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!
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 muddle them or dice them into tiny cubes.
In my opinion, these tender chunks add an amazing intensive taste and 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:
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
Time needed: 10 minutes
How to make strawberry matcha latte
- 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.
- 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 matcha powder with water in a tightly closed container.
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!
Variations for strawberry matcha latte
- Use other fruits: any kind of berries go great in this recipe.
Mango is also a great option!
- Use cacao powder or hojicha powder instead of matcha:
- Add tapioca pearls at the bottom for a boba milk tea
Strawberry matcha latte recipe
- Wide straw optional (mashed strawberries don’t come through regular straws)
- 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.
- 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).Once I have a thick matcha concentrate, I add the rest of the water and whisk or shake it.
- Assemble the drink following this order: strawberry- ice cubes (if you want layers) – milk – matcha
- 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
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!