When Costco brought in their organic matcha powder, I finally had to see what all the fuss was about. Yes, I know I’m woefully behind the trend, but better late than never. And there is no going back. I’ve tried a lot of different matcha recipes since then, but I always come back to this this deliciously creamy, gut-healing, dairy-free matcha latte.
Is Matcha AIP?
Matcha is powdered green tea leaves that have been grown the shade and have had the stems and veins removed prior to harvest and processing. Since it is nothing but green tea, matcha is 100% autoimmune protocol compliant. Yay!
While matcha is blissfully AIP compliant, many people following the autoimmune protocol, especially those with Hashimoto’s disease, also have adrenal issues. This can make the caffeine content of matcha problematic. AIP is not caffeine-free, but it does pay to mindful of the caffeine content and how that may affect each individual.
How Much Caffeine is in a Dairy-Free Matcha Latte?
On the topic of caffeine, how much caffeine is in a matcha latte? The average eight ounce cup of coffee has about 125mg of caffeine, though some varieties have much more. One teaspoon of matcha (the amount typically used for one eight ounce cup of tea) has approximately 70mg of caffeine, so substantially less caffeine than you will find in the average coffee. Since matcha is using the whole tea leaf, it is very high in antioxidants which help slow the release of caffeine from the matcha when it is consumed. This makes matcha a great choice for those looking to limit their caffeine or who are slowly reintroducing it.
Why Is Matcha Good For You?
Matcha boasts a variety of health benefits to go along with its mild caffeine content. Because the entire tea leaf is used in matcha, it is exceptionally high in phytonutrients, polyphenols, catechins, antioxidants, and amino acids. In some cases, these compounds are over 100 times higher than in regular green tea! Since caffeine binds to catechins, the release of caffeine into the body is drastically slowed which significantly tempers the potential effects of caffeine on the adrenals. This effect combined with the high levels of other beneficial compounds is attributed with giving matcha its ability to improve focus rather than just boost energy levels.
Several studies have found that matcha offers a protective effect on the liver. With all the buzz about “detoxing”, supporting liver health is one of the best ways to facilitate your body’s detoxification pathways. Research has also found tremendous brain benefits to consuming matcha, improving attention, reaction time, and memory. Matcha is a rich source of l-theanine, an amino acid which can help increase alpha waves in the brain which promote relaxation and reduced stress. L-theanine interacts with caffeine to promote alertness rather than the high and crash typically associated with caffeine consumption. (1)
I think it’s safe to say that this is a beverage worth adding to your repertoire provided it works for your body.
Preparing A Dairy-Free Matcha Latte
Thankfully for this busy mum, this dairy-free matcha latte is super easy and simple to prepare. All you need is a clean sauce pot and a mug. The bigger and more unique the better. Throw it all together, warm it up, and enjoy. It goes great just about anywhere, though you lose the frothy goodness in a travel mug. This decadent treat was a must-have on our last family trip to Banff. There is nothing quite like strolling down Main Street, enjoying the earthy flavour of your favourite matcha, while taking in the breath-taking scenery and admiring the quaint little shops. But sometimes it’s a coin toss between this matcha latte and my Chocolate Chai Latte. Can you tell I like my hot and creamy drinks?
Gut-Healing Dairy-Free Matcha Latte
- 1/2 can full fat coconut milk
- 1/2 can water
- 1-2 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1 dash vanilla extract alcohol-free for AIP
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup optional, either omit or use zero calorie sweetener of choice for keto
- 1-2 tbsp collagen powder omit for vegan
- 1 tbsp mild-flavoured oil of choice – avocado oil, tallow, MCT optional
- Combine coconut milk, water, matcha, and vanilla in a sauce pan and warm over med-low heat. Whisk briskly to dissolve matcha powder. Remove from heat
- Whisk in honey, collagen, and oil if using.
- Pour into your favourite mug and enjoy!