Healthy Recipe: Blended Matcha Latte with Cashews and Dates

Matcha green tea became popular in the 12th century when it was discovered by a Buddhist monk who reportedly liked the feeling of calm alertness it brought to his meditations. Today, it’s become even more popularized, and is known in the nutrition community for being rich in l-theanine, caffeine, and a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may improve mood and concentration.  Making a matcha latte at home rather than buying it at a pricy coffee shop will save you money and give you control over your sweeteners. But what about the froth, you may ask? Not every cup of prepared matcha will have time for the ceremonial treatment, and a high speed blender will create a fantastic frothy drink in a flash.  The addition of raw cashews adds to the creaminess of this drink.  INGREDIENTS: 1 cup hot water 2 tablespoons light coconut milk 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder 4 raw cashews 1 date, pit removed  INSTRUCTIONS:  Add the water to a kettle and bring to a boil. While the water heats up, add the coconut milk, cashews, date, and matcha powder to a high-speed blender. Once the water is hot, carefully pour it into the blender along with other ingredients. Add the lid to the blender and make sure it is securely on with all vents closed.  Blend on low and then gradually increase until blending on high until cashews and dates are completely smooth and matcha is frothy—approximately 20 seconds. Immediately pour into a mug and enjoy.   Serves 1.  NUTRITION FACTS (PER SERVING):  Calories 130 Protein  2 g Total fat  5 g Saturated fat  2 g Cholesterol  0 mg Carbs 22  g Fiber 2  g Total sugars  17 g Added sugars  0 g Sodium  15 mg This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine. Leandra Rouse Leandra is a Fitbit coach and culinary nutritionist who has 20 years of experience helping her clients find joy in their health journey. She practices functional fitness as a fitness coach in the Discover section of the Fitbit app, as well as through her in-home personal training business. As a nutritional consultant to chefs, Leandra helps to develop and market wellness products and concepts. Over her career, Leandra has worked extensively with top Bay Area companies such as Fitbit, Airbnb, Asana, Gap, bobbie, Tipsy, and more, to create engaging wellness content and education programs. Leandra lives with her husband and two young girls on the Big Island of Hawaii, and loves the challenge of feeding and moving with her babies.

Healthy Recipe: Blended Matcha Latte with Cashews and Dates

Matcha green tea became popular in the 12th century when it was discovered by a Buddhist monk who reportedly liked the feeling of calm alertness it brought to his meditations. Today, it’s become even more popularized, and is known in the nutrition community for being rich in l-theanine, caffeine, and a flavonoid called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which may improve mood and concentration. 

Making a matcha latte at home rather than buying it at a pricy coffee shop will save you money and give you control over your sweeteners. But what about the froth, you may ask? Not every cup of prepared matcha will have time for the ceremonial treatment, and a high speed blender will create a fantastic frothy drink in a flash. 

The addition of raw cashews adds to the creaminess of this drink. 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup hot water

2 tablespoons light coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder

4 raw cashews

1 date, pit removed 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Add the water to a kettle and bring to a boil. While the water heats up, add the coconut milk, cashews, date, and matcha powder to a high-speed blender.

Once the water is hot, carefully pour it into the blender along with other ingredients. Add the lid to the blender and make sure it is securely on with all vents closed. 

Blend on low and then gradually increase until blending on high until cashews and dates are completely smooth and matcha is frothy—approximately 20 seconds. Immediately pour into a mug and enjoy.  

Serves 1. 

NUTRITION FACTS (PER SERVING): 

Calories 130

Protein  2 g

Total fat  5 g

Saturated fat  2 g

Cholesterol  0 mg

Carbs 22  g

Fiber 2  g

Total sugars  17 g

Added sugars  0 g

Sodium  15 mg