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Light, refreshing and packed with antioxidants, this Matcha Coconut Ice Cream will be your new favorite (and nutritious) ice cream this summer!
One night while out on vacation, my husband and I went out to dinner. There were tons of healthy options and although I was super full from dinner, they had a Vegan Matcha Ice Cream on the menu so I knew I had to try it!
I was intrigued. To be completely honest, I don’t love the taste of coconut. So I was hesitant at first to try it, but I am so glad I did.
The coconut taste wasn’t overwhelming at all, as a matter of fact it was barely noticeable. So as much as I wanted to try to make it myself, I realize most people love the taste of coconut. I think this is the best of both worlds.
I was hooked. Allow me to introduce you to my re-creation…
Isn’t that color gorgeous? It makes me feel warm, sunny and happy. And sometimes we just need a little sunshine.
Even though it’s been really cold and rainy here in New Jersey, I’ve got my favorite summer dessert covered. I can eat this delicious treat and dream about warm weather and sunshine, right? And let’s be honest I can eat ice cream any time of the year and no matter what the weather is outside.
The weather has been so awful that I forgot what the sun looks like! And is Memorial Day weekend really next week? It’s been so dreary here it hardly seems possible.
I don’t know about you but I am very affected by the weather. I’ve been feeling tired and grumpy (not to mention COLD). And I am sick of it.
My kids are dying to get outside and play and I am dying to have them be outside and play. It definitely doesn’t feel like spring these days. Their games are getting cancelled and we are all getting punchy.
You know what that means when you have three boys? More video games. I only let them play them on the weekends and when it rains all weekend… it’s a constant battle.
But now onto daydreams about sunshine…
I think most of you know that I do not drink coffee and frankly, I never will. It has nothing to do with whether or not coffee is healthy, I just despise it. When people hear that I don’t drink it they immediately assume it’s because it’s unhealthy. That’s not true, I hate the taste and the smell.
I am a HUGE tea drinker. I drink several cups of tea throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning. You know how many of you enjoy drinking that first cup of coffee in peace in the mornings? That’s how I feel about tea.
It is my sense of comfort and I really enjoy drinking it. My favorite types of tea are Oolong tea, which is a traditional Chinese tea that contains vitamins, minerals and some antioxidants. My other favorite tea is good old green tea, and matcha is simply finely ground powder of green tea leaves.
Besides being pretty and delicious, let’s talk about all of the incredible health benefits of matcha. There are a lot of them. We might be here for a while…
Matcha is powdered green tea. It has 10 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea.
What’s so great about these antioxidants? They help prevent aging, diseases and a whole bunch of chronic diseases.
I am always talking about how my beloved blueberries are a powerhouse of antioxidants, and that’s true, but check this out (from Matcha Source)…
I told you there were a ton of antioxidants! This is no joke, green tea contains powerful antioxidants. And we can all use as many as we can get these days.
Besides that, matcha powder contains powerful vitamins and minerals, can lower cholesterol and even maintain blood sugar levels. This is the real deal. All of the benefits of matcha green tea are backed by science too.
Matcha Coconut Ice Cream
- 2 15 ounce cans full fat unsweetened coconut milk, refrigerated overnight, using only the cream, not the liquid
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- chocolate chips coconut chips, dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs
Mix ingredients together in a mediumbowl.
Mix together with an electric mixer or food processor until thoroughly combined.
Line a freezer safe pan with parchment paper (I used a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan).
Pour ice cream mixture into pan and cover with aluminum foil.
Place in the freezer overnight to allow to fully freeze.
Allow to sit on the counter for 10 minutes to soften before serving.
Besides being unbelievably healthy, this ice cream is simple to make and crazy delicious. No churning, no ice cream machine necessary! I made this with two of my kids, it was that easy!
I’d love to say that I spend a lot of time making homemade ice creams for my family, churning etc. but that would not be true at all. I am keeping it real here, I have no time for that. But I definitely have time for this beauty!
I thought I’d share some more healthy ice cream recipes that you might like:
Healthy Chocolate Ice Cream from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream from Nosh and Nourish
Protein Strawberry Banana Nice Cream from Fit Foodie Finds
Homemade Cashew Coconut Milk Vegan Ice Cream from Beaming Baker
Four Ingredient Keto Cookie Dough Ice Cream from The Big Man’s World
Please let me know if you love matcha green tea as much as I do and if you make this ice cream. Also, come back and tell me if you made any of these other recipes I shared above. I’d love to know what you think. Thanks for stopping by!