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3-Ingredient Matcha Milkshake

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This incredibly easy Matcha Milkshake is a simple blend of matcha green tea powder and ice cream that creates the creamiest, most decadent matcha dessert. If you love matcha lattes, then this milkshake is for you!
Matcha Milkshake in a tall glass with a glass straw in it and topped with whipped cream and a dusting of matcha green tea powder.

Homemade Matcha Milkshake

Matcha is at its best when it’s combined with something sweet. And this 3-ingredient, 3-minute Matcha Milkshake does not disappoint!

I think of this ridiculously delicious ice cream treat as a matcha latte on steroids. It’s sweet, super creamy and the lovely notes of matcha shine through.

Just like a matcha affogato dessert, this milkshake brings together vanilla ice cream and matcha. One is eaten with a spoon, one is sipped, both are irresistible.

A matcha milkshake with whipped cream and matcha powder sprinkled on top. The milkshake is in a tall glass with glass straw.
A matcha milkshake is a decadent blended mix of ice cream and matcha green tea powder.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

No need to whisk or sift matcha. The idea of making a traditional matcha drink with a bamboo whisk may seem intimidating to some. But the beauty of this milkshake is that you don’t have to do anything fancy. If you can scoop matcha powder into a blender, then you can make this milkshake.

Only 3 Ingredients! Milkshakes of any flavor are simple to make with just 3 ingredients. Basically, you just need ice cream, milk and a flavor component–in our case, matcha green tea powder.

Ready in 3 Minutes (or less)! From the time you get the idea to make a matcha milkshake, until you’re sipping on it is only 3 minutes. Of course, if your ice cream is rock hard, tack on a few extra minutes for it to soften.

A homemade matcha milkshake in a glass on a white coaster. There are matcha flavored pocky biscuits next to the glass and a sifter with matcha powder on it in the background.
Matcha powder is added directly to the blender to make a milkshake.

For a blended matcha drink perfect for anytime of day, try out my matcha banana smoothie recipe.

How to Make a Matcha Milkshake

You will need a blender to make this homemade milkshake. This recipe makes a single 12 ounce drink.

Ingredients

Matcha milkshake ingredients including small pitcher of milk, small bowl of matcha green tea powder, and bowl with three scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Three ingredients is all it takes to make a homemade matcha milkshake.

Vanilla Ice Cream – This milkshake has 3 generous scoops (about 1 1/2 cups) of ice cream. Vanilla is best since it lets the flavor of the matcha come through.

Any type of vanilla ice cream works (obviously). I used Breyer’s homemade vanilla, but plain vanilla, vanilla bean, French vanilla all work.

If your blender isn’t high-powered, that’s ok. Just let the ice cream soften out of the freezer for a minute. Lower wattage blenders will appreciate the assist.

Unsweetened Matcha Green Tea Powder – You certainly don’t need the best-of-the-best matcha for milkshakes. But quality still matters.

I use this Encha ceremonial matcha, but culinary grade is acceptable too.

Just make sure your matcha is bright green. No amount of ice cream will make cheap, bitter matcha that’s a drab shade of green taste better.

Milk – Use a small amount of whole milk to thin out the milkshake. For richer milkshakes, half and half or heavy cream may be substituted.

Toppings – I like to make my homemade milkshake next-level with whipped cream and a sprinkling of sifted matcha powder on top.

Instructions

  1. Add milk, matcha powder and ice cream that’s slightly softened to a blender. Add ingredients to blender cup in the order recommended for your style blender. (For my Ninja personal cup blender I first add liquids, then powder, then frozen components.)
  2. Blend 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your blender. Use your blender’s smoothie button, or begin on low for a few seconds, then blend on high. Don’t over-blend as this will cause the milkshake to become thin.
  3. Pour milkshake into drinking cup (about 12 ounces), and top with whipped cream and sifted matcha powder, if desired.

Detailed recipe and instructions are in recipe card at bottom of post.

Recipe Notes

  • Milkshake is too thick – You should be able to sip a milkshake through a straw. If it comes out too thick, either let the ice cream soften a little more before blending or add a little more milk.
  • Milkshake is too thin – If this frozen beverage comes out more like matcha milk than milkshake, there are a few fixes. To remedy the current drink, add more ice cream to thicken it up. As for the next time you make one, add less milk if the ice cream is super melted. You could also use a creamier milk, like half and half or heavy whipping cream.
Homemade matcha milkshake with matcha flavored Pocky sticks on the side.

Milkshake Blending Tips

  • If you own a professional, high-powered blender like a Vitamix, then you don’t need to soften the ice cream as much or need as much milk.
  • If you have a single-serving style blender, let the ice cream soften a few minutes before blending. Depending on the blender’s wattage, it may struggle with hard ice cream.
  • If you don’t own a traditional blender, you can also make this milkshake with an immersion blender.
  • If you don’t have any type of electric blender, let the ice cream soften long enough so you can whisk together the milkshake.

Add the milkshake ingredients to the blender pitcher or cup in the order recommended for the blender you own. Typically, frozen ingredients go into a traditional pitcher blender first, whereas they go in last for a personal blender.

My Favorite Single Serve Blender

I love this Ninja Pro single serve blender. It’s has 1000 watts of power, perfect for making smoothies and milkshakes. It comes with 2 personal cups, so clean-up is super simple.

Making a milkshake with a Ninja single serve blender.

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Matcha Milkshake in a tall glass with a glass straw in it and topped with whipped cream and a dusting of matcha green tea powder.

Matcha Milkshake

Yield: 12 ounces
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This incredibly easy Matcha Milkshake is a simple blend of matcha green tea powder and ice cream that creates the creamiest, most decadent matcha dessert. If you love matcha lattes, then this milkshake is for you!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened matcha

Instructions

  1. Add milk, matcha powder and ice cream that's slightly softened to a blender. Add ingredients to blender cup in the order recommended for your style blender. (For my Ninja personal cup blender I first add liquids, then powder, then frozen components.)
  2. Blend 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on your blender. Use your blender's smoothie setting, or begin on low for a few seconds, then blend on high. Don't over-blend as this causes the milkshake to become thin.
  3. Pour milkshake into drinking cup (about 12 ounces), and top with whipped cream and sifted matcha powder, if desired.

Notes

  • Adjust the amount of matcha powder in the milkshake according to your personal preference.
  • If the milkshake is too thick, add a little more milk. If it's too thin, add a little more ice cream or use a fattier milk such as half and half or heavy whipping cream.
  • How much you let the ice cream soften before blending depends on your type of blender. The ice cream doesn't need to be softened for high-wattage, professional blenders. But softened ice cream is best for lower wattage, personal blenders.

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