Dalgona Matcha Latte (vegan, refined sugar free)

Dalgona Matcha Latte (vegan, refined sugar free)

If there’s one thing that has been going crazy viral during this quarantine it’s the dalgona coffee trend. Everyone and their mother is making it and as someone who doesn’t drink coffee, I was getting a little jealous. After doing some research I found out that there is a way to create the same whipped effect in a matcha latte! And best part of all, it’s vegan 😉

What Is Dalgona Coffee?

Dalgona coffee is a whipped coffee made using instant coffee powder. When you whisk the instant coffee and water together it creates a whipped and thick consistency. You might be thinking, well how can you make a dalgona drink without the instant coffee? Well, that’s what we’re here to share our little secret on.

The secret to a Dalgona drink without instant coffee:

Drumroll please… the secret ingredient, believe it or not, is chickpeas! Well, the liquid from a can of chickpeas anyways aka aquafaba. This liquid gold is typically used as an egg white substitute as it can whisk to form stiff peaks, similar to egg whites. And since I know you’re all probably all wondering the same thing that I did, no it does not taste like chickpeas and isn’t salty! So next time you open a can of chickpeas, make sure to save that liquid to make yourself a creamy and delicious drink.

RECIPE: DALGONA MATCHA (vegan, refined sugar free)

Ingredients:

  • aquafaba (liquid from chickpea can)
  • *1 tsp matcha powder (culinary or ceremonial grade) *add more or less depending on how strong your matcha powder is / how strong you like your matcha
  • refined sugar free sweetener of choice:
    • liquid stevia: 1 full droplet
    • stevia: 1 serving size (1 packet of stevia)
    • maple syrup: 1 teaspoon **(or more or less depending on how sweet you like it)
  • 3/4 cup plant based milk of choice (oat milk tastes best in my opinion)
  • ice (optional)
  • a nice, clear glass that will display your beautiful creation. Mason jars work great!

Instructions:

  1. Pour the *amount of aquafaba you are going to use out into a large bowl (big enough so you can mix vigorously and not splash)*I find that one chickpea can produces enough aquafaba to make 2 drinks, so pour out about 1/2 of what you got a from the chickpea can
  2. Either using an electric hand mixer or portable frother (what I use) whisk the aquafaba until it becomes a fluffy whipped texture (not quite stiff peaks.) You can also use a regular handheld whisk but it will take much longer.
    The time for this depends on what tool you are using but will at least take about 3-5 minutes. Keep mixing until it reaches a nice foamy whipped consistency
  3. Once aquafaba is the consistency you’re looking for, add in matcha powder and liquid sweetener of choice
  4. Using either a electric hand mixer or hand whisk (portable frother not strong enough for this step) mix in the matcha powder and sweetener until completely mixed in
  5. Taste mixture to make sure it is to your liking. If it needs more matcha or sweetener, add it now
  6. Put ice into your glass (if using) and then add plant based milk
  7. Carefully spoon whipped mixture into your glass (if not all of it fits, don’t worry. You can add more later after you drink some)
  8. Take a picture of your beautiful creation (because half the point of making this is to post on Instagram obviously) and then mix and enjoy! 🙂

Hope you enjoy this recipe! I seriously make it at least 3x a week now and find myself looking for any excuse to use chickpeas to get the liquid haha. Don’t think I’ll be spending money on expensive matcha lattes anymore even after this quarantine is over. Being your own barista is fun 😉