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Easy Matcha Ice Cream Recipe to Make at Home

This green tea matcha ice cream tastes like love at first sight. Best of all? It comes together in a flash.  You won’t even need an ice cream maker.

This smooth-as-silk ice cream recipe is kid-friendly, made without eggs and only requires 4 ingredients. This blend of matcha, whipped cream, and the creamy goodness of condensed milk is a match made in heaven. The matcha adds a grassy and earthy taste to it, while the sweetened condensed milk adds that creaminess that makes everything better.

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Tips for Making the Best Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

  • Use culinary grade matcha!  You definitely want high quality matcha, but there’s no reason to spring for the more expensive ceremonial grade matcha for this recipe.   I use this matcha in all my recipes.  It’s not super expensive, but it’s a great quality.
  • Make sure all your ingredients are cold!  This works best with very cold ingredients – even the canned condensed milk.  Throw everything in the refrigerator overnight for best results, or at least an hour to chill properly. 
  • To make the whipping cream extra smooth and creamy, use cold heavy cream. You can even chill the whisk, beaters, and bowl for approximately 30 minutes to make the whole process faster.
  • Make sure you follow the directions to mix up the matcha powder before adding the other ingredients. This will make sure your ice cream is free of any lumps and is silky smooth.
  • While I prefer using an electric mixer to whip the heavy whipping cream, you can also do it manually. And if you’re looking to make whipped cream without a mixer or a whisk, here’s a great video tutorial. 

Ingredients for Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

This simple matcha ice cream recipe contains no eggs and only has a few ingredients:

More About Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

What Does Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Taste Like?

This creamy matcha ice cream has a sweet, vegetal and slightly bitter taste.    The sweetness of this recipe brings out the umami qualities of the matcha.  If you like matcha, you’ll love it.  

Can I Make This Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe Without an Ice Cream Maker?

Yes!  This recipe doesn’t require the use of an ice cream maker or food processor.  You will need to beat the whipping cream with either a hand mixer or a whisk and some elbow grease. 

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Is Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Good for You?

There’s no debate that tea is good for you, but don’t overdo it since this is still ice cream made with heavy cream that’s high in fat and calories.  

Does Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Have Caffeine?

Yes, because it’s made with matcha which has caffeine, this ice cream also has caffeine .  It’s the perfect pick me up on a hot day.

What Topping Flavors Go Best With Matcha Ice Cream?

Matcha green tea ice cream is delicious on its own, but if you want some toppings, try some of these:

  • Banana
  • Mascarpone 
  • Anko (A sweet red bean mash you can typically find in Japanese markets)
  • Shredded dark chocolate
  • Black sesame
  • Almonds
  • Orange slices
  • Blueberries and strawberries
  • Coconut shavings 

How to Store Green Tea Ice Cream

As with any ice cream, you want to put it in a sealable container to keep it fresh and so it won’t pick up any flavors from other things in your freezer. 

How to Make Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe

matcha green tea ice cream recipe

Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Yield: 8 half cup servings

This no-cook, no machine recipe is quick and easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for it to freeze up so you can dig in! Make sure you chill the whipping cream and condensed milk and all the utensils you'll be using!


  • 4 tbsp. of matcha powder
  • 2 cups of heavy cream (well chilled)
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk (14 oz.) (well chilled)
  • ½ cup of milk (warmed)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract


    1. In a medium bowl, mix the green tea matcha powder with ½ cup of warm milk and lightly beat with a whisk until all the lumps are gone. Set it aside and let it cool down for 15 minutes.
    2. Add the chilled sweetened condensed milk to the green tea and milk mixture. Gently whisk together until all the ingredients are fully combined. Set aside.
    3. Pour the chilled whipping cream into a large chilled bowl. Add vanilla. Beat mixture until well whipped with an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes until smooth and fluffy. If you don't have a mixer, you can whip with a whisk and a strong arm.
    4. When cream is beaten, gently fold it into the matcha mixture. Don't overmix, just fold until the matcha mixture is well incorporated.
    5. Transfer the mixture to a container with a lid and freeze for 5-6 hours.
    6. When ready to serve, remove from the freezer for about 10 minutes to let it soften a bit before scooping into bowls.


Serve as is or top with whatever you like! I love these toppings: shredded dark chocolate, shredded coconut, shaved almonds, or bananas.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 380

Nutrition figures are estimates. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information for any given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe.

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