This strawberry matcha latte recipe was made popular by the bubble tea chain Boba Guys. This recipe uses fresh strawberry puree, matcha tea, and milk. It is earthy and sweet. Like most bubble tea recipes, you can easily customize this drink's sweetness, caffeine, and temperature.
You’ll need a blender and a matcha whisk to make this refreshing drink. Prep the strawberry puree ahead of time and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. The rest of the drink is easy to put together.Print
What Does a Strawberry Matcha Latte Taste Like?
A strawberry matcha latte is rich and creamy. Matcha tea, a type of green tea, tastes earthy and slightly bitter. The strawberries add sweetness, as do the tapioca pearls. Both the strawberries and boba add chewiness to the latte. Overall, a strawberry matcha latte tastes sweet, creamy, and earthy.
Green tea powder is entirely different from matcha powder—use fresh matcha powder for the best results. Preferably, use ceremonial grade matcha tea, as it is the standard grade matcha for drinking. Culinary-grade matcha is prepared slightly differently and is better for baking and cooking.
How Much Caffeine is in This Drink?
One teaspoon of matcha powder contains approximately 70 mg of caffeine. Following the recipe above, your boba latte will have about 105 mg of caffeine. While this might sound like a lot compared to other teas, it is comparable to a cup of coffee.
However, the phytonutrients in matcha tea cause your body to absorb the caffeine much slower and more evenly than you would coffee; this means you’ll have a nice, smooth caffeine buzz for between four and seven hours, not just one jolt of energy and a crash.
How Many Calories Are in a Strawberry Matcha Boba Latte?
Each serving of this strawberry matcha latte, without tapioca pearls, contains about 190 kcal. The sweetened boba add about 64 kcal to this tea drink, bringing the total calories to approximately 254 kcal. If you want to cut calories, try a lower-calorie topping like chia seeds or jelly.
8 Health Benefits of a Strawberry Matcha Latte
Strawberries are low glycemic, making them a good choice for those watching their blood sugar. Frozen strawberries are just as healthy as fresh strawberries, so choose whichever best fits your budget.
Strawberries are also:
- A good source of fiber
- High in Vitamin C
- High in potassium
Matcha tea is made from the same plant as green tea. Once the tea leaves are harvested, they are ground into a fine powder, creating the matcha powder we all know.
Matcha tea has been known to:
- Aid in preventing cancer, along with other green tea
- Improve brain function
- Promote heart health
If you use dairy milk in your recipe, you’ll also have a good source of calcium and vitamin D. Remember that combining these ingredients with sugar and tapioca pearls may lessen any health benefits. Always consume bubble tea in moderation.
What Is the Difference Between a Boba Milk Tea and a Boba Latte?
Traditionally, milk teas are made with non-dairy creamer. Milk teas refer to a variety of teas with milk added. Lattes are made with fresh milk, sometimes steamed.
A boba latte is a variation of a coffee latte made with tea instead of coffee. Lattes are usually made from matcha tea or another strong tea powder. Whether you prefer a milk tea or a latte, by making your boba at home, you can add the amount of sweetener and type of milk you like.
Which Bubble Tea Toppings Are Best in a Strawberry Matcha Latte?
Bubble tea offers many topping choices. Some, like jellies, are commonplace, while others, like red bean topping, are more unusual in the US.
Try these topping ideas for your next strawberry matcha latte: