no churn matcha ice cream

Today is St. Patrick’s day, and you KNOW I have to pay homage to one of my favorite ingredients of all time on this day – matcha! I discovered matcha a few years ago, and I think it was love at first sight. I love how you can have it straight up as a cup of a tea and how you can add it to desserts. It has been a bit of an obsession of mine to turn every dessert into a matcha dessert. I’ve made matcha tiramisu, matcha brownies (a fan favorite!), and matcha cookies. A few years ago I made a matcha ice cream as one of the very first matcha recipes on this blog, so I thought I would come back today to offer an easier way to make that same ice cream. This no churn matcha ice cream is so easy to make with only 5 ingredients!

matcha and condensed milk

Ingredients, Substitutions & Adjustments

  • Heavy cream – Adds richness and a bit of airiness to the ice cream. Whipping this heavy cream adds air to the ice cream.
  • Condensed milk – Adds sweetness and richness to the ice cream. Sweetened condensed milk is milk with no water mixed with some sugar.
  • Vanilla extract – Adds flavor to the ice cream. Substitute with a vanilla bean or an equal amount of vanilla paste. I personally use vanilla paste because it has more flavor than vanilla extract.
  • Salt – Brings out the flavor of the other ingredients.
  • Matcha powder – Matcha powder provides the green color and matcha flavor to the ice cream. I use Aiya culinary grade matcha powder for all my matcha desserts.
whipped cream

Making my no churn matcha ice cream

First combine milk, vanilla extract, salt, and matcha powder in a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside. Next whip heavy cream until stiff peaks (~5 minutes). Add about half the whipped cream to the bowl with the matcha condensed milk mixture. Mix together until a uniform green color. Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold it into the mixture. Be careful not to deflate the whipped cream too much. Pour cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

ice cream before freezing

Tips on how to make the best no churn matcha ice cream

Whip heavy cream to STIFF peaks

This gives the ice cream structure, so it isn’t a water-y consistency. It also provides the ice cream with a bit of airiness.

Sift matcha powder to prevent clumping

Matcha powder tends to clump, so sifting it first prevents that from happening. If you still have some clumping, that’s totally okay!

How much matcha powder should I use?

Use more matcha powder if you want your ice cream to be greener and if you want a better matcha flavor. Higher quality matcha will provide you with a greener and more pronounced flavor, so if you think your matcha is lower quality, I would highly recommend using more than 2 tablespoons of matcha powder.

no churn matcha ice cream

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no churn matcha ice cream

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No Churn Matcha Ice Cream

A super, easy 5 ingredient no churn matcha ice cream. You don't need an ice cream machine to make this ice cream recipe!
5 from 6 ratings

Ingredients
 
 

Equipment

Instructions
 

  • Add condensed milk, vanilla extract, salt, and matcha powder to a large bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.
  • Whip heavy cream until stiff peaks (~5 minutes).
  • Add about half the whipped cream to the bowl with the matcha condensed milk mixture. Mix together until a uniform green color.
  • Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold it into the mixture. Be careful not to deflate the whipped cream too much.
  • Pour cream into a freezer safe container and freeze for 6 hours or overnight.

Notes

  • If you want your ice cream to be greener and have more matcha flavor, add more matcha powder. I would highly recommend you add more than 2 tablespoons of matcha powder if you have lower quality matcha. I personally use Aiya culinary grade matcha powder.
  • Whip heavy cream to STIFF peaks – This gives the ice cream structure, so it isn’t a water-y consistency. It also provides the ice cream with a bit of airiness.
  • Sift matcha powder to prevent clumping – Matcha powder tends to clump, so sifting it first prevents that from happening. If you still have some clumping, that’s totally okay!
Serving: 3tablespoons, Calories: 302kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 127mg, Potassium: 184mg, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 956IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 1mg
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