Yerba Mate is packed with antioxidants and nutrients, and drinking it regularly provides numerous health benefits. Plus, it contains caffeine so you also get a nice little buzz.
not everyone falls in love with Mate at first sip. Its strong, earthy flavor is an acquired taste to some. I’ve personally grown to love it, but if you’re still on the fence and you’re looking for something a little lighter on the palate, here are 3 great Mate recipes that almost anyone can enjoy.
Yerba Mate Latte
Oh yes, I’m always up for a frothed milk treat. A latte is a great way to enjoy a softer, sweeter Yerba Mate experience. If you want to sip on something sweet and creamy that packs a nice little kick, this one is for you (Makes 1 latte).
- 1 Yerba Mate tea bag
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk (dairy, soy, almond, rice)
- 1 tbsp sweetener (sugar, honey, maple syrup)
1.Brew Mate bag in 3/4 cup of water. 2.Add 1/4 of warmed milk and 1 tbsp of sweetener. 3.Warm and froth ¼ milk (you can froth your milk by shaking it in a tightly sealed jar, or you can use a whisk, hand-held milk frother, or french press). 4.Top your mug of brewed yerba with frothed milk.
This is a common Mate drink in South American countries. It’s refreshing, sweet and cold so it makes the perfect sipping beverage for a hot summer day. You’ll need a bombilla (a traditional metal straw/filter) and loose leaf yerba in order to make your Terere. Here’s how it’s done.
- loose-leaf Yerba Mate
- ice cold water
- sweetener (sugar, honey, agave syrup) (optional)
- 1 lemon, lime or orange
- mint, lemongrass (optional)
- Guampa or Yerba Mate gourd
1.Fill your cup (or mate gourd if you have one) half way with loose leaf yerba mate. 2.Add boiling water to your mug just until all the yerba is moist. 3.Pour freshly squeezed lime, lemon or orange juice. 4.Add cold water and ice cubes to your mug. 5.Add mint and lemongrass (if using). 6.Wait for a few minutes for the water to extract the yerba mate and enjoy!
Yerba Mate Muffins
Yes, I’m serious. You can add Mate to your muffins for a flavorful treat that packs an energy punch. Adding nutrient-filled Yerba to my muffins seems like the perfect excuse to indulge. I’m not eating these muffins because they’re delicious, I’m doing it for health reasons … I swear.
Ingredients (makes 12 muffins):
- 1 cup cold Yerba Mate
- 1 banana
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (optional)
To make these muffins, 1.brew one cup of strong Yerba Mate (use 2 Yerba Mate bags or 2 scoops of loose leaf in a french press) and let it cool. 2.Preheat the oven to 180ºC. 3.Combine the cold yerba mate, chia seeds, lemon juice, and vanilla in a bowl. 4.Add minced banana. 5.Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup and add. 6.Slowly add flour, baking powder, and salt (do not overmix). 7.Add Chocolate chips, blueberries, almonds, raisins (if using). 8.Spoon the batter into a muffin pan with liners, about 2/3 full. 9.Bake for about 25 minutes.
Yum! What’s your favorite way to drink your Yerba Mate?