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Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups

April 2, 2015

Delicately sweet frozen banana ice cream whipped with matcha green tea swirled with strawberries and topped with whipped coconut cream

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

You are going to love this 3 ingredient dessert wonder. Matcha banana strawberry ice cream cups have a lovely soft serve ice-cream texture. It is very healthy as it is only made with frozen bananas, antioxidant rich matcha (green tea) and fresh California strawberries. There is no added sugar but just the slight sweetness from the fresh fruit. Delicious matcha banana and strawberry ice cream cups are dairy free, vegan, gluten-free, low-fat, cardiac friendly and can be used as carbohydrate points on a diabetic diet.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

Welcome to Hanami the time of the year that the Japanese sakura cherry blossom flowers come into full bloom in Japan. It almost looks like it is snowing as the ground will be covered in white flower petals from the sakura. It is a magical time of the year as family and friends celebrate the coming of spring with picnics in the parks to enjoy the beautiful sakura.

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I miss the fragrant beauty of the parks in Japan and taking time to smell the flowers and enjoy sweet treats with family and friends. We used to live about a 5 minute walk from Negeishi Shirin Koen, a beautiful park, full of lovely sakura. In the rest of world it is not usual to take time out to smell the flowers as people are always coming and going and always in a rush.  Hanami (celebration of the viewing of the sakura) is a cherished tradition in Japan that has been enjoyed for generations.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

I feel a little sentimental remembering the last walk through the park with my eldest son during hanami in Yokohama. I remember my son whining and complaining about having to go on this boring walk with mom through the park, when he had so much homework to do. I told him that this is your last chance to see this beautiful event as the next weekend all the sakura will be gone. He was memorized by the beauty and we spent at least an hour in the park, walking, taking photos and stopped along the way to enjoy a little treat. He still talks about it to this day as one of the most beautiful things he has ever seen and glad he took a moment out to "Stop and Smell the Sakura" or as the Japanese call it; Hanami.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

It is also the time of the year that I get a little more sentimental and miss my old home in Yokohama and my dear friends that are still there. There is not better way to remember a place then through its food. Did you know that food memories are the most strongest memory that you hold on to? Scientists have studied this and say it is because you use so many senses to experience food. We use our sight to look at the food, next we smell the food, then we experience its taste and then texture.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

I miss the matcha green tea ice-cream sandwiches I used to get at the 711 in Japan. Matcha is powdered green tea and it is full of antioxidants and is delicious too. It is also the time of the year that the sweet and delightful strawberries from California are coming to the markets. So I decided to take 2 of my loves and combine them together for a delightful and healthy treat that you can make in a flash...Matcha Banana and Strawberry Ice Cream Cups.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

Do you ever get craving for something sweet and cold like ice-cream but are lactose intolerant? I do all the time and yes believe it or not you just can't find lactose free ice cream in Hong Kong. If you have a craving for something sweet, cold and creamy, you can have this problem rectified with help of your handy-dandy food processor. Do you remember my post Red White and Blue Healthy Sorbets?

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

I made this delicious Matcha Banana and Strawberry Ice Cream Cups with the same concept using my food processor.  When you use your food processor to whip up your bananas it first turns into tiny little granules of micro bananas. Then after you add just a couple of teaspoons of water and keep the food processor going and intermittently brushing down the sides of the food processor something amazing happens. It turns your matcha and frozen bananas from a dark green to a light green and fluffy soft serve ice cream. Just purely delicious and guilt free.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

By all means you do not have to use matcha, green tea, as it is delicious all by its self with just plain whipped bananas.  You can even add a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder if you like a rich chocolate ice cream. I wanted to make my matcha banana strawberry cups to feel a little more indulgent so I just whipped a little coconut cream and made myself and delicious dairy free topping. All you need to do is to skim off the fat portion of the coconut cream that floats on the top of the can and blend it and "Ta Da" you have coconut whipped topping.

