My Keto Bulletproof Matcha Latte recipe uses just four ingredients, including Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen. It is a tasty keto-friendly substitute for coffee in the morning that is super easy to make at home or on the go. Matcha Collagen combines a high concentration of green tea antioxidants with the rejuvenating effects of collagen for healthier skin and hair. This recipe includes dairy-free milk & a sugar substitute for those who are cutting sugar and prefer to have some dairy-free keto drink options. For those who want matcha powder without collagen, I include some substitutes!
What is a Matcha Latte?
Matcha is powdered tea. Green tea leaves are ground into a fine powder to make matcha. The powder is added directly to steamed milk to create a foamy latte.
Matcha is a traditional Japanese drink. In Japan, matcha plays a role in their traditional tea ceremony. Matcha has made its way over to America. It has earned praised for its antioxidant content. In fact, Healthline notes that having matcha can contribute to better health.
Matcha lattes are often available in speciality coffee shops. You can also find them at Starbucks.
But, if you are following a Keto diet, Starbucks and other shops may not be the best place for you to try a matcha latte. They often add lots of extra sugar, which make them less healthy and not keto-friendly.
Why make a Keto Matcha Latte?
The Matcha lattes that you can buy in a coffee shop are often pre-sweetened.
Matcha has a strong grassy flavor that not everyone enjoys. So, companies that make matcha lattes will typically add a lot of extra sugar and milk to make the taste a bit easier for us to drink.
And both sugar and milk have carbs, which as I mentioned before can undermine the amazing benefits that you get from having a glass of matcha.
If you purchase a premade matcha latte at Starbucks, you have little to no control over the added sugar. But if you make it at home, you can get a quality brand of matcha (I get mine here) and add zero-carb sweeteners to make the yummiest Keto Matcha Latte.
How many carbs are in a matcha latte?
Premade matcha lattes have a lot of added sugar and net carbohydrates. If you got a 16 ounce matcha latte at Starbucks, you would be drinking 33 net carbs. Of those net carbs, 32 are added sugar.
If you make a matcha latte at home, you don’t need to add any sugar and still make a sweet, great tasking drink.
My version of matcha latte has less than 5 grams of net carbs.
What is Bulletproof Matcha Latte?
Bulletproof often refers to a coffee drink that you can use as a substitute for breakfast. It typically combines organic butter or ghee, coconut milk, and MCT oil.
My bulletproof matcha latte combines a similar set of ingredients. Only, for the bulletproof matcha latte, I use matcha instead of coffee and don’t add in butter.
Why not add butter to this bulletproof drink?
You could absolutely add in butter if you wish, but I don’t because adding in butter also adds calories. And, to be honest, I don’t need to have a 400-500 calorie drink for breakfast.
Besides the calories, I find that having butter and MCT oil in the same drink make it very oily.
Why use matcha instead of coffee?
I like matcha because it provides alertness without the jolt sometimes associated with coffee. Matcha has caffeine, but slightly less.
So, for me, it is the perfect way to wake up in the morning when I’m not in the mood for coffee. I also feel much better using matcha to help fight that 3 o’clock tired feeling without risking being awake most of the night.
How to make a Keto Bulletproof Matcha Collagen Latte
Keto Bulletproof Matcha Collagen Latte is very easy to make.
First, you need to warm up the almond milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. Your microwave may vary in power levels, so you may need to adjust your time just slightly to avoid over-cooking the milk.
Then use a hand blender or a frother (available here) to mix the ingredients together. You should mix it until a foamy blend is achieved.
If you want, you can add sugar free whipped cream and more matcha powder on top. You only need to sprinkle a bit of matcha powder for garnish.
Can you make this an Iced Matcha Latte?
Yes. If you’re making this an iced drink, then you can simply use the frother to combine all of the ingredients in a cup. Then, you’d just need to pour the blended drink on top of some ice.
What is Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen?
Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen is made with high quality Japanese matcha green tea leaves.
The leaves are dried and turned into a powder. The matcha is combined with the hides of pasture raised cows.
The hides provide the collagen for the extra health benefits to your hair and skin.
What kind of Matcha is used in Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen?
Vital Proteins matcha collagen uses matcha made from Japanese green tea leaves. The difference between matcha and green tea is that matcha uses green tea leaves that have been turned into a powder.
And because you drink the entire leaf instead of discarding after seeping, you get more of the antioxidants per cup.
The matcha bushes are kept in shade prior to harvest. This is to help boost their chlorophyll and amino acid levels.
By boosting these levels, the matcha provides even more benefits than traditional green tea because it concentrates the amounts of antioxidants you get in each drink.
Where can you buy Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen?
Like most things, I tend to get mine on Amazon because it’s available for FREE same-day or two-day shipping through Amazon Prime (click here to get a 30-day free trial).
How to Use Matcha Collagen
Matcha collagen is an easy to use powder. You can drink it as is by adding it to a glass of water. It mixes in smoothly with just a spoon.
But if you are looking for other recipes, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favorite recipes that use matcha collagen:
- Keto Matcha Creme Frappuccino
- Low Carb Matcha Smoothie Bowl
- Matcha Cheesecake Fat Bombs
- Key Lime Matcha Bars
Substitutes for Matcha Collagen
If you don’t want to use Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen, you can substitute for other matcha powders. But just be careful when picking a matcha powder. Some companies add in extra sugar and may even list sugar as the primary ingredient.
Two good substitutes for matcha collagen are:
- Warm the milk in the microwave for 90 seconds. You can skip this step if you are making an iced drink.
- Add the sweetener, scoop of Matcha Collagen, and MCT Oil
- Use a hand blender to incorporate
- Top with whipped cream and more matcha powder if you wish