December 17, 2015

Peppermint Cocoa Matcha Latte

Happy holidays! It's that magical time of year with an unmistakable joyful energy swirling in the air. December makes my heart oh so happy :) Excitement, happiness, and kindness flows freely with anticipation of the holiday. Inevitably, it can get a little hectic sometimes too. That's when I love to decompress and take quiet moments to enjoy the beauty and peace that surrounds us. Matcha is always my go-to magic ingredient to realign my thoughts in a positive way. While many of you know my favorite way to enjoy it is pure whisked tea, a comforting latte can sure be a special treat too! This one has warm, festive flavors of cocoa and peppermint (yum!) to zenergize your mind through the busy holiday season. Sending peace and joy to you all!

Vegan, gluten-free
Adapted from Kathy Patalsky
Serves 1

1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (or soy)
1 1/2 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. Encha Organic Matcha (latte grade)
1/8 tsp. peppermint extract
1 Tbsp. maple syrup, more or less to taste

In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium-low until just simmering.
Add cocoa powder, peppermint, and syrup. Using a wire whisk, whisk until combined.
Turn off heat and add matcha. Whisk for about 30 seconds.
Carefully pour into a mug and enjoy!

*Note: I use unsweetened milk and cocoa powder, so adjust the syrup as desired for your own palate.

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