Guess who just bought a new ice cream machine? It’s me! A healthy alternative to regular ice cream, this paleo green tea ice cream recipe calls for coconut and almond milk, and is sweetened with honey. I stopped eating dairy and refined sugar back in March when I did the Whole 30, and it made me feel so much better so I just kept going with it. Now I basically have a paleo diet. It’s great, but when things start heating up in Texas summer, you have to find ways to keep cool. And who doesn’t like ice cream? So, I bought this ice cream machine in order to enjoy the chill treats that usually make my summer.
Green Tea Ice Cream Ingredients
1 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk
1 Cup Almond Milk
1/4 Cup Local Honey
2-3 Tablespoons Green Tea Matcha
Green Tea Ice Cream Instructions
It turns out that green tea ice cream is very easy to make. Chill the ice cream maker bowl in the freezer ahead of time. Mix together all of the ingredients, put them in the ice cream maker bowl, and turn the machine on for 30-40 minutes. Then, either eat all of the ice cream right there, or transfer it into another container to store in the freezer and enjoy later.
Make sure to use full fat coconut milk. The first few ice cream batches that I made used reduced fat coconut milk, and the ice cream fell apart like a slushy. Slushies are great, but that’s a different recipe. If you want to make this recipe creamier, add an avocado or 1/4 cup dates. The dates will also make the ice cream sweeter. This ice cream is really sweet enough for me as it is, so I actually use less honey.
As an added bonus, the matcha will help wake you up a bit. It can pull you out of a food coma at the end of a meal, or relieve that three o’clock siesta feeling. Matcha powder is notorious for having as much or more caffeine as coffee, and avoiding that jittery feeling. If you like caffeinated ice cream, add more matcha!
This recipe is adapted from this Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream from the Minimalist Baker. I chose it because that’s me to a tee: Keep it Simple. Minimal. Life is already complicated and busy enough – I don’t need a busy recipe too.
My search for paleo green tea ice cream recipes turned up quite a few other gems, so if you’re looking for more adventure check out one of these:
Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream from the Roasted Root
This easy green tea ice cream recipe is fairly similar, only coconut oil is included for added texture.
Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Matcha Green Tea Powder, Agave, Coconut Oil
Green Tea Ice Cream with Pistachio Praline from PaleOMG
Prepare to be delighted with this fancy green tea ice cream! It even has paleo pistachio praline!?!
Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Maple Syrup, Matcha Powder, Xantham Gum, Liquid Chlorophyll, Honey, Coconut Oil, Coconut Butter, Cinnamon, Vanilla Extract, Pistachios, Sea Salt
Matcha Avocado Ice Cream from A Calculated Whisk
Surprising savory ingredients make this recipe a little different and still a total treat.
Ingredients: Avocado, Lime Juice, Sea Salt, Matcha Powder, Ginger, Coconut Milk, Honey, Coconut Sugar, Vanilla Extract
Matcha Coconut Ice Cream from Love & Lemons
This recipe isn’t quite paleo, but it will be if you substitute regular sugar with coconut sugar.
Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Maple Syrup, Matcha Powder, Coconut Sugar, Vanilla, Lemon, Sea Salt
Banana Matcha Tea Ice Cream from Tasty Yummies
This is my kind of a recipe! It only calls for 3 essential ingredients, and they are all healthy. Flavorings like nuts, fruit, cacao nibs, and maple syrup are optional.
Ingredients: Bananas, Coconut Milk, Matcha Powder
Avocado Pistachio Matcha Ice Cream from the Healthy Foodie
These pistachios look so delicious! I’m not going to lie – I tried to make pistachio ice cream and it came out awful. But this recipe looks pretty good. Make sure to chop the pistachios ahead of time.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Egg Yolks, Coconut Milk, Gelatin, Matcha Powder, Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon, Himalayan Salt, Avocado, Pistachios