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3-Ingredient Matcha Nice Cream (Vegan)

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3-ingredient matcha nice cream that you're going to be craving all summer long! No ice cream maker or fancy tools required to make this soft-serve, naturally sweet, earthy, and creamy vegan ice cream.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Jun 13, 2018 (Last updated Aug 31, 2023) by Hannah Sunderani

3-Ingredient Matcha Nice Cream (Vegan)

This Matcha Nice Cream is the ultimate frosty sweet treat you’re going to be craving all summer long! It’s the creamiest, dreamiest dairy-free ice cream of all time with delicious matcha flavour, and it only requires 3 simple ingredients.

No ice cream maker or fancy tools required! Now let’s get into the recipe pronto! 

matcha nice cream in two white bowls, sprinkled with coconut flakes and topped with fresh strawberries on a white backdrop

This Nice Cream is….

  • Aromatic
  • Rich and creamy
  • Earthy and sweet
  • Vegan and healthy
  • Made with 3 simple ingredients
  • So much better than regular ice cream (and animal-friendly!)
  • Ready in 10 minutes
  • Doesn’t require an ice cream maker or any special gadgets
all of the ingredients required for making matcha nice cream separate in individual bowls

Ingredient Notes

All you need to make an Instagram worthy, soft serve, dairy-free nice cream is 3 natural ingredients with tons of health benefits: 

  • Frozen bananas – The super secret ingredient to making luscious vegan soft serve ice cream is using frozen chopped bananas. It’s the perfect ultra healthy ice cream base, which means your kiddos can enjoy this nice cream for breakfast. Our family personally buys extra bunches of bananas at the grocery store when the weather warms up so we can eat loads of creamy nice cream!
  • Coconut milk – I personally love the creamy consistency coconut milk adds to this matcha nice cream. You could substitute in coconut cream or your personally favourite plant milk. 
  • Matcha – If you’ve made one of my other popular matcha recipes, you’ll know I can’t stress the importance of using a quality matcha enough! In my experience, the cheaper matchas have a really bitter taste and chalky texture. For this nice cream (and all of my matcha recipes!), I use matcha from The Matcha Reserve. I promise the extra few bucks for a premium matcha is worth it.
top down visual of mathca nice cream in white bowls on a white backdrop, that's topped with coconut flakes and strawberries

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Make these matcha nice cream with me on my YouTube Channel, where I share my 5 Must-Have Matcha Recipes including this nice cream and how to make the perfect matcha latte!

How to Make Matcha Nice Cream 

To make your own nice cream it begins, of course, with frozen bananas for the base. Add them into your food processor, then add in the coconut milk, matcha powder, and any additional flavours you want in your nice cream. 

Blend together until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. And there you have it! Smooth and silky vegan ice cream that rivals the delicious creaminess of traditional ice cream.

frozen bananas blended together with coconut milk and matcha to make matcha nice cream in a food processor
in a food processor, blend together the frozen bananas, matcha and coconut milk

Ya’ll know I’m a big fan of recipes that can be made simply, without any special tools. (Check out my 5 vegan kitchen essentials for tools that you actually need in your kitchen and the one’s you don’t!) This nice cream is a perfect example that you don’t need an ice cream maker to make delicious and healthy vegan ice cream at home.

Topping Suggestions 

The best part of making nice cream at home is being able to load it up with your favourite toppings. Whether you’re enjoy this nice cream for breakfast or dessert, here are a few topping suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. 

  • Nut butters: Add on a drizzle of your favourite nut butter such as peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or hazelnut butter would be amazing! Or, if you’re allergic to nuts, go for a drizzle of creamy Sunbutter. 
  • Chopped nuts: If you’re looking for a healthy crunch, top your bowl with slivered almonds, chopped walnuts, pecans, or peanuts. Really any nut would be delicious. 
  • Added sweetness: The banana base makes this nice cream naturally sweet without any added sugar, but if you want yours even sweeter, add a drizzle of maple syrup, agave syrup, or even a non-dairy chocolate syrup. 
  • Fresh fruit: Any fresh fruit will be delicious with this matcha banana ice cream. I love additional sliced bananas, fresh cherries, or sweet berries. 

Flavour Variations

If you’re officially hooked on matcha ice cream, you must check out all of the flavour variations you can try. Trust me you’ll never get bored! 

matcha nice cream in a white bowl with a spoon in it

Recipe FAQs

What does matcha ice cream taste like?

I like to describe the flavour of matcha nice cream as naturally sweet, earthy, creamy, and aromatic! It also of course has a base banana flavour thanks to the frozen, ripe bananas. Be sure to use a quality ceremonial grade matcha, otherwise your matcha green tea nice cream may taste bitter. 

Will matcha ice cream keep me up?

Really great question! It’s true that matcha contains caffeine and is a great substitute for your morning cup of coffee. Each serving of this matcha green tea nice cream recipe contains a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha, which is relatively low in caffeine. Unless you are really sensitive to caffeine, it’s unlikely to interrupt your sleep. 

Can I freeze any leftover nice cream?

Absolutely! If you have leftover nice cream, place the leftovers in a freezer safe container or an insulated ice cream container. Spread the top of the matcha smooth, tightly cover, then store for up to 1 month. After 4-6 hours, the nice cream will be frozen solid. When you are ready to enjoy it again, allow the nice cream to sit at room temperature for 15-30 minutes, or until the nice cream is scoopable again and enjoy! 

My nice cream isn’t blending well. Should I add liquid?

Depending on your food processor, it may have trouble blending until completely creamy. If your nice cream seems extra thick and isn’t blending well on it’s own add a couple of tablespoons more of coconut milk, or your favourite non-dairy milk such as almond milk, oat milk. 

matcha nice cream in a white bowl with coconut flakes and strawberries on top. A spoon is scooping some of the matcha nice cream out of the bowl.

More Matcha Recipes You Might Like:

matcha nice cream in a white bowl that's slightly melty with a spoon in the center

I hope you love this 3-ingredient matcha nice cream recipe as much as I do! If you do make this recipe, please let me know in the comments below what you think and check out The Two Spoons Cookbook for more beautiful vegan recipes like this! I truly love hearing from you, and I’m always here to answer any questions you might have. 

And of course, tag me on Instagram with your pictures using the hashtag #twospoons. Nothing makes me happier than to see your recreations. 

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3-Ingredient Matcha Nice Cream Recipe

5 from 1 vote
3-ingredient matcha nice cream that you're going to be craving all summer long! No ice cream maker or fancy tools required to make this soft-serve, naturally sweet, earthy, and creamy vegan ice cream.
matcha nice cream in two white bowls, sprinkled with coconut flakes and topped with fresh strawberries on a white backdrop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serves 2 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pulse frozen bananas in food processor to break apart into small chunks. Add 1 shot coconut milk and matcha powder. Blend mixture until smooth and creamy (approx. 3 mins).
  • Serve right away as a soft-serve style ice cream in bowls or an ice cream cone.

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Notes

Nice-cream will keep in freezer for up to one week, but best when fresh.
Nutrition information is a rough estimate. 

Approvals

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg
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