Friday, July 27, 2012

Green tea Frappuccino

  -It's finally Friday!!!! I have been so tired this week. I am still trying to catch up on everything that I couldn't do. After I was stuck in the house and glued to the bed with fever and stomach virus last weekend, I am finally recovered. Even though my family do help me around the house, it's just not the same. Sometimes we ladies can do better job....not trying to offend, I am very thankful and grateful for my boys (and a girl) who can clean really good, and manage to cook decant meals (for basic survival)- but I am the one with the problem and like everything to be in order, well... most of the time. 


Last week(when I was in the better shape) we went  to the International Market, where most of the products are imported from Asia. When I go there I don't know where to turn, it's like a kid in a candy store. I want to try and buy everything....
I searched many, many times for green tea powder but never was successful to find it...and that day I was lucky enough that the store got it in the stock. Sure, I could get it online, and take the easier way out...but...I didn't! Sigh! 
Now what to do with full bag (250 grams) of Matcha - fine powdered green tea? 
I made latte, and cold iced refreshments which both were really good. However I set my mind on a frappuccino. It is my drink of the summer and it's becoming addiction. 
That being said I had to make it myself. I didn't wanted to be "just a smoothie", and I didn't wanted to use water as a base...I wanted to be rich, icy, and thick.
So shall I show you how I did it? 
UPDATE* P.S. This is not STARBUCKS Frappuccino, I never stated that this is starbucks recipe !!! This is my recipe and the color is slightly different and little lighter than one that you get from starbucks because of the ice cream, milk and cream that is used in recipe below bottom one. You can omit that and make your own version using only matcha, ice, cream, water and melon syrup for flavoring. NEW PICTURE and recipe:
Green tea Frappuccino recipe

No color adjusted on the picture above:
1-2 Servings
new recipe
  • 1 tsp. Premium Japanese Matcha-Green Tea Powder 
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipped Cream, cold
  • 1/4 Cup Water, cold or iced water
  • 1.5 Cups Ice
  • 3 Tbs. Vanilla syrup or any other that you like (such as melon syrup) 
Directions:
  • Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Homemade Green tea Matcha Frappuccino

Green tea Frappuccino
old recipe 
Serves 2-3
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cold Milk
  • 2 teaspoon Sugar ( more if you like sweet) or Agave nectar to taste
  • 2 teaspoon Green Tea Powder to up to 3 tsp (teaspoons)
  • 1/4 cup cold Heavy Whipped Cream
  • 2 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Ice Cream or VANILLA syrup 
  • 2 cups Ice-Cubes or more 
Topping:
Whipped Cream topping
Sprinkle of green tea powder
Directions:
  1. Dissolve the green tea powder in the 1/2 cup of milk, by adding milk in a pot, placing it on the stove(med. high) and warm it up, don't let it boil. Add sugar and stir; get rid of the unwanted lumps. Once it's lump free and completely dissolved take it off the stove, cover with the lid and let it cool down.
  2. In a blender put rest of the milk, chilled dissolved milk and green tea, 1/4 cup of Heavy Whipped Cream; whip for 30 seconds. Add 2 Tbs. Vanilla Ice cream or Vanilla Syrup and blend few more seconds. Add Ice Cubes, and Blend for next minute or until well combined. 
  3. Add Whipped Cream Topping and sprinkle with dash of green tea powder. Stir it and drink it up!!! This is Creamy Version, look into notes for easier and faster one, or less guilty version.

Enjoy! 

Notes:
  • Green tea from the bag/filter or dry green tea leaf will not work for this frappuccino
  • Green tea is bitter, and also depends what kind you buy. The best one is 100% natural. 
  • I used brand imported from Taiwan, but I recommend to get Organic Japanese Matcha (抹茶/also known as maccha-fine powder tea)- which is more expensive however by far better quality. CLICK HERE to see
  • if you are not used to green tea powder or just want to experiment get yourself smaller pack.
  • You can use soy or almond milk instead of the regular milk and make it vegan.
  • For Easier less guilty Frapp you can put ice-cubes in the blender along with chilled green tea powder mixture ( mixture: dissolve green tea powder in warm water or skim milk + organic agave nectar to taste, then chill for 10 min) and blend for few seconds until all combined. Only Add Whipped Cream on top or Vanilla Ice-cream if desired!
Green tea Frappuccino



I really wish you all wonderful, healthy and happy weekend...this one is the last weekend before my kids start school so we are trying to enjoy end of summer break as much as we can. 
Thank you all for your constant support...My blog will celebrate 2 years b-day in a few months so I am really happy and looking forward to more years, more experiences, more experiments and more friendships....
Hugs,
Your Friend
                                Sandra 



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55 comments :

  1. Sandra, hope you are feeling well :) I think I may have some kind of stomach bug also - but just a mild case.

    This green tea frap looks delish! I can feel the brain freeze coming - but a good brain freeze with match flavour to match! Hehehe! Have a good weekend, Sandra!

