June is my birthday month, so I’m all about keeping little indulgences all around the house so that every day is filled moments of delight. And one of those delights is popsicles!

I picked up my very own popsicle mold last year, and it was love at first freeze. No more feeling guilty about sneaking treats in the middle of the afternoon, because I know my pops are filled with all sorts of good stuff. I especially like experimenting with superfood ingredients like cacao (hello, fudgey pops with zero guilt!) and my latest obsession: Matcha tea.

If you’re not familiar with Matcha, it’s a green tea that comes in powder form because it is made from grinding up the whole tea leaf. It possesses antioxidant levels 6.2 times that of goji berries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, 17 times that of wild blueberries and 60.5 times that of spinach. It also boosts metabolism, detoxifies the body, enhances mood, and lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. Wow! More of that, please!

I swapped out my morning coffee for matcha a couple of weeks ago and have noticed a more even, calm energy throughout the day. My skin seems calmer and clearer as well. And now that I’ve slipped some into my popsicles I have even more opportunities to have some throughout the day! (I may or may not have eaten one while typing up this recipe.)

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CREAMY BLUEBERRY BASIL MATCHA POPS
Makes 8 Pops

Ingredients

FOR BLUEBERRY BASIL SAUCE
1/2 cup blueberries
1 tbls Honey
1/4 cup water
Handful of basil (about 1/3 cup)

FOR MATCHA CREAM
1 can coconut milk
3 tbls honey
3 tsp vanilla
pinch salt
1 1/2 tbls matcha powder

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For the Blueberries:

  • Combine all ingredients except basil in a saucepan and heat on medium heat
  • Gently mash blueberries in pan with potato masher or fork
  • Simmer and stir occasionally until mixture has reduced and thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Take blueberry mixture off heat, finely chop basil and stir into sauce.
  • Let cool

For the Match cream:

  • Mix all ingredients together in medium sized bowl until well combined.

Make the popsicles:

  • Spoon a little of the coulis into the bottom of each mold
  • Top the molds with the matcha cream mixture. Use one of your popsicle sticks, a chopstick or a butter knife gently stir the blueberry mixture from the bottom of the mold into the Matcha cream to create a marbled effect.

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Ok, your turn – let us know how you like these popsicles. And if you have any other fun summer popsicle recipe I’m all ears (and taste buds)!

xo,
Sarah

 

Photos by Sarah Ehlinger

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Conversation

  1. Made these tonight using a mold that’s circle shaped instead of the actual popsicle look. I didn’t have coconut milk so I used regular milk instead. I was short on both matcha mix and blueberry sauce, but only by a tiny bit. Am waiting for them to freeze right now. Can’t wait!

    1. Oooh, how did they turn out Kelly? I made them awhile back but they didn’t set properly so I had mushy popsicles, ha! With summer here I think it’s time to give them a go again. Hope you enjoyed them! 🙂

      1. They actually turned out okay, but the popsicle mold I used was cheap. It came with plastic stick-like tops but the stick part wasn’t long enough so when I tried pulling it out, the sticks came out but not the popsicle so I had to dig it out with a knife which kind of ruins the fun. Taste-wise, the matcha part tasted more like vanilla with only a hint of the matcha, but that could’ve been the vanilla blend I used. It was some mexican vanilla blend that was an imitation. The blueberry part I don’t think I mushed enough, but was hard to do with a spoon and fork in my tiny saucepan. So I had chunks of blueberry skin (lol) which was okay by me, but other people in this house aren’t fond of blueberries. Overall, was definitely good! I tried the marble effect, which wasn’t successful because the molds were pretty skinny.

        1. It’s definitely a “practice makes perfect” kinda thing, isn’t it? I love the ease of popsicles, but I’ve found that getting them just right takes some time and trial & error. Glad they were good!

    1. Hi Katie! I’m not sure what Sarah used by I found some great ones (similar shape to hers) on Amazon and at Whole Foods (during the summer). I’ll see if I can find out what she used and let you know.

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