This Matcha Banana “Ice Cream” looks deceivingly like the real thing. Frozen bananas, matcha green tea, and a little something sweet are all you need for this “nice cream” recipe.
If you’ve been on a food blog or Pinterest in the last year, you’ve probably seen the very popular one-ingredient ice cream made from frozen bananas.
Also known as “nice cream,” I gave it a green twist by adding matcha green tea and a little sweetened condensed milk.
If you’re looking for a healthy dessert, this is it!
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What I Used to Make This Recipe
Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder that comes in a wide range of prices. As a rule of thumb, the brighter the green, the more expensive. For this recipe, get matcha in the $15 – $25 range.
- Ripe Bananas, condensed milk
I used condensed milk to sweeten but you can always just replace that with honey or sugar.
TOOLS & EQUIPMENT
- Food processor
A powerful food processor makes it super easy.
- Chef’s Knife
- Cutting board
- Measuring spoons
- Freezer zip bag
- Ice cream scoop
- Container with a lid (For storing the “ice cream,”)
First, let me say that it tastes NOTHING like ice cream. So get rid of that pipe dream of thinking frozen bananas are magically going to taste like Haagen-Dazs.
What does it taste like? Sweetened banana with matcha that has the consistency of ice cream. (Which is a good thing if you like bananas and matcha.) The consistency is the real secret into fooling everyone into thinking it’s ice cream. Even better, SOFT SERVE ice cream.
Fool me once with that mashed cauliflower that they swear tastes like mashed potatoes but tastes exactly like mashed cauliflower.
It was a lot of fun watching the frozen bananas turn into what looks like soft serve ice cream. It’s really does look exactly like soft serve.
The frozen bananas are pretty hard so I may have seen a little smoke come out of the mini food processor as I was trying to soften the bananas initially. I would go with a regular food processor instead of the mini if you don’t want to start a small kitchen fire.
You can eat it as soon as everything is well blended, but I refroze for an hour and a half to harden it up a bit.
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Matcha Banana “Ice Cream” Tips
- With a mini food processor, let the frozen bananas thaw for a few minutes so they’re not rock hard.
- You’ll need to stop the food processor a couple of times to scrape down the sides.
- If you want to be even healthier, skip the sweetener. Or use it as a topping so you can adjust the amount of honey or condensed milk.
- If you want to get fancy, top it with diced strawberries, blueberries or toasted almonds.
MATCHA (GREEN TEA) BANANA “ICE CREAM”
Makes 2 servings
3 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons matcha
Cut bananas into little small pieces and freeze for at least 3 hours or overnight.
Using a food processor, blend until it looks like mashed potatoes. Add matcha and sweetened condensed milk and blend until it looks like soft serve ice cream.
Can be eaten as is, or can be transferred to a container and frozen again for at least an hour and a half for a harder consistency.