The health world is currently green with envy over matcha powder. Shots of the drink were the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week, and now even dedicated coffee lovers are ditching their morning cup in favour of this earthy tea. Green tea leaves are ground to a powder, meaning you ingest the tea leaves – giving you 137 x more antioxidants than traditional green tea. It’s also know as a mental booster and helps improve stamina. Sounds awesome right? It’s even better in ice-cream. Just saying’….
These vegan matcha pops are deliciously filling – thanks to the good fats from the coconut cream. The fatty acids found in coconut cream belong to the medium-chain group. Having fatty acids doesn’t mean it’ll make you fat (pinky swear). It all depends on the type of fatty acids you’re consuming – most of the fatty acids in coconut cream are fat-burning, which is one of the greatest health benefits of coconut products.
Coconut milk is an awesome base for any popsicle – it’s highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. Unlike cow’s milk, coconut milk is lactose free so can be used as a milk substitute by those with lactose intolerance. Likewise, you can opt for almond milk in this recipe to cut down on saturated fat, if needed. The result will be less creamy and satisfying, but a great choice for those just looking to tackle that sweet tooth.
Try these simple healthy-boosting popsicles at your next BBQ to cool down guests, or use up leftover milk to whip them up any time of the day – try stirring in some homemade granola before freezing for a breakfast version. Who doesn’t love ice-cream for breakfast?!
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- ⅔ cup coconut cream*
- 2-3 teaspoons rice malt syrup / maple syrup / honey or 8 drops liquid stevia
- Add coconut cream, matcha powder and sweetener of choice to bowl or blender and whisk or blend until smooth.
- Divide mixture evenly between popsicle moulds.
- Pop in the freezer to set briefly, before add the popsicle sticks (they should be able to stand upright).
- Leave to fully freeze for a few hours until completely set.
- Remove from moulds, garnish, then enjoy!