Green Tea Ice Cream: 5-Ingredient Dairy-Free Dreaminess


Every time I go to a Japanese restaurant with a good friend, she raves about green tea ice cream. But it’s the one thing on the menu that is always rich in dairy. So I finally decided to whip up a dairy-free green tea ice cream recipe made with just 5 everyday ingredients. And you know what? It just #TastesLikeBetter.

Dairy-Free Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe (naturally vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and just 5 ingredients!)

Many online recipes for dairy-free green tea ice cream are actually made with matcha, which is a finely ground powder made from a specially grown and processed variety of green tea. Bloggers like to use it because it has a vibrant green hue, but it can also cost well over $100 per pound. I’ve included an option for dairy-free matcha ice cream, but the main recipe is for simple, affordable, deliciously dairy-free green tea ice cream.

Matcha powder does contain higher levels of antioxidants, but good old green tea should not be underestimated. It’s still high inย EGCG, the polyphenol revered in several studies for fighting numerous health issues, fromย high cholesterol to Alzheimer’s Disease.

This very easy recipe pairs green tea (or matcha) with plant-based cashew milk beverage and coconut milk for a wonderfully creamy experience. I love the flavor of cashew and coconut together when making creamy dishes, but you can use my nut-free option below, if preferred.

Dairy-Free Green Tea Ice Cream Recipe (naturally vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and just 5 ingredients!)

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Green Tea Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

For nut-free, dairy-free green tea ice cream, substitute unsweetened coconut milk beverage for the cashewmilk beverage.

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Dairy-Free Green Tea Ice Cream
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This easy ice cream has a rich infusion of green tea flavor. But unlike the matcha option, the brewed version has a very pale yellow-green hue. You can optionally use a natural green food coloring to achieve a more a more vibrant look.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 cup dairy-free unsweetened milk beverage (I use Silk Cashewmilk, but nut-free is okay)
  • 6 green tea bags
  • ½ cup organic sugar
  • 1¼ cups full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Natural green food coloring (optional)
  1. Heat the milk beverage in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot and steaming (just before it begins to boil).
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and steep the tea bags in the hot milk for 5 minutes. Squeeze each tea bag to extract as much of the milky green tea as possible.
  3. Whisk in the sugar until dissolved.
  4. Whisk in the coconut milk until smooth.
  5. The natural color of this ice cream is very pale. For a green hue, you can whisk in your favorite natural green food coloring.
  6. Pour the mixture into a 3-cup or larger glass measuring cup and let cool to room temperature. Then cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.
  7. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. (or see How to Make Vegan Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker)
  8. Enjoy as soft serve or pack into an airtight container and freeze for 3 hours or more for hard-packed, dairy-free, green tea ice cream!
Matcha Ice Cream Option: Substitute 1 tablespoon matcha powder for the green tea bags. Add more matcha, to taste, if desired.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ cup Calories: 194 Fat: 11.6g Saturated fat: 9.6g Carbohydrates: 4.2g Sugar: 20.8g Sodium: 98mg Fiber: 3.2g Protein: 1g

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. This recipe is incomplete. After step #5, how does one turn the hot green tea mixture into the ice cream? should one pour the mix into an ice cream maker? Is this mix suitable to freeze in a pan and afterwards “fluffing” the iced mixture in a blender?

    • I think we crossed paths! I did update it just before you commented, but it may have been pulling a cached page for you. I cleared the cache so you should see the full recipe now. Sorry about that!

  2. This looks so fresh and delicious. I like green tea but don’t have green tea ice cream too often. I think this would even be great with some fresh raspberries. Another simply delicious recipe Alisa!

    • If you like green tea, then you will love it Jenn! Definitely a must to try. The flavor actually goes better with coconut milk and cashew than dairy, I’ve heard!

    • I’m all about rich and creamy Becky. No reason to go without just because it’s dairy-free ๐Ÿ™‚ Since you are into green tea, you will love this, I promise!

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