Matcha Macadamia Latte

Today I present to you one of my newest favorite things!

This Matcha Macadamia Latte is an easy alternative to coffee, and so delicious!

Matcha Macadamia Lattes have completely stolen my heart, and I’m not one bit upset about it.


It’s no secret that nut milks have become one of the hottest food trends over the past decade. They’re now mainstream at Starbucks and often the main form of calcium and protein you’ll find in any semi-health conscious person’s kitchen. In fact, you might be hard pressed to find a gallon of regular milk in anyone’s refrigerator these days.

While the hubby and I are certainly not lactose-intolerant, we keep a stash of unsweetened vanilla almond milk on hand as our main “milk” source for two primary reasons: (1) We love adding it to our morning Power Protein Smoothie and (2) It is shelf stable until opened and keeps much longer than regular milk, so we don’t have to worry so much about spoilage.

Almond and cashew milks have proven to be the reigning stars of the nut milk world, but on our trip to Kauai this past July, I ordered a Macadamia Latte and was soooo excited to learn that no, it was not flavored with overly sweet macadamia nut flavored syrup, but it was in fact made with macadamia nut MILK. I knew I had to get my hands on some as soon as we got home, and get my hands on some I did. I found this Milkadamia brand on Amazon, and also discovered that our local, slightly more “upscale” grocery store stocked the same brand.

A Matcha Macadamia Latte made with Milkadamia, available on Amazon!

Since we don’t own an espresso machine (yet), I started out by adding it to my regular ol’ cup of half-caf joe in the morning in lieu of creamer, but I was still craving more of that macadamia flavor. I started brainstorming how I could make my latte without an espresso machine, and remembered that I had a stash of matcha in the pantry alongside a brand new matcha whisk. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with my macadamia nut milk and I had to do it ASAP!

Really, though, this is another “recipe” that could almost not even be called a recipe. We’re talking three ingredients that even the biggest novice in the kitchen could throw together. But it’s way too good not to share! Seriously, get yourself on Amazon right this instant and order the ingredients (and maybe a matcha whisk, because we’re trendy like that) so you can whip up a Matcha Macadamia Latte STAT. You will most definitely not be sorry (and your Instagram feed will look fab as well.)

Whip up this easy Matcha Macadamia Latte with macadamia nut milk, matcha powder and a matcha whisk!

So aside from making Matcha Macadamia Lattes all day every day this weekend, what else have you got planned? We’re taking it easy with a quiet Saturday at home, then we’re headed to Ojai on Sunday for a quick overnight stay – our last little getaway before baby comes! We won’t have too much time there but are trying to squeeze in as much as possible. Any suggestions for what we should do or, more importantly, where we should eat?

Have a great weekend, friends!

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This Matcha Macadamia Latte is an easy alternative to coffee, and so delicious!
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Matcha Macadamia Latte
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Your matcha will never be the same when you turn it into a latte with creamy macadamia nut milk and a touch of honey. It's to die for!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 2 lattes
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces macadamia nut milk
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • Honey, if desired
Instructions
  1. Heat up milk (either on the stovetop or in the microwave) and then whisk in matcha powder. Divide among two mugs and sweeten with honey, if desired.

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Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding

Full-on long weekend recovery mode right here.Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

And this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding is helping us keep on keepin’ on.

How was everyone’s long weekend? Do anything fun? Eat (or drink) anything delicious? Tell me, tell me! I want to hear all about it. This Labor Day weekend was a tad bittersweet for us. When it comes to long weekends, we’re usually the ones to jump at the chance to go on a short trip somewhere or go visit our family. Unfortunately, due to recent injuries, we had to stick at home this year, but we still managed to squeeze in some fun!


The best part was all of the delicious food and drink that were consumed. We attended a Convention of Cocktails on Sunday (yep, my friends are the coolest and have cocktail competitions for their birthday parties) and my good friend Dez hosted a CaliGirl Cooking Night for me last night!

Guys, this was soooo fun and I highly recommend that all of my food blogger friends jump on this train. Basically, Dez invited over a bunch of our friends, and asked each person to contribute a dish using a recipe from my blog. Everyone was told to come armed with empty stomachs and feedback for how easy the recipe was to follow, whether I missed anything in my instructions, if there was a part they didn’t understand, etc. Let me tell you, it was just EPIC and my heart felt so full seeing everyone enjoying all of the recipes I work so hard to create for you all.

It was also the perfect way for me to do a “soft” kick-off for my newest venture, Celebrations by CaliGirl Cooking! Yes, that’s right, this gal is stepping into the menu planning/food and beverage consultation world and I couldn’t be more excited. In a nutshell, I’m here to help anyone (including you!) that needs just a little (or a lot of) guidance in planning a menu for any special occasion you may be celebrating. I’ll have more details coming to the site soon, but in the meantime, if you’re curious, drop me a line. I always love to hear from you!

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

But as per usual, I’m digressing again. What I REALLY want to tell you guys about today is this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding, because I’m pretty darn excited about it. As I mentioned when I made these Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfaits, it took me a while to jump on the chia pudding train. I always add chia seeds to my smoothie in the morning, but for that very reason it took me a while to feel the urge to make some other sort of breakfast involving the gelatinous superfood.

