This creamy Vanilla Matcha Latte is a cozy, dairy-free drink you can make in just a few minutes with green tea, vanilla, and oat milk.
A homemade Vanilla Matcha Latte only requires a few simple ingredients, and it's faster than making a trip to the coffee shop.
I love this recipe whenever I'm in the mood for a warm and cozy beverage with a little kick of caffeine. The green tea provides a nice little energy boost, but it's still less intense than coffee. Perfect for sipping on mid-morning or when you need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.
Besides making this recipe vegan and dairy-free, the oat milk adds tons of thick and creamy texture and really takes this matcha latte to the next level. It's the stuff latte lovers' dreams are made of. But, you can also make this recipe with any type of milk you have on hand if oat milk's not your thing. I've had good results with soy milk and whole milk, too.
The vanilla in this matcha latte recipe bumps up the warm and nutty flavors—use pure vanilla extract (not the imitation stuff!) or scrape the inside of a real vanilla bean if you want to get fancy. Either way, this green tea latte is soon to be your new favorite at-home drink!
What is Matcha?
Matcha is green tea that is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is traditionally from East Asia, but you can now find it in the tea section at most grocery stores.
Here's what you need to make a Vanilla Matcha Latte at home.
- matcha green tea powder
- hot water
- pure vanilla extract or a vanilla bean
- oat milk, or milk of choice
- Water kettle or a small pot to heat up the water (You could also warm up the water in the microwave if needed.)
- Whisk (I prefer a bamboo matcha whisk, but any type will work. Use a fork if you don't have a whisk.)
- Milk frother (Optional, but gives latte extra texture and that cozy, coffee shop feel. See my blender instructions below if you don't have one.)
First, to prep this Vanilla Matcha Latte recipe, heat up a little water (you'll just need ¼ cup per serving) and add ¾ cup oat milk to your milk frother.
Note: My milk frother warms up the milk as it froths. If your frother doesn't have this feature, or if you're using a hand frother, you'll want to heat up the oat milk on the stovetop or in the microwave first.
Next, add a scoop of matcha to a wide mug (or matcha bowl) and pour in the hot water.
Whisk vigorously until the matcha dissolves into the water and appears frothy. Then, stir in the vanilla.
Finally, pour in the frothed oat milk.
You can either serve the matcha latte like this or give it another quick stir if you want the milk to be more evenly mixed with the green tea. I like to drink it without stirring.
Blender Instructions (How to Make a Matcha Latte without a Milk Frother)
You can still make this Vanilla Matcha Latte even if you don't have a milk frother. Either froth the milk by hand by whisking it vigorously with a whisk, or use a blender to do the frothing for you.
Here's what a matcha latte looks like when you make it in the blender:
To make a Vanilla Matcha Latte in a blender:
First, heat up the water and oat milk on the stovetop, or in the microwave.
Then, add all of the ingredients (hot water and oat milk, matcha, and vanilla) to your blender. Cover and blend for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is frothy.
I sometimes also like to add a spoonful of coconut oil to the blender version of this recipe. It increases the frothy texture and adds some coconut flavor.
Ingredient Substitutions and Additions
- Substitute any type of milk you have on hand if you don't have oat milk. I've had good results with soy milk and whole milk.
- Add your favorite sweetener (cane sugar, coconut sugar, agave nectar, or honey) if you want a sweeter flavor. You can also use sweetened non-dairy milk to make this recipe sweeter.
- If you're making the blender version of this recipe, try adding in a spoonful of coconut oil. It will add creaminess and frothiness, along with some coconut flavor.
- Instead of vanilla extract or a vanilla bean, you can use vanilla flavored non-dairy milk to impart the vanilla flavor.
This Vanilla Matcha Latte is a nourishing way to treat yourself.
- Green tea contains antioxidants
- Matcha has less caffeine than coffee
- Oat milk is a vegan and dairy-free alternative to cow's milk.
More Matcha Recipes
Here are more of my favorite recipes with matcha green tea.
- Toasted Coconut Iced Matcha Latte
- Energizing Matcha Smoothie
- Matcha Sugar Cookies
- Coconut Matcha Energy Bars
- Lentil Grain Bowls with Matcha Dressing
- Mango Matcha Margaritas
- 5 Ingredient Matcha Energy Balls
Recipes to Serve with a Vanilla Matcha Latte
Looking for something to nosh on with your latte? These are a few of my favorite morning meals to pair with matcha.
- Mushroom Bean Avocado Toast
- Vegan Wild Blueberry Yogurt Alternative Bowls
- Banana Pecan Oat Muffins
- Zucchini Bread Waffles
- Coconut Cream Pumpkin Overnight Oats
Frequently Asked Questions for This Vanilla Matcha Latte
I prefer unsweetened oat milk, but I've also had good results with unsweetened soy milk and whole milk. The flavor and texture will vary slightly, but you can use any type of milk you have on hand for this recipe.
If you use gluten-free oat milk, this matcha latte is gluten-free. There is a high chance of cross-contamination, so be sure to check the label to verify that your oat milk is certified gluten-free if needed. You can also substitute with cow's milk or any type of certified gluten-free plant milk.
If you use oat milk (or another dairy-free milk alternative), this recipe is vegan.
Feel free to add your favorite sweetener. I suggest organic cane sugar, coconut sugar, agave nectar, or honey (not vegan). Start with one teaspoon and add more to taste if needed. You can also use sweetened non-dairy milk for added sweetness.
Yes! You can either froth warmed oat milk by hand (whisk it vigorously until frothy) or prepare the latte in a blender.
If you make this latte ahead of time, you will lose the frothiness of the oat milk. You can store it in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator for up to three days and reheat it or enjoy cold/over ice.
Sure, just skip warming up the oat milk and serve the latte over ice. Use the "cold froth" feature on your milk frother if it has one.
Vanilla Matcha Latte
- Water kettle
- Milk frother
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- ¼ cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or ⅓ vanilla bean, scraped
- ¾ cup oat milk, warmed and frothed (or milk of choice)
- Add matcha and hot water to a wide mug or matcha bowl and whisk vigorously until frothy.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Pour in frothed oat milk. Stir to mix if desired.
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This post was updated on January 6, 2022.
I looked at a few recipes on Pinterest and chose yours to try. I like the coconut oil in there.
I like to make a very similar recipe with coconut milk (sometime soy), maple syrup, and vanilla extract—so yummy! I bet using vanilla beans really takes it up a notch, though. I look forward to giving this a try! 🙂
Stephanie McKercher, RDN says
Sounds delicious with maple! Let me know if you try this version. 🙂
Will do! 🙂
the #1 Itinerary says
Great post 😁
Stephanie McKercher, RDN says