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Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream

Using some great quality matcha powder and premium vanilla ice cream, you can follow my recipe to create amazing matcha ice cream with this easy 5 minutes trick.

I am actually quite embarrassed to call this a recipe since this is more a hack, but a pretty nifty one, so I decided to share with you all anyway :) This is my five minutes trick to transform plain vanilla ice cream into any favorite ice cream. Here I make a thick paste using matcha (green tea) powder and hot water, stirred until smooth, then fold into a slightly softened vanilla ice cream, and keep working with a spatula until as uniform as possible, or if you like a marble effect, you can leave it less uniform. ♥

Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream
Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream

Matcha (Green Tea) Ice Cream

4.8 from 5 reviews

Author: Anita Jacobson



Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 0 min

Total Time: 5 mins

Serves: 4

Print Recipe


  • 500 ml high quality vanilla ice cream of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon matcha (green tea) powder
  • 1 tablespoon lukewarm, slightly hot, drinking water


  1. Place the ice cream in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes to soften it slightly. Don't let the ice cream melt.
  2. Mix together matcha powder and warm water in a small cup and stir well to make a smooth paste.
  3. Transfer half of the ice cream to a mixing bowl, and mix with matcha paste with a spatula until thoroughly mixed, then add the rest of the ice cream. If you want a marble effect, stop mixing when the ice cream looks like a marbled green and white. If you want a uniform green color, continue mixing until the ice cream is uniformly green.
  4. Place the bowl into a freezer. Once the ice cream has hardened again, it is ready to serve, about 1 hour.
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  • Bibs @ Tasteometer Bibs @ Tasteometer says:

    Glad you posted this. What a brilliant idea. I've had matcha powder in cupboard for ages with intent to make matcha ice cream, but never seem to get around to it. This is so simple, it'll defo be on the menu when I get out of this damn hospital. Thanks for sharing. Quite like to sound of a marbled effect too.

    • Anita Anita says:

      Why are you in a hospital Bibs? Please get well soon. Hope some matcha ice cream will cheer you up :)

      • Bibs @ Tasteometer Bibs @ Tasteometer says:

        Thanks Anita, it's a long story but after being diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago I then unfortunately suffered irreversible damage from the Radiotherapy and have now become a regular hospital patient to deal with the recurring problems. Anyhow, I shall be looking forward to making your Matcha Ice Cream once I get home, all without the hassle of actually making the ice cream itself. In fact even hubby could do this. Think I'll show it to him so he can have it ready in the freezer for my return, thanks.

  • Bibs @ Tasteometer Bibs @ Tasteometer says:

    Hi again Anita. Due to sudden news last week (after my previous comments to you) that my Cancer has returned and is now terminal, I am currently unable to have the Matcha ice cream for a while because of side affects to the treatment and am also still now in hospital too. I have written a post about wishes that come true in tragic circumstances and how some wishes and my craving for the ice cream is now on hold. I have added links to yourself as I cannot post the recipe myself. My intention was to copy/paste to you via email for your approval before I print it publicly but you don't seem to give an email address. Would it be OK if I published it and amended if you so wish?

    • Anita Anita says:

      Hi Bibs, sure. Lots of people just copy/paste recipes from my blog and I don't really mind as long as the source is properly cited. ♥ Sucks that the cancer is coming back :( Please try to take really good care of yourself, okay?

      • Bibs @ Tasteometer Bibs @ Tasteometer says:

        Many thanks Anita, I believe the post is adequately cited, but please let me know if there is anything you feel should be added or removed. Here's link to my post....... <a href="http://tasteometer.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/craving-matcha-ice-cream-be-careful.html" rel="nofollow">Craving Matcha Ice Cream (be careful what you wish for)</a> http://tasteometer.blogspot.com.es/2014/05/craving-matcha-ice-cream-be-careful.html

  • Sara Welch Sara Welch says:

    This is everything I need and more to survive a hot summer in California! Looks delicious!!!

    • Anita Anita says:

      We consume gallons of ice cream throughout summer, so totally agree that this one is perfect for the hot days.

  • Elaine Elaine says:

    I was going to make a green ice cream for one of these weekends but I was torn between a number of different ways to make it green. I really like the way your ice cream looks, so I will probably try your recipe first!

    • Anita Anita says:

      I love the color too Elaine. Be sure to use good quality matcha to get that lovely green. :)

  • Heidy L. McCallum Heidy L. McCallum says:

    This was fantastic - the entire family loved it. So cool and refreshing

    • Anita Anita says:

      Yay, I'm glad it was a huge success with the family.

  • Andrea Metlika Andrea Metlika says:

    I've never tried Matcha Ice cream but it's been on my to taste list. It sounds so refreshing.

  • Sally Sally says:

    Looks delicious! Great way to add lots of nutrition to a not-so-healthy treat!

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