Easy to brew yerba mate latte with less than 100 calories per serving using a healthy, whole sweetener blended with dairy or milk substitute options.
Bring filtered water to a boil preferably in a tea kettle instead of the microwave.
Pour 1/2 cup boiling water into a large coffee mug and add loose tea using a tea infuser. Or, pour hot water over tea bags placed into the mug.
Let steep for 3-5 minutes until tea is very dark.
While mate is steeping, pour 1/2 cup milk into a small saucepan and turn on medium heat. If using raw milk, heat only to 117 F/47 C (use a candy thermometer to easily check the temp) to preserve probiotics and enzymes. If using pasteurized milk or a milk substitute like coconut milk, heat the milk to a steamy, frothy state. Using a whisk will add additional foam.
Remove teabags or tea infuser.
Pour in frothy milk.
Stir in date syrup or other whole sweetener and optional lemon or orange peel and stir.
Use coconut milk if you wish to enjoy a dairy free latte. Using additive free whole coconut milk powder is an easy way to make just 1/2 cup quickly.
If using raw grassfed milk, be sure to heat no higher than 118 F/ 48 C in order to preserve the probiotics and beneficial enzymes!
If using almond milk, I recommend the plain bottled brands in the refrigerated section of the healthfood store. It is best to avoid using almond milk in cartons.
Making your own almond milk or rice milk is also a great idea. I use these homemade milk substitutes.
Do not EVER use soy milk to make a latte.