Matcha Coconut Latte

matcha coconut latte /

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, and I suppose this 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 it’s nostalgic memories). Today’s recipe is just as colorful, but is quite the opposite in every other way. This matcha latte is a yummy frothy mug of health that’s vibrant green without dye… flavorful without being “flavored.”

matcha coconut latte / matcha coconut latte /

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 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.

matcha coconut latte
Serves: 1 latte
  1. Sift your matcha so it is lump-free (optional - I skip this step when I'm too lazy )
  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).
I used light coconut milk, but you could use full fat coconut milk if you wanted a richer latte.

This recipe was created for Aiya Matcha.

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. dana from on said:

    Love! I’m in love! Pinned.

    • Erin on said:

      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:

      • Mash on said:

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

        • 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 on said:

    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 on said:

    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 from on said:

      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 from on said:

      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 on said:

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

    • jeanine from on said:

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

  9. Janie from on said:

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

  10. Lena on said:

    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 from on said:

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

  11. Signe from on said:

    wow that looks absolutely amazing!

  12. Fiona from on said:

    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 on said:

    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 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 from on said:

      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 on said:

    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 on said:

    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 on said:

      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!

    • jeanine from on said:

      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 on said:

    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 from on said:

      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 on said:

    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 from on said:

      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 on said:

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

    • jeanine from on said:

      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 on said:

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

    • jeanine from on said:

      Thanks Christine 🙂

  26. sharon from on said:

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

  27. Regina from on said:

    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 from on said:

      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 on said:

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

  29. Hearty Thought from on said:

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

  30. Eden Passante from on said:

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

  31. Eden Passante from on said:

    Love matcha so much! This looks so good!

  32. Rob from on said:

    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!

  33. Patsy Grace on said:

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

  34. Lora on said:

    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.

    • 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!

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