One fancy blender, coming up! As a thank you for your incredible support of my new cookbook, I’ve teamed up with Vitamix to give away a mega-powerful blender. One of you lucky ducks will win a new A3500 Ascent Series blenders in white, which is on sale right now at Williams-Sonoma. Vitamix sent me one as well (#spoiledblogger) and I’ve been loving it.
The new Ascent series is smart—it detects which container you’re using and adjusts accordingly. What do you mean which container? Their new 20-ounce blending cups are the answer to my blending prayers. Now I can make single-serving smoothies, drink them right from the container and wash it all in the dishwasher when I’m done. Amen! (If you already have a Vitamix blender, you can use their new adapter to make it work with the blending cups. I’ve tried this set-up and it works marvelously.)
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I’m also finally sharing this iced matcha latte recipe. We had to cut either the warm chai lattes or this one from the book, and I decided to share the more recognizable recipe in the book. I adore them both equally. This chilled matcha latte kept me going on some long writing days. I remember pouring several glasses at my desk, straight from the blender.
Matcha is still relatively new to me. It’s powdered green tea leaves that have been served at Japanese ceremonies for centuries. Since you’re essentially consuming the entire leaves rather than straining out the leaves, matcha tea offers somewhere between three and 137 times the amount of EGCG in regular green tea. That’s a lot of antioxidants.
Matcha dissolves begrudgingly when whisked into warm water. Warm matcha tea is still a bit much for me, though—it tastes green and ambiguously plant-like. I absolutely love matcha in creamy, cold, iced latte form, however.
I make homemade matcha lattes by blending matcha with cashews, natural sweetener, vanilla extract and mint (either fresh or mint extract). I’m basically making matcha cashew milk and serving it over ice. It’s creamy and delicious, and you don’t have to strain it if you have a great blender like this Vitamix (no waste!).
Fun book updates:
- Erin made my Creamy Arugula Pasta Salad with Goat Cheese
- Aysegul made my Fresh Greek Nachos
- Ali made a spiralized version of my Kale, Sweet Potato and Feta Scramble
- Over 75 five-star reviews on Amazon (thank you!)
Minty Iced Matcha Latte
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- Category: Drink
- Cuisine: Japanese
Learn how to make creamy iced matcha lattes! This recipe is naturally sweetened and dairy free. I add mint to make them extra refreshing, but you can skip it if you’d prefer a more traditional matcha latte. Recipe yields 5 cups, or 4 servings of 1 ¼ cups each.
- 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours if you do not have a high-powered blender (see step 1)
- 2 to 4 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- Handful of fresh mint leaves (plus a few more sprigs for garnish) or ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
- 2 tablespoons matcha green tea
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Dash of salt
- 4 cups water, divided
- For ease in blending, soak the cashews in water at least 4 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator. If you have a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, you can skip this step. (I am lazy and let my Vitamix do the work, but I should mention that soaked cashews may be easier to digest.)
- If you soaked your cashews, drain them and rinse until the water runs clear. Place the cashews in your blender bowl. Add 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup, followed by the mint, matcha, vanilla, and a dash of salt.
- Add 2 cups of water (you’ll add the rest later), and securely fasten the lid. Start blending on the lowest setting and increase the speed until the cashews are totally pulverized. This could take 2 minutes in a high-powered blender or longer in a regular blender.
- Pour in the remaining 2 cups water. Secure the lid and blend again. Taste, and blend in an additional tablespoon or 2 of sweetener if it doesn’t taste amazing yet. If your blender can’t blend the cashews into creamy oblivion no matter how long you blend, strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
- Fill a drinking glass with ice and pour the mixture over it. Garnish with a sprig of mint, if you have one.
- Store leftover matcha latte in a covered container (a mason jar is perfect) in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. It settles over time, so you’ll need to shake the jar or thoroughly whisk the contents again before serving.
Change it up: For warm tea, warm the tea using your blender’s soup function, or in a saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, just until the mixture comes to a simmer.
Make it vegan: Use maple syrup instead of honey.