Pineapple Matcha Starbucks Copycat

by Erin @ Food Doodles on June 27, 2021

This pineapple matcha Starbucks copycat recipe tastes really similar to the real thing. It’s an energizing green tea drink that is naturally sweetened with 100% pineapple juice with a kick of ginger and topped with creamy coconut milk. It’s vegan and paleo and without all the preservatives, it’s actually healthy!

Plus, it’s cheaper in the end, even though matcha can set you back a bit. If you store it right, you can have this fabulous drink throughout the hottest days of summer.

It’s slightly caffeinated, too, so it’s energizing but won’t cause you to crash like coffee can. Because you’re actually drinking pulverized tea leaves, this drink is a superpower of healthy nutrients so it’s a guilt-free treat.

I actually prefer this healthy version because I know exactly what is going into it, and I don’t even have to leave my house. 😁 If you love Starbucks’ pineapple matcha, I’m confident you’ll love this one just as much!

glass of pineapple matcha drink

What does it taste like?

It tastes like a sweet green oasis on a hot summer day, something earthy and tropically sweet with a little spice of ginger. Matcha by itself is strong and can taste kind of grassy which is why I like it on the sweeter side with the added fruit juice.

It’s perfectly and naturally sweetened with 100% pineapple juice so it definitely brings out the tropics without adding refined sugar.

Plus, the sweet, nutty creaminess of the coconut milk just smoothes out the flavors superbly.

 

Ingredients:

  • Hot water (at least 110 °F / 43 °C)
  • Matcha powder
  • Pineapple juice
  • Grated ginger
  • Unsweetened coconut milk
  • Ice, if desired

This recipe serves one, but if you want to share, just double it.

When you look at the actual Starbucks ingredients you see that it has 3 ingredients and then a whole lot of preservatives and colorings. That’s why I love this healthy recipe – it’s simple, it’s easy, and it doesn’t have weird ingredients.

In under 10 minutes, you can kick up your feet and take in the heat with this cold invigorating drink.

How to make it:

  1. In a small bowl, vigorously whisk together hot water and matcha until it is dissolved. In fact, you can sift the matcha first, then whisk because it tends to clump easily.
  2. Once the matcha is dissolved, put it in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. This way it won’t get immediately diluted by pouring the hot liquid over the ice.
  3. Once it’s chilled add the matcha, pineapple juice, ginger and a couple of ice cubes to a cocktail shaker (or mason jar) and shake, shake, shake.
  4. Then strain into a tall glass with ice and layer in the coconut milk.
  5. Stir, garnish and enjoy!

Note:

  • If you have a frother, use it to dissolve the matcha in hot water.
  • If you are in love with this or any other matcha drink, they actually have traditional bamboo matcha tea whisks that are typically used that you can find online pretty cheaply.
  • If you like sweet drinks, the pineapple does a good job, but you may like it even sweeter. In this case, I would buy sweetened coconut milk to give you that extra-sweet taste you seek.

step by step photos for how to make pineapple matcha drink

What is matcha?

Matcha means “powdered tea” and it’s a bright green, often finely ground into tea powder.

It’s shade-grown which gives it a more robust texture and flavor, produces more theanine which is an amino acid, and caffeine. It can be consumed as loose tea leaves, in a tea bag or pulverized into green dust that is added to hot water or milk.

Grades of matcha:

There are three grades of matcha: ceremonial, premium, and cooking or culinary grade.

Each grade comes with different price tags and different applications.

Ceremonial grade is of high quality and used in religious ceremonies. It is always ground into powder in granite stone mills and thus highly expensive.

Premium grade is high-quality green tea. The leaves are harvested from the top of the tea plant leaving a more delicate flavor. It’s best for daily tea consumption and has a fresh flavor. It is what you will most likely find in your local stores. The price should be somewhat in between the two other grades. Even Walmart has a premium grade of matcha and runs between $10 to $25 for 50 grams.

Cooking/culinary grade is the cheapest of them all. It is suitable for cooking and smoothies. It is a little bitter due to production and is made from the leaves at the lower levels of the plant. Because this grade has more tannin, it’s best left for baking and cooking and not as a speciality drink, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it here just know it may not have that smooth delicate flavor of the premium matcha.

Costco has a big bag (of course) and it is certified vegan, gluten-free and non-GMO and will get you 225 servings. However, if not stored in an extremely airtight container and out of sunlight, it will turn off in about a month. It will lose its color and flavor.

The good news is, you can use matcha in lots of different baked goods like these Matcha Brownies. They’re super green and perhaps strange for westerners but sound terrific!

matcha being poured into glass

Looking for the best matcha for this drink?

If you’re undecided as to which matcha to choose, I found a good resource that will lead you in the right direction → The Tea Cup of Life.

When it comes to matcha, quality varies and so does the price. If you’re just trying it for the first time, get a small premium amount for a reasonable price. If you love it, then you can upgrade and buy it in bulk. 😉

Is this drink healthy?

You bet! Let’s break it down: matcha tea – superpower healthy; 100% pineapple juice – pretty healthy; ginger – super healthy; and finally, coconut milk – sure thing. So yes, I’m declaring this copycat version a fabulously healthy drink.

