It's the summer of popsicles and we're going green with Focus! Matcha is a superfood powder made from premium green tea leaves, known to boost the metabolism and stimulate the mind. We're amping up this superfood popsicle even more by mixing in refreshing mint, creamy coconut milk, and topping it off with rich dark chocolate.
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup nut milk*
- 40 g (about 1/4 cup) macadamias or cashews (or the same amount of leftover pulp from making homemade nut milk)
- ¼ cup packed mint leaves
- 1 banana (100 g)
- 2 tablespoons coconut butter
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Joya Focus matcha elixir blend**
- raw honey, to taste (2 tbsp will get you mildly sweet popsicles)***
- small pinch sea salt
- optional: 1-2 drops natural peppermint extract, to taste****
- optional: cacao nibs to mix in & dark chocolate shell (see recipe below)
* We prefer a rich and creamy homemade nut milk such as macadamia or cashew, but any store-bought nut milk will work in a pinch.
** In a pinch, a good quality matcha powder will work.
***Replace with maple syrup to make popsicles vegan.
****Taste popsicle base before adding peppermint extract as the mint leaves may provide a strong enough mint flavour.
- Place mint leaves in a sieve. Boil a pot of water. Holding the sieve over the sink, pour the boiling water over the leaves and then immediately place the sieve in the ice bath to shock the leaves. Drain and squeeze out excess water from the leaves.
- Blend all ingredients (except the optional nibs and peppermint extract) together in a blender until smooth. Taste and add 1-2 drops peppermint extract, if using, and blend once again to incorporate.
- Pour mixture into popsicle mold, filling molds 1/3 at a time and layering in a pinch of nibs after each third. Stir lightly after the last layer to distribute nibs.
- Freeze for at least 4 hours or until frozen solid. Run outside of mold under a bit of hot water to loosen and remove popsicles.
- If using chocolate shell, prepare the chocolate before removing the popsicles from the molds and let it cool to just above room temperature before drizzling on the popsicles. Once cooled, pour over popsicles and let chocolate harden for about 30 seconds. When ready, the surface will turn from glossy to completely matte.