Book Review & Recipe: Matcha Ice Cream from the Dairy Free Ice Cream Cookbook

 The Spunky Coconut was one of the first dairy-free food blogs we every followed.  Stacy found Kelly’s amazingly creative blog when she was searching for dairy-free desserts while nursing, and we have been long time fans ever since. She published the first edition of this book herself a few years back, before it was updated and republished with Victory Belt Publishing, and have been loving her recipes for years. They’ve actually inspired our own ice cream recipes after “learning” Kelly’s brilliant method of using special softeners and thickeners while combining different dairy-free milks for great flavor. We are also lucky enough to have grown to be real-life friends with Kelly, and we squealed with delight when her new Dairy Free Ice Cream Book arrived on our doorstep. Ok–I  (Stacy) squealed…. Matt’s not quite the squealing type. I thumbed through the book and sqealed again when I landed on this recipe for Matcha Ice Cream:


Matcha is one of my favorite flavors ever! It’s legit right up there with my love of ginger. Of course we made this recipe immediately – I was on cloud nine! Which is why I was SUPER thrilled when Kelly agreed to let me share it with you all, since I keep spamming Instagram with photos of us making it…

stacy's excited about Matcha

Since our life has been super busy lately, and one of our Review Team members and my friend, Joanna told us she would love to help us with the review and make a few recipes herself. She has a unique perspective, and her reviews (here, here) are some of the best (and most visisted!) reviews we’ve published on our site. She is a beautiful photographer in her own right, and an excellent food critic – if she does or doesn’t like something, she will tell you! Make sure you read to the end of the review to get the recipe for this amazing Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream, AND enter a GIVEAWAY for a copy! Take it away Joanna! 

collage of flavors

In many ways, Dairy Free Ice Cream isn’t a book for me.  I don’t have kids; I don’t have severe health issues or food intolerances that a dairy treat every now and then would be the worst decision; and I am overall on a bent to avoid too many treats, no matter how paleo they are. With all this in mind, I can still appreciate the fine recipe writing and artistry that Kelly Brozyna put into creating Dairy Free Ice Cream.

I was first drawn to Kelly’s book because of her beautiful photography. Each recipe features a drool-worthy photo to go along with it.  And for what it’s worth, as an amatuer food photographer, I am personally astonished at Kelly’s food styling abilities! Do you know how hard it is to make perfect-looking scoops of dairy free ice cream??? It was obvious to me Kelly put her whole heart into making this the perfect recipe book to sit on your shelf as a prized possession.

Then, I made the ice cream.  Yum! Kelly explains the science behind how to make perfectly soft ice cream that adheres to paleo principles, and it actually works! I was astonished at how aerated and creamy my creations were. Kelly’s recipes also offer optional add-ins to help increase the creamy texture.  I tried one recipe with an optional add-in (gelatin) and one without, and definitely agree that the gelatin was an improvement. But, my vegan friends have nothing to worry about– the ice cream I made without it was still pretty fabulous.

 Carrot Cake Ice Cream

Carrot Cake Ice Cream, topped with toasted Coconut and Raisins! Photograph by Joanna

Have I mentioned the flavors yet? There’s something for everyone in Dairy Free Ice Cream. I like chocolate and vanilla just as much as the next person, but what really got me excited were Kelly’s more inventive flavors.  I made a batch of Coffee ice cream and a batch of Carrot Cake ice cream (both delicious), and I already have my eye on several more, including Honeysuckle, Fried Banana, Saffron and Rose Water, and several dairy free frozen yogurts. Wha??!?! My cookie-monster of a husband also got pretty excited to see the cookie recipes for ice cream sandwiches.

 Coffee Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream, Photograph by Joanna

One thing I especially enjoyed about the two ice creams I tried is that they seemed to be just the right amount of sweet. As a lightly sweetened dessert, I was pretty enthused that I wasn’t totally killing my streak of clean eating. Depending on the size of your serving, it’s likely that you are really only eating about 1 date. Not bad for a treat! The AIPers among us will also appreciate that the entire book is sans eggs.

