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The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)

Last week, from Youtube videos to Insta stories, I saw an abundance of people trying out the trendy whipped dalgona coffee. I didn’t have any instant coffee on my hand BUT I did have matcha powder… sooo we made The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein) that you have to try out!

How is dalgona made? What is the science behind this trendy coffee drink?

Instant or not, all caffeinated coffee contains galactomannan. Galactomannan is a carbohydrate polymer that works as a stabilizer. Specifically with instant coffee, the less water used, stronger are the effects of galactomannan which help maintain the soft foam.

Additionally – Regular coffee has natural oils in the roasted coffee beans which causes large bubbles to be formed when whipped. Instant coffee has a relative lack of oil, resulting in smaller bubbles when whipped that stabilize to create that beautiful dalgona foam when combined with sugar.

The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)
The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)

What is the history behind Dalgona Whipped Coffee?

Although it became trendy and popular through the endless Tik Tok videos made, this whipped coffee drink actually has quite a history behind it. As a quick overview, this drink received its name from a South Korean actor who ordered a whipped coffee in Macau. He thought the drink tasted like a type of Korean honeycomb toffee (called dalgona).

The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)
The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)

I woke up this past Saturday with a sweet craving for something new and unusual – and this recipe definitely had the classic matcha sweetness that satisfied that craving!

With only a few minutest to spare, let’s skip the aprons today and give ourselves a little afternoon treat to enjoy the sunnier weather upon us!

The BEST Matcha Dalgona (Low Sugar, High Protein)

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 people


  • 2 – 3 cups Milk (Plant-based or Regular)
  • 1 tbsp. Honey, or Maple Syrup
  • 2 tsp. Matcha Powder
  • 3 large Egg Whites, preferably at room temp.
  • 1/8 tsp. Cream of Tartar, optional but helps to stabliize the whipped egg whites


  • In a medium-sized bowl, add together the honey, cream of tartar, matcha powder, and 2 teaspoons of water. Mix together to form a paste. Add in the egg whites.
  • Bring a small saucepan with a little water to a boil, then turn down the stovetop heat to medium. Place the bowl over the saucepan (to create a small double-boiler).
  • Using a handmixer, whisk together until soft peaks form (about 4-5 minutes).
  • Pour 1 cup of your favorite milk into each of the two small glasses with a few ice cubes. Scoop the whipped matcha evenly into each glass.
  • To enjoy, use a spoon or straw to stir the drink together. (Optional: Garnish with a little cinnamon.)

I truly hope you all enjoy this fun matcha recipe! ’till next time… xxL

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