This strawberry matcha latte recipe is a sweet, creamy, frothy drink made with fresh strawberries and your choice of almond milk or coconut milk. A rich matcha layer is topped with a fresh strawberry puree blended with heavy cream and served over ice cubes to create a homemade version of Starbucks' famous strawberry matcha latte.
This refreshing, creamy latte only takes five minutes to make and will become one of your new favorite matcha drinks.
Sweetened with my keto simple syrup, this strawberry matcha latte is also low-carb, keto friendly and you can easily create a dairy-free version, too.
While I love a good, hot bulletproof matcha latte, an iced matcha with sweet strawberry flavor (from real strawberries!) makes a surprisingly dreamy combination with pretty layers.
Treat yourself or someone you love with this pretty and refreshing drink!
why you'll love it
The perfect mid-day pick-me-up, this delicious strawberry matcha latte checks all the boxes (and then some)!
It is a keto version of a Starbucks drink as well as a popular bubble tea from the Boba Guys. I've skipped the tapioca pearls to create a healthier matcha tea with much less sugar.
- low-carb, low-sugar and keto-friendly
- dairy optional (for dairy-free, use a non dairy milk like coconut cream instead of heavy cream)
- easy to prepare with only five minutes of prep time and seven ingredients required
- a delicious, creamy drink that is naturally sweetened
To make an iced strawberry matcha latte, you will only need six ingredients and a few minutes of prep.
The key ingredient for creating any matcha drink is a good quality matcha. When it comes to choosing between the different grades of matcha, go with ceremonial grade matcha. It is made specifically for drinking (as opposed to culinary grade matcha which is used for cooking and baking).
You will need:
- fresh, ripe strawberries-you can also use frozen strawberries but defrost them a bit first
- heavy cream- for a dairy-free matcha latte, use coconut cream
- keto simple syrup- see notes for other sweetener options
- coconut milk, almond milk or a combination of the two
- ceremonial grade matcha
- hot water
an easy strawberry matcha latte recipe
My personal preference is to use heavy cream or whipping cream for the strawberry layer because it gives it a rich taste that, when puréed, almost resembles ice cream. 🙂
If you'd like this to be dairy-free, you can easily substitute coconut cream.
How to make a strawberry matcha latte:
- Make the strawberry sauce. In a small bullet blender or food processor, combine the fresh strawberries with the cream, simple syrup and 1 tablespoon of coconut or almond milk. Blend/process until it is well combined. The strawberry mixture should be thick but still easy to pour.
- Mix the matcha. In a small bowl, combine matcha powder with hot water and mix well. A bamboo whisk (also called matcha whisk) is best but if you don't have one, you can use a small whisk or milk frother.
- Assemble the strawberry latte. Toss your ice into a serving glass and add the non-dairy milk. Pour in the matcha mixture and stir to combine. This creates the bottom matcha milk layer. Gently pour the strawberry purée over the back of a spoon (or the back of a fork) and let it drizzle into the glass. This technique helps create clean layers and will give you a pretty layered effect with the strawberry mixture on top. Serve and enjoy!
recipe tips for the best results
- Choose your non-dairy milks wisely. It is important to use unsweetened coconut milk or unsweetened nut milks like almond milk or macadamia milk to keep the strawberry matcha latte low-carb and low-sugar. I personally like a combination of almond and coconut milk (this one is my favorite!) since it has a creamy texture similar to whole milk but without a strong coconut taste. I haven't tried this with soy milk but you certainly can. Oat milk is another non-dairy option but it is not low-carb, keto-friendly or even gluten-free.
- Sweeten to taste. This drink is lightly sweetened and the sweetness level will also depend on how sweet the strawberries are. You can add an extra teaspoon of simple syrup at the very end if you prefer the drink to be more sweet.
- Sweetener substitutes. Other keto-friendly sweeteners you can use are stevia drops, liquid monk fruit, keto-friendly simple syrups, liquid allulose or low-carb sweetener packets that dissolve well. Agave is a lower glycemic option that I like but maple syrup will add quite a bit more sugar to the drink and I don't recommend it.
- Pour the strawberry mixture gently. Creating the distinct layers can be a difficult part of this drink, but using the back of a spoon or fork helps tremendously! If you simple pour the strawberry purée into the matcha milk layer, it will sink into the milk instead of staying at the top.
frequently asked questions
Matcha and strawberry are a surprisingly delicious combination! The sweet strawberries add a light, fruity flavor that works well with the earthy matcha. Plus, the distinct layers of this pretty drink give it an extra something special!
Yes, matcha contains caffeine but not as much as coffee. The great thing about matcha is that it contains higher amounts of EGCG which is known to have a variety of health benefits. If you'd like an extra matcha kick in your matcha tea latte, you can add an extra ½ teaspoon of matcha powder.
This iced strawberry matcha latte recipe is one of my new favorite cold drinks! It's easy to make and the simple concept of matcha with fresh strawberries is a great one.
If you try it out and love it too, please consider leaving a five-star review in the recipe card below! You can also follow along on Instagram for more yummy keto and low-carb inspiration.
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- 3 large strawberries
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk (or a mix of both)
- 2-3 teaspoons keto simple syrup, divided
- 1 teaspoon ceremonial grade matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon hot water
- In a bullet blender or small food processor, combine the strawberries, whipping cream, 1 tablespoon of the non-dairy milk and 1 teaspoon of the keto simple syrup. Blend until smooth and creamy. The strawberry mixture should be thick but still easy to pour. Set it aside.
- In a small dish, combine the matcha powder with the hot water and mix well. A bamboo whisk (also called matcha whisk) is best but if you don't have one, you can use a small whisk or milk frother.
- Place the ice into a tall serving glass. Pour in the remaining non-dairy milk and 1-2 teaspoons of simple syrup. Stir in the matcha mixture.
- Gently pour the strawberry cream over the back of a spoon and let it drizzle into the glass on top of the matcha layer. This technique helps create clean layers and will give you a pretty layered effect with the strawberry mixture on top. Serve and enjoy!
- I personally like a combination of almond and coconut milk (like Califia's toasted coconut almond milk blend) since it has a creamy texture without a strong coconut taste.
- This drink is lightly sweetened and the sweetness level will also depend on how sweet the strawberries are. You can add an extra teaspoon of simple syrup at the very end if you prefer the drink to be more sweet.
- Other keto-friendly sweeteners you can use are stevia drops, liquid monk fruit, keto-friendly simple syrups, or liquid allulose. Agave is a lower glycemic option that also works well.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 12gCholesterol: 33mgCarbohydrates: 7gNet Carbohydrates: 4gFiber: 3gSugar: 2.7gProtein: 3g