Two Ingredient Vegan Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

by Gena on June 23, 2013

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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

Ingredients

  • 2 large (or 3 small) bananas, peeled, cut into chunks, and then frozen in a freezer bag
  • 1 tsp matcha green tea powder

Instructions

  1. Place banana chunks into a food processor fitted with the S blade and turn machine on. Let the motor run until the bananas have a super creamy texture, just like soft serve ice cream. It may take a while and the processor may make some scary noises, but it'll work, I promise. For a step-by-step tutorial, check out this post.
  2. When bananas are creamy, add matcha powder and blend. Serve immediately. Makes 2-3 servings. Leftover can be refrozen and then re-blended for a perfect texture.
http://www.choosingraw.com/two-ingredient-vegan-matcha-green-tea-ice-cream/

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.

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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.

xo

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Jenni June 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

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?

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Jenni June 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Oh, and thank you for your comment on my last post! You’re so sweet. :)

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Gena June 27, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Please! Thank YOU for being ridiculously and insanely generous with your words about me. I’m not worthy.

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Martha July 2, 2013 at 6:55 am

Mine comes out better in a food processor.

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Danielle P. June 23, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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.

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Heather June 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm

What does one do if they absolutely abhor bananas!

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Gena June 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I think you just gave me an idea…stay tuned, Heather :)

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Breta July 21, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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…

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Ali June 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm

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

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Gena June 24, 2013 at 7:10 am

Ooh! Great tip :)

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Gena June 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Oh yum. Good tip, Ali :)

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Shady June 23, 2013 at 10:40 pm

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.

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Gena June 24, 2013 at 7:10 am

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!

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TS June 24, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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.

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FoodFeud June 24, 2013 at 9:37 am

How can I resist green ice cream? This sounds incredible.

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Bianca- Vegan Crunk June 24, 2013 at 2:21 pm

You are a genius, Gena! I love banana soft serve (and I’m pretty sure I learned about it from YOU way back when). But I’d never think to add matcha powder!!

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Skye June 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm

It looks heavenly!!!

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Christine (The Raw Project) June 24, 2013 at 6:12 pm

This looks wonderful, Gena, so simple and creative. Thanks!

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brittany June 25, 2013 at 2:55 pm

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 :)

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Gena June 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm

That’s so odd! The link shows up perfectly in my web browser. Which are you using?

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brittany June 26, 2013 at 6:43 am

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

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brittany June 26, 2013 at 6:44 am

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 :)

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Gena June 26, 2013 at 7:26 am

Ohhh, you were right! I fixed it. Thanks Brittany :)

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Josh Brancek July 3, 2013 at 7:01 am

Now that ice cream looks so GREEN??? :)))

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Teria July 4, 2013 at 12:35 pm

If you can’t eat bananas what can you use to substitute ?

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Gena July 21, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Teria, I’m working on it! A bunch of folks have asked for a substitute. Stay tuned :)

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Michelle July 21, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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 : )

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Jenni July 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm

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

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Melissa July 27, 2013 at 1:39 pm

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.

thanks!

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Kay July 31, 2013 at 10:13 pm

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!

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Gena August 2, 2013 at 9:53 am

No problem — thanks for asking me.

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