Two posts in a week? What? Who dis? Well, I maybe sort of cheated. I did one, so that I could post the other :D. If any of you are friends with me on Instagram, then you’d know that i’ve been on a matcha kick lately (also trying to cut down on coffee), and I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I don’t get bored. Then it hit me…matcha and chai?! Yes, please! Now before you you go thinking how awesome and creative I am, Google kindly let me know that others before me had discovered this magical concoction. Then the day after, I saw it in a local coffee shop. So I was probably only like the 56th person who had this good idea.
I decided to make my own chai spice mix since I like things super chai-y and because I have so much extra time with two little kiddos and want to add another hands-on thing to my to-do list to simplify my life…said no one. But that should tell you how much I wanted to make this drink happen :). And I knew that if I could get the chai spice down, then i’d be able to have my hand at the best matcha chai latte ever (To be fair, I’ve never had one prior to making my own, so I may be a hair biased).
(Confession/Fun fact: This wasn’t an intentionally styled food photo. I legit spilled matcha when I was pouring it for Dave and me and had to run out to the living room super fast since Aria was screaming her head off. Secret’s out.)
I made my first batch last week, and now I’m hooked. It’s delish, and it’s a really nourishing drink (you can go here to see the benefits of chai tea and here for the benefits of matcha tea). I always like making my drinks at home since I know exactly what’s going in it (AKA less crap in them) and it’s cheaper. The kind of matcha I use isn’t the cheapest considering the size of the bag, but it’s still much less per serving if I make it at home.
So here’s to less coffee, more matcha, and messes that turn out to be blessings in disguise. So deep, right? (insert smirk face here–I think i’m becoming too dependent on expressing myself through emojis). Oy, ok…before more tangent-y stuff happens, here’s what you actually came for :):
1 cup almond milk (or milk of your choosing)
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup (more or less to taste)
1 teaspoon of DIY chai spice mix (more or less to taste)
Blender Option (we love our refurbished Vitamix):
- Put all your ingredients into your blender, and give it a gooood whirl. This will aerate your tea, which will give you that nice froth to your latte.
- Strain it through a fine mesh strainer to reduce the amount of chai spice mix that’ll settle to the bottom of your cup.
- If you want it iced, just pour it over ice at this point.
- If you want it hot, heat it up over a stove top.
No Blender Option:
- You’ll need to dissolve your matcha before you do anything else. Pour a bit of warm water in with your matcha powder, and whisk with a matcha whisk (it does help to dissolve all the bits), or you could use a fork and just go to town. That’s why I personally prefer the blender option because it does the work for me.
- If you want it iced, you’d pour your cold milk in with your dissolved matcha at this point.
- If you want it hot, warm up your milk (If you want the froth, you can froth your milk with one of these guys.)
- Stir, and enjoy!
Gah! If you try this, I hope you like it as much as I do. It’s like a hug or a high five…but for your tastebuds. I can’t wait for the next rainy day and one of those all-is-good-in-the-world-since-both-kids-are-napping moments, so I can curl up with one of these and read a good book. Bahaha, you should check out this post to see how probable that would be. The more realistic option is that I will be downing these iced since #momlife, and I’m pretty sure Aria just dropped her one nap, so yay for a healthier caffeinated beverage to keep me going and fairly sane.