Back in my pre-coffee days (yes, there was a time like that not too long ago! LOL), I wanted something different from my regular tea and after a bit of experimenting I came up with this delicious vanilla matcha green tea. It’s rich and creamy, and a nice change when you want something different from your normal coffee or tea.
I also have a thing for coffee mugs that are pretty or have fun or motivational sayings on them. The mug in these photos is one I picked up at Ross a few years ago and I love it! Peacocks are a favorite of mine, and the whimsical design on this mug caught my eye. I had to have it!
Matcha tea is a great addition to a keto way of living. Some of you may be asking, “what exactly is matcha?” Well, matcha is a form of green tea that is made from leaves that are ground into a powder that’s stronger than regular tea. It’s been enjoyed in China and Japan for hundreds of years.
Matcha is sweeter and creamier than regular green tea, although it can have a bit of a grassy taste, depending on the quality of the matcha powder as well as how much you use.
It has excellent health benefits, such as:
- Being high in antioxidants
- Helps lower blood pressure
- Helps with liver health
- Helps lower cholesterol
- Boosts brain function
- Helps with dental health
- Helps prevent cancer
- Helps lower blood sugar
- Increases concentration
You can read more about matcha health benefits at these two webpages:
When buying matcha powder, you want to be sure it has only one ingredient: matcha. There are matcha drink mixes that almost always have sugar in them, you want to avoid these. Matcha also comes in two grades: Ceremonial and culinary. If you plan to make a matcha tea with nothing added, you want to buy ceremonial grade. Culinary grade is best for making matcha lattes, as well as for cooking. I usually buy ceremonial grade because I’ve found it has less of a grassy taste to it.
Here are two that I recommend (affiliate links, buying through these helps me pay for this website and is greatly appreciated!)
Jade Leaf Culinary Matcha
On to the recipe:
Keto Vanilla Matcha Green Tea
1 heaping teaspoon Matcha powder
1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla, to taste
2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
Sweeten to taste with a keto-friendly sweetener
You can either do this in a Magic Bullet (or other blender), or in your coffee cup.
Put about 2 tablespoons of hot water in the bottom of the mug
Add matcha powder and mix to form a paste
Fill mug 3/4 full with hot water
Add remaining ingredients
Blend, or ix with a frother
Taste and adjust