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For a sweet summer treat, try this sophisticated spin on a childhood favorite. Matcha powder makes these pops decidedly grown-up and coconut milk keeps them creamy and refreshing for a quick healthy dessert to savor in summer heat. Rebeccah, Recipe Hunter

Rebeccah Marrero

THE RECIPE

Green Tea Coconut Popsicles

Make the ice cream truck green with envy

Let’s face it, no one wants to turn on the oven in summer heat, but occasions (such as dinner!) still call for desserts. We love cold desserts just as much as baked goods, and popsicles are the low-tech answer to  DIY frozen treats. (Don’t worry, ice cream, we still love you too.) Leave crystallized neon popsicles in your past for the future is bright with these grown-up, altogether classy green tea coconut popsicles in sight. These pops combine coconut milk with matcha powder giving these pops an irresistibly smooth texture that will melt away in your mouth.  Matcha, a ground powder of high quality green tea leaves, originated in Japan and also flavors mochi and soba noodles. It is characterized by a distinct earthy flavor and naturally bright green color. The addition of agave gives a touch of of sweetness, without overpowering the subtle flavors of matcha and coconut milk.

And did we mention that this is a dessert that’s actually good for you? Matcha powder packs a mega antioxidant punch, rising above green tea, blueberries, spinach, and orange juice when compared by weight. There’s also evidence that matcha can reduce stress and increase your body’s energy efficiency. That’s right, lingering for dessert will actually make you more efficient in life. Coconut milk naturally contains many vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats along with fiber. With just a few minutes of total prep time and a little bit of patience, there’s nothing to stop you from indulging in this inspired twist on a summertime favorite!

 

THE CHEF

Cheryl Malik

Web Designer, Recipe Developer, Food Photographer

Cheryl Malik of 40 Aprons

I'm a web designer & professional food blogger who believes that food should be usually healthy, but not always. It’s my way of expressing affection. Sometimes that means, I love you, live forever. Sometimes it means, I love you, eat pie!

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THE TIP

Demystifying Coconut – Water, Milk, and Cream

Here's a handy tip to help you make this Green Tea Coconut Popsicles recipe.

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