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Matcha Jelly Drink Recipe (Made Vegan!)

A classic, popular Japanese jelly drink made with Matcha! Smooth, rich matcha mixed with creamy plant milk and delightfully chewy pieces of jelly throughout. The ultimate morning or afternoon pick-me-up!
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: desserts, Drinks
Keyword: desserts, drinks, japanese, jelly drink, matcha, matcha jelly
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Remy Park


  • 1 tbsp agar powder + 1 tsp*
  • 3 cups water + 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • plant milk of choice
  • more matcha if desired


  • To begin, prepare your matcha jelly cubes. Bring 3 cups water to a boil, lower to a simmer and add in your agar powder. Whisk continuously to make sure the agar evenly dissolves. Add your maple syrup to sweeten, then remove the pot from the stove.
  • Sift, then whisk your matcha powder with the remaining 1/2 cup warm water, then add your matcha mixture into the pot. Whisk again to combine and then pour your jelly mixture into an eighth sheet pan and allow to cool at room temp for 5 minutes. Transfer to the fridge to chill until firm to the touch.
  • Once the jelly is set, remove from the fridge and use a small paring knife to slice your jelly into small cubes. Use a spatula to gently wiggle your cubes out of the tray.
  • Now we are ready to assemble the drink! In a glass, add a handful of matcha jellies followed by plant milk of choice. Lastly, add a serving of whisked matcha on top and then sweeten as desired. I like to add fresh vanilla bean and a pinch of salt to finish.



Secrets to Success

  • Agar powder tends to vary based on the brand you use, so if your jelly feels too firm, add less agar and re-do your jelly. If it feels too loose, add more agar and re-do the jelly. It's all about finding that perfect balance in texture, and of course, this will also vary based on how you like your jelly.
  • If you’re unfamiliar with matcha and want to learn more, check out my Matcha 101 post. This will teach you all about matcha, plus how to make your own! 

Serving Tips

  • To serve your matcha jelly drink, add a handful of matcha jellies in a glass, then pour in your plant milk of choice. 
  • Lastly, add a serving of whisked matcha on top and then sweeten to taste as desired. 
  • I like to add fresh vanilla beans and a pinch of salt to finish.