.26.2019

    Love the matcha latte, looks amazing!

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