This delicious coconut milk matcha green tea ice cream is kicked up a few notches with the addition of honey and lavender. Creamy and delicious dairy free and refined sugar free ice cream is the perfect refreshing treat!
Matcha green tea ice cream is a popular favorite, but the addition of honey and lavender in this recipe really kick up the delicious factor ten notches and balance out the earthiness of the matcha flavor.
This is one dairy free ice cream recipe you should 100% have for breakfast!
Equipment, Ingredients + Tested Substitutions
What Equipment do I need to make homemade matcha green tea ice cream?
You will need:
What Ingredients do I need for this ice cream recipe?
- Matcha: Ceremonial grade matcha powder works best for this matcha green tea ice cream recipe.
- Honey: This can be omitted if you are following a vegan diet and replaced with agave nectar if tolerated. If using honey, opt for locally sourced if possible.
- Coconut Milk: You must choose full fat coconut milk for this homemade dairy free ice cream recipe in order to ensure the ice cream stays thick and creamy due to the fat content of the coconut milk. Do NOT use coconut milk from a carton. You must use full fat canned coconut milk in order for this recipe to work.
- Coconut Cream: Coconut cream adds additional fat content to the dairy free ice cream and should not be omitted or substituted.
- Monk Fruit: Monk Fruit can be substituted for cane sugar if tolerated.
- Gelatin: Gelatin can be substituted for agar agar if following a vegan or vegetarian diet.
- Vanilla: Vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste will both work in this matcha green tea recipe.
- Lavender Extract: Be sure to use culinary grade lavender extract.
Low FODMAP Tip: Matcha has not yet been tested for FODMAPs. Green Tea is low FODMAP in 8oz servings according to Monash University. Download the Monash FODMAP app to always stay in the know!
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Tips, Tricks + Frequently asked questions
Do I need an ice cream maker?
This matcha green tea ice cream recipe does require the use of an ice cream maker. If you do not have an ice cream maker, I am sharing my favorite budget friendly brand below! Alternatively, you may use an electric mixer to “churn” the ice cream base after chilling, prior to freezing, but note that your ice cream may not turn out as creamy as if you’d used an ice cream maker and may require slightly more thawing time prior to enjoying.
What is the best ice cream maker to use?
I have tried a few different brands of ice cream makers, and nothing quite stands up to this one from Cuisinart. The price point is affordable, the machine itself is not very large and is very easy to use. All of my ice cream recipes are Cuisinart ice cream maker recipes, so if you are a fan and want the best possible results then this is the ice cream maker for you!
Is Matcha low FODMAP?
While matcha powder itself has not been tested for FODMAPs by Monash University, they have found green tea to be low FODMAP in 8oz servings. Matcha is ground up green tea leaves, whereas green tea is an infusion of green tea leaves, so it is always important to monitor your own personal tolerances when introducing new foods. Matcha does have wonderful health benefits and is full of antioxidants and can even be helpful for digestion, so if it is something you do tolerate, it is a wonderful addition to your lifestyle.
Can I make this matcha green tea ice cream vegan?
Yes, it can! Simply swap honey for agave (or omit altogether and allow the sweetness to come from the monk fruit) and swap gelatin for agar agar to make this ice cream vegan and vegetarian friendly.
Do I need to thaw dairy free ice cream?
You should leave your ice cream out at room temp for about 10-15 minutes prior to enjoy for maximum scoop-ability. Since dairy free ice cream does not have as high of a fat content as traditional ice cream, it does become harder when frozen and needs just a little extra time before it is perfectly smooth and creamy. Another great tip is to run your spoon or ice cream scoop under hot water to make it easier to scoop out.
How to store dairy free matcha green tea ice cream
Store your ice cream in pint containers for best results in the freezer for up to one week for freshest results.
Looking for additional Cuisinart Ice Cream Recipes to make in your new ice cream maker at home? Try this Dairy Free Gluten Free Oreo Cookies + Cream Recipe or this Dairy Free Blueberry Pie Ice Cream! If you don’t have an ice cream maker, try this no churn Pineapple Coconut Vegan Ice Cream!
Did you have a chance to make this recipe? If so, please leave me a rating and review below. I always love and appreciate hearing from you!
Dairy Free Matcha Honey Lavender Ice Cream
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 1 can coconut cream
- 1 tbsp gelatin
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- 1-2 tbsp matcha
- 3 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp monk fruit
- 2 drops culinary lavender extract
- Over low heat, pour canned coconut milk + cream into a small pot, whisking until smooth. Allow to heat but not fully boil.
- While still heating, stir in vanilla extract, pinch of salt, monk fruit, honey and matcha whisking again to combine.
- Next, mix in gelatin and whisk vigorously to avoid clumping.
- Pour ice cream base into heat proof container, cover and allow to set in the fridge about 45 mins.
- Once the coconut mixture is cool, add to frozen bowl of ice cream maker , add in lavender extract + churn according to machine instructions.
- Pour into pint containers and store in the freezer.