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Green Tea Latte Recipe

Green Tea Latte Recipe

Green Tea Latte Recipe

Green tea lattes aren’t made with green tea. Instead they are made with matcha, a fine green tea powder made from shade-grown tealeaves. The lack of sunlight results in a tealeaf that is a vibrant green color and rich in flavor.


  • 2 Teaspoons green tea matcha like Steeped Tea
  • 2 Ounces boiling water
  • 4 Ounces frothed or heated milk
  • Honey or sugar (optional)

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving69

Folate equivalent (total)6µg1%

Riboflavin (B2)0.2mg11.3%

Your Starbucks Green Tea Latte Is Loaded With Sugar — Here's What to Do About it

A green tea latte sounds like a healthy enough choice from Starbucks, right? Guess again. Just one tall green tea latte (made with two-percent milk) contains 260 calories and 40 grams of sugar — almost twice the daily recommendation outlined by the American Heart Association. If you love the flavor and buzz this matcha-filled beverage offers, there's good news: you don't have to give up your green tea latte for good.

Save a few dollars, almost 100 calories, and 40 grams of sugar from your morning Starbucks run with our five-minute homemade green latte recipe. Once you try this creamy, all-natural version out for yourself at home, the idea of standing in line for a cup of the Starbucks stuff will seem silly.

How to Make a Tea Latte

The 2 key ingredients of any tea latte are tea and milk.

First, you must steep your tea for about 5 minutes. Then heat and froth your milk. You can do this by simmering your milk on the oven over medium heat and then whisking it. But be careful. If it boils, it will curdle. Another DIY option is to heat your milk and then put it in a blender to froth.

We prefer to use a milk frother since it is the easiest way to make a tea latte. This milk frother is our favourite. It will heat your milk and froth it at the same time so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up bulky pans or that your milk won’t be frothy enough. It makes it easy to prepare that daily soy chai latte we like so much.

Depending on the recipe or your preferences you may need to add additional ingredients to your homemade latte tea recipe.

To Make Foamy Froth for Matcha Green Tea Latte

To make nice foamy froth, I now use ZENPRO Milk Frother and I LOVE IT! I used to use this $2 IKEA frother which works great too. But if you make Green Tea Latte often, the ZENPRO milk frother is definitely nice to have!

However, if you don’t care much about the froth on top of the latte, and it still tastes wonderful without it.

Japanese Ingredient Substitution: If you want to look for substitutes for Japanese condiments and ingredients, click here.

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4-Ingredient Copycat Starbucks Iced Matcha Green Tea Latte

I personally love Green Tea Lattes. The earthy taste, the pretty green color, the nice bit of energy it gives, what&rsquos not to love?

The best part of making Green Tea Lattes from home? It only requires 2-3 ingredients and doesn&rsquot take more than a couple of minutes to make! This is perfect drink to make while you&rsquore home, social distancing yourself.

The benefits of a Green Tea Latte? It is caffeinated, so you can get some energy to get you through the day. The matcha powder has many health benefits from boosting the metabolism to being jam-packed with antioxidants!

To make an at-home Iced Green Tea Latte, all you have to do is combine milk, Matcha Powder, and sugar, and then pour it over ice.

It&rsquos really that simple! The Starbucks Matcha Blend is already pre-mixed with Matcha Powder and sugar. If you aren&rsquot a fan of adding sugar and want a more natural approach, use Stevia, Honey, or Vanilla Extract.

At Starbucks, the milk and matcha powder mix are combined in a shaker with ice, and shaken until the powder isn&rsquot too clumpy.

For the hot Green Tea Latte, the matcha powder is added to the milk in a pitcher and steamed all together.

If you have a shaker at home, then this will be incredibly easy for you to make! If not, you&rsquoll just have to stir or whisk until your liquid combination isn&rsquot too clumpy. It&rsquos an easy recipe either way!

We hope you enjoy this recipe! Comment below and let us know which DIY Starbucks drink or food item you want us to cover next! And be sure to check some that we already have available!


  • 2 cups milk (your preference)
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar (or sugar alternatives)
  • Ice


  1. In a small bowl, combine the milk, matcha powder, and sugar. Mix well until there are no clumps.
  2. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

Where can I buy matcha powder of Starbucks?

Tuesday 7th of April 2020

You can't buy the exact kind that Starbucks uses. But theirs is a blend of Japanese matcha powder and sugar. You can easily find matcha powder on amazon.

Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Similar to a London Fog, the Royal English Breakfast tea latte is a combination of syrup, milk, and tea steeped from tea sachets.

However, the syrup is liquid cane sugar and the tea is Teavana Royal English Breakfast.

It goes without saying, the iced versions of these tea lattes are served over ice.

Also, like the London Fog latte, the barista makes the English Breakfast latte by steeping tea sachets.

In my opinion, the tea isn’t steeped long enough. Therefore, the tea is too weak after adding milk.

Honestly, I prefer to order either chai or matcha lattes from Starbucks and make other flavors of tea lattes at home. This way, I can control both the steeping time and temperature.

