Bomb AF Vanilla Superfood Matcha Latte!

zing! a dose of clean energy in a mug

{ Shannon Silver's Superfood Matcha Latte // Champagne at Shannon's }

{ Shannon Silver's Superfood Matcha Latte // Champagne at Shannon's }

TL;DR – Recipe here

This weekend, I had the most random hankering for a Matcha Latte. However, if you follow me on SnapChat { un: shnnnlynn }, this is old news since I shared the recipe there this weekend.

Luckily, on Saturday, I went a little crazy with the clearance sale at David’s Tea. I picked up about a dozen different teas, as well as an infuser pircher {for $9! – def try and catch this sale if you can}. One of the teas I took home with me was the Ceremonial Matcha, which came highly recommended for being one of the best matchas out there.

To be completely honest, I’ve been wanting to drink more matcha lately. It is extremely good for you & chock full of antioxidants called polyphenols. However, I had no idea how to prepare it. Also, matcha can be on the pricier side, so I never got around to experimenting with it.

A few months ago, my boyfriend went to Tokyo for work, and brought me back a whole matcha set, so I actually had the materials on hand to make my craving happen! It’s also SUPER easy, so if you don’t have a set, noooooo worries.

Matcha is a must in your life since it is one of the healthiest {& delicious!} teas out there. The best matcha is from Japan & made with the best leaves out there. In fact, just by looking at it, you can see it’s vibrant, beautiful green colour – which means it is extremely rich in chlorophyll.

Matcha translates to “powdered tea”, so rather than infusing tea leaves, you are drinking the actual leaves.

Since you are ingesting the tea as a whole, it is extremely potent with its polyphenols. Green tea is known for having ECGC, which is an antioxidant that helps your metabolism, which makes matcha so great for managing body weight. ECGC also helps regulate blood sugar & pressure. All good things in my book. {source}

I don’t drink dairy milk {never liked it when I was little}, so I always have either almond, coconut, or hemp milk on deck. For matcha, that is actually ideal.. In fact, dairy is known to interfere with the body’s absorption of the antioxidants, thanks to the protein casein found in cow’s milk! {source}

Not only do you get maximum antioxidant absorption with the non-dairy milk, but I find it complements the nuttiness of the matcha well. I personally recommend using hemp milk, I LOVE the flavour of it, but you seriously cannot go wrong with coconut or almond.

Now, at this point, I wanted a little bit of sweetness, rather than just tea and “milk”. I went through my cupboard and made a Superfood blend of Mesquite Powder, Raw Premium Maca, and Coconut Palm Sugar. I also added a kiss of vanilla extract to the milk to really lend to the creamy attributes.

Now these ingredients might sound a little weird so let me break them down.

⚜ I’ll start with coconut sugar…

{ coconut sugar - one of my favourite sugar subsititutes in the world, and key to this superfood matcha latte // champagne at shannon's }

To be completely honest, coconut sugar is the only sweetener I keep in the house. For one reason, I bought a HUGE bag of it so I have plenty that needs to get put to use. Second, I LOVE the taste of it – It has a bit of a toffee, caramel flavour {in fact, for that reason, it is SO good in chocolate chip cookies}! It is full of B & C vitamins, as well as amino acids.

For a sugar, it is lower on the Glycemic Index  – Anything under a GI value of 55 is considered low, and Coconut sugar ranks in at a GI of 30 {by comparison, regular sugar ranges from 65-80}. Pretty much, the Glycemic Index. The higher the GI, the faster the blood sugar levels rise. The faster the blood sugar rises, the more insulin that is produced in your body, which can lead to weight gain & cause other health problems. At the end of the day, like all things, you want to keep your blood sugar levels balanced, erring on the lower side. { source // source }

⚜ Mesquite Powder – what the hell is that?

{ mesquite powder - one of the best superfoods ever - goes perfect with a Superfood Matcha Latte // Champange at Shannon's }

I LOVE Mesquite powder! It is wonderful in coffee or hot cacao, and I use it in anything I put coconut sugar in. It also has a bit of a molasses-ey, toffee taste, & pairs very well with coconut sugar.

