Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

Date Sweetened Coconut Green Tea Ice Cream

So I’ve been on this cleanse that doesn’t allow me to have sugar, dairy or gluten (among other things.) You know I have a sweet tooth, hence the name minimalist BAKER? Well, to say the least it’s been a STRUGGLE. A fruitful, eye opening struggle, but a struggle nonetheless. So what’s a cleansing girl to do when she has a mean ice cream craving? Make a super healthy substitute that’s perfectly acceptable in moderation. Still trying to get the whole ‘moderation’ part down, but I’ll give you an update after my next ice cream recipe (next week!).

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

This recipe turned out far better than I expected considering it contains no dairy or refined sugar. Rich, full fat coconut milk and unsweetened almond milk marry together to create a thick, creamy base. Honey and dates add a natural sweetness. And green tea provides both vibrant color and flavor.

Green Tea Ice Cream | minimalist baker

This recipe is customizable if you don’t have dates or prefer not to use honey, if you’re vegan. You can sub raw sugar, and you can omit the dates altogether and replace them with honey. You can also cut the sweeteners back for a less-sweet, more vibrant green tea flavor. The cool thing is the batter contains no eggs so you can dip your finger in and taste it as you go. Also, no heating required – just a blender or food processor. Simple simple simple. But you must – MUST – use high quality coconut milk, not the generic kind that’s $1 cheaper. It won’t be nearly as ice creamy. I went for an organic brand and you can tell it’s high quality when you open the can because a thick almost 3-inch layer of coconut cream has settled over the milk portion. That’s when you know it’s the good stuff.

Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream

I loved how present the green tea flavor was, almost earthy and grassy at moments. It reminded me of a recent trip to a sushi restaurant when they brought out fried green ice cream for dessert, only mine is healthier. Sorry, but it is.

Green Tea Ice Cream | Minimalist Baker Recipes

4.5 from 4 reviews
Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream
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Creamy, green tea ice cream with a coconut-almond milk base and sweetened with honey and dates. Creamy, earthy, so delicious.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy Free
Serves: 8
  • 1 can quality full-fat coconut milk (splurge on the good stuff)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2-3 Tbsp matcha green tea powder
  • 1/4 cup pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup for vegan)
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum
  1. Place coconut milk, almond milk, matcha, dates and honey in a blender and blend until well combined. Add xanthan gum and mix again. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more green tea powder, dates or honey.
  2. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let chill for at least a few hours. Then pour into a pre-chilled ice cream maker and operate according to manufacturer's instructions.
  3. Once finished churning you can either eat it as soft serve or transfer it to a freezer-safe container and let harden for 4-6 hours.
  4. Be sure to set out 20-30 minutes before serving to allow to soften.
  5. If you don't have an ice cream maker, simply pour the "batter" into a freezer-safe container, cover, freeze, and stir/whisk every hour or so to aerate.
  6. Will keep in the freezer for a week or so. Best when consumed fresh. I'm sure it would be lovely with pomegranates, fruit compote or cacao nibs.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 serving Calories: 154 Fat: 8 g Carbohydrates: 14 g Sugar: 12 g Fiber: 4 g Protein: 5 g


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  1. Carly Mailly says

    I’ve been reading your ice cream recipes and would love to try making one, but I don’t own an ice cream maker. Can you recommend one? I’ve read a lot of reviews but it doesn’t seem like there is a “best” one. Thanks and keep cooking!

  2. says

    I made a matcha tea donut for the book and was kind of shocked at how delicious the flavor was and it turned the donut green! :) I have no doubt this is fantastic! Ever had a matcha tea latte?? SO GOOD!

  3. says

    My two loves in one ice cream! *swoon*

    I’m throwing a spring party this weekend and will definitely try this out even though I don’t have an ice cream maker….hopefully they’ll be some left for the guests! :)

  4. Julia says

    In the third paragraph you say that you can replace dates with dates…for those of us who aren’t sugar-free, what’s a good substitute? Thanks! Love coconut ice cream.

    • Tam says

      I make various stevia sweetened coconut milk Ice cream flavors often. 1/2-1 teaspoon of liquid/glycerin NOW Brand Stevia is a good starting point. You want the “batter” to be a bit sweeter than you want the finished Ice cream to taste. I also always add a very small pinch of salt to the batter (any flavor it seems to help blend the flavors together.

  5. says

    “Will keep in the freezer for a week or so” LOL I don’t think there’s much chance of that around here! It looks amazing, and anything with green tea in it has to be healthy, right? ;)

  6. says


    love the falafel, LOVED the grapefruit dranks (need details on how you did that photography) + this ice cream looks delightful. i want to make it with a wee bit of ginger, how’s about that? hope you had a great week. let’s catch up on the phone next week (and yes, i realize i never got to your email…LOVE YOU).

