May 17, 2013

A Better Frozen Green Tea Latte

The ingredients: Soy milk (sweetened or unsweetened it's up to you), matcha powder (found in most Asian grocery stores), ice and a sweetener (I used local honey)
 My first real job was working as a barista. It was as easy as memorizing recipes, working an espresso machine, scooping powder, adding ice and milk to a blender and turning it on and trying not to constantly consume fat and sugar filled drinks topped with vanilla whipped cream and caramel drizzle. Oh, and trying to not snack on everything in site during my breaks. I did pretty well on the latter, but I enjoyed creating my own beverages way too much to not consume a lot of it in the end! 

I love(d) blended ice drinks in the summer. I'm pretty sure everyone does. Working behind the counter, it was simple to make, but there are all kinds of stabilizers, preservatives, artificial flavourings and colours in the mixes. In an attempt to be a teensy tiny bit healthier, I started to make my own, not-so-bad-for-you version at home (and at work) which might take a couple of extra steps but it's a whole lot better for you and pretty much GUILT FREE. 

Oh and it was a heck of a lot easier on the wallet as well. 
Get yourself a double walled cold tumbler (with a straw) and read on!

P.S. I used my Magic Bullet, but any ice pulverizing blender will work just fine. If you've got a VitaMix, well, just know that I'm jealous of you and would you buy me one too? :)

Add a couple generous handfuls of ice to your blending container and follow up with soy milk, 2/3 of the way up

Depending on how strong you want your beverage, add 1-2 tablespoons of matcha powder

Then a good amount of honey, keeping in mind frozen drinks usually need to be sweetened more than warm drinks!

I should have diluted my honey in a little hot water before adding it to the ice, don't be like me!

Fire it up! I pulsed it a couple times, adjusted the liquid and blended away!

The end result was deliciously sweet, not too sweet and just creamy enough.

It was refreshing and definitely thirst quenching. I wasn't taking mine to go, so I just left it in my lidless cup.

If you're not a fan of soy milk, any kind of milk will work though I would probably avoid using rice milk, almond milk or skim milk as they lack any kind of body. You might as well use water. Feeling a little indulgent? Try adding sweetened condensed milk. Or, try using evaporated milk or coconut cream for more creaminess sans the guilt of using real cream. Add a scoop of protein powder if you're into that sort of thing!

For those who want an alternative to honey, try agave nectar, maple syrup, rice syrup or just plain old granulated sugar. Feeling fancy? Try coconut sugar! Stevia? Why not?

Enjoy and have a great long weekend! Stay safe. 

Look out for more blended drink goodness in the near future! xx

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