Golden Matcha Latte (2 Ways!)

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Mugs of iced and hot golden matcha lattes beside matcha powder and golden milk spices

It’s a great day, friends! Two of our favorite things have come together to create a new and delicious drink: The Golden Matcha Latte! After trying alllll the different dairy-free milks and various combinations of spices, we found it! A creamy, subtly sweet, spice-infused drink that happens to be a beautiful mustard green color (anybody else getting vintage vibes?!).

But seriously, all the best things about golden milk and matcha in one mug? Count us in! This antioxidant-rich drink is made in 1 blender or 1 pot with just 7 ingredients and 10 minutes required. It’s delicious hot or cold, so we’ll certainly be drinking it a latte. Let’s do this!

Matcha powder, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, maple syrup, and coconut milk

About Golden Milk and Matcha

Golden milk is a traditional Indian drink that has its roots in Ayurveda. In its simplest form it’s a blend of hot milk and ground turmeric (as in this traditional recipe). Also known as haldi doodh, it’s touted for its healing, anti-inflammatory properties. Learn more about golden milk here.

Matcha is a powdered green tea containing 137 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea (like, whoa). Both come from the tea plant (camellia sinensis), but with matcha, the entire leaf is consumed. It’s been consumed as part of Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries. Learn more about matcha and choosing a high-quality brand here.

The following plant-based recipe combines our love for these two powerful drinks into one!

How to Make a Golden Matcha Latte

This golden matcha latte includes the following:

  • Dairy-free milk: We tested several options and preferred canned light coconut milk for a little richness and natural sweetness, plus water to keep the texture on the lighter side. The resulting consistency is similar to homemade coconut milk, which would work beautifully, too! Or you can sub your favorite dairy-free milk!
  • Golden milk spices: Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and (optional) cardamom.
  • Matcha powder: If you’re new to matcha, check out our unbiased matcha review for brand recommendations!
  • Sweetener of choice: Maple syrup is our favorite because it blends easily and adds nice flavor. Stevia also works well, just be careful not to overdo it! Honey, agave, and granulated sweeteners (like cane sugar) don’t blend as easily if making an iced version but will work if heating.
Stirring matcha, coconut milk, spices, and sweetener in a white saucepan

This golden matcha is delicious served hot or iced. You can make the hot version in either a milk frother or a saucepan. If making it in a saucepan, be sure to whisk the matcha separately (using a bamboo whisk) to prevent it from clumping.

Pouring a hot golden matcha latte into a mug

For the iced version, simply blend up all the ingredients until smooth and frothy, then serve over ice.

Coconut milk, water, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, matcha, and cardamom in a blender

If you’re making the iced version, it’s important to choose a smooth and creamy brand of coconut milk. Some brands are more chunky or oily, which will result in an unpleasant texture.

Pouring a golden matcha latte over ice cubes in glass

We hope you LOVE this golden matcha! It’s:

Creamy
Subtly sweet
Spice-infused
Energizing
Antioxidant-rich
& SO delicious!

We love it hot as a cozy morning beverage or iced as an afternoon pick-me-up, especially paired with a sweet treat like our Gluten-Free Biscotti with Ginger & Chocolate, Crispy Gluten-Free Graham Crackers (Vegan), Dark Chocolate Golden Milk Macaroons, or 5-Ingredient Golden Milk Snack Bites.

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Spices sprinkled on a glass of iced golden matcha latte

Golden Matcha Latte (2 Ways!)

All the best things about golden milk and matcha in one mug! A creamy, subtly sweet, spice-infused drink with just 1 blender, 7 ingredients, and 10 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Top down shots of mugs filled with golden matcha lattes
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 (Mug or Glass)
Course Beverage
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Japanese-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? Best when fresh

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup canned light coconut milk (choose a smooth, creamy brand // we like Whole Foods 365 brand // or sub other dairy-free milk)
  • 3/4 cup water (replace with more dairy-free milk if not using canned coconut milk)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp maple syrup* (or sub stevia to taste)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 tsp matcha powder (find our matcha review here! // use the lesser amount if using a high-quality, potent brand)

Instructions

HOT

  • Add all ingredients except matcha powder to a small saucepan and warm gently, whisking frequently, until smooth and warmed. Whisk matcha (with a bamboo whisk if you have it) with 1 Tbsp (15 ml) hot water in a small bowl or mug until smooth then pour into the saucepan and whisk again to combine.
  • Alternatively, you can add all ingredients to a milk frother (we like Breville) and turn on the Warm setting to mix and heat.
  • Enjoy immediately. Shake or stir if the spices start settling to the bottom of the mug.

ICED

  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth and frothy — about 30-45 seconds.
  • Enjoy immediately over ice. Shake or stir if the spices start settling to the bottom of the mug.

Video

Notes

*If using a naturally sweet non-dairy milk like oat, you may want to use less sweetener.
*If desired, you can add ~3/4 tsp of our Golden Milk Paste per serving in place of the spices and sweetener.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of maple syrup.

Nutrition (1 of 1 servings)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 87 Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Protein: 0.1 g Fat: 5.3 g Saturated Fat: 4.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 7 mg Potassium: 42 mg Fiber: 0.4 g Sugar: 7.3 g Vitamin A: 1 IU Vitamin C: 0 mg Calcium: 23 mg Iron: 0.5 mg

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  1. Trina says

    I made a cup of this when I got up this morning, had the warm version. Very good. I am looking forward to another cup tomorrow morning..

  2. Ashley says

    Just what I needed to warm me up on a cold winter’s day. I added a splash of vanilla and mixed with a frother and it worked great.

  3. Rosalyn says

    This was so delicious! So warming for these cold Chicago days. The maple syrup brings the slightest tangy hint of sweetness. I am out of ground ginger so I tried using some ginger root that I strained out and that was fine. When I made it again this morning I just didn’t bother with the ginger and it was still very good and spicy!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you’re enjoying it, Rosalyn! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  4. Abril says

    Came upon this drink on a chilly Texas day, and it’s the best decision ever! I loved the flavor combinations of the matcha and golden milk! Will definitely be making it a staple drink after my workouts!!

  5. Tori says

    I love golden milk and I love matcha and never in my life have I thought about putting the two together, but it is TO DIE FOR. My new favorite drink on a cold day!

  6. Kelsey Brown says

    Delicious! I was wanting something other than coffee to perk up my afternoon and this hit the spot. I used plain soy milk and agave as my sweetener. So warm and comforting, great for my muscles after my run.

  7. Caitlin says

    This was great on a cold day! I used honey instead of maple syrup and it worked well. Thanks for the recipe:)

    • Caitlin says

      Oh and I used almond milk since that was what I had on hand, I’m sure the coconut give a nice extra flavour profile but almond is a good alternative if you don’t like the taste

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Caitlin! Honey does work great on the hot version =) Thank you for sharing! xo

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Kate, we haven’t tested it that way but we think it would work great! Let us know if you try it!