Quick & Easy Matcha (Green Tea) Milkshake

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Want to know how to make a milkshake? Even better, want to know how to make a matcha green tea milkshake? This quick and easy milkshake recipe can be made in just FIVE minutes.

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Milkshake Formula

The best milkshakes have the perfect ratio of ice cream to milk. It shouldn’t be too thick that you’ll have a headache from trying to drink through a straw and it shouldn’t be too liquid that it feel like you’re drinking milk. 

The milkshake formula is 3 scoops of ice cream for every 1/4 cup of milk.

Took me many, many trials but this is the ratio that I found to be the best. 

Matcha Green Tea Milkshake

If you love matcha green tea like I do, this milkshake is for you!

I took my milkshake formula and added matcha. 

Is making this matcha milkshake as easy as combining all ingredients and blending it? YUP!

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Matcha in Recipes

Matcha (green tea powder) may be labeled as ceremonial grade and cooking or culinary grade but really, that’s all marketing lingo.

It really doesn’t mean too much since there’s no standard that matcha companies goes by. A matcha brand may say it’s ceremonial grade but it may be labeled as cooking grade by another company.

For recipes, don’t use the highest quality but instead find matcha that’s the brightest green in the $15 – $30 price range.

Ones that are too cheap tend to be a dull green color and most likely is not real Japanese matcha, but instead a poor quality Chinese version. 

RELATED: What is Matcha? (All Your Matcha Questions, Answered)

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What I Used to Make This Matcha Milkshake

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How to Make a Matcha Milkshake

The 2-cup container that the Immersion blender came with was the perfect size to make one milkshake.

Combine ice cream, milk, salt, and matcha. To make things easier, layer in the matcha between the scoops of ice cream so you don’t have any green tea powder flying around everywhere. 

Why the salt? I like to add a little bit in sweet recipes to enhance the flavor.

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Don’t use rock hard ice cream since it’ll be too much work for the blender. Wait a few minutes after taking it out of the freezer and let the ice cream soften a bit before blending.

The ice cream is just the right consistency when it’s somewhat soft and easy to scoop but not runny.

I pulsed the entire thing on low for a few seconds until everything was blended together.

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See how easy it was to make a milkshake?

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Pour milkshake into a cup and top with a little matcha to give it a nice burst of color. Insert straw and drink away!

Matcha Milkshake Tips

  • The quality of matcha is in how bright green it is. Use a good quality matcha in the $20-$30 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 works just as well.
  • Get the ice cream to the right consistency by leaving it out on the counter for a few minutes so it’s not rock hard.

Matcha Milkshake

Author: Jee Choe
Thick, rich, and easy-to-make matcha milkshake.
4.9 from 19 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Drinks
Yield1 serving


  • 3 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspooons matcha + more for garnish
  • Pinch salt


  • Blend all ingredients in a tall container using an immersion blender until smooth.
  • Pour into a cup and top with a pinch of matcha.


Calories: 453 | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 1032IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 322mg | Iron: 1mg
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9 thoughts on “Quick & Easy Matcha (Green Tea) Milkshake”

  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!


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