This iced vanilla oat matcha latte is easy to make at home. You make the oat milk with just oats, water, vanilla, and sweetener of choice.
Hi happy weekend! We have a bunch of stuff going on AND I’m hoping to get ahead on some work in preparation for my trip to Iowa next weekend for this event. I haven’t done any kind of public speaking in a long time, so I’m a BIT nervous and want to give myself a lot of time to read through my speech. If you have any tips on overcoming nervousness with public presentations, send them my way please. I have a feeling I might be trying to get some extra meditation in over the next week or so ;)
I’ll leave you with my favourite afternoon pick-me-up these days and some links to peruse. I enjoy oat milk (don’t we all at this point?), but I find that homemade oat milk is a bit of a pain. It has to be made and used pretty much immediately or it gets a weird, slimy sediment thing going on. With this iced vanilla at matcha latte, you’re making a small batch and combining it right away with freshly frothed matcha. Oat-y, vanilla-y green tea heaven! More matcha inspiration in the form of a hot beverage here: Coconut Cashew Matcha Latte.
Also, for more context on matcha in general: it’s a stone-ground, shade-grown green tea powder. Mixing the fine powder with hot water results in an earthy, rich and mellow beverage that is enjoyed in Japan and all over the world. I love this history of matcha piece on the Mizuba Tea website (I have had their matcha when I was in Portland—so great!). If you are looking for a more traditional way to enjoy matcha, Candace Kumai has a recipe and how-to video on her site—along with so many delicious matcha creations.
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Vegan Iced Vanilla Oat Matcha Latte
Quick Oat Milk
- 3 tablespoons rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup, or to taste
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch sea salt
- ¾ cup filtered water
For the Matcha
- 1 teaspoon matcha powder, sifted through a fine mesh strainer
- ⅓ cup hot water that’s been off the boil for about a minute
- Fill a serving glass with ice
- Make the quick oat milk. In an upright blender, combine the oats, maple syrup, vanilla, salt, and water. Blend on high until you have a smooth milk, about 1 minute. Pour the milk through a fine mesh strainer into your glass with ice. Use a spoon to move the pulp around so that all the milk gets through.
- Place the sifted matcha in a small, wide bowl. Pour a bit of the hot water on top and whisk it vigorously with a small whisk (preferably a matcha whisk). Once the matcha powder is dissolved, pour in the remaining hot water. Whisk the matcha again until frothy.
- Pour the matcha on top of the iced oat milk. Stir the iced vanilla oat matcha latte to combine.
- You do need a fine mesh strainer to run the oat milk through. I find that it can be slimy and slightly gritty if you don’t do this extra step.
- My favourite matcha is by Ippodo. I usually go for one of the “balanced” varieties.