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Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

This delicious, sweet, and creamy Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream is secretly low calorie, low carb, sugar free and packed with protein!

Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream recipe

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*

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 recipe (refined sugar free, low carb, high protein, gluten free) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

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Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream

Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
This delicious, sweet and creamy Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream is secretly low calorie, low carb, sugar free and packed with protein!


  • 32 oz Plain, Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 16 oz Half and Half
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Liquid Stevia Extract
  • ½ tsp Almond Extract
  • 2 tbs Matcha Powder
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • ¼ tsp Salt


  • In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a whisk attachment, add the yogurt, half and half, vanilla extract, stevia extract and almond extract. Turn the stand mixer on low speed. Mix until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the matcha powder, xanthan gum and salt. With the stand mixer running, sprinkle in the dry ingredients. Increase the mixer speed to medium.
  • Churn the ice cream batter according to your ice cream machine’s instructions. Freeze until it has the texture you prefer (for me, it takes around 3 hours). Serve, or you can scoop the ice cream into a tightly sealed container and store in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

I originally wasn't going to share the recipe here because I worked so incredibly hard on publishing Naughty or Nice.  But I wanted to provide it here because that way, you can determine whether or not the cookbook is for you!
Nutrition Facts
Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 serving = ½ cup)
Calories 100 Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.5g7%
Saturated Fat 2.5g16%
Cholesterol 15mg5%
Sodium 95mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 0.3g1%
Sugar 4.5g5%
Protein 9.5g19%
Vitamin A 150IU3%
Calcium 120mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
Keyword: Eggless, Gluten Free, High Protein, Keto, Low Carb, Matcha, Sugar Free

Recipe republished with permission from the Naughty or Nice Cookbook!


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



With love and good eats,


– Jess


20 comments on “Healthy Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream”

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


  2. 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!

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  4. 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!!!!

  5. Hi! Do you have to use xantham gum? If not, what substitutes can you use?

    • The xanthan gum helps with the texture and also helps prevent ice crystal from forming. I’m not sure of any good subs, but I guess you can try some starch. I’d suggest heating the half and half on the stove over medium-low heat, and whisking in about 1/4 cup of organic corn starch. Whisk constantly until thickened. Then, chill the mixture. To make sure it’s completely incorporated, try adding all the ingredients to a blender and then going directly into the ice cream machine. Hope this works out for you Ryan! 🙂

  6. I would love to translate your book to Spanish. I lecture a bit on these topics but there isn’t a lot out there in my native language… Thanks for a great recipe! I will buy your book next!

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  9. Here’s the cool thing… half-and-half isn’t even bad for you! The big myth is that fat is bad, and cholesterol in food leads to cholesterol in your arteries… but this has been recently proven wrong which is awesome!
    When we eat healthy fats like olive oil, avacado oil, or (yes!) all-natural butter, it actually makes our cardiovascular systems healthier because the tissue surrounding our veins and arteries is mostly made of fat. Eating fat is essential to keep our systems healthy and functioning properly (but definitely make sure it’s healthy fat!).
    The cholesterol that clogs our arteries is not actually from the cholesterol in our food. I know, it sounds crazy, but this has been proven. When we eat refined sugars or grains, our liver actually produces a kind of cholesterol while processing it, and that’s the cholesterol that ends up in our heart. This means your cholesterol levels went down because you cut down on refined sugars/grains. Awesome job on that! There are tons of people that could benefit from it if they would commit themselves to eating better.
    But back to the fat… it’s actually dangerous to go low-fat, and has been recently proven to not help people lose weight at all. They did a study with one group eating low-fat, and another group eating a lot of fat, but they actually had to cut the experiment short. This was because too many of the low-fat participants were dying from heart attacks- no joke! They didn’t have any fat to support their cardiovascular systems.
    Not to be offensive at all, but I just wanted to share the good news that we need to be eating more fat, since the vast majority of the world isn’t aware of this yet. Cheers to good health!

  10. I’m sorry to be a negative Nancy here, but only to be shown an ingredients list but not given the instructions does NOT make me want to purchase your book. I would have been more likely to consider buying your product if you had shown me the full recipe.

    • I totally understand that you may be frustrated that this recipe isn’t free, but in no way am I forcing you to do anything. If you don’t want my book, that’s totally up to you! My loyal readers have supported my decision to keep the recipes in the book — writing/photographing/publishing a book that took nearly a year to create, then publishing the recipes online for free, doesn’t make sense. I am a full time blogger (quit my real life job in January to pursue this dream), and my cookbooks are a main source of my income.
      I’m really not letting anyone down. This recipe might not be free but I have posted 550+ recipes on my blog over the course of 6.5 years that are free. You’re welcome to check those out. Hope you understand!

  11. Hi there!

    This recipe calls for liquid stevia. Could I use a different granulated sweetener instead? Stevia doesn’t sit well with me and I much prefer swerve.


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  13. I just bought some matcha and was not sure what to do with it, I am going to give this a try, especially since it is so darn hot down here and ice cream is an easy dessert, Thanks for sharing!

  14. My daughter loves matcha anything. She found this to be not creamy and not sweet. Very disappointed

  15. Just in case someone else finds this now like I did, I agree with Joan Allison’s daughter re:sweetness. I even added more sweetener after tasting before churning. It’s pretty creamy, but doesn’t taste like ice cream. Unsurprisingly, it tastes like frozen yogurt. I think I’ll try it with some sort of syrup, maybe just allulose syrup, on top. As a frozen yogurt, it’s just ok.2 stars

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