  7. says

    I’m a baker part time so I totally get how hard it is to give up sugar! I’ve been wanting to do a cleanse like the one you are doing but have wondered how I would be able to still do one while having to taste test what I bake. I guess I could just go without baking the items that contain raw cane sugar until the cleanse is over. I’m sure it would be okay as long as I have a batch of this yummy green tea ice cream by my side :)

  8. ray001 says

    ice cream is considered fat building food in general…but having an ice real with coconut and green tea sounds very interesting….yummy!!! can still have ice cream and be able to lose weight !!! great idea!

  9. says

    Oh my, these photos are stunning! I LOVE green tea ice cream; this looks like a fantastically healthy take on it. Kudos to you for your cleanse, and for making stellar desserts regardless!

  10. says

    OH GOSH!!! I used to splurge on the So Delicious brand of green tea coconut ice cream when I lived in an area that carried it. Now that I don’t, this recipe, with its no refined sugars, is a DREAM COME TRUE! THANK YOU!!

  11. says

    I go on cleanses like this every so often, so I’m always looking out for sweets I can enjoy during those days (I, too, have a major sweet tooth!). This looks gorgeous!

  12. says

    Looks awesome! However, I was wondering, are any there alternatives to xanthan gum? Some people seem to use chia seeds, but would these work for ice (s)cream? If so, what quantities would you recommend?

  13. Penny says

    This looks wonderful!
    Being a fellow minimalist, I would rather use something already in my pantry then buy something else (if possible). I have no green tea powder, but I do have green tea bags. Can I sub?
    While I wait for your answer, I’m going to make this with chai spice instead! (and no xanthan gum because I don’t have any.)

    • Dana says

      Penny! Glad you’re a minimalist, too! The simple life is one we can get used to :D on the green tea powder, it’s not easily replaced with bagged green tea. BUT, if you can find a tea or spice shop where you live you can likely guy it smaller more affordable quantities. Hope that helps!

  14. says

    Green tea ice cream is probably my favorite flavor. Being half Japanese, I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to authentic matcha ice cream. I’m so excited to try this recipe at home!!

  15. Zairah says

    I’m having some difficulty finding xanthan gum. I’ve tried researhing alternatives, but I’ve only confused myself more and I want it to turn out perfectly! What can I do?

    • Dana says

      You can apparently substitute corn starch or arrowroot powder. Hope that helps. Most health food stores have xanthan gum, though.

  16. says

    Argh! Your recipe looks fantastic, I just now put my brand new Cuisenart ice cream bowl in the freezer and sitting here looking for sugar free ice cream recipes. I can’t have any sweetness other than stevia (or similar)
    And yours has you know how I can substitute that for stevia? I’m new at this and would appreciate any help!

    • Tam says

      I make various stevia sweetened coconut milk Ice cream flavors often. 1/2-1 teaspoon of liquid/glycerin NOW Brand Stevia is a good starting point. (any brand or form should work, you will have to taste it. You want the “batter” to be a bit sweeter than you want the finished Ice cream to taste. I also always add a very small pinch of salt to the batter (any flavor ice cream) it seems to help blend the flavors together.

  17. Amber says

    I live a sugar-free lifestyle, but this looks like a yummy treat on those days when I feel like something sweet. Dates are such a great sweetener! I’m curious, could you brew up some green tea and add it instead of the powder? Thanks for the great recipes on your site!

  18. Kayla says

    Now this looks amazing, I love green tea and coconut! Do you think this recipe would work with the frozen bananas instead of the almond milk and xanthan gum?

    • Dana Shultz says

      It will be much more icy and taste banana-y. But if you’re OK with that, then yes! Hope that helps, Kayla!

  19. Aryn says

    My husband and I just made this together… We sampled it fresh out of the ice cream maker– love it!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  20. says

    I saw Green Matcha Tea powder at Trader Joe’s but it has milk and sugar in it, so far I have not found green tea powder. Can you suggest where I can get this please? I do have white tea powder but then I sound like a racist because i’d rather have the green tea powder. Thanks

  21. M Harris says

    I can’t wait to make this for my sister for her birthday! Green tea IC is one of her favorites; I’m sure she’s never had it homemade, though! Where does one get- or how does one make- Matcha green tea powder??

    • Dana Shultz says

      Sounds fun! I don’t think it’s worth trying to make your own Matcha powder as it won’t be the right consistency or flavor. I’d recommend snooping around this post from Lunchbox Bunch! It’s extremely extensive and includes links for purchasing! Good luck.

  22. Mirian says

    Can I use chia seeds as a thickener? I’d rather stay away from xantham gum, starches and other gut irritating thickeners.

  23. Nancy Franke Wilson says

    I’m embarrased to ask this but, for this recipe is “coconut milk” the canned stuff or is it the coconut milk in the carton (similar to soy, oat, almond milk)?

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