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Creamy matcha green tea has now turned into the perfect summertime treat! What’s better than your favorite beverage being frozen into a delectable, creamy, mid-afternoon pick-me-up? Nothing, I venture to say.
Are you guys giggling about my addiction to matcha green tea? If you follow this blog regularly, you’ll know I’ve written about matcha multiple times. Some might say I have a problem. Well, I do… I haven’t figured out #alltheways to enjoy matcha green tea yet! LOL! Trust me, I have even more match recipes in the works…I won’t rest until I’ve figured out a way to enjoy matcha every which way to Sunday. 🙂
If you are new to this site, or to matcha green tea, then make sure you take time to check out these pasts posts:
- The Amazing Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea
- Superfood Matcha Latte Recipe
- Iced Superfood Matcha Green Tea Latte
- Matcha Green Tea Frappe
Give Me a Creamy Matcha Green Tea Popsicle!
So anyway, I tend to be one of the types of people who, if I love a specific food, I want to use that food in everything. So that’s what I’ve done with matcha green tea. I’m so in love with this beautiful green tea that I want to eat it in as many different ways as possible.
I started off with a simple matcha green tea latte, then it evolved into an iced matcha green tea latte, then I turned it into a matcha green tea frappe as an ode to my past addiction to the Starbucks® green tea Frappuccinos®.
Then one day this summer (in the midst of an INSANELY hot streak here in Denver of near 100 degree temps – blech), I thought to myself as I was drinking a matcha green tea frappe, “what would taste like if I made matcha popsicles?”
This happened at a time when I was in a popsicle craze phase. I just couldn’t get enough of popsicles. And these matcha green tea popsicles did not disappoint. They were everything that I wanted in a creamy green tea at beverage but they came frozen and on a stick. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find that sometimes eating food off a stick is a lot more fun than drinking it out of a glass.
A Little Popsicle History
Did you know that popsicles were invented in 1905 by a man named Frank Epperson? Frank ended up leaving a cup filled with powdered soda, water, and a stirring stick on the porch of his house in San Francisco. That night they had low temperatures in teh area, causing the mixture he left out (unknowingly) to freeze. This one little oversight created a whole new style of food and has led to over two billion Popsicles being sold every single year! (source)
Crazy, huh? It seems like so many commonplace things in our lives were quite literally accidental inventions. If Frank hadn’t left that cup out on his porch, AND the temperatures hadn’t fallen that night, who knows how long it would have been before the good ol’ popsicle was born!
Psst…If you are a fan of popsicles, maybe now would be a good time to insert a few of my favorite popsicle recipes? Check these delicious treats out. But please come back so you can check out today’s creamy matcha green tea popsicles!
- Real Food Fudgesicles (that include a secret ingredient!)
- Peach Lime Creamsicles (two of my favorite flavors in one treat!)
- Cherry Creamsicles (on my friend Emily’s site — these are DIVINE!)
- Blackberry Cheesecake Popsicles (another one of my friend Emily’s AMAZING creations)
A Little Matcha Green Tea History
And, since we’re on the topic of history, how about a brief history of today’s star ingredient? Matcha green tea first came into the history books back in the era of the Tang Dynasty (which was 618–907 A.D.). During that time, tea leaves were steamed and then formed into bricks in order to be traded or stored. The tea would then be prepared by roasting and pulverizing the leaves into a powder. From there, the powder was decocted in hot water (and then adding salt). It was during the Song Dynasty (which was 960–1279 A.D.) that the practice of taking the powdered tea and whipping it in water to make a frothy beverage started to develop. (source)
From there, the preparation and consumption of this powdered tea became a ritual used by the Chan or Zen Buddhists. There’s a Chan monastic code from the year 1103 A.D. that goes into detail about the proper etiquette for tea ceremonies. After this, n 1191 A.D., the Chinese methods of preparing powdered tea, along with Zen Buddhism were brought to Japan by a monk named Eisai. (source)
Interestingly enough, powdered tea has not really been popular in China for a long time. However, there is now a global resurgence in the love for matcha green tea (yay! I’m part of a global resurgence) which has increased consumption substantially, even in China. In Japan, however, powdered matcha tea has continued to be an important part of the Zen Buddhism rituals throughout history. (source)
Popsicle Molds + Alternatives
I know not everyone has popsicle molds on hand in their kitchen. I can tell you that if popsicles are something your family enjoys, even somewhat frequently, they are a worthy investment and quite honestly don’t cost that much. Here are a few options for you in a variety of price points. You can click on the name or the image to be taken to Amazon to learn more about the product.
If you don’t have popsicle molds and don’t want to buy any, then you can easily use small paper cups like these 3-ounce Dixie bathroom cups and wooden popsicle sticks like these to make your own popsicle molds. The small cups typically come in 3