Key Features

  • Starbucks English Breakfast tea lattes are made with Teavana Royal English Breakfast tea sachets and contain caffeine.
  • You can get a skinny English Breakfast latte by requesting no syrup (the default is Liquid Cane) and non-fat milk.

Hot Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

Each sip of this beloved morning black tea unfolds to reveal the complexity of the high-grown full leaves. An elegant, time-honored classic that brings a royal nod to every cup.

Iced Royal English Breakfast Tea Latte

A select blend of rich, full-leaf black teas from India and Sri Lanka sweetened with liquid cane sugar and combined with milk and ice.

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Green Tea Latte Recipe (dairy-free, vegan)

A few months ago I started drinking green tea lattes. I regularly make my own lattes at home, for years my fix was a chai tea latte using soy or almond milk.

Then, my friend Julieanna introduced me to Starbucks’ green tea latte.

What took me so long? I’ve created recipes with matcha powder (there’s a matcha biscotti recipe in LTEV), but drinking matcha tea never appealed to me, until now!

I decided to recreate my matcha fix at home. I’ve always relied on soy or almond milk for lattes, Silk introduced their new Creamy Cashew milk. I was excited to use it in recipes and also whisk it up in my morning green tea latte recipe.

As easy as it is to make cashew milks and other nut milks at home, I’m one mom that appreciates the convenience of purchasing vegan milks. Cooking and baking for a family of 5, it’s so helpful to have milk at the ready.

Before getting to the green tea latte recipe, let’s talk about the milk. As I mentioned, normally I use almond milk or organic soy milk in my homemade lattes as well as in baking, as I find them the most versatile. Silk Creamy Cashew is similarly versatile. It’s thick and creamy much like soy, and slightly nutty like almond milk. I don’t drink non-dairy milks straight up, but our youngest daughter does, and she loves this new milk.

Overall, it’s a good choice for baking and enjoying straight or in hot drinks. It does have some added sweetener, so I wouldn’t use it in cooking. Hopefully Silk will introduce an unsweetened cashew milk to their product line, I’d definitely use it in cooking (and also for baking and in hot drinks).

Nutritionally, this cashew milk is probably most similar to almond milk. Like most non-dairy milks, Silk Creamy Cashew milk is fortified, and is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D. And, good news for those concerned about carrageenan – it’s not an ingredient.

On to the Green Tea Latte recipe! A few notes:

  • You do NOT need any fancy tools for this latte. I don’t have any. Not even a frother. I do plan to pick up an inexpensive frother. But for now, I use a saucepan and a whisk. You can too!
  • If you cannot find the cashew milk, you can substitute another plant-based milk (as per recipe note).
  • You can find matcha green tea powder in most natural food stores (and natural food sections of larger grocery stores). I also buy it online, so have included that link in the recipe.
  • I use powdered stevia to sweeten my lattes, especially using unsweetened milks. Matcha is naturally quite bitter and I don’t enjoy other sweeteners in teas. If using a sweeteened vegan milk, you may choose to omit it or adjust to taste.
  • A shout-out to Nicole Axworthy for these unbelievably beautiful food photos. Thanks Nicole!

Let me know how you like the green tea latte recipe. Also, have you tried the cashew milk? If you have, and love it, Silk welcomes your feedback on their facebook page!

Matcha: shade-grown for maximum potency

The major difference between matcha and normal green tea comes down to sun exposure. Matcha is grown in the shade for the three weeks before it’s harvested. UV light inhibits precious compounds in tea (and coffee, for that matter that’s why Bulletproof Coffee Beans are shade-grown too). Those 3 weeks of protection from the sun leave matcha with much higher antioxidant content than normal green tea.

Matcha is also higher in caffeine, as well as theanine, a relaxing compound that tempers the caffeine. Caffeine and theanine have a nootropic effect when you combine them – together, they promote calm alertness, as well as mental endurance, short-term memory, and faster reaction time [1]. That could explain why matcha has been a favorite of Zen monks for centuries.

Plus, matcha is a striking emerald green color. It’s an appealing way to start your morning.

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Matcha Green Tea Smoothie or Iced Latte

If you've read a newspaper or watched the news recently you've probably heard about all the health benefits of drinking Green Tea. It has tons of antioxidents and helps boost metabolism and helps you burn more fat and thus lose more weight. I enjoy drinking green tea and occasionally I enjoy a Starbucks Green Tea Frappuccino, or a Jamba Juice Matcha Smoothie Blast. This recipe is one I developed to be able to enjoy these smoothies at home. I think it tastes great and is really good for your health too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Please note that this recipe does require premium matcha green tea powder. This is not just regular green tea leaves pulverized. This premium powder can be purchased at Japanese grocers, or online. I happen to purchase mine on that popular online auction site I'm sure you're familiar with. I use the &quotUsucha&quot (or thin) matcha green tea powder that comes straight from Kyoto, Japan. Feel free to contact me if you need help finding this tea and I can show you where to purchase it directly. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.