Pineapple Matcha

Make this copycat Starbucks iced pineapple matcha drink for a refreshing beverage any day of the week. You’ll love this beautiful blend of pineapple, matcha green tea powder, ginger, and coconut milk. It’s a refreshing drink in the summer, but you can serve it all year! The first step? Learn the best way to cut up a pineapple so you’ll have it ready for this tasty drink. It’s easier than you think!

Coconut milk is being poured into a glass with a matcha mixture. There is fresh pineapple on a cutting board in the background.

I know lots of people who are regulars at coffee shops. I’m more of a “I’ll make it myself” kind of gal. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a coffee shop as a fun change of pace, especially when meeting with friends or family.

That’s why when I see a drink that inspires me, like Iced Golden Milk, I prefer to make it myself.

How to Make Pineapple Matcha

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  1. Add the matcha syrup ingredients together in a blender. Pulse in several short bursts to combine.
  2. You can strain the pineapple through a fine-mesh strainer if you prefer a smoother drink without the pineapple pulp.
  3. Pour the matcha mix into a glass filled with ice.
    Matcha syrup is being poured into a glass with ice. There is sliced pineapple on a cutting board in the background.
  4. Add coconut milk until the glass is full.
    Coconut milk is being poured into a glass with a matcha mixture. There is fresh pineapple on a cutting board in the background.
  5. Serve with pineapple chunks for garnishing or as is. Enjoy!

Key Ingredients

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Matcha powder — Make sure you use ceremony-grade matcha powder which has a better flavor and brighter color.
  • Pineapple — You can use frozen or chopped fresh pineapple. If you don’t want to use whole pineapple, substitute 1/3 cup pineapple juice.
  • Ground ginger — I prefer to use ground ginger because it’s a more mellow flavor.
  • Syrup — Maple syrup, agave, or even vegan honey alternative combines nicely with the pineapple to add the perfect amount of sweetness. You can use a zero-calorie sweetener, such as monkfruit, if you prefer.
  • Coconut milk — Use coconut milk from a can, just be sure to shake it first. You can use lite or full-fat coconut milk. Or you can mix coconut milk with almond milk if you prefer a lighter drink.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • FRESH — Using fresh pineapple makes this refreshing beverage.
  • FILLING — Thanks to the fat from the coconut milk, this drink is so filling and fulfilling.
  • FLAVORFUL — Pineapple combined with ginger and coconut makes a flavorful beverage!

Frequently-Asked Questions

How much caffeine in pineapple matcha drink?

Matcha powder is the only source of caffeine in this drink. It has around 44 mg of caffeine per teaspoon compared to a cup of coffee which has 95 mg of caffeine. Matcha is also a great source of EGCG, a class of antioxidants that have been noted to have many health benefits.

Is pineapple matcha healthy?

Made with pineapple, ginger, matcha tea powder, and coconut milk, this drink is relatively healthy. Coconut milk has fat which makes this drink filling. Ginger and matcha not only add flavor but nutritional benefits as well.

Pineapple Matcha Smoothie

You can serve this beverage iced with pineapple wedges and paper straws. It makes it so festive!

For a different take, add the beverage to a blender and blend it until smooth to serve up a matcha pineapple smoothie. I find it helps to use frozen pineapple chunks and add ice. But if your pineapple is not frozen, go ahead and add a little extra ice.

Bonus tip: Crushed ice is easier on your blender. Otherwise, be sure to start the blender on low to blend the ice into chunks, then gradually increase speed. If your blender makes a whirring sound, stop and let it sit for a few more minutes to soften or you can add a little more liquid.

Storage Tips

Cover the drink and refrigerate. It will keep up to 2 to 3 days in the fridge.

Looking down on a cut pineapple on a cutting board. It sits beside a glass with iced matcha drink inside it.

Vegan Drinks

If you love this iced pineapple matcha drink, here are even more vegan beverages to try:

A glass of pineapple matcha has a yellow straw in it. There is a bowl of matcha powder and a sliced pineapple on a cutting board in the background.

Iced Pineapple Matcha

Beat the heat with a delicious and refreshing iced pineapple matcha! This easy-to-make drink has just the right balance of sweetness and tartness that'll keep you coming back for more. With only 7 ingredients and 10 minutes of prep time, you can enjoy a delicious Starbucks copycat pineapple matcha today!
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 222kcal

Ingredients

Matcha Mix

  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • ½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen) Substitute 1/3 cup pineapple juice.
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

Other Ingredients

  • cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  • Add the matcha syrup ingredients together in a blender. Pulse in several short bursts to combine. You can strain the pineapple through a fine mesh strainer if you prefer a smoother drink without the pineapple pulp.
  • Pour the matcha mix into a glass filled with ice. Add coconut milk until the glass if full.
  • Serve with pineapple chunks for garnishing or as is. Enjoy!

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Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 32mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 248IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 4mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

One Response to Pineapple Matcha

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMollie Reply

    5 stars
    So refreshing!

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