Irresistible Strawberry Matcha Latte

Did you know that strawberry milk goes great with matcha? This wonderful combination is loaded with antioxidants and it looks gorgeous.
Learn in this post an easy strawberry matcha latte recipe that will become your new favorite drink!

Layered strawberry matcha latte

This recipe is based in the principles of Korean strawberry milk, but with added matcha on top for a slightly bitter edge and a beautiful green layer.
Surprisingly, matcha pairs PERFECTLY with the sweetness and tartness of fresh strawberry.
And don’t worry if you’re not used to making matcha: this strawberry matcha latte is very easy to make and doesn’t require any special equipment.

While you can blend the strawberries, you can also just mash them or dice them into tiny cubes.
In my opinion, this gives and amazing intensive taste and it adds something to chew without the need of boba pearls.

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Ingredients for strawberry matcha latte

What I love about this recipe is that you only need a couple of natural ingredients that are relative common:

  • STRAWBERRIES – feel free to use fresh strawberries as well as frozen ones. If using frozen strawberries, wait for them to thaw.
  • SWEETENER OF CHOICE – since I always try to use teeth friendlier options, I prefer using alternatives like xylitol or erythritol. They don’t affect the taste in any way and are also suitable for low carb diets.
    But you may also use regular sugar.
    Simple syrup and sweetened condensed milk are also great sweeteners for this recipe. If you use condensed milk, I recommend wether pouring it into the strawberries and then not mixing them together or to combine it directly with the milk
    Related: How to make sugar-free simple syrup
  • MILK – You may use your preferred type of milk: dairy with full fat or low fat (my personal favorite for this strawberry matcha latte), or a plant based milk like oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk… Use the one that tastes you the best!
  • MATCHA POWDER – You don’t need the best matcha to make lattes. However, I like using organic ceremonial grade matcha because it gives a more intense flavor and color.
  • ICE CUBES – Ice cubes they are optional. They´ll help you make a layered iced strawberry matcha latte

Equipment

  • For the strawberries
    The easiest way to mash your strawberries is using a muddler: they get almost like a purée, but will still something to chew that strawberry goodness. It’s heavenly! A fork also works.
    If you prefer your drink smooth, use a blender. However, when strawberries are puréed, it might be more difficult to maintain clear separated layers.
  • For the matcha
    Matcha is traditionally whisked in a small bowl with a special bamboo whisk.
    But fear not if you don’t have these: for this latte you may prepare it by stirring with a spoon or a batterie operated small hand milk frother.

Tricks to make a layered strawberry matcha drink

Have you tried layering drinks only to get everything mixed? (I have)
Well, after some experimenting, I have some good news for you: there’s a very simple trick to make beautiful layers every time.

Just add ice cubes after the first layer: the ice will act as a barrier, making sure the layers stay separated.
For this recipe, you would add the ice after the strawberry mixture:

It also helps if you pour the second and third layer aiming at an ice cube.

This tricks with the ice cubes are enough to get the different layers visible, but in addition of that, I only sweeten the bottom layer in this recipe.
Since sweetened liquids are denser than non-sweetened, they stay better in the bottom.

Unfortunately, just pouring the sweetened strawberries first and the the milk and matcha without the ice cubes didn’t work for me to get the layered look.
However, if you don’t like cold drinks, you can carefully remove the ice cubes after the layering; the drink will stay layered.

When the strawberries are blended into a purée, it might be more difficult to get good defined layers:

But strawberry matcha latte still taste great (and also looks kind of lovely) even if the layers mix!:

Step to step instructions

How to make strawberry matcha latte

  1. Make a simple strawberry compote

    Mash the fruit with a muddler or a fork. You may also cut them into small diced strawberries.
    Then add granulated sugar (or sweetener of choice) and let macerate for a while, until the powder dissolves (it takes around 10 minutes).
    You may skip this waiting time if using a liquid sweetener, like stevia drops or simple syrup.
    For a smooth consistency, just blend the strawberries together with the sweetener.Smashing and sweetening strawberries

  2. Prepare matcha tea concentrate

    Pour a small amount of water over the matcha powder and stir to get at concentrate. Then add gradually the rest of the water, whisking to avoid lumps.
    You may also shake the powder with water.Matcha for strawberry matcha latte

  3. Assemble

    Place the macerated strawberries/strawberry puree in the bottom of the glass.
    Add some ice cubes (optional, for the layered look).
    Top with matcha and enjoy!Layering strawberry matcha latte

Variations for strawberry matcha latte

  • Use other fruits: any kind of berries go great in this recipe. Mango is also a popular option.
  • Use cacao powder or hojicha powder instead of matcha
  • Add tapioca pearls at the bottom for a boba milk tea
Layered strawberry matcha latte
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Strawberry matcha latte recipe

How to make a gorgeous and delicious drink with strawberries and matcha
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Prep Time:10 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 5 small Strawberries (around 50 gr.)
  • 1 teaspoon Xylitol (around 1.5 Tbsp. simple syrup) Feel free to use regular sugar, erythritol or stevia drops
  • ½ cup Milk Use your preferred type
  • ¾ teaspoon Matcha powder
  • 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 4-6 Ice cubes optional

Instructions

  • Mash the strawberries (or dice them in small cubes) and sweeten. Let sit for a while, if using sweetener in powdered form (it usually takes less than 10 minutes to dissolve).
    For a smooth consistency, blend the strawberries.
    Smashing and sweetening strawberries
  • While the strawberries macerate, prepare the matcha.
    I find it easier to avoid lumps when mixing first the powder with a small amount of water (around 1 Tbsp. from the 3 you will use). When I have a light matcha concentrate, I add the rest of the water and whisk or shake it.
    Matcha for strawberry matcha latte
  • Assemble the drink following this order: strawberry- ice cubes (if you want layers) – milk – matcha
    Layering strawberry matcha latte

Notes

  • The estimated calories amount was calculated using xylitol
  • I like my drinks on the lesser sweet side: please adapt to your taste if you prefer it sweeter
To make a sugar-free simple syrup, check this easy recipe for simple syrup with xylitol.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Japanese, Korean
Keyword: matcha, strawberry
Calories: 100kcal

If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy way to start your day, look no further than this easy strawberry matcha latte recipe.
Matcha and strawberries are both packed with antioxidants, and their taste and fragrance make a surprisingly great combination.
I hope you enjoy this perfect pick-me-up to feel good!

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