Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Matcha Ice Cream Vegan

I used to go out for sushi on a regular basis with my friend Cory. At this point I was still just a vegetarian and didn’t see anything wrong with eating a fried egg, or dairy-laden ice cream treats. So of course, we finished off each weekly sushi date with a heaping scoop of green tea ice cream.

I LOVED the stuff, the creamy texture, the green colour and the umami taste. I needed to have green tea ice cream in order to feel like I had a proper sushi experience. It just didn’t feel right otherwise.

…and then I went vegan! BAM! No sushi experience ever felt complete again. No more happy ice cream to follow my avocado rolls and sweet potato tempura. There are worse things in life, but as a foodie, my meal just felt incomplete. That was, until the day I started to make my own ice cream. The first two flavors I ever tried to execute were mint chip & green tea—my two favorites. Mmmm life felt complete once again.

For this flavor I use the same base as all the rest of my ice cream creations- coconut milk & cashews. Coconut milk is a high fat milk that makes creamy, delicious ice cream. The cashews again add to the fat content, which will help to ensure that your vegan ice cream does not crystallize like cheap water based ice creams, yuck. The green tea flavour comes from adding vibrant Matcha. Matcha is an ultra-finely milled, bright green, tea powder. The Buddhist monks used the tea for its potential to heighten the concentration and enhance metabolism.

The use of matcha is becoming more mainstream due to the amazing health benefits of the plant, but most people are just hearing about matcha now; and don’t even know that you can use it as a culinary ingredient. I LOVE matcha; sure I drink it as a tea, or latte, but I also bake with it, throw it in smoothies, and of course-use it in ice cream. It has some incredible health benefits, so adding it to your weekly routine of superfoods is easy and beneficial.

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Matcha Health Benefits

  • Improve Mental Focus & clarity
  • Improve Cognitive Performance
  • Reduce Feelings of Anxiety and Depression
  • Reducing Abdominal Fat
  • Increasing Endurance
  • Lowering Cholesterol

If you haven’t tried matcha or tried using it in cooking, I encourage you to do so. Get yourself a high quality bag and start experimenting! My favourite brand is My Matcha Life, because of their Foodie’s Culinary grade. This is a high-grade matcha without the high ticket price. I chose it for its ideal balance of vibrant green color, Umami taste, and affordability. Its unique flavor lends itself well to sauces, seasonings, pastries, baking and it’s great in lattes and blender drinks as well.

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Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
 
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Learn how to make vegan green tea ice cream using matcha, coconut milk & cashews. Coconut milk is a high fat milk that makes creamy, delicious ice cream. The cashews again add to the fat content, which will help to ensure that your vegan ice cream does not crystalize like cheap water based ice creams.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Serves: 1 litre
Ingredients
  • 2 cups full-fat coconut milk, chilled and divided from water
  • ¾ cup organic white, gold or raw sugar or maple syrup
  • small pinch of salt
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked 4-6 hours, and rinsed well
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2-3 tbsp My Matcha Life Foodie grade matcha
Instructions
  1. In a high-speed blender combine cashews and almond milk and blend until you teach a thick and creamy consistency.
  2. Add coconut milk and remaining ingredients to the blender and mix until very smooth and creamy.
  3. Add your ice cream mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to instructions.
  4. Once you have ice cream, serve right away, or add it to an airtight container and return to the freezer and allow at least 2 hours for the ice cream to harden completely.
 

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10 Comments

  • Joanne says:

    That looks heavenly, but what does it mean about dividing the coconut milk with water, it gives no water amount or how to divide it?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      to remove the water from the coconut milk, place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Then turn the can upside down, drain the water, and use the leftover white hard fat that is left.

  • jan says:

    What does separate the water mean?

    • EdgyVeg says:

      to remove the water from the coconut milk, place the can of coconut milk in the fridge overnight. Then turn the can upside down, drain the water, and use the leftover white hard fat that is left.

  • Christopher says:

    I want to try this but my 4 year old is allergic to tree nuts. Any ideas for cashew substitutes? More coconut cream? Perhaps beans? Any suggestions appreciated. Great blog!

  • Lucas says:

    Your step 1 says combine with almond milk, but in the video you combine and blend with coconut milk. I’ll trust the video, but you might want to correct it on this page so people don’t mess it up! 🙂

  • Kim says:

    Mine came out kind of chunky, I believe because I combined the 1/2c almond milk with the cashews as the written description instructed me to do. But I saw the video and you combined the cashews with the coconut milk. Stills tastes great but really messed up the texture and didn’t churn correctly.
    Granted, my blender isn’t the best! So it could have definitely been that. But please update the written directions as inconsistencies in recipes is so frustrating!

    • EdgyVeg says:

      Hi Kim, The recipe is correct, and in both the video and the written recipe all ingredients end up in the blender. I think the blender is the problem. If you do not have a high speed blender the cashews are less likely to breakdown super duper small and create a

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