Copycat Panera Green Tea

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Three simple ingredients are all you need to make Copycat Panera Passion Papaya Green Tea. Refreshing, light, and delicious down to the last drop. Skip having to get out of the house every time you get a craving, and learn how easy it is to make Panera Green Tea at home, and for a fraction of the cost!

Copycat Panera Passion Papaya Green Tea is so delicious!! Green tea is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.  

Panera Passion Papaya Green Tea

These include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer, and many other incredible benefits. Many years ago my husband and I were addicted to soda.

I use the word addicted because it sure felt that way.  I craved soda all the time. It was horrible!! I finally realized that one terrible habit could affect the amount of time I got to spend on this earth.

Copycat Panera Green Tea

Once I thought about it that way, I was able to break away from the cravings. I replaced it with iced tea.  This was a compromise. One that I was able to slide into easily. A couple of years later and a continuance of health issues, I have taken one more leap and replaced my iced tea habit with green tea.

Having started from soda and now working my way into green tea, I have to admit sometimes it is not the easiest of transitions.  I have a few green teas that I think are delicious. They are a perfect compromise.

Refreshing Green Tea

They have all the health benefits that I want from green tea, but their taste is a bit on the sweeter side which makes my pallet a bit happier.  Panera’s Iced Passion Papaya Green Tea is delicious! I truly enjoy it. I crave it!!!

What the what!! Now that I crave it, I do not always want to run to Panera for a healthy beverage.  Welcome Panera Copycat Green Tea into our lives. I am sure you will be just as happy as I am with this recipe.  

Copycat Panera Green Tea

What Is Green Tea

Green tea is harvested from a plant called Camellia Sinensis. They will pick the leaves and then heat them in a pan or steaming them. This will help preserve that green leaves look and flavor that you want. If they don’t go through a unique process, the leaves can turn brown and change the character.

Green tea tends to be a more mild tea in flavor that isn’t overpowering, Where a black tea might taste a lot stronger in character to some.

Does Green Tea Help You Sleep

Green tea does contain an amino acid, theanine. This amino acid has been known to help in reducing stress and even helping you to get a more peaceful sleep. The one downfall of green tea is it does have caffeine. So I wouldn’t recommend sipping on this right before bed if you are sensitive to caffeine.

Copycat Panera Green Tea

Does Green Tea Have Caffeine

Yes, it does. If you are looking for a way to boost your energy without reaching for a sugary soda, try green tea. It is an ideal replacement, as you saw me talking about that above.

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How to Make CopyCat Panera Green Tea

The process to get the replicated green tea like at Panera is so easy to follow. Start with your Sweet Tea Tropical Green Tea Bags, and 8 cups of water. Let your tea bags steep in the boiling water.

Once the tea has steeped and cooled down you will add in your honeydew melon syrup, and papaya nectar and give a good stir.

Copycat Panera Green Tea

Then pour in glasses with ice and serve!  

Best Way To Store Copycat Panera Passion Papaya Green Tea

Once you have made your tea, just store it in a container in the fridge to keep it nice and chilled. If you plan to have it out when serving guests, just top it with ice and enjoy it. You can keep this tea in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.

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Have you ever tried a copycat Panera Bread Green Tea recipe before?

Prefer to make this in your instant pot? Follow my Instant Pot Copycat Panera Passion Papaya Green Tea recipe HERE.

Copycat Panera Green Tea

Copycat Panera Green Tea

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Delicious Copycat Panera Green Tea is just as refreshing, healthy and delicious as Panera's without the hassle of leaving your house. 


  1. Boil 8 cups of water. After it comes to a boil, add in the tea bags and remove from heat. Let set until cool.
  2. Add in honeydew melon syrup. Give it a good stir. Copycat Panera Green Tea
  3. Add in Papaya nectar. Stir Copycat Panera Green Tea
  4. Pour into a mason jar, garnish with lemon or lime slices.
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 47Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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    1. It sure does. It is super close. You can just tweak either the papaya or melon syrup if needed.

    1. if you click on the ingredients that are highlighted in the recipe card, you will be brought to amazon to the items listing. 🙂

  1. Hi, it appears that the tea bags you recommended is sold out and discontinued. Do you have another recommendation? Thank you!

    1. Amazon usually has them both, if you click on the ingredients in the recipe it will bring you to the amazon listing. 🙂

  2. Generally you want to pour the hot water over the tea bags, instead of steeping them inside the pot. This will allow the tea to fully infuse into the water, and give you a richer fuller flavor. Afterwards steep for the appropriate amount of time. You also want to heat up whatever container your steeping in first with boiling water. A cold container will cool the hot water down faster, resulting in a brew that’s less than perfect. Additionally, iced tea requires stronger brews than hot tea, so steeping for longer, with more tea than usual is recommended. Finally, you typically want your tea to cool naturally, instead of with ice, to about room temperature, and then chill for about 24 hours. This will help maintain that rich flavor that comes from brewing properly.

    1. @Brandon, Wouldn’t the boiling water “burn” the green tea and make it taste bitter? Or steeping it for too long?

    2. @Patti, The boiling water was only used to heat up your steeping container, not to actually steep your tea, as per Brandon’s instructions.

    3. @robert, it’s well-known among green tea enthusiasts that pouring boiling water over green tea leaves will damage the flavor. yeah, it’s not burning in the technical sense of the word—hence Patti’s use of quotation marks around the idiom. so… you can calm down <3

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