Strawberry Hojicha Latte – Easy, Delicious, Low-Caffeine

There’s something incredibly delicious to mashed strawberries with milk. And this strawberry hojicha latte is no exception! This unique drink combines the flavors of fresh strawberry and hojicha tea, two of my favorite things. Learn in this post how to make this aromatic and easy recipe at home.

Strawberry hojicha latte

Why you’ll love strawberry hojicha milk tea

  • It’s full of flavor and aroma only using natural and healthy ingredients.
  • While it’s juicy and refreshing, it also tastes good warm.
  • Hojicha tea is lower in caffeine than other teas, making it a great choice for person who are sensitive to caffeine
  • This recipe is very easy to make with just a few ingredients
  • It’s as lower calorie alternative to boba drinks, since it has something to chew (the mashed strawberries) but saving you carbs and sugar.

What type of tea is hojicha?

Hojicha is a Japanese green tea that has been roasted. This roasting process gives a darker color and a unique toasty, nutty flavor.
It also has a natural sweetness and a lower in caffeine than other types of tea, making it a great choice for almost everybody.

Hojicha goes also great with milk, which is why it’s often used in latte recipes like this one.

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How much caffeine is there in strawberry hojicha latte?

Since the roasting process of hojicha reduces its caffeine content, this milk tea is relatively low in caffeine (around 8 mg caffeine per serving).

Ingredients and alternatives

  • STRAWBERRIES – you can use fresh strawberries or frozen ones.
    If you use frozen strawberries, thaw them before smashing them. You can use the juice that comes out of the thawing process as well.
    The smashed strawberries makes this drink irresistible ”crunchy”, but feel free to blend them if you want your drink smooth.
  • SWEETENER OF CHOICE – as when making stawberry matcha latte, you may use any sweetener that doesn’t affect the taste of the drink, like granulated sugar, simple syrup.
    Low carb alternatives like xylitol, erythritol and sugar free simple syrup work also great (in fact, these are my favorites). Of course, sugar-free simple syrup is also an excellent option.
    And in addition of these, the toasted, almost caramel-like taste of hojicha also goes very well with brown sugar, coconut sugar or sweetened condensed milk.
  • MILK – I usually use whole milk, but feel free to use your preferred type of milk, wether low fat milk or dairy free alternatives.
  • HOJICHA – Nowadays hojicha powder is quite easy to find online. This is sometimes also known as black matcha and it’s very convenient for this recipe, but you can also use regular hojicha tea to make a concentrated tea (grinding your hojicha tea leaves at home won’t give you hojicha powder; as you can see in my failed but interesing experiment).
    Hojicha (roasted tea leaves) and hojicha tea bags are both also available in many tea stores, but you may also roast your own green tea at home. It’s easy and it gives very decent results.
    And as a plus, it’s an excellent way to recycle and repurpose green tea that has gone old.
    Learn here how to make your own hojicha tea leaves by roasting tea in a pan.
  • ICE CUBES – adding ice helps the drink stay layered, but if you don’t mind the ingredients getting mixed, you may skip this.
    Strawberry hojicha latte still tastes delicious without layers and it also looks lovely, like a chocolate milk with strawberry chunks.
    I love the layers, but I don’t like chilled drinks, so I first assemble the drink using ice cubes and then carefully remove the ice right after layering.
Strawberry hojicha latte without layering

Step-to-step instructions

How to make strawberry hojicha latte

  1. Make a concentrated hojicha tea

    If using hojicha tea leaves, I use 1 Tbsp. hojicha or 1 hojicha sachet for 5 Tbsp. of water. Steep hojicha in hot water and steep for about 30 seconds to one minute. The strain and let cool aside.
    When using hojicha powder, 1 teaspoon for 4 Tbsp. of water is usually a good starting point.Mixing hojicha powder with eater

  2. Prepare the strawberries

    Wash them, take the green leafy part at the top and mash them with a muddler or fork. If you prefer a smooth texture, you may blend them. Add sweetener of choice.Smashing and sweetening strawberries

  3. Assemble drink

    Put in a glass in this order: the sweetened strawberry puree, then (optional) ice cubes, milk and pour the concentrated hojicha on the top.
    Enjoy your Strawberry Hojicha Latte!

Strawberry hojicha latte

Strawberry hojicha latte recipe

A comforting variation of Korean style strawberry milk
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Prep Time:5 mins

Ingredients

  • 5 Strawberries roughly 50 gr.
  • 1 tsp. Xylitol or equivalent, like 1 Tbsp. simple syrup
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 3-4 Ice cubes (Optional)
  • 1 tsp. Hojicha powder
  • 4 Tbsp. Water

Instructions

  • Make a hojicha concentrate by mixing the powder with the water.
    If using hojicha tea leaves or teabags, look at notes *
    Mixing hojicha powder with eater
  • Mash the strawberries and let them macerate with the xylitol or sugar for around 10 minutes (you may skip this waiting time if using sweetener in liquid form, like simple syrup or condensed milk)
    Smashing and sweetening strawberries
  • Put in the glass the strawberries on the bottom, then add ice cubes (if you want your drink layered), the milk and pour the hojicha concentrate on top. If you don’t mind everything mixed together, you don’t have to add ice cubes nor mind the order.

Notes

* If using hojicha loose tea or tea bags, use around 1 Tbsp. or 1 teabag for 4-5 Tbsp. water.
Steep in hot water for around 30 seconds-1 minutes, strain and set aside to let it cool down (if you want your drink cool).

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Corean, Japanese
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 100kcal

Variations

Here are some other delicious ideas to try:

  • Use another type of berry

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