 So, start your summer off right with a frozen treat from Dairy Free Ice Cream. You won’t be disappointed.

Green Tea Ice Cream from Dairy Free Ice Cream Cookbook by The Spunky Coconut on Paleo Parents

Green Tea Matcha Ice Cream, Photograph from Dairy-Free Ice Cream Cookbook, pg. 89

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Matcha is a Japanese green tea that has an ultra-fine powdery texture. It has great flavor and color, plus it’s full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. And it is really fun to use in ice cream (and in Truffles – see my cookbook The Paleo Chocolate Lovers’ Cookbook).

-excerpt from Dairy-Free Ice Cream by Kelly V. Brozyna

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We are so thrilled that Kelly allowed us to share our favorite recipe from the book with you and we hope you love it as much as we do! ♥

Matcha Ice Cream

Yield: Makes 1 to 1 1/2 Quarts



  1. Put the almond, cashew or hemp milk in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  2. Turn off the heat, add the matcha powder, and steep for 20 minutes.
  3. Put the steeped milk and dates in a blender and puree until smooth. (Matcha powder does not need to be strained like other teas.)
  4. Add the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and thickener (if using). Puree until smooth.
  5. Freeze for about an hour or refrigerate until cold.
  6. Pour into the ice cream machine and churn per the manufacturer's instructions.
  7. Eat right away or freeze until hard for pretty scoops.

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  • Jennifer Elwell

    Love ice cream! Now I just need to win the ice cream maker from her contest so I can make it! 😀

  • Great giveaway! Thanks 🙂

  • Rebecca G

    I pinned it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/319966748499643890/
    Thanks, as always, for doing this giveaway!

  • Betsy

    I love ice cream and can’t wait to get my hands on that book! A big fan of yours and Kelly’s!

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    I pinned it!

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  • Joannabanana1989 .

    I pinned it!! Gosh, that carrot cake ice cream sounds amazing.

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    Pinned it! Can’t wait to try this!

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    Pinned! Can’t wait

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    totally pinned it!

  • Lauren S

    I pinned this-totally want to make it like tonight!

  • Heidi

    Love Matcha! Posted on Pinterest

  • Amanda Cheshire

    I would love to win! Thanks for the chance! Matcha…I’ve never had it, but it sounds like something I’d love!!

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    Yum. Would love to try out these delicious dairy-free recipes!

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      “Pinned” this post to Pinterest!

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    Awesome ice cream without eggs? I’m so there! Pinned for later.

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    This would be wonderful with my new ice cream maker!!
    Pick me pick me 🙂

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    Pinned the luscious ice cream.

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    pinned it!

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    I pinned it too.

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    would love to win!

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    Looks like great recipes!!!!

  • Jen

    Yummy! Pinned this for later. We have dairy and gluten allergies in our family so this book would go along nicely with our new ice cream maker!

  • r

    why do you have to steep for 20 min?

    • Because you are making a strong green tea base to flavor the ice cream. It needs the time to steep to develop the strong, concentrated flavor. 🙂

  • Crystal

    I had totally pinned this before I even got to the giveaway, just for the recipe!! 🙂

  • Lee Coleman

    I’m always looking for great dessert ideas and I can’t wait to try this one!!!

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    I pinned it

  • Dawnmferguson

    I have a big container of Matcha that a student brought me from Korea that i have been DYING to work into something yummy. Thank you for the recipe, and all the sage advice along the way. Keep doing it!!! You are awesome!!

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    Pinned it! Can’t wait to try it out!

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    Yummy ice cream and good for you! I’ve pinned it!

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    Of course I’ve pinned a matcha ice cream recipe!

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    This is so exciting! I love making healthy desserts!

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    Love winning…as unusual as it is!

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  • Virginie

    Matcha ice cream is my favorite. Thanks for posting!

  • Mary

    I’ve never heard of Matcha, but I think I’ll have to try it!!

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    I love matcha, so this is up my alley

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  • Rhonda Biller Hopper

    I love all ice cream!

  • Pinned – thanks!