Quick & Easy Matcha Milkshake

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Rich, delicious matcha milkshake that takes just 4 minutes from start to finish! With the perfect balance of ingredients, this milkshake recipe is incredibly easy to make at home.

Matcha green tea milkshake in a glass cup.

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Recipe Highlights

  • The perfect milkshake ratio of ice cream to milk has been created for this recipe that’s made with matcha green tea.
  • It’s so quick and easy to make! Just combine all four ingredients (ice cream, milk, matcha, salt) and blend. That’s it.
  • Matcha tastes the best when something sweet is added, so ice cream perfectly balances out any bitterness from the matcha. It makes for a decadent and tasty dessert.

Want more quick & easy matcha recipes? Make my Matcha Frappuccino, Iced Matcha Latte, and Matcha Lemonade drinks!

Ingredient Notes

Matcha milkshake ingredients.
  • Matcha: When using matcha in recipes like milkshakes and lattes, you don’t need the highest quality so look to spend $20-$50 per tin.
  • Vanilla ice cream: Vanilla ice cream allows the flavor of the matcha to come through.
  • Milk: Any kind of milk can be used but whole milk will give you a creamier milkshake.
  • Sea salt: To make sure a recipe isn’t cloyingly sweet, I add a little sea salt.

For full ingredients and detailed instructions, please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Blending matcha milkshake ingredients with an immersion blender.

Step 1: Blend all ingredients using an immersion blender until smooth.

Use a tall container so there isn’t a mess. Pulsed on low for a few seconds until everything was blended together. The ice cream is just the right consistency when it’s somewhat soft and easy to scoop but not runny.

Pouring matcha smoothie into a cup.

Step 2: Pour into a cup and top with a pinch of matcha.

Expert Tips

  • The color of the matcha tells you the quality of matcha. The brighter the green it is, the more expensive. Use matcha in the $20-$50 range to get a nice green color. The cheaper matcha will be brownish in color and make your milkshake look muddy.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, a regular blender will work too.
  • Don’t use rock hard ice cream since it’ll be too much work for the blender. Wait a few minutes after taking the ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften a bit before blending.

Questions You May Have

What’s the perfect milkshake formula?

After testing, I’ve found the perfect milkshake formula to be 3 scoops of ice cream for every 1/4 cup of milk.

Is there caffeine in a matcha milkshake?

Yes, there’s caffeine in matcha so there’s caffeine in the milkshake.

Do I need to whisk or sift the matcha?

Nope. The immersion blender and the ice cream create enough friction for the matcha to mix easily into the drink.

I like my milkshake thicker. Can I add ice?

To make your milkshake thicker, add more ice cream. Don’t add ice since it’ll just water it down and thin the drink.

Can I use gelato instead of ice cream?

Yes! You can easily swap out the ice cream and use gelato.

Matcha milkshake in glass cups.

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4.79 from 32 votes

Matcha Milkshake

By: Jee Choe
Thick, rich, and easy-to-make green tea milkshake.
Prep Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 teaspooons matcha, + more for garnish
  • Pinch sea salt

Instructions 

  • Blend all ingredients using an immersion blender until smooth.
    Use a tall container so there isn't a mess. Pulsed on low for a few seconds until everything was blended together. The ice cream is just the right consistency when it's somewhat soft and easy to scoop but not runny.
  • Pour into a cup and top with a pinch of matcha.

Notes

  • The color of the matcha tells you the quality of matcha. The brighter the green it is, the more expensive. Use matcha in the $20-$50 range to get a nice green color. The cheaper matcha will be brownish in color and make your milkshake look muddy.
  • If you don’t have an immersion blender, a regular blender will work too.
  • Don’t use rock hard ice cream since it’ll be too much work for the blender. Wait a few minutes after taking the ice cream out of the freezer and let it soften a bit before blending.
  • The perfect milkshake formula is 3 scoops of ice cream for every 1/4 cup of milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 453Carbohydrates: 50gProtein: 10gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 185mgPotassium: 475mgFiber: 1gSugar: 45gVitamin A: 1032IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 322mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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10 Comments

  1. I expected that instead of ice cream you would use frozen bananas, just to make it healthier. Maybe you should try that out. I tried it and it’s great.

  2. I cannot WAIT to try this. It looks delicious. Perfect Summer refresher. I drink Matcha every day already. This would be an awesome treat to make every once in a while. Thank you!

  3. sorry but with this ingredient i can’t fill a glass 🙁 I added more milk and ice cream!