Some of you may have never heard of Yerba Mate before, so this is a great opportunity to learn about the hottest new beverage that is being touted as a superfood by nutrition experts. We will also share a tasty Yerba Mate latte recipe that will not only please your palate, but also nourish your body and give an energetic boost to kick-start your day.
Yerba Mate Latte is not a coffee beverage, but a leaf, originally found in South America. It is steeped like a tea giving a dark tea-colored brew that has a rich texture and full flavor that is similar to green tea, but more intense.
Much like coffee, yerba mate is a caffeinated drink, so it provides energy and endurance and also helps focus your mind. This makes it a great energizer and pick-me-up for those dreary mornings when it’s feels hard to get going. It revs up your metabolism and also helps with nutrient absorption. It is chock full off nutrients itself, with a high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that nourish your body. It has also been shown to tackle digestive issues like nausea and indigestion, and aids in muscle recovery and soreness after strenuous activity.
By now it should be obvious that a yerba mate brew is really good for you, but did we mention that it is also really versatile?
Although yerba mate tea can be enjoyed simply on its own, there are many delightful variations such as vegan yerba mate or honey yerba mate. Our favorite version is this yummy little twist on a latte featuring a yerba mate brew, milk and some sugar.
How to Prepare Yerba Mate Latte at Home
Ready in: 10 Minutes
Makes: 1 Serving
- ¾ cup hot water (not boiling)
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon loose-leaf yerba mate
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Tea ball
- Metal whisk
- Small bowl
- Mug (for serving)
Place the yerba mate into a tea ball and set inside your serving mug. Pour the hot water over it and allow it to steep for 6 or 7 minutes to get a stronger brew.
When the yerba mate tea is almost ready, place the milk in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave, uncovered, on high, for about one minute, or until the milk starts to form small bubbles around the edge of the bowl.
Remove the bowl with the milk from the microwave and whisk vigorously with your metal whisk to foam up the milk.
After the yerba mate tea has brewed, remove the tea ball and then add the frothy milk to the mug. Sweeten with the sugar, and there you have it, a tasty and nutritious yerba mate latte!
Tell us in the comments what you thought of this recipe. Even though it’s not coffee, it’s still pretty good, and we’d love to get your feedback on this wonderful brew.