Creamy Cocoa Matcha Latte

Cocoa Matcha Latte
Stephanie Clarke, MS, RD & Willow Jarosh, MS, RD
Total Time 5 min
Prep 2 min, Cook 3 min
Yield 1 serving (138 calories)

This flavorful subtly sweet drink offers a double boost of antioxidant power by combining matcha green tea powder and cocoa.

Matcha is powdered green tea leaves and an antioxidant powerhouse. Because you ingest the entire tea leaf, you get more nutrition than from steeped green tea leaves.

Cocoa powder provides even more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits than other forms of chocolate. And we’ve added just a touch of honey, so you won’t have sugar overload. Honey has flavor, along with sweetness, so you can use less with more impact. It even has some antioxidants, itself!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha
  • 1.5 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup low-fat milk, or unsweetened soy milk


1. Heat water for 1 minute in a microwave safe dish or on the stove in a small saucepan until steaming (not boiling).

2. Whisk the matcha powder into the water until no clumps remain, about 30 seconds.

3. Add cocoa powder, honey, and vanilla extract and whisk again until fully combined.

4. Pour the the hot matcha mixture into a large mug or glass.

5. In the same saucepan, add the milk. Heat over medium heat until steaming.

To create foam, whisk the hot milk vigorously for about 1 minute or use an electric whisk.

6. Pour the milk into the mug of matcha, then spoon the foam over the top.

7. Top with a sprinkle of cocoa powder and a sprinkle of matcha powder.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Try maple syrup instead of honey to add a hint of maple flavor. The honey we used in the recipe contributes flavor, along with sweetness, so you can use less with more impact. It even has some antioxidants, itself! However, regular sugar, maple syrup, agave, and other sweeteners contribute roughly the same amount of calories and sugar, so use whichever sweetener you enjoy most.

Swap vanilla extract for a few drops almond extract to create a chocolate-almond cocoa. If you want your drink extra cocoa-y, feel free to up the cocoa powder to 2 teaspoons or more. Just be sure your cocoa is the unsweetened variety.

If you don’t eat dairy, choosing unsweetened soy milk as a milk alternative will give you the same protein benefits as cow’s milk.

Other unsweetened dairy beverages are also good healthy options, but do not deliver protein and are lower in total calories. For instance, using almond milk in place of low-fat cow’s milk won't provide as much protein.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Whisk the matcha well to remove all clumps before adding any other ingredients—this keeps your latte very smooth and clump-free.

Make an iced variation by using cold milk and adding ice cubes made of frozen milk (so you don’t dilute your latte).

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