Matcha Banana “Ice Cream”

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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. 

Matcha frozen banana "nice cream"

mATCHA Nice cream

  • Nice cream is a dessert made from frozen bananas that look just like ice cream.
  • Matcha nice cream is made by adding matcha green tea. A little sweetened condensed milk makes it creamy and sweet.
  • A great healthy dessert since you can control the sweetness.

Questions You May Have

How can I make it dairy-free?
Replace the sweetened condensed milk with honey or sugar.

Does this taste like ice cream?
Nope, it tastes NOTHING like ice cream. It’s frozen bananas sweetened and flavored with matcha so it’s not going to magically 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.

Matcha Banana “Ice Cream” Tips

  • Thaw frozen bananas for a few minutes so it’s easier to blend in the food processor.
  • Stop the food processor a couple of times to scrape down the sides.
  • To make it healthier, skip the sweetener or use it as a topping so you can adjust the amount of honey or condensed milk.
  • Top with diced strawberries, blueberries or toasted almonds if you want to make it fancy.

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What You’ll Need

How to Make it

STEP 1: Slice bananas into small pieces.

STEP 2: Freeze sliced banana pieces for at least 3 hours or overnight.

STEP 3: Using a food processor, blend frozen bananas until it looks like mashed potatoes.

The frozen bananas are pretty hard, so make sure to thaw the frozen bananas a bit before blending.

STEP 4: Add matcha and sweetened condensed milk and blend until it looks like soft serve ice cream.

STEP 5: Serve as is or transfer to a container and freeze for an hour and a half for a harder consistency.

Related

Matcha green tea banana

Matcha (Green Tea) Banana “Ice Cream”

Author: Jee Choe
Super easy, 3 ingredient "nice cream" treat!
4.7 from 33 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Freeze Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins
Course Dessert
Yield2 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

INSTRUCTIONS
 

  • Slice bananas into little small pieces. 
  • Freeze sliced banana pieces for at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • Using a food processor, blend frozen bananas until it looks like mashed potatoes.
  • Add matcha and sweetened condensed milk and blend until it looks like soft serve ice cream.
  • Serve as is or transfer to a container and freeze for an hour and a half for a harder consistency.

NOTES

  • Thaw frozen bananas for a few minutes so it’s easier to blend in the food processor.
  • Stop the food processor a couple of times to scrape down the sides.
  • To make it healthier, skip the sweetener or use it as a topping so you can adjust the amount of honey or condensed milk.
  • Top with diced strawberries, blueberries or toasted almonds if you want to make it fancy.
Keyword frozen banana ice cream, matcha banana ice cream, matcha nice cream, nice cream
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25 thoughts on “Matcha Banana “Ice Cream””

  1. Could this recipe be an simpler? I’ve definitely seen the one ingredient ice cream craze that you mentioned but I’ve never given it a try. This version sounds super easy and I love that you added matcha it. Even better is that it makes only a few servings. I like that since I’m likely to be the only one eating it in my house (the boyfriend hasn’t learned to like matcha…yet!).

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  2. Wow! Genius thinking =) I love how you came up with this mixed up! Matcha is such a healthy one, there are many health benefits that you can get with this. I hope I can find this in some of the hong kong restaurant and bar! Since I don’t have enough time to prepare it own my own.

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    • It litteraly takes just a few minutes, after you take the bananas from the freezer (i freeze bananas that were intended for smoothies but got too ripe on my countertop). This way i don’t need to throw them and i get sth delicious and healthy.

      Didn’t have condensed milk at home (and even if, i wouldn’t open a can, just to use one spoonfull of it). So i used perhpas 3 spoons of milk, and some honey. Yummy.

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  3. I’m a HUGE fan of all things matcha and this just looks simply delicious! I will be trying out this recipe in the near future for sure. So glad that it doesn’t require an ice cream machine or heavy cream. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe!

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    • Hi Krystal, I don’t see why not! The condensed milk was mostly to sweeten so feel free to swap it with another type of sweetener.

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    • Hi Veronica, this recipe is for people that don’t want ice cream in the recipe, but if you would like, sure, go ahead and add any sweetner that you wish including vanilla ice cream.

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  4. LOL! They fooled me as well with the cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’ happy I’m not the only one.. can’t wait to try this recipe!

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    • Hi Lorraine, you can definitely try it with an immersion blender but it may be a bit harder to blend everything evenly before it gets too soupy.

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  5. I just made this– wow. I am amazed by how easy and delicious this is. I too ended up adding sweetened condensed milk, though if I’d had it on hand I would have added sweetened condensed coconut milk or just coconut cream. The texture is exactly as advertised– very soft-servey. Even without the matcha, the bananas and sweetened condensed milk combo would make a great base for other flavours, like vanilla, chocolate, almond, etc. Thanks for the great recipe!

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