Our family loves anything Green Tea, be it ice cream, cakes, chocolates, drinks, sweets or just plain hot tea. I believe the first time I had a green tea frappuccinno was at starbucks several years back when they only offer it during the summer. Nowadays, it is something that they serve year round. I seldom get this drink from them because of the high calorie content of most of these blended drinks.
I recently found out that this is really easy to make and you can make a healthier version by using almond milk and limiting the amount of sweetener you add in it.
You first have to get really good quality matcha (green tea) powder to make this drink. I got mine at H-mart my go to Asian grocer. I’ve used this to make green tea cupcakes and it tastes really good and gives a vibrant green color.
To make just place a cup of ice in your blender, add 1 – 1/2 cups almond milk depending on the consistency you want, 1 tablespoon of matcha powder or less depending on your taste and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall glass and top with whipped cream (which is optional).
I also made a variation of this drink which is the Green Tea + Red Bean Frappuccino. This is a starbucks creation which is exclusively sold in China and the Asia Pacific.
It is green tea frappuccino topped with sweetened red beans. Sweetened red beans or azuki beans is a very popular ingredient for making desserts and treats in Asia. Green tea and red beans go very well together.