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Make Your Own - Creamy Coconut Milk Matcha Latte

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

As days are getting warmer (yay!), I feel like it is high time I shared a recipe I've been making all winter long.

I can't really tell how I first heard about matcha. But I do remember getting a little addicted when I realized that a café I walked by every day last autumn made the best matcha latte I'd ever tasted!

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

I do not drink coffee, so my go-to drink at cafés when meeting with friends (or, let's be honest just getting some work done and people-watching) had mainly been chai teas. But as soon as I tasted my first matcha (with almond milk) I was hooked!

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

I tried to learn a little more about this green powder and stumbled upon this book, which inspired me for the following recipe. Reading about the Japanese ritual that surrounds the preparation of matcha reminded me of the tea ceremonies I attended when I lived in China.

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

I have to admit that I tend to skip a couple steps mentioned in some recipes (heat the bowl, wet the whisk, sift the matcha powder) but I do sometimes take the time to prepare a more elaborate version on slower mornings, starting by making my own nut milk.

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

So here is my Coconut Milk Matcha Latte recipe, which could be named the lazy interpretation of a real matcha latte (read the recipe notes first). I hope you'll like it as much as I do.

COCONUT MILK MATCHA LATTE

Matcha is a green tea powder packed with chlorophyll and antioxidants. It's a great alternative to coffee to boost your metabolism while keeping you calm.

Yield: 1-2 cups
Active time: 5 min
Total time:

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • Sweetener (optional)

Instructions

  1. Boil water and pour some into a bowl to warm it. Set aside.
  2. Pour 1/4 cups more boiling water into a cup and let it cool slightly (or pour it into another cup). (Boiling water or milk will scorch matcha. The ideal temperature is said to be 175°F. To get to this temperature without a thermometer, simply pour the volume of liquid you'll need into a cup, and then into a second cup. By the time it gets to your drinking bowl, the temperature should have lowered to 175°F.)
  3. Sift the matcha though a fine-mesh seeve into a small bowl (optional).
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of the hot water and stir, or whisk with a (bamboo) whisk until no lumps remain.
  5. Stir in the remaining water and sweetener (optional) until dissolved. Pour it into the warmed bowl from step 1.
  6. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat just until it begins to boil (you can try my nut milk recipe).
  7. Froth the milk (optional).
  8. Slowly pour the (foamy) milk into the bowl.

Notes

On most days, I tend to skip a couple steps (bowl warming, matcha sifting, milk frothing) because I'm lazy, but I highly recommend trying the whole "ceremony" at least once, just to taste the difference.

Creamy Coconut Matcha Latte Recipe by Conscious by Chloé

Now I need to take a few barista classes in order to make beautiful patterns in my cups. Is there a school? OK, I'm gonna look for tutorials online, get a frother and show you my progress in a few weeks. Deal?

Make Your Own - Natural Scrubbing Powder

Natural Scrubbing Powder by Conscious by Chloé

Scrubbing Powder

Supplies

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup borax
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 20 drops of your favorite essential oils

Tools

Instructions

Add all the ingredients to the shaker and stir together.

Notes

The essential oil scent may fade over time.


This recipe was inspired by Erica Strauss' in The Hands-On Home. And here's the complete Natural Cleaning Products Guide.

Make Your Own - Natural Grout Cleaner

Natural Grout Cleaner by Conscious by Chloé

Grout Cleaner

Supplies

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup borax
  • 2 tablespoons powdered oxygen bleach
  • Hot water

Tools

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, mix the borax, baking soda and oxygen bleach.
  2. Add just enough hot water to make a thick paste and stir to combine.
  3. Once the hot water is added, use the cleaner immediately.
  4. Spread the paste over dirty, moldy or mildewy grout.
  5. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Scrub gently with a toothbrush.
  7. Rinse.

Notes

Acidic cleaners can damage grout, so a safer mixture like this one is preferable to clean dirty, moldy or mildewy grout.


This recipe was inspired by Erica Strauss' in The Hands-On Home. And here's the complete Natural Cleaning Products Guide.

Make Your Own - Natural Grease Spray

Natural Grease Spray by Conscious by Chloé

Grease Spray

Supplies

  • 1/2 tablespoon liquid castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon washing soda
  • Warm water
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils

Tools

Instructions

  1. Add the soap and washing soda to the bottle.
  2. Fill with hot water.
  3. Add the essential oils.

Notes

This cleaner is perfect to wipe greasy surfaces in the kitchen. Orange essential oils have grease-cutting properties.


This recipe was inspired by Erica Strauss' in The Hands-On Home. And here's the complete Natural Cleaning Products Guide.

Make Your Own - Natural Glass Cleaner

Natural Glass Cleaner by Conscious by Chloé

Glass Cleaner

Supplies

  • 1 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 1/2 distilled water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 15 drops of your favorite essential oils

Tools

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the bottle.
  2. Fill with the bottle with hot water.
  3. Let the mixture cool.
  4. Add the essential oils.

Notes

Shake well before use. I make my own distilled water following this simple tutorial.


This recipe was inspired by Erica Strauss' in The Hands-On Home. And here's the complete Natural Cleaning Products Guide.