Wait, popsicles to start October?Since it hit 90 degrees last week, I’ve been wanting cold treats like it was still Summer. So I am trying to work some health food into my cravings. Did you know Matcha, in addition to having less caffeine than black tea or coffee, also has myriad health benefits? Antioxidants, L-theanine, high levels of chlorophyll and vitamins mean immune support, detoxification, and calm alertness. A quick google will turn up all kinds of information if you would like to know more. Now… want to try the recipe for these ice pops? They are vegan, gluten free, refined-sweetener free, and organic.
They can be made in any shape popsicle mold. I chose the square ones because I think they look a little like abstract strawberries that way (go ahead, use your imagination)!
Here is the ingredients list:
For the green “leaf” part:
- 4 tsp Matcha
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 3 Tbl water (to help it freeze solid)
For the pink “berry” part:
- 3 cups coconut milk
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- handful of fresh berries, sliced (optional)
- molds and sticks
And the instructions:
Combine ingredients for top “green” portion. Whisk until smooth. Pour or spoon into bottom of popsicle mold. Freeze until hard (it took mine about 3 hours). Next, slice fresh berries and set aside. Then combine coco milk and frozen berries for the bottom “pink” portion. Pour into mold on top of frozen green portion, being careful to leave space for pops to expand when they freeze. Take sliced berries and place into poured pink mixture, positioning a few flush with sides of molds if you want them to be visible. Put back in freezer until slushy enough to hold sticks upright. I waited about an hour and a half, though there is variation between freezers. After putting the sticks in, I let them freeze for another 3 hours to finish hardening.
Notes: these could also be made with raspberries or blueberries, if you prefer them over strawberries. You can use coconut milk that has more fat for softer treats, and less fat for icier treats. I used unsweetened vanilla flavored coconut milk, but you could use a sweetened or plain version if it suits your taste better. I made my treats with Organic Midori Spring Ceremonial Grade Matcha.
Did you try it? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!
For bonus points, eat these while calling your legislators and urging them to take action on policies that address climate change! That’s my favorite way to enjoy any sweet!
Disclosure statement: I received Matcha in trade for development of this recipe. I only partner with businesses who have missions and practices I am comfortable with, and who match the intent of my blog.