Looking for a healthier alternative to a standard matcha latte? Try my favorite date-sweetened dairy-free version!
I have been making matcha lattes for years, but I only recently discovered that I can completely eliminate sugar from the drink by using medjool dates. This creates the creamiest, most decadent latte I have ever had!
You may have tried Starbucks green tea latte. While I can't deny that it’s tasty, a Grande packs nearly three tablespoons of sugar—yikes! My version is fruit-sweetened. Using just one medjool date adds the perfect amount of sweetness without imparting any date flavor. Dates are a low glycemic, whole food sweetener and are rich in copper, magnesium, manganese, potassium, B vitamins and fiber.
This recipe is as simple as it gets. My only tip is to make sure that you purchase a high-quality matcha powder. Low-quality matcha makes for a bitter and unappealing latte. I have tested out numerous brands over the years and have found DoMatcha and Encha to be the best choices for a reasonable price.
¾ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk*
¼ cup water
1 medium Medjool date (25 g) (or 1 tablespoon maple syrup)
½ teaspoon vanilla powder or ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
-Heat milk and water (you want it hot, but not boiling)
-Pour into blender with medjool date and vanilla
-Blend at highest speed for at least one minute to ensure that it gets nice and frothy
*Alternatively, you can use 1/8 to 1/4 cup raw cashews (soaked) blended with 1 cup of water. This makes it an entirely whole food plant-based matcha latte. It is excellent both ways!