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  2. @Jen, I know what you are going through..it was few days for me but man it took me almost whole week to recover. Anyhow..thank you for your kind comment! Speedy Recovery to you!!!!:)

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  3. Take it easy my dear,
    Rest, These thing can really make one week..

    This green tea frap looks beautiful!!! Really delicious....
    Lovely pic!!

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  4. I hope you are feeling much better now.
    This is something new! Green tea frappuccino looks yummoo! I agree that one should buy good quality green tea, since some tastes way off. The best ones are expensive but then you got to enjoy a good tea. Thanks for sharing Sandra, the photos are great :)

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  5. @Reem, I do..I try to slow a bit down now days because i cannot simply do everything:) Thank you for your lovely comment!

    @Muna, Thank you! I do feel much better! i appreciate you, thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Ohhhhh! I LOVE IT! You know me, I love green tea with anything, and this sounds wonderful! I think I have skim milk somewhere from the time I was making bread...(if it's not expired). I want to make this at home!

    Hey I hope you are feeling better. So sorry to hear that you were in bed. :-( Take good care Sandra! Sending hugs!

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  7. I'm glad you're feeling better! This looks amazing, must save.

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  8. I so want to try this! No Asian market near me. Will have to wait for a splurge shopping trip. But you've got me thinking what I might do . . . I want a green brain freeze.

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  9. Hi Sandra! I've been busy with summer activities so I haven't visited your page for a while. I'm glad you're feeling better now!
    I haven't tried green tea frap...but it sure looks refreshing! Stunning photos as usual!

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  10. @Nami, Haha, I know how much you love green tea, and I cannot wait to make your ice cream...well... let's see how that will turn out...i might have to call you one for 5 times lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. @Jen, Thank you!

    @Rosemary, you can always order it online, but if you like green teas in general this will not disappoint you.

    @Tina, Welcome back...I know what you mean. I am present but not actually present completely. i will visit you soon! Thanks for coming!

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  12. What a great job you did! Glad you are feeling better! Being sick is horrible, and then having to catch up an everything once you are better is even worse!

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  13. I am glad to hear that you are feeling better :-). I am also searching for green tea powder, but in my case, I have not found it yet. But when I do, I will certainly make this frappuccino - it looks amazing! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful weekend!

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  14. Erin, Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

    @Cooking R. I didn't have much luck before...so if you get tired looking in the stores just order online!:) Thanks!

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  15. Hope you're feeling better, Sandra! I love green tea, what a pretty frappuccino. Great idea to make your own at home!

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  16. i just recently found out about green tea frapucciono and I haven't seen it around, but I can not wait to get back home and make myself some

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  17. @Laura, Thank you!:)

    @Roxy, Green tea frap starting be pretty popular and I wanted to make it for few months now...Thank you!:)

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  18. Oh, I LOVE your green tea frappuccino, it looks so good! Think I want Brain Freeze :)))
    I hope you feel better now... Take care, dear!!

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  19. Sorry you were sick last weekend... and so happy to hear you are feeling better. I know it stinks to be sick and feel like your house is out of control. My husband considers my "idea of clean" a bit OCD and he does it his way making me cringe. I didn't even know there was such a thing as green tea powder. This frappuccino looks decadent and delicious! Have a great weekend! ~ Ramona

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  20. I love green tea too and this frappuccino looks just so refreshing! Wishing you a speedy recovery and happy weekend!

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  21. Fantastic! I just love the flavor of green tea. Lovely recipe!

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  22. @Tanja, Thank you for visiting again! :)

    @Ramona, I wouldn't say per say that i have ocd but I do like everything be nicely organized! Thanks!:)

    @Jeannie, Thanks you!

    @Kate, Thank you, I hope you give it a try!

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  23. Sandra, this looks great. I have trouble finding matcha powder, too. Now I'll have try even harder to see if I can locate some green tea powder.

    Hope you're feeling better. Pretty pictures!

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  24. I love Green Tea Frap! I used to have this a lot back when I was in Manila. Starbucks Manila, I believe, still sell this cause it's so popular. Am glad you made it Sandra, I don't need to go back to Manila just to have one! All I need is to go to your site and do it myself! Love it!

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  25. Oh dear, getting sick with kids waiting for your attention is hard to deal with. I am glad that you are feeling better. I remember my big search of Matcha green tea last year. It was frustrating! I finally got it and had been happily using it everywhere. Your drink seems delicious! I can't wait to try it too. Thanks Sandra!

