The Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino has been one of my favorite Starbucks cold drinks of all time. It’s tasty and just feels so healthy! Today we’re making our own, and trust me, once you go green, you’ll never go back.
Let me tell you a bit about matcha. It’s the healthiest stuff you can add to your diet. Matcha is pulverized green tea leaves and nothing more, and it turns out, gram for gram, it’s the most significant source of antioxidants on earth. You need those to stay healthy and prevent premature aging and other afflictions.
Having said that, matcha is also super tasty, it’s herbal and slightly bitter. It tastes precisely like what it is: powdered plants. There’s more because although the green tea frappuccino has no coffee, it still has caffeine. After all, tea has the mood-boosting compound too. Buy some matcha, make yourself some frappuccinos, but also add it to your smoothies, you’ll thank me later.
What makes Starbucks green tea frappuccino so tasty, on the verge of being addictive, is the addition of vanilla. So, we’ll add some vanilla extract to ours. Other than that, there’s just milk, which can be anything from macadamia milk to whole milk, and some sugar.
Here’s the deal. The secret behind the green tea frappuccino is not overdoing it. Too much vanilla and your drink is ruined, for example. Vanilla extract is powerful, so use a teaspoon to measure your aromatic vanilla.
The same goes for powdered green tea; it’s super potent. A teaspoon will do the trick. Add two if you want an amped-up version, but not much more, or you’ll have a hard time drinking the green super-nutritious caffeinated drink.
Sugar will bring everything together, and you can make your Frappuccino as sweet as you want. You can even make it low-carb with artificial sweeteners. Starbucks’ version is quite sweet, but I like mine a bit more balanced.
Here’s another important fact to consider. Matcha is expensive, and Starbucks doesn’t buy the good stuff. This is one more reason to make your own green tea frappuccino. The one Starbucks uses contains sugar, you should buy the 100% green tea, and while you’re at it, buy the organic one. Who said frappuccinos couldn’t be healthy?
Combine all the ingredients except the whipped cream and blend until smooth.
Serve on a glass and top with whipped cream. Optionally dust with matcha powder.