If you compare this one to the actual Starbucks drink, then hands down, this recipe wins. Sorry Starbucks, but it is what it is.

hand picking up pineapple matcha drink

Benefits of matcha:

Because you are drinking the actual pulverized tea leaves, matcha is a potent source of nutrients that you can’t get with regular steeped green tea.

It’s super-rich in antioxidants which protect against heart disease and cancer. It’s got amino acids, potent vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, selenium, magnesium, fiber and chromium, which all point to amazing benefits.

It boosts metabolism and helps curb food cravings which in turn reinforces weight loss.

Theanine that is found in matcha improves memory, concentration and mental function and has also been used to reduce anxiety and stress.

Yes, it has caffeine, amounting to about the same as a brewed cup of coffee. But those that drink matcha a lot say the difference between matcha and your favorite brew is that matcha is calming and gives you steady energy without the crash.

This is due to theanine which is known to induce relaxation. So, mentally alert yet calmly relaxed, I like it!

Matcha has been shown to reduce cortisol which is a stress hormone that drives appetite and increases belly fat. So drinking matcha can lower inflammation, and reduce impulsive eating.

It contains polyphenols that help manage blood pressure and promote good circulation. They also can help reduce and control your blood sugar levels.

With all these amazing nutritional properties, matcha tea is a superfood with superpowers and it makes this amazing treat even better.

Allergy-friendly drink

It’s both paleo and vegan! Using coconut milk is a great way to add creaminess to summer drinks without using dairy.

Coconut milk is not only vegan and paleo, it is also keto. It works as a great substitute for both baked sweet goods and savory dishes, as well.

My other blog features healthy baked goods. There I have several recipes that use coconut milk, like this Vegan Chocolate Pudding or this Vegan Coconut Pudding.

Or you can try this Healthy Chocolate Cake and use coconut milk as the milk choice. But use about half canned coconut milk and half water so that the coconut milk is about as thin as regular milk.

If you haven’t ever tried using coconut milk in your sweets, I highly recommend it.

pineapple matcha drink on board

What to use instead of grated ginger?

If you have fresh ginger then you just grate it, and strain it well, so you don’t get too many spicy chunks floating in your drink.

You can also use ground ginger which is a powder and is readily available, it makes it super easy and a bit spicy. Use just a pinch and add more to taste.

If you want to buy pineapple ginger syrup, you can give it a try. It’s what Starbucks actually uses and sells. But know that simple syrups are made with refined sugar and therefore not vegan, paleo or healthy. Because we are using pineapple juice to sweeten this drink, I don’t see the need to add more sugar.

If you find that you like it super sweet, you can add more juice, sweetened coconut milk, or store-bought syrup, it’s up to you.

Tips:

      • If you’re like me and don’t have a fridge with an ice maker or have limited freezer space, you can freeze chunks of cubed pineapple and spruce up your drink with chunks of frozen pineapple chunks for an extra flare.
      • If you like a more creamy and mild drink, then use a little more unsweetened coconut milk.
      • If you like a little sour with your sweet drinks, squeeze a little lime juice and garnish with a sliver.
      • Some matcha comes with granulated ginger mixed in, so check your labels because you don’t want to overpower this drink by doubling the ginger.

I think you’re going to fall in love this summer with this super drink, it’s the perfect pair!

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Enjoy!

5 from 1 vote
pineapple matcha drink in glass on brown cutting board
Pineapple Matcha Drink (Starbucks Copycat)
Prep Time
5 mins
 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pineapple matcha, starbucks copycat
Servings: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) hot water at least 110 °F (43 °C)
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) 100% pineapple juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated ginger, optional
  • 1 cup (240 ml) canned coconut milk
  • Ice if desired
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, vigorously whisk together hot water and matcha until it is dissolved. You might want to sift the matcha first, then whisk because it tends to clump easily.

  2. Once the matcha is dissolved, put it in the fridge to chill for about 5 minutes. This way it won’t get immediately diluted by pouring the hot liquid over the ice.
  3. Once it’s chilled, add the matcha, pineapple juice, ginger and a couple of ice cubes to a cocktail shaker (or mason jar) and shake, shake, shake.

  4. Then strain into a tall glass with ice and layer in the coconut milk.
  5. Stir, garnish and enjoy!

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1 Heidy July 5, 2021 at 07:34

This Starbucks copycat recipe looks outstanding, and I am looking forward to making this today since I have all the ingredients on hand minus 1, I think!!! Have a great day! I will let you know how it turns out!
Heidy

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2 Kushigalu July 4, 2021 at 08:28

This drink sounds fantastic specially the combination of ingredients. I would love to try this soon. It is perfect for the weather here.

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3 Marie July 1, 2021 at 16:31

Wow this drink looks spectacular! I bet the combination of matcha and pineapple is just delightful! The bitterness of matcha rounded off by the sweetness of the fruit… yum!

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4 Allyssa July 1, 2021 at 13:33

Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe! It’s my new favorite! Its super easy to make and taste so amazing! I highly recommend this!

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