Green tea matcha frappuccino

Starbucks Matcha Frappuccino Copycat Recipe

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Starbucks matcha frappuccino at home is possible and so easy! This matcha green tea frappe is quick and easy to make in the comfort of your own house, avoiding the drive through, and saving a ton of money along the way. At a fraction of the cost, this Starbucks drink tastes amazing and only requires 4 ingredients!



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Oh the matcha green tea creme frappuccino! One of my first loves when it comes to Starbucks. As you might’ve read on previous Starbucks copycat recipes, I am frugal! I’ve always been. As a teenager, I would purchase maybe two or 3 drinks from Starbucks per year.

Those rare times I would do so happened to be during their occasional happy hour where you would get frappuccinos for half off. My sister and I would go, order the largest matcha frappuccino and share it. Those memories make me so happy, those were the good old days.

But by being frugal, I learned to copycat my favorite Starbucks recipes from a very early age!

This is the best Starbucks copycat matcha frappuccino drink recipe ever!

It is the best because after trying to make it a few times, I was able to replicate the exact texture of your regular Starbucks frappuccino! #winning

The Xanthan gum helps bind the ice and the rest of the ingredients for the perfect smooth frappe of your life!

Green tea matcha frappuccino

What is matcha frappuccino ?

If you don’t know, now you know. The matcha frappuccino belongs to the long list of frappuccinos that Starbucks has been serving for years now.

It is made with milk, matcha powder, sweetener, and a cream base used specifically to thicken the drink. In this recipe we will not be using the cream base but we will be using something else that will do the exact same job.

What makes this Starbucks frappuccino special?

Oh m gee! My favorite part of the whole article is here! This is why you need to make this Starbucks copycat drink:

  • Best thing to save you time by avoiding the dreadful drive through lanes.
  • It will cost you a fraction of what you would usually pay for the drink in store.
  • You can easily customize it to your liking!
  • It comes together in less than 5 minutes.
  • It almost tastes better than the real in store matcha frappuccino.
Ingredients for starbucks matcha frappuccino

Matcha frappuccino ingredients

Here are the ingredients to make your homemade matcha frappuccino:

  • Milk- Starbucks uses whole milk in their frappuccino recipes so that’s what we will do as well. Feel free to use any milk you want though, just know that that will slightly change the final drink texture and flavor.
  • Ice– Use good quality ice. Not the old ice that’s been sitting in the freezer for a while because that will have that gross freezer flavor. That also will greatly affect the flavor of the final product.
  • Matcha powder– The matcha powder you use is very important because that’s what’s gonna give the main flavor to your drink. I’m still addicted to my Matcha Love ceremonial grade matcha so that’s what I will be using again. It makes the frappe taste even better than the one at Starbucks.
  • Xanthan gum– This might sound like a weird ingredient but if you are trying to get the exact same frappuccino texture as the one you pay $5+ for, this is the ingredient you need!
  • Sugar– Regular granulated sugar to sweeten the drink.
Close up of matcha frappe

Do I have to use Xanthan gum in frappuccinos?

I personally have done both and wouldn’t make it without the xanthan gum. The xanthan gum is what gives your frappuccino that exact Starbucks texture. It will allow the ice and the rest of the ingredients to emulsify and blend together properly for a smooth finish.

I purchased my xanthan gum from my local grocery store and have had it for a while now.

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How to make Starbucks matcha green tea creme frappuccino recipe?

Making this green tea frappe is as simple as can be. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full detailed recipe.

  1. mix the xanthan gum, sugar, and matcha powder with the hot water in the blender cup first.
  2. Add the milk and the ice to the blender.
  3. Blend everything together until smooth and creamy.
  4. Top with whipped cream for the perfect copycat recipe!

How much caffeine is in a matcha frappuccino?

If you’ve ever wondered “doest matcha frappuccinos have caffeine?” Well yes they do. This all depends on how much matcha you put in the drink itself though.

In this recipe, you will get about 70 milligrams of caffeine per serving since we used one teaspoon of matcha powder.

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What’s the difference between a matcha latte and a matcha frappuccino?

The difference between a matcha latte and a matcha frappe is that the matcha latte ( assuming we are speaking about an iced latter) is prepared and served over ice. While the matcha frappuccino is blended with ice, so that the final result is an icy, yet smooth and refreshing drink.

Tips to make the best Starbucks matcha frappuccino at home!

If you want to make a close copy of your favorite Starbucks drink, here are a few tips to help you out!

  • Don’t skip the xanthan gum- The xanthan gum is what gives this drink it’s perfect texture. If you don’t use that xanthan gum, your mixture won’t emulsify and will end up separating.
  • Blend until smooth– Depending on the blender that you have to might have to blend a little longer to get all the ice. If the frappe is still too icy, continue blending for a 30 or more seconds to get that smooth finish.
Green tea matcha frappuccino

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Green tea matcha frappuccino

Quick Starbucks Matcha Green Tea Frappuccino

This quick and easy homemade Starbucks matcha green tea frappuccino only requires 4 ingredients and will be ready in less than 5 minutes.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 216 kcal


  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 2 tbsp sugar You can abb 1 more tablespoon of sugar to make it a little sweeter.
  • 1 tbsp hot water
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • whipped cream for topping


  • Start by adding the xanthan gum, matcha powder, sugar, and hot water to your blender cup. Gently mix then add in the ice and the milk. Blend until smooth, serve in a tall glass and top with whipper cream for the perfect Starbucks finish.


Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 8gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 234mgFiber: 1gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 487IUCalcium: 201mgIron: 1mg
Keyword copycat recipe, matcha, matcha drink, matcha frappuccino, starbucks copycat, starbucks copycat recipe
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  1. I purchased a can of matcha powder a while back but didn’t know what to do with it. When I found your recipe, I tried it and it turned out amazing! I might have to go buy some more matcha powder really soon. This is becoming an addiction!

    • Hi Asia,
      Thank you so m uch for your feedback! I am happy to hear that you are enjoying your matcha frappuccino.

      Have a great weekend,

  2. Worked at Starbucks for a while. You can actually just use cane or simple sugar syrup instead of xanthum and extra sugar. 🙂

    • Hi Jane!
      Thank you so much for blessing us with your extr acknowledge!
      Do you think the simple syrup or cane sugar syrup would replace the cream base that you guys use for frappuccinos? I used the xanthan gum to mimic that cream base!

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