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  26. @Jean, Thank you! I hope you will find it!:)

    @Abby, Yes most likely that Starbucks will have it...but I think it's not available in every US Starbucks! Thanks for stopping by!

    @Rowena, Thank you, I hope you do!:)

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  27. Oh Sandra, I'm sorry to hear that you have been poorly but I hope you've recovered sufficiently now. Get some more rest, maybe your body is trying to tell you something and it's just tired. I'm not much of a coffee drinker but I love green tea and I think you frappucino is just perfect for me!

    Btw, I'm only giving up IG for a month and I'm going to concentrate on blogging a bit more. I found out that I couldn't do everything very well all at the same time, so the best thing for me is to start limiting my focus to just blogging this month :).

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  28. @Maya, I am coffee lover but this frap is something in between:)
    I am glad that you will focus on the blog more...it is exhausting to do everything at once, we get burned and many just quit...but the best thing is just like you did, take a little break and come back!:) Thank you for stopping by!

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  29. Sorry to hear you weren't feeling well! I like your creative take on a frappuccino, very pretty color;-)

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  30. This looks like the perfect way to spend an afternoon!

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  31. Glad you're feeling better and I'd enjoy one of those frappuccinos too! :)

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  32. this looks sooo good!! :) I'm amazed by the photos!

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  33. The green tea looks super good, Sandra! and hope you're feeling better now :)

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  34. Green tea frapp and a book looks like my perfect Sunday. Great share!

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  35. Patty, Katrina, Maureen, Just Cake Girl, Tes & Yasmeen, Thank you ladies for stopping by!

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  36. Hope you are feeling better Sandra.

    This green tea frappaccino looks delish, perfect for these hot days!

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  37. This seems to be the detox kind of frappuccino. Very refreshing :D

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  38. This looks yummy. And its very healthy. Thanks for sharing. Will try this recipe out soon!!!

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  39. @Jess, Zoe, and Joe, thank you for stopping by!

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  40. I'm normally not a tea fan, but I'd love a glass of this frappuccino! I'm featuring this post in today's Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and I love the inspiration I get from your food…

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  41. Starbucks uses a melon flavored syrup for their sweetener. It gives a hint of flavor that reminds me of summer.

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  42. @Anonymous...Starbucks's frapp def have nice taste, bit sweet though but refreshing..in this one i used vanilla ice cream, sugar plus whipped cream which does add bit of sweetness too. Thank you for the comment!

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  43. Is the "green tea powder" what they call matcha?

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  44. Hey! I only have green tea leaves. Do you think this could work? If so...how much would you recommend?

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  45. @Maria, Yes! Matcha is Japanese Green Tea powder! Sorry for my late responds, just saw your comment!

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  46. @Mayra, No I don't think it would work with leaves. It has to be really finally grounded then made into powder much like confectioners sugar, if I have to compare it- it looks much like that, only green.

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  47. This is my favorite drink at Starbucks and specially during the summer since its more refreshing than the ones with coffee. I do have to say that I always ask for them to put a drizzle of strawberry sauce and it is delicious. This is my addiction. Too bad that they are expensive and can afford to buy as much as I wished. This recipe will give me a chance to drink it as much as I can and in a lighter version. Will sure be making if I can find the Match powder. Thanks!!!

    P.S. Have you tried making it with cooled brewed green tea instead of the powder? I would think that Starbucks uses the brewed green tea.

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    1. Starbucks uses a powder i get at least 3 a day. I always ask for them to add an extra spoonful to make it dark, i also get 3 pumps of raspberry its so Yummy

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  48. You can buy the Matcha green tea powder on EBay.

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  49. Does your green tea frap looks like the same vibrant color as Starbucks? After I added milk, my frap looks alot more paler green.

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    1. I am adding for myself double shot or more green tea powder-I like it stronger and yes it is bright green. Some ppl do not like strong so that's why I only wrote in the recipe here 2 tsp. Green Tea Powder to up to 3 tsp. I think it also depends what brand you are using they are the same but different just like flour. You can add more matcha and see if you get that vibriness like in Starbucks. Thank you!

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    2. I always have them make it darker and add pumps of raspberry :)

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  50. Can you get the green tea at Asian markets? & if so how do i know i am getting the right stuff. Please email me Jabberjaws4480@gmail.com, also please include a link to your blog. I am doing this from a cell with 5% battery lol
    Thanks, Amanda

    PS Glad you are feeling better

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    1. Yes, you can get green tea powder in Asian Markets. Link of a right stuff and the best one is in the notes right under the recipe. Organic and tested!

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  51. I've been trying out different "frappuccino" recipes and can't wait to try your approach. I would LOVE an Asian market nearby - not only for Matcha but I'm obsessed with Asian food! I order my Matcha off Amazon.. the next best thing, I guess.

    Thanks for the recipes!

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