You may have seen a little teaser for these during my @bloglovin_food Instagram takeover this past weekend, and I’ve been getting so many requests for the recipe! Well wait no longer, my friends, it’s coming right at ya today.

To be honest, I was so surprised at how easy it was to make a matcha version of chia pudding. Like, why haven’t I been seeing more of this all over the inter-webs? Seriously, so simple. Much like our beloved matcha lattes, we just whisk matcha powder into almond milk, and then we add the chia seeds and just a touch of honey. Pop it in the refrigerator overnight and you’ll be ready to enjoy Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding first thing in the AM!

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

Seriously, aside from chopping up the macadamia nuts and pineapple, there will be no other prep time required once you pull this pudding out of the refrigerator. If that’s not considered a grab-and-go breakfast, I don’t know what is!

Before I leave you with the recipe, let me just say that this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding has got alllll the right flavors. The soft and silky matcha chia pudding is balanced out by the crunch of the macadamia nuts and the sweet hit from the fresh pineapple. And the coconut! We can’t forget the coconut. Because could we really call this a TROPICAL Matcha Chia Pudding without it?

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding | CaliGirl Cooking

Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding

10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: Makes 2 large or 4 small servings

A tropical twist on the favorite overnight chia pudding recipe, featuring matcha powder, fresh pineapple, macadamia nuts and toasty coconut.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour matcha powder into almond milk and whisk vigorously to combine (try to get as many chunks of the matcha out as possible.) Whisk in honey, then add chia seeds.
  2. Let sit for 10 minutes, and then stir again, breaking up any large chunks of chia seeds. Place in refrigerator at least 8 hours or overnight.
  3. In the morning, remove chia pudding from the refrigerator. Scoop into individual serving vessels and top with macadamia nuts, pineapple and coconut flakes.
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Little cup o’paradise!

Matcha Colada

I’ve got the best of both worlds for you today.

Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

Not only am I sharing another healthy recipe (well, as healthy as cocktails get), but it’s also GREEN! Just in time for St. Patty’s Day next week! I’m so excited to share this Matcha Colada cocktail with you because it is just so tasty and refreshing and definitely won’t weigh you down like a Guinness milkshake or an Irish Car Bomb. You feelin’ me here? I’m all about creating fun holiday recipes with a healthy twist. That way we get to celebrate without completely regretting it the next day (everything in moderation folks! Keyword = BALANCE.)


Speaking of St. Patty’s Day, what are everyone’s plans? Mine honestly aren’t too exciting. You see, my birthday just happens to fall two days prior (Ides of March baby!) so I really prefer to do all of the partying then and skip the holiday crowds/super drunk people swarming around downtown. I have a little networking mixer for work and may check out my hairdresser’s band play in the early evening, but then I’m quite looking forward to a quiet night at home! And maybe some Matcha Coladas?

Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

So, if you have even glanced at Instagram or scrolled through any sort of lifestyle/food social media accounts in the past few months, you must know that matcha lattes are the new super-hip and trendy “of the moment” coffee shop drink. Full confession: I ordered one this weekend when my sister and I were on our way to pick up my wedding dress. It was so perfect for the rainy weather and 30-minute drive to the bridal salon. Mmmm mmm.

It got me thinking, we obviously all dig matcha mixed with some sort of milk (cow’s milk, almond milk, cashew milk, COCONUT milk, you name it!) so why not take a classic milk-based cocktail and give it a little matcha spin? My personal favorite milk-based cocktail is a White Russian, but I felt like a matcha-based milk cocktail needed more of a tropical twist.

Matcha Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

Instead of regular milk or cream, I went for good ol’ coconut milk (duh…coco is a go-go for all things tropical.) And instead of vodka, I decided to throw in some white rum (my little Mai Tai-loving influence there.) Of course we need some matcha powder (which you can find here) and then, to give this Matcha Colada just a little extra “oomph,” we throw in some Grand Marnier. How’s this all sounding so far? If you ask me, it’s super easy and incredibly delicious, so you should definitely go about mixing yourself up some of these next week (and maybe this weekend for practice? Practice makes perfect!)

Match Colada | CaliGirl Cooking

And if you’re still looking for some actual food stuffs to round out your St. Patty’s Day celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my other “green holiday-friendly” recipes too!

Easy Peasy [Insert Favorite Protein Here] Lettuce Wraps

Baked Whiskey-Soaked Apple Fritters with Maple Whiskey Glaze

Crab Zucchini Stuffing Cakes with Lemon-Basil Aioli

Winter Kale Salad

Now let’s celebrate because it’s Friday, and boy do I need it. What are everyone’s plans for the weekend? Full of lots of fun, laughter and relaxing I hope! XO

Matcha Colada

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A healthy, refreshing coconut milk-based matcha cocktail perfect for celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces white rum
  • 4 ounces vanilla coconut beverage (I found mine at Trader Joe’s)
  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder
  • ¾ ounce Grand Marnier

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker or large glass, vigorously stir together rum, coconut beverage and matcha powder. If you have one of those fancy matcha whisks, use that! (I don’t so had to use a fork.) Pour in Grand Marnier and stir again.
  2. Fill a rocks glass about halfway to three-quarters full of ice. Holding a small sieve over the glass, pour in the matcha mixture. This will help catch any large chunks of the matcha powder that did not get blended in. Enjoy immediately for best flavor!
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One (okay, maybe two) and done!