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Matcha Ice Cream – Make at home without a machine

Homemade matcha ice cream is easy to make and tastes so much better than the ones you order at restaurants or buy at the store. Packed with your favourite green tea flavour with delicious hints of vanilla, this ice cream is a matcha-lover’s dream.

(Love matcha? Jumpstart your day with delicious and healthy matcha overnight oats. Or make a batch of matcha chocolate chip cookies. Perfect with tea!)

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha has gained popularity in recent years. Not only will you find it in lattes, you will also find it in this rich and creamy matcha cheesecake and in these delicious matcha brownies.

Ice cream is one of the first cross-overs from teas. We’ve been ordering green tea ice cream as dessert in Japanese restaurants for years. It’s a wonderful end to a savoury meal with its fresh, palate-cleansing taste. 

It’s difficult to find matcha ice cream in the stores though and if you do find one, it’s either expensive or lacking in matcha flavour. 

This matcha ice cream recipe is anything but. It’s full of that rich matcha flavour you love and so easy to make (you don’t need an ice cream machine). Let’s get to it!

What is matcha ice cream made of

Matcha Ice Cream

You’ll be surprised that homemade green tea ice cream just consists of 5 ingredients:

  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy cream (at least 36% milk fat)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt
  • Matcha powder

It goes without saying that the matcha green tea powder makes or breaks this recipe.

Always purchase high-grade matcha powder, sometimes called ceremonial grade or culinary grade. Not just for making desserts but for a better tea drinking experience too. 

Here’s a great guide to help you choose.

And if you’re wondering, this is the matcha powder brand we use.

How to make matcha ice cream

Matcha Ice Cream

Now that we have all the ingredients, we can make our matcha green tea ice cream! All you need are bowls and an electric mixer.

1. WHIP. First you’ll want to whip your heavy cream to stiff peaks. Set it aside.

2. DISSOLVE. Then in a large bowl, combine condensed milk, matcha powder, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Stir until smooth and the matcha powder is fully dissolved. You shouldn’t see specks of matcha powder in the mixture.

2. LIGHTEN. Add a dollop of whipped cream to your matcha mixture to lighten it.

3. COMBINE. Fold the lightened matcha mixture into the whipped cream until incorporated.

4. CHILL. Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, smoothen the top with a spatula, cover with plastic wrap and freeze 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.

That’s it!

Tips for making the best green tea ice cream

Matcha Ice Cream

Super easy, isn’t it? Here are a few tips to make this green tea ice cream recipe even easier.

  • Use full fat heavy cream. Heavy cream is the base of most no-churn homemade ice cream recipes and you want one that’s full fat (36 to 40%) because it will whip better. It also results to a smoother, creamier texture. 
  • Chill your bowl. Before whipping your cream, chill the bowl and the whisk you plan to use for about 15 minutes. This will make it quicker and easier for you to get to stiff peaks.
  • Cover with plastic wrap. Don’t skip this step! Placing plastic wrap on top of your ice cream prevents ice crystals from forming. And even if they do form, they do so on the plastic and away from your ice cream. You can throw the plastic away once your ice cream is done with its initial chill time.
  • Adjust green tea powder to taste. When making this ice cream, adjust the amount of matcha powder to taste. It would depend on the brand of matcha powder you’re using and how strong you want the flavour to be. I usually go with almost 2 tablespoons. Just keep in mind that condensed milk is plenty sweet and you want that matcha flavour to shine through.
  • Use high-quality matcha powder. And like I said earlier, spring for the best matcha powder your budget allows. 

Easy homemade ice cream recipes you can make without a machine

Love making ice cream at home? Check out these no-churn (no ice cream machine) ice cream recipes that are way better than their store-bought counterparts.

Whatever ice cream you decide to make, be sure to make it your own! That’s the beauty of homemade ice cream, you can add your favourite mix-ins to make it the best ice cream ever.

Enjoy it throughout the summer and all year-round.

Matcha Ice Cream

Matcha Ice Cream

Author: Jolina
Homemade matcha ice cream is easy to make and tastes so much better than the ones you order at restaurants or buy at the store.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 mins
Chilling Time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Asian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 224 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Using a handheld electric mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip 1 cup heavy cream until stiff. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine 5 oz condensed milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, matcha powder and a pinch of salt. Stir until smooth and the matcha powder is fully dissolved. You shouldn’t see specks of matcha powder in the mixture.
  • Add a dollop of whipped cream to your matcha mixture to lighten it.
  • Fold the lightened matcha mixture into the whipped cream until incorporated.
  • Transfer the ice cream to a freezer-safe container, smoothen the top with a spatula, cover with plastic wrap and freeze 6-8 hours, preferably overnight.

Video

Notes

When making this ice cream, adjust the amount of matcha powder to taste. It would depend on the brand of matcha powder you’re using and how strong you want the flavour to be. I usually go with almost 2 tablespoons. Just keep in mind that condensed milk is plenty sweet and you want that matcha flavour to shine through. See post for more tips.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 4gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 117mgSugar: 13gVitamin A: 813IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 93mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, No-Churn Ice Cream, Summer
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Happy ice cream making!

Did you make matcha ice cream? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Rate the Recipe




Veronica

Friday 28th of August 2020

Just looking at the color of this matcha ice-cream, I know it will taste great! Thank you for the recipe! I will definitely try this!

Denise

Thursday 9th of July 2020

What a great recipe! I love matcha and this is such a delicious way to enjoy it! So rich and creamy!

Jolina

Monday 13th of July 2020

Glad you liked it! :)

Angela

Monday 6th of July 2020

This recipe is so delicious! I really love adding Matcha to food for it's healthy benefits. Can't wait to make this rain...YUM!!!

Aisa

Monday 6th of July 2020

As someone who loves matcha and the flavor (and history), I would love make matcha ice cream. Thanks for the recipe!

Neely

Sunday 5th of July 2020

Oh my gosh I love matcha ice cream. I just had it for the first time!