This simple oat milk vanilla matcha latte is so creamy, done in 5 minutes, super rich in flavor and extra satisfying! You can use a real vanilla bean or vanilla extract: both will give you such an amazing deep flavor! I will also show you how to make the latte 1- using a blender without having to use any fancy tools OR 2- using a traditional bamboo whisk. This version is made completely dairy-free too and is so easy to make right at home!
If you haven’t noticed yet, I am absolutely obsessed with everything-matcha, including baking with matcha powder and make matcha cookies or making all sorts of fun drinks such as a blueberry iced matcha latte.
But, I actually enjoy matcha more often simply as a vanilla matcha latte, so I wanted to show you how I make it.
This recipe is super simple, quick to make and SO full of flavor. Combining matcha powder with vanilla flavor really is amazing here and adds some extra sweetness and a mild nutty background of flavor that balances out the mild bitterness from the matcha so perfectly.
You'll have the option to use either vanilla extract OR a real vanilla bean, it's up to you and I'll give you guidelines for both ways. Both the extract and fresh vanilla will give you a delicious result, so use what's available and easiest for you.
I also recommend to make it using oat milk since it is amazing to make vegan lattes or all sorts of warm drinks (such as hot chocolate!) for its super creamy and thick consistency, plus, it is naturally a little sweet, meaning you won't have to add as much extra sweetener to your latte.
As a side note, matcha tea is traditionally part of a tea ceremony in Japan, but don't let this intimidate you, this fine green tea powder is easy to use right at home and makes for the most delicious lattes! I found mine online and even though matcha can be a little expensive, I usually make a ton of recipes using just one order.
Plus, making matcha latte yourself right at home is really less expensive than buying it at coffee shop. You will also be able to flavor it and sweeten it the way you want!
Let me know if you gave it a try! ❤️
Highlights of this recipe
- Perfect cozy drink that's healthy and loaded with antioxidant
- Made simply with oat milk, matcha powder, vanilla and sweetener
- Can be made using a blender
- Provides a small amount of caffeine and a little boost of energy, but that's less strong or acute than actual coffee
- Best at-home coffee shop-style matcha latte!
- Fully vegan, dairy-free and naturally gluten-free
Matcha latte: how it tastes and why drink it
Matcha latte is simply a satisfying warm drink made with ground green tea leaves (matcha powder) and some milk.
Matcha powder can boost your energy level and help your focus stay sharp, which can also help you cut on your coffee consumption. Also packed with nutrient-dense chlorophyl and rich in antioxidants, it is known to provide anti-inflammatory benefits if consumed regularly.
But there is so much more to its amazing nutrition: matcha green powder has big flavor that somehow is very unique and oddly addictive. It carries an earthy and 'almost bitter' flavor that when paired with a hint of sweetness, such as naturally sweetened oat milk, vanilla and maple syrup in this case, becomes a delight.
Vanilla flavored matcha latte and options
Vanilla and matcha are simply meant to be together!
When making this recipe, I love to use a whole vanilla bean. The flavor simply feels more real and intense. Plus, the tiny black dots make the creamy white foam so appetizing. It just feels like a treat-to-myself when using the real stuff.
I used the vanilla beans from the company Vanilla bean kings that I ordered online and it was perfect.
BUT, vanilla beans are expensive and not essential to make an amazingly flavorful drink. You can also use vanilla extract to make it as well, but here is the trick: you will need a whole tablespoon of the extract to flavor it. And also, make sure to use real vanilla extract and not some imitation for best flavor.
Blender oat milk matcha latte
I enjoy making matcha lattes in a more traditional way using a matcha sifter and bamboo whisk (check out my matcha chai latte to see how I do this). BUT, I actually often end up making my matcha lattes using my blender. So, if you are not fully equipped with the the usual matcha latte tools, then don't let this stop you!
Why use a blender when making matcha lattes:
- No grainy green tea residue left in your cup. The blender will make sure the powder is fully dissolved into the milk and won't tend to sink at the bottom of your cup, anyway not as quickly as when whisked manually.
- No need to sift the matcha powder: the powder is so fine that it tends to clump together while storing. When whisking it manually, it is recommended to first sift the powder into the cup to help incorporate it into the milk and avoid lumps. Using a blender will have you skip this step!
- I tend to use my blender when making more than one matcha latte at once. I can just blend a larger amount and don't have to whisk each cup by hand.
- Look at that elegant thick froth! The blender pretty much whips the matcha-oat milk to a thick and luscious mixture, which creates a beautiful foam layer over the matcha tea after poured into the cup.
What you'll need
- Matcha green tea powder: choose a ceremonial grade matcha when making lattes (keep the culinary grade for when baking or making smoothies). I use the ceremonial grade matcha powder from Matcha Organics. BUT, if you only have culinary grade matcha, then it's fine, use this instead.
- Oat milk: I love the unsweetened oat milk from Oatly when making lattes, although you can use your favorite plant-based milk.
- Sweetener: I used maple syrup, but any sweetener will work.
- Vanilla Bean OR Vanilla extract: both work great.
- + Hot water
Best plant-based milk for lattes
I absolutely love using oat milk when making lattes or most hot drinks, actually. It is thicker, with a natural subtle sweet flavor and I love the way it froths. I know there are many brands that actually advertise themself as plant milk specifically to make lattes, but I just use a regular oat milk (actually, we use the one from Oatly) and it does an amazing job. Try to use full fat oat milk for best creamy result.
Plus, oat milk is our favorite milk we keep in the house for all things such as oatmeals, smoothies, cereals and baking. Our kids are going to a nut-free pre-school, so I usually only keep nut-free milks in the house during the school months.
