Sweetened frozen green tea latte made with Japanese matcha powder. This delicious matcha frappuccino takes seconds to make in a blender!
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Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino
Matcha Frappuccino was my go-to drink at Starbucks every summer until I realized how freaking easy it was to make it at home. I mean, less-than-a-minute-to-make easy.
What is a matcha frappuccino? It’s a frozen green tea latte made all slushy in a blender. Starbucks’ Matcha Frappuccino is made with two different syrups with a lot of artificial ingredients but I kept mine super simple with sweetened condensed milk, which is made just with two ingredients — milk and sugar.
Milk (any kind), matcha green tea, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt are all blended together with ice to create this addictive drink. Of course, a dollop of whipped cream makes it even better.
Nothing needs to prepared ahead of time so it’s the easiest and quickest drink to make at home. Once all the ingredients are in the blender, it takes literally 10 seconds to make the drink.
What is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha is a Japanese green tea that has been specially processed and ground into a fine powder. Drinking it with just water is an acquired taste since it’s vegetal and slightly bitter. but having it with milk and sugar is a great way to start getting used to the matcha flavor if you’re new to it.
The best (and more expensive) matcha is vibrant green and the flavor is complex. The less expensive the matcha, the duller the green and flatter the taste with more bitterness.
Best Matcha for Green Tea Frappuccino
There is a wide range of prices with matcha, and in the U.S., companies tend to label them ceremonial grade or culinary grade, which is not a grading system that exists in Japan.
If you’re drinking matcha whisked in hot water, you’ll want the more expensive. For use in recipes where matcha is mixed in with other ingredients, you can go for the less expensive. I like to spend around $30. If you spend anything less than $15, your drink will look more brown than green.
Is There Caffeine in Matcha Frappuccino?
Yes! Because you’re drinking the entire ground up green tea leaves, you’re ingesting more caffeine.
The caffeine in matcha is different than caffeine in coffee since it doesn’t make you super jittery and gives you a lasting energy boost.
What I Used to Make This Green Tea Frappuccino
- Matcha green tea
- Milk (I used whole milk but you can use any kind of milk.)
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla Extract
This salt is the best salt I’ve ever had. No exaggeration.
- Ice cubes
- White sugar and heavy cream for the whipped cream.
- Vitamix blender
I LOVE my Vitamix — it makes PERFECT frappuccinos and milkshakes.
- Glass cup
This recipe makes 2 servings in these 17 oz glasses.
- Spoon straw
A find! These straws have a spoon attached at one end which are great for drinking frappuccinos.
- Handheld milk frother
Makes whipped cream in small batches in seconds. I use this to froth milk for tea lattes too.
How to Make Homemade Green Tea Frappuccino
Make whipped cream.
Whipped cream is super easy to make with a handheld milk frother. Heavy cream and white sugar go into a tall container and whisk them together for a few seconds until soft peaks form. Done! Set it aside.
The ice, milk, sifted matcha, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and salt all go into a blender.
I like to sift the matcha using a tea strainer to prevent clumps but that’s an optional step if you’re using a Vitamix blender, which I think works the best at crushing ice evenly. I’ve had mine for more than 10 YEARS and it still works like new.
Put the lid on tightly, and use a tamper to move the ice around. Start on the lowest setting, then turn it up, flipping the switch to high for about 3 seconds.
Once it’s slushy, it’s done.
Pour frozen matcha into two cups.
The glasses I’m using are 17 oz., which are about the same as Starbucks’ grande size which is 16 oz.
It’s now ready for the whipped cream topping.
Top with whipped cream.
Spoon on the whipped cream, and if you want, sift a little matcha on top as garnish.
Serve with a straw and drink immediately.
Matcha Frappuccino Tips
- To get a bright green color, get matcha that’s at least $30 a tin.
- The whipped cream can be made 1-2 days ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Stir or re-whip for a couple of seconds to fluff it back up.
- If you to make it a matcha caramel frappuccino, replace sweetened condensed milk with Dulce de Leche.
- Make sure all ingredients are cold including the heavy cream and milk.