Mesquite Powder is crushed seed pods of the Mesquite, or Algorroba, plant. It is high in protein, fiber, amino acids (lysine), antioxidants, vitamins, and other minerals (magnesium, zinc, calcium). It also keeps blood sugar levels regulated, since it only has a GI of 25. { source }

⚜ Raw Premium Maca to get buzzed.. or something:

{ raw premium maca - a MAJOR key to my Superfood Matcha Latte // Champagne at Shannon's }

You might or might not be familiar with maca. I started getting on the maca train around 2013 when I randomly saw it on Instagram, and have been hooked ever since.

Maca is a well-regarded Peruvian superfood, made from a root in the radish family. I find it has a bit of a butterscotch-malt nose to it. It provides a natural form of energy {I add this to my collagen coffees}, balances hormones, helps relieve stress, and is great for the libido {which is just a feel good, all around}.

It is also high in protein, vitamins, amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals.

There are three different types of maca: red, black, & yellow.

The blend I use from The Maca Team uses all three. Yellow, or cream, is the most common & least expensive. Red maca is the second-most rare one, and great for bone health. Black is the most rare. In fact, black maca is supposed to be great for the guys… if anyone is looking for a sexy valentine’s gift for two 😉

Finally, you can get maca raw or gelatinized (or pre cooked to remove starch). I went with the raw, which retains all of it’s nutrients, but can cause indigestion for some people. If you have a sensitive stomach, go the gelatinized route. { source }

Enjoy! This cup of love is so nourishing, and tastes a little sinful that you cannot believe it is good for you! It is also super versatile – make it yours!

You can also super simplify things and keep it just matcha and “milk”. It will still be crazy healthy for you, and satisfying. You won’t even miss the coffee, since the matcha has the same amount of caffeine. Also, if you want to take the antioxidants to the next level, brew the hot water with green tea before adding the matcha!

The vanilla is totally optional, but I like to take it to the next level and use a vanilla infused nut milk as a base, and then add more vanilla. Vanilla is one of my absolute favourite scents & flavours so the more the better for me! #yodawgiheardyoulikevanillaIf you blend it, add in a spoonful of coconut oil!

Hopefully you caught this on Snapchat as I started the first of my #champagnesnaps series. I am going to start snapping my mis-en-place and final product for everything I make, but I’ll also start snapping recipes & other things. Let me know in the comments or on instagram if there is anything you would like to see & I shall make it happen for you. My username is shnnnlynn – give a sister an add. You can also find me on Instagram here.

If you give this a go, let me know! I think another wonderful version of this would be with mint instead of (or in addition to!) the vanilla. Taking a page out of Philz Coffee handbook, I topped it with a mint leaf. Fun, no?

I do hope you like! Let me know if you have any great matcha recipes – I WILL give it a go! I also love matcha & white chocolate. When I was in Japan exactly a year ago, I pretty much ate my weight in these & these. SO GOOD.

Vanilla Superfood Matcha Latte

{ superfood matcha latte ingredients // champagne at shannon's }


– 1/2 – 1 tbsp of Matcha {I use this one – also recommend this }
– 1/2 cup Water { just below boiling }
– Non-Dairy Milk, heated {I recommend coconut, hemp, or almond}
Vanilla extract
Maca Powder { no free shipping but seriously the best }
Mesquite Powder
Coconut Palm Sugar 


Matcha Whisk
Matcha Bowl
Latte FoamerCoconut Oil {this brand is THE BEST and the only I use – I can do a whole post if y’all want. Not sponsored.}
Green tea {to brew with the water}

With a Blender:

1. Place all in a blender and blend until foamy. Optional: add coconut oil. Easy.

Without a Blender / With A Matcha Set:

1. In a Matcha bowl or regular bowl, add 1/2 tsp of matcha powder to hot water. Whisk (or use a fork) until blended. Add to coffee cup.
›› Optional: Brew Green tea with the hot water prior to adding matcha for an extra punch.
2. Add vanilla extract to “milk”, and heat. Whisk in mesquite powder, maca powder, & coconut palm sugar.
3. Add hot vanilla “milk” woth superfoods to coffee cup.
4. Whisk until frothed, or use a latte foamer.

NOTE:: Do NOT reheat the beverage after the matcha is added, or it will overcook & taste bitter. Make sure the water & “milk” is at the ideal temperature for serving before you add the matcha!

matcha superfood latte

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