Anyway, if you are new to making lattes at home, I suggest you try out a few brands to find your favorite. If you don't have oat milk, feel free to use almond, soy or even coconut milk.
How to make it
Here is my method when using a blender, which is perfect if you are just starting out and don't have all the equipment for matcha latte yet OR if you wanted to make matcha lattes for more than one person, then your blender will make it easier and quicker too.
BUT, keep reading below to learn how to make it using a bamboo whisk instead. Also, check out my match chai latte post where I show this more traditional technic as well.
Prepare the vanilla bean (if using)
(Skip this step if using vanilla extract)
Place the vanilla bean on a wooden board and slice it lengthwise using a sharp small knife. Try to cut only the top portion of the shell (as opposed to all the way through), I find it easier to get the tiny black seeds that way.
Open up the bean using your fingers and place the blade of your knife at one extremity, perpendicular to the bean without slicing it. Then, remove the seeds by scraping the interior of the bean: the seeds should stick to your blade.
Warm up your milk (and infuse the vanilla flavor)
Transfer the milk to a small pot and add the emptied vanilla bean plus all the tiny black seeds from the vanilla bean. Alternatively, simply add a tablespoon of vanilla extract to the milk if not using a fresh vanilla bean.
Stir and warm up on medium-low heat until warmed up to your liking. You don't want to boil/cook the milk, as it can curdle or clump, but the milk might slightly thicken and get bubbly. Stir often and keep the heat low (stay around so it does not overflow).
Once warmed up, remove and discard the emptied vanilla bean (I use tongs, careful not to burn yourself).
Pour the warm vanilla milk in a blender and add the matcha green tea powder and your sweetener. I use about 1 tablespoon of maple syrup because I like mine on the sweeter side, but you can start with less to see how you like yours.
Blend on high for about one minute or until nice and frothy.
Pour into a mug and enjoy!
How to make an Iced Vanilla matcha latte
You can easily make an iced version of this drink, which is perfect in the summer when looking for a refreshing matcha drink.
To make it, skip warming up your milk completely. Instead, add everything cold to a blender (milk + vanilla bean seeds/vanilla extract + maple syrup + matcha powder) and blend until frothy.
Then, pour over ice cubes in a tall glass and drink cold.
As a side note: I believe that infusing the vanilla bean into the the milk while it is warming up makes the flavor more pronounced, so you might want to consider using vanilla extract when making it cold instead. Or, add the vanilla seeds and emptied vanilla bean to the milk and let it sit in the fridge overnight so the flavor has enough time to infuse. Remove the bean before blending.
How to make it using the bamboo whisk and frother
If you don't have a blender or feel like going the traditional way, then here is how you can make it using your matcha tools:
- Warm up the milk with the vanilla bean and seeds on the stove (or vanilla extract), just as described.
- Meanwhile, sift the matcha powder into your serving cup and add about ¼ cup of hot water (aim for about 175º). Then, using your bamboo whisk, dissolve the matcha powder by whisking vigorously (fast sideway motions are best). It should take about 30 seconds for the matcha to dissolve and the mixture should become slightly frothy without any obvious matcha clumps.
- Remove the vanilla bean from the warm milk and using your frother, foam the milk to desired texture. Then, pour over the matcha in the cup and enjoy right away.
A few helpful tips
- Feel-free to make the vanilla milk ahead of time, especially if using a real vanilla bean, as this would allow more time to infuse the milk with a deeper flavor. In that case, warm up the milk with the vanilla bean and then transfer in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Be sure to let it cool down first and also, keep the empty vanilla pod in the milk to boost the flavor even more. Slightly warm up before using.
- You can add a tiny amount of coconut oil to the blender to help froth the milk and stabilize the foam.
- Feel-free to swap the maple syrup for granulated sugar, especially if making your latte using a blender, it would dissolve very easily!
- No vanilla extract or vanilla bean? Then use a vanilla flavored oat milk!
More matcha recipes
- Mini matcha brownies
- Matcha chocolate oatmeal
- Matcha coconut balls
- Matcha white chocolate cookies
- Iced blueberry matcha latte
- Matcha chai latte
More tea or latte recipes
- Chia seed tea
- Lemongrass ginger tea
- Oolong peach tea
- Butterfly pea flower latte
- Pink latte
- Cardamom latte
I hope you enjoy this vanilla matcha latte recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
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Vanilla Matcha Latte with Oat Milk
- 2 cups plain oat milk - or choose your favorite one
- 1 vanilla bean, scraped - OR 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (not teaspoon)
- 2- 2½ tsp green tea matcha powder - ceremonial grade
- 1 tbsp maple syrup - or to taste, any sweetener works
- In a small sauce pan, combine the milk with the vanilla bean seeds. Also, add the emptied vanilla bean. Warm up on low-medium heat until it becomes steamy and thicker (don't let it boil). Remove from the heat and discard the emptied vanilla bean.
- Transfer the warm milk in a blender and add the maple syrup and matcha powder. Blend on high until combined and frothy, about 30-60 seconds.
- Pour into a mug and enjoy warm. This recipe makes for 2 small servings or a larger matcha latte.
- To make an iced vanilla matcha latte: simply combine all the ingredients cold (except for the emptied vanilla bean) into a blender and blend on high until frothy. To serve, pour over a tall glass filled with ice cubes. Enjoy right away. As a side note, I do believe that when using a real vanilla bean, the flavor become more intense if warming up the milk with the seeds/bean. Consider using vanilla extract instead when making an iced version for best flavor.
- I used this ceremonial matcha tea powder from Matcha Organics online.
- You don't have to use a blender, you can also make it using a bamboo whisk. Check out the post for more details!
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