I have even completed this ice cream making process with bananas in the blender. It is not as efficient as a food processor but it can also work, it just takes a little bit longer.

Enjoy these lovely Matcha banana strawberry ice-cream cups as a delicious and guilt free dessert any time you get a craving for something healthy and sweet.

Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups / http:/bamskitchen.com

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Matcha Banana Strawberry Ice Cream Cups

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April 2, 2015

Delicately sweet frozen banana whipped with matcha green tea swirled with strawberries and topped with whipped coconut cream

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 4 Adults

Ingredients

strawberries - 1 cup sliced

bananas - 6 (frozen and sliced)

matcha (green tea) - 3 teaspoons

ice water - 3 teaspoons or as needed to loosen the banana from the sides of the food processor)

Toppings (Optional)

coconut milk - solids from the coconut cream that rise to the top of can (optional to make a whipped coconut topping)

Directions

11) Slice your strawberries and line up the strawberries on the bottom and sides of your ice cream cups. I cut my strawberries horizontal as this worked the best for me. (Optional: If you wish to make coconut whipped cream, open the can of coconut milk and skim off the cream off the top and add to your mixing bowl and whip until stiff peaks- set aside)

22) Place frozen sliced bananas in the food processor (I have a very small food processor so I did only 2 bananas and 1 teaspoon of matcha green tea in 3 different batches, but if you have a large food processor you can do it all in one batch) Add matcha green tea to the frozen banana slices and pulse until it looks like finely ground sand. Scrape down the sides as needed.

32)  Add only 1 teaspoon, at a time, of iced cold water and stop the food processor occasionally to scrape down the sides so that everything gets blended well. Add up to 5 teaspoons of iced cold water for 6 frozen bananas. Once the food processor just starts to get going around, keep pulsing and blending until the frozen bananas turn from granules of sand into a smooth and creamy soft serve ice cream consistency. (You will know you are getting close as the frozen bananas will turn from a dark green to a lighter green colour.)

43) Immediately scoop the matcha banana ice-cream on top of your strawberries and fill the cup. Garnish with coconut whipped cream or non-dairy whipped topping. Enjoy!

5The matcha banana ice-cream melts quickly. If you freeze your matcha banana ice-cream in the cup, it turns more icy and less creamy, so best enjoyed right away. 

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  • Hi Bobbi, this looks so easy, and so delicious! I’ve read so many recipes on using frozen bananas as the base for ice cream. I hope my stick blender is up to the task of making this ice cream! Have a lovely week ahead 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jasline. I always have frozen bananas in my freezer as my eldest loves smoothies. When the bananas are starting to get past their prime, instead of making banana bread, I just freeze them. Give your stick blender a try when your shipment arrives and let me know how it goes. Take Care

  • This looks amazing! I wish I could enjoy hanami too, the cherry blossoms must be out in full bloom now in Japan!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Jean. Don’t you wish you could be in Japan this week and enjoying the sakura?!!! Do you have Sakura in Singapore?

  • I’m seeing lots of recipes with matcha…your dessert made me put matcha on my shopping list to see how my taste buds will react to it, lol. I love frozen bananas mixed with almond or peanut butter and like finding new flavor combinations. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things, hope to see you next week again! Happy Easter!

    • Bams Kitchen

      If you have not tried matcha before, just go very easy on your addition to your recipes, just a little bit at first. Matcha alone can be quite bitter. However, if it is balanced with a little sweet it is amazing. I really miss the traditional tea ceremonies in Japan and they always serve with a little sweet treat with something with sakura, strawberries or matcha. It is the time of the year we really celebrate Japan and it traditions. Happy Easter!

  • YUM!!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Dawn

  • My mom introduced me to matcha a couple of months ago and I’ve been waiting for it to go on sale. Now I have a recipe to use it in too! So excited to try this guilt free treat. Whipped coconut is sooo good! Love this recipe, Bobbi!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sandra. I am so glad you have a little matcha at home, it is really good for you and there are loads of recipes to try it in and this one is a great one to start with as it is super easy and fuss free. Don’t you just loved whipped coconut cream, me too.

  • kitchenriffs

    I’m not surprised that food memories are our strongest! They sure are for me. 😉 And I’d have good memories of this, if I were lucky enough to enjoy it. Guess I’ll have to make it myself, huh? You’re just a bit too faraway for me to come over and enjoy it at your place! Really nice recipe — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello John, you will just have to get your self on a plane and come and visit us in HK. We would love it! Food memories are the very strongest for me too. I might not remember an event but if I ate something there or along the way I can remember my experience better.

  • This reminds me of the Tropicana Strawberry Bananas juice I used to drink when I was younger! YUM! 😀

    • Bams Kitchen

      I remember that drink too! Food memories are the strongest! Have a super holiday week.

  • This is a great yummy and healthy dessert! I’d like to try it with the matcha! Pinning on my healthy food board! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nancy, it would be even more awesome if you and I had a Vitamix…but until then, the food processor works just fine. Thanks so much for the pin. Happy Easter!

  • So glad to hear your son got to Stop and Smell the Sakura or Hanami! Sometimes I get so wrapped up in doing what I am doing, I forget to stop and take in the beauty that surrounds me – reminds me of this one morning, my daughter and I were tired and so not ready for an early start – but we went outside together to let the dogs out (usually we just open the door and let the dogs out on their own) and looked up for some reason – the moon was still up and there were a million starts twinkling – it was so gorgeous – so glad we saw that!
    Though, I am so sorry to hear that you don’t have Lactose free ice cream there – but this whipped banana and matcha treat sounds way tastier and healthier!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Shashi, I see great minds think alike and you have a wonderful matcha pancake recipe I am dying to try as one of your new posts. Taking time out to enjoy the beauty is not something we often do but it is really good for your mental health and just taking a moment to reset the clock to a slower but more deliberate pace in our crazy lives. Just today, I took a moment just to enjoy the wonderful breeze coming in through my kitchen. Next month it will be like a sauna so enjoying the cooler weather while it still lasts. Happy Easter to you and your family. Take care

  • Eha

    As you probably remember my meals stop before dessert is served 🙂 ! But this sounds so fresh and interesting and I am dying to taste the green tea flavour: shall try before the holidays are over. Here they have begun . . .and for you too: am thinking of you and hoping you will truly be able to enjoy these coming days . . .

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Eha, this is a dessert you can feel good about eating. It is holiday time here in HK as well, Easter is not really celebrated but they do celebrate the Ching Ming festival- grave sweeping festival. So we have a 5 day long weekend so that is good. The family is home all together and I could not be more pleased. Wishing you a very safe and happy holiday weekend.

  • Love the matcha in these! I got some for Christmas and need ways to use it up!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Ashley! Matcha, green tea is full of antioxidants. I love to use matcha when making breads, pancakes, soy latte’s and so many other ways. I think you will really love this delicately sweet and healthy dessert.

  • Yum yum yum!! This looks so tasty and refreshing! Haven’t tried matcha yet, but I keep seeing recipes lately and I’ll need to try it sometime soon 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you! The great part of this recipe is that you do not have to use matcha you could just whip the bananas plain or add cocoa powder or maybe some peanut butter and enjoy. I does taste just like soft serve ice cream.

  • What a fun concoction 🙂 I love banana soft serve. These remind me of the grinch! Wouldn’t they make a fun Christmas dessert for kids, especially in a tropical or Southern climate??

    • Bams Kitchen

      Michelle, that is such a hoot! Now that I think of it, they do look like little grinch that stole Christmas cups. We will have to remember that around Christmas time.

  • Kumar’s Kitchen

    We loved loved loved the frozen treat…utterly delicious,melt in mouth soft,fruity,icy and healthy…what else could we ever ask for…if only every dessert had all of this in, the world would have been happier….this is a winner,thanks 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so delighted that you tried this fun and easy dessert! Have a super weekend.

  • hotlyspiced

    Amazing that this is a three ingredient dessert. And so good for you too. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Charlie, lately time has been very little and having simplify all my recipes and of course lighten them up so we can fit into those bikinis soon… LOL

  • wow, simply damn delicious and too damn easy to made !!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dedy, 5 minutes is all it takes… You have to love that!

  • Matcha is still on my shopping list as I haven’t yet managed to find it 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Matcha is not required to make a delicious soft serve banana ice-cream. You could have it plain or add some cocoa powder or even some peanut butter. It really does taste just like soft serve ice cream.

  • Thank you for sharing this yumminess at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Katherine thanks for stopping by and a big thank you for featuring our recipe matcha banana strawberry ice cream cups on Thursday Favourite Things Blog Hop. You guys are awesome!

  • What a great treat! I wouldn’t even call this a dessert because I would eat it for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack. SO easy to make too! Awesome use of matcha! All of your pictures are lovely, but the one of the cherry blossoms is breathtaking! Loved this post!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much MJ! I know you really could eat it for breakfast if you wished as it is so healthy. Actually that is a great idea and that gives me an awesome idea. Wishing you a super special holiday weekend. Take Care, BAM

  • savormania

    This looks incredible! I love how it calls for so few ingredients.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sharon. This dessert is really a snap to put together. Wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend.

  • What did your blogger buddy call these? The little grinch that stole Christmas?! Lol! Gorgeous they are, and impressive only a few ingredients a re required to make such a pretty eat. 🙂 Hope you’ve had a magical weekend with the fam, eaten like a queen and are ready for the new week. Xx

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    You’d never know that didn’t have cream in it. That’s amazing. I’ve never seen the sakura but I’d love to! I did see them in Washington, DC, once.

  • It looks creamy and wonderful without the guilt – love that 🙂

  • Those look incredibly wonderful. I’m going to have to pass on that tip about making the coconut cream to my daughter. She just got one of those … I’m not sure if I’ve got the name right but it’s something like a Magic Bullet… machine to make smoothies. She loves it and has been experimenting with a lot of different options. (I’ll also have to tell her about the green tea too).
    Oh would I love to see those cherry blossoms. Now would be terrific, but anytime would be fine with me too.

  • Robyn

    Oh, I just love this treat, Bobbi! So fresh and all natural ingredients. Such pretty enticing colours as well. Those cherry blossoms are gorgeous and I have often wandered amongst google images of those beautiful trees in Japan. Thanks for a great recipe. Sharing 🙂

  • Wow that looks good! I never had tried combining matcha with those ingredients, very creative and definitely a good dessert!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Raymond! Wishing you a very blessed and happy Easter!

  • LOVELY, Bobbi Ann! I’m trying to play catch-up with visiting my best blog-friends, but I had to stop on this one of yours,(not that they all aren’t comment-worthy!) By talking about memories, you reminded me of one of my favorite scenes in a Disney movie: Ratatouille, when the harsh food critic tastes the mouse’s version and is sent immediately back to his mother’s kitchen! It made me cry.
    I hope all is going well with you and your family.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I know how that goes. I am so far behind. I always tell everyone that I always read all of your responses but sometimes I just can’t get around to responding to all of them. I love that disney show a must see for all foodies, don’t you think? Have a super weekend.

  • Wow, what a nice ice cream…I love the idea of adding matcha…looks beautiful Bobbi…thanks for the inspiration!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Helo Juliana, you are going to love this. Do you have a food processor?

  • YUMMM!! Such a great way to use MATCHA!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear! Have a super weekend.

  • Natsukashiii!!!!! One day I hope to hang out with you in Yokohoama! 🙂 I love everything Matcha. I love how you decorated with strawberries!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Arigato gozaimasu Nami-san! One day, we will do just that and enjoy all of our favourite nostalgic foods in Yokohama, together.

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