Whip up a batch of this Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream in 10 minutes with just two healthy ingredients. It will satisfy all your dessert cravings and nourish your body with antioxidants and vitamins.
This recipe is sponsored by Nature’s Blueprint! The recipe and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Let’s talk about Matcha.
The popularity of matcha green tea has been growing lately, and I am really excited to share this matcha green tea ice cream recipe with you as well as some things that I recently learned about matcha.
Everything you need to know about matcha:
- Matcha is a finely ground powder made from whole green tea leaves
- Matcha powder is dissolved in hot water completely, instead of brewing it and removing from the hot water like regular green tea leaves
- Matcha contains significantly more antioxidants (10 times more!) than regular green tea since you are consuming the whole ground up green tea leaf
- Matcha should be prepared using water between ~165-175F instead of boiling hot water, so you do not degrade the antioxidants and so that you do not extract the bitterness that can be present in green tea. 1/2 teaspoon of matcha to ~4-6 oz water is a good place to start and you can adjust the amount of water or matcha to your liking
- Matcha comes in different grades: Ceremonial grade and Culinary (Food Grade)
- Ceremonial grade is the good stuff that should be brewed into matcha tea because it is the smoothest matcha. It is made from the first couple of harvests of young tea leaves from the tea plant. Ceremonial grade matcha is very bright green in color and has a very fresh taste that is silky smooth
- Culinary, or food grade, matcha is better for cooking and baking. This matcha comes from the 3rd harvest of tea leaves and beyond, and it is a bit less bright and tastes less smooth – but it is OK since the matcha is combined with other ingredients.
- The ceremonial grade matcha is more expensive, and at first the price can look shocking: ~$40 for 1 oz of matcha powder. WHATT???But when you think about the fact that 1 oz of ceremonial grade matcha will get you ~15-20 servings of matcha green tea, that is not bad at all. It is much cheaper than going to a coffee shop for a matcha latte, and the purity of the matcha you are getting when buying directly from a trusted company is so much higher than the matcha mixes they use at most coffee shops
I recently had the opportunity to try both Ceremonial Grade and Culinary Grade matchas from Nature’s Blueprint. Their matcha was so much better than the other cheaper matcha I’ve tried before.
The ceremonial grade matcha was so smooth when brewed as a tea, both literally and taste-wise. It doesn’t clump up when dissolved in hot water, and it just has a really smooth fragrant, almost sweet taste. It is great with just a touch of agave syrup, or you can add some steamed frothy milk to make a matcha green tea latte.
Matcha Green Tea Nice Cream
I made this healthy Matcha Green Tea Nice Cream with culinary grade matcha. You’ve heard of nice cream before, right? Where you freeze chopped ripe bananas and them blend them in a food processor?
Whatever you want to call it – nice cream, or ice cream – frozen bananas make the creamiest, most delicious ice cream that tastes a bit like banana, but not overpoweringly so. In fact, you barely detect banana at all if you add other flavorful ingredients.
Banana “nice cream” is pretty much as healthy as a frozen treat can possible get. When I found out about this trick years ago and mentioned it to a coworker, word of this magical ice cream spread around the office like wildfire – everyone was trying it at home and loving it!
So if you haven’t tried banana ice cream, I recommend starting with this healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream. It’s super easy because it has just two ingredients. Adding matcha powder to make green tea ice cream will make it even tastier and healthier.
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Healthy 2-Ingredient Matcha Ice Cream
- 2 ripe bananas , frozen (see notes)
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- Optional: 1/2 - 1 tablespoon agave syrup
- Remove the bananas from the freezer and let them thaw 5 minutes to soften them. Roughly chop them into 2-3 inch pieces. Place the bananas and matcha green tea (and agave, if using) in a blender and process until smooth and creamy. You might need to scrape down the sides with a spoon to get everything to blend. Serve immediately.
This post was sponsored by Nature’s Blueprint, and they were generous enough to provide me samples of their matcha products for my personal use and for the giveaway. All opinions are my own, as always. Thank you Nature’s Blueprint!