Matcha Frappuccino (Starbucks Copycat Recipe)

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Delicious and perfectly sweet, this green tea frozen drink tastes just like the one at Starbucks! See how easy it is to make this Matcha Frappuccino at home, including the fluffy vanilla whipped cream.

Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream.

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Homemade Matcha Frappuccino

Starbucks Matcha Frappuccino is a frozen green tea drink made in a blender. The drink is topped with whipped cream.

Starbucks in the US uses sweetened matcha while in Canada, it’s made with non-sweetened matcha. This recipe uses non-sweetened matcha.

All Starbucks Frappuccinos are made using a Frappuccino base syrup that makes the drink smooth and creamy. Recreate this frozen drink at home, just like the one at Starbucks with this recipe that uses a homemade Frappuccino base syrup to get that same texture.

Recipe Highlights

  • This drink is made by blending matcha green tea, milk, vanilla syrup, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup. The homemade Frappuccino base syrup gives it the perfect consistency.
  • The quick and easy whipped cream is made in seconds using a handheld milk frother.
  • This homemade copycat drink recreates a grande size (16 ounces) of the Starbucks Match Frappuccino recipe, including the whipped cream.

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Ingredient Notes

Homemade Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino ingredients.
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup: This is the key ingredient to making Frappuccinos just like Starbucks. Make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Matcha: Starbucks uses a pre-sweetened matcha but I couldn’t find one that was as good so I got unsweetened matcha and added sweetener separately. This is the way Starbucks makes Matcha Frappuccinos in Canada. In the US, they use the pre-sweetened matcha.
  • Milk: All Frappuccinos are made with whole milk at Starbucks but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.
  • Vanilla syrup: Use homemade or store-bought vanilla syrup. The syrup is used to sweeten the Frappuccino and the whipped cream.
  • Heavy cream: To make the whipped cream.
  • Ice: Use filtered water to make ice if possible.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Frothing milk in a measuring cup.

Step 1: Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.

A handheld milk frother makes whipped cream in seconds.

Milk, vanilla syrup, matcha, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup in a blender.

Step 2: Blend milk, vanilla syrup, matcha, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth. Start the blender on low, then turn it up high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.

Pouring a Matcha Frappuccino in a cup.

Step 3: Pour Frappuccino into a cup.

Spooning whipped cream into a cup onto of Matcha Frappuccino.

Step 4: Top drink with whipped cream.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t add ice first into the blender since you won’t get an efficient blend. Add liquids first.
  • If you want to make this drink without Frappuccino base syrup, try my Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino recipe. It uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the base syrup. It has less of a smooth texture but still delicious.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother, the thicker it’ll get. To get fluffy whipped cream, whisk until you get soft peaks, which should take about 30 seconds. Spoon the whipped cream onto the drink.
  • The brighter the green the matcha, the higher the quality. Look to spend at least $20. Anything that costs less than that will have a muddy green, almost brown color.

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Questions You May Have

What’s in Starbucks Matcha Crème Frappuccino?

A grande Matcha Crème Frappuccino is made with ice, whole milk, crème Frappuccino syrup, 3 pumps of Classic syrup, 3 scoops of matcha tea blend, and whipped cream.

Is there caffeine in a Matcha Frappuccino?

Yes! There’s caffeine in matcha.

What’s in Starbucks matcha tea blend?

There’s just sugar and ground Japanese green tea that make up the matcha tea blend. The matcha tea blend comes sweetened and sugar is the number one ingredient in the blend.

Why wasn’t this made with pre-sweetened matcha like the way it’s made at Starbucks?

I purchased and tested multiple sweetened matchas and none were able to match the color and taste like the one at Starbucks. I was able to get a much closer version using unsweetened matcha.

Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino in a cup with whipped cream.

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Matcha Frappuccino

By: Jee Choe
Delicious and perfectly sweet, see how easy it is to make this Matcha Frappuccino at home, including the fluffy vanilla whipped cream.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)

Ingredients 

Matcha Frappuccino

Vanilla Whipped Cream

  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla syrup

Instructions 

  • Whisk heavy cream and vanilla syrup to make whipped cream. Set aside.
    A handheld milk frother makes whipped cream in seconds.
  • Blend milk, vanilla syrup, matcha, ice, and homemade Frappuccino base syrup until smooth.
    Start the blender on low, then turn it up high. Use a tamper tool to make sure the ice gets blended evenly.
  • Pour Frappuccino into a cup.
  • Top drink with whipped cream.

Notes

  • Don’t add ice first into the blender since you won’t get an efficient blend. 
  • Homemade Frappuccino base syrup is the key ingredient to making Frappuccinos just like Starbucks. Make a batch ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator.
  • Starbucks uses a pre-sweetened matcha but I couldn’t find one that was as good, so I got unsweetened matcha and added sweetener separately. This is the way Starbucks makes Matcha Frappuccinos in Canada. In the US, they use the pre-sweetened matcha.
  • All Frappuccinos are made with whole milk at Starbucks but you can use whatever kind of milk you like.
  • If you want to make this drink without Frappuccino base syrup, try my Quick & Easy Matcha Frappuccino recipe. It uses sweetened condensed milk instead of the base syrup. It has less of a smooth texture but still delicious.
  • The longer you whisk the heavy cream and vanilla syrup with a handheld milk frother, the thicker it’ll get. To get fluffy whipped cream, whisk until you get soft peaks, which should take about 30 seconds. Spoon the whipped cream onto the drink.
  • The brighter the green the matcha, the higher the quality. Look to spend at least $20. Anything that costs less than that will have a muddy green, almost brown color.

Nutrition

Calories: 651Carbohydrates: 97gProtein: 10gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 17gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 174mgPotassium: 335mgSugar: 96gVitamin A: 1538IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 245mgIron: 6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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