Two Ingredient Vegan Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
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Last week, I shared my newfound enthusiasm for matcha green tea–and with it, a recipe for matcha green tea chia pudding, which is delicious. I had another idea for matcha brewing, and not surprisingly, a few of my readers suggested it, too: matcha-infused banana soft serve. Yesterday, I tested this simple recipe and ate it with delight. It was my first batch of banana soft serve of the summer, and oh, what a batch it was. With only two ingredients–bananas and matcha powder–you too can enjoy this energizing, sweet, and summery treat.

If you’ve never made banana soft serve before, then you need to read this post, so that you can learn everything you need to know about this most wonderous of dessert creations. If you’re a soft serve pro, then you pretty much know what to do. Behold, the recipe.


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Two Ingredient Vegan Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Author - Gena Hamshaw


  • 2 large or three small bananas, peeled, chopped into chunks, and frozen
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder


  • Place the banana chunks in food processor fitted with the S blade. Turn the motor on and let it run until the bananas have been blended into a creamy mixture with the texture of soft serve ice cream. This may take a couple of minutes, and your food processor might make some loud noises, but trust me, it'll work (note: mini food processors won't work for this recipe). If you want a step-by-step tutorial, check out this post.
  • When the mixture is creamy, add the matcha powder and process till the color is uniform. Serve immediately. Ice cream can be frozen and then re-processed for the same texture. Makes 2-3 servings.

As with the original banana soft serve, this isn’t really a “recipe,” so much as a process. And you can do whatever you want to enhance it. Cacao would probably taste heavenly mixed in, or a topping of fresh berries, or some cacao nibs. Sky’s the limit.


The matcha, of course, gives this soft serve a super energizing kick. So if you’re inclined to enjoy it for breakfast (maybe with some almond butter or hemp protein mixed in), I sure won’t stop you. Excuse me while I add that to the “upcoming breakfasts” list!

And with that, I wish you a lovely Sunday evening.


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Categories: Ice Cream, Snacks
Dietary Preferences: Gluten Free, No Oil, Raw, Soy Free, Vegan

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  1. For the green tea nice cream, could you use cold brewed green tea if you do not have matcha powder?

  2. Hi! We just launched a organic green tea / matcha online store based in japan. Do you mind if we repost this article on our fb page?
    Thank you!

  3. LOVE frozen bananas, eat them as popsicles or spread w/ nut butter. Haven’t tried to food process them. Would a blender work ok?

    Have to ask – is the DoMatcha worth the $ or is there a less pricey matcha I could start with? I’ve only had matcha once, this past week in a smoothie from Protein Bar.

    Also, re carob – people like Chatfield chips/powder? They seem to be the only ones both gluten and dairy free.


  4. This looks delicious Gena! thanks for sharing your such a simple beautiful looking yummy icecream! I’m pinning 🙂

  5. Looks yummy! I wouldn’t have thought to pair the flavors of banana and green tea, but now I can imagine how they would taste great together. Just curious about that one ounce tin of matcha powder you link to in the recipe: can you tell me approx. how many teaspoons that is? Thanks : )

  6. AH! I was looking at the “this post” in the paragraph above the recipe! I see that the link in the actual recipe is working, so i’ll just use that 🙂

  7. Gena, you’ve left off the line to the Banana Soft Serve post. It’s says to read this post, but there is no link, just so you know 🙂

      • Firefox. Checked again this morning and still no link, that’s so weird. Oh well, the post is not hard to find without it 🙂

  8. I make banana soft-serve pretty frequently, always with peanut butter and cocoa powder. So delish. I do make mine in my Vita though. While I usually use a splash of almond milk to get things moving, it will come out thick and awesome like back when I had a food processor.

    • I never quite mastered the art of Vitamix soft serve; mine always ended up more like a thick smoothie than ice cream. I should revisit!

      • I’m pretty sure that after you move it from the vitamix to the container, you freeze it a bit more to make it scoopable.

  9. I used to do this all the time! Carob chips/powder would be an awesome addition to this. Carob and matcha go really well together 🙂 <3

    • Heather, I’ve heard of people using avocado in this same way (freeze, then food process/blend). You could try that, though I’m not sure how well avocado goes with matcha…

  10. Banana soft serve is food of the gods!
    My favourite version is cacao & peanut butter, but now I really want to try it with matcha.

  11. Ah, the comeback of banana soft serve! I haven’t made it in a while, but I’ve been eating frozen bananas daily, in the form of straight up chunks (for lack of a more appetizing word, haha). I’m kind of addicted. I purposely let big batches of bananas get super ripe so I can break them up and keep them in a freezer bag. They make for easy snacks and quick breakfasts! I have a question for you, though. Which Vitamix do you use? I’m thinking about investing in one soon, but there are so many different models. Is there a specific Vitamix series you recommend?