Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This delicious, sweet and creamy Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream is all natural, secretly healthy and totally good for you.  You’d never know this sweet dessert is low calorie, low fat, low carb, sugar free and packed with protein!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Soooo this is the first time I have ever used half-and-half as an ingredient on this blog…

*makes shocked face*

Seems kinda strange, right?  Especially since I’m not a huge fan of butter or heavy cream.  Now, I’m sure some of you are asking, “Why the heck is Jessica using half-and-half??”  Well, the only reason I have avoided butter (and the like) for the past few years is because my family struggles to keep their cholesterol levels in check…  and also because I had the same problem when I was back in high school.  Today, though, my cholesterol levels are pretty darn good (low LDL, high HDL, etc) and they have been since I started eating healthy.  My LDL (“bad cholesterol”) number in high school was higher than my total cholesterol number now!  So, I’m starting to use exclusively organic, non-GMO and grass-fed half-and-half, cream and butter.  I’m a bit anal on the whole “grass-fed” part because the cows aren’t fed GMO-corn that they can’t digest, their milk contains a higher omega-3 content over omega-6 (an unbalanced ratio of too much omega-6 to omega-3 causes inflammation), the cows are treated well, etc etc etc.  I totally understand that this is difficult to find sometimes, even at Whole Foods, so regular organic half-and-half should do it  :)  Please please please buy organic, unless you like the flavor of growth hormones, estrogen and pesticides on your tongue…

*gags*

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

But really now, who cares about my blood test numbers?  I snagged a carton of half-and-half at Whole Foods for a really good deal (and seriously, when does that ever happen?).  I was also buying a small tin of matcha and BOOM!

Ice cream popped into my head.

And then this (green) magic happened…

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (low calorie, low fat and low carb!)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1.5 quarts (6 cups)

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 93

Fat per serving: 4.3g

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream (low calorie, low fat and low carb!)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Freeze your ice cream maker bowl for 24+ hours (I used my Cuisinart)
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with whisk attachment, add the yogurt, half and half, vanilla extract and lemon flavor. Whisk on medium speed.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the stevia in the raw, matcha powder, xanthan gum and salt.
  4. Slowly dash the dry ingredients into the whisking stand mixer. When all is incorporated, increase the speed to medium-high.
  5. Take the bowl off the mixer, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  6. The next day, place the frozen ice cream bowl onto the ice cream machine and turn the machine on.
  7. Pour the refrigerated mixture into the spinning ice cream bowl and churn for until soft-serve consistency.
  8. Scoop the ice cream into a freezer-proof container and freeze for ~2 hours, or until the texture is as firm as you like it.
  9. Scoop into bowls and serve!

Notes

*I used a 1 pint carton of organic/grass-fed half-and-half.

**The lemon flavor is optional, it just brightens up the matcha flavor. Feel free to omit it if you like.

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Nutrition Label Showdown Time!!

Here I compare my Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream recipe with the Häagen-Dazs Green Tea Ice Cream.  The Häagen-Dazs nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits  Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Wow, what a difference.  That’s kind of insane, yes?  Not only is my ice cream lower calorie, lower fat, lower carb, sugar free and high protein, but it’s all natural and uses organic ingredients too.  Now I’m wondering where Häagen-Dazs gets their cream from…  definitely not a happy healthy cows, that’s for sure!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

This ice cream is delicious served with all natural white chocolate chips (be careful, some brands contain hydrogenated oils), fresh raspberries or spoons alone  :)

Labels: Eggless, Gluten-Free, Half-and-Half, High-Protein, Ice-Cream-and-Fro-Yo, Low-Carb, Low-Fat, Matcha, Nutrition-Label, Sugar-Free, Yogurt

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Comments (4)

  1. Sophie: April 4, 2014

    What a lovely deliciously looking matcha ice-cream! I love it too! I am so going to make it tomorrow,…ooh yes!

    MMMMMMMMMMM!

  2. Tea Coco: April 4, 2014

    Wow! I love green tea anything, and this looks wonderful! Your blog and recipes are very impressive, and I love reading what you have to say! Good for you for changing you life<3
    Lots of love!
    Tea

  3. Gina: July 2, 2014

    I just discovered your website and love your recipes. I can’t wait to try a couple of them ( or maybe all of them), however, I would like to know why you don’t use peanut butter and opt for most other nut butters. I just wanted to say that your added comments to your recipes show your passion. I am truly enjoying reading your recipes. They all sound amazing. My first recipe will be your chubby hubby protein bars!!!!

  4. dessertswithbenefits: July 3, 2014

    Gina-
    I’m so glad you found my site! I sure hope you like all the recipes… yes, ALLLLL of them! ;)
    I actually use peanut butter a lot in my recipes, more than almond butter and other nut butters.
    Here are all my recipes with peanut butter (58 so far): http://dessertswithbenefits.com/category/peanut-butter/
    Here are all my recipes with almond butter (32 so far): http://dessertswithbenefits.com/category/almond-butter/
    I also like the flavor of PB the best :)
    I sure hope you get to try one of my recipes sometime soon. Veeeery soon :D
    Thanks so much for commenting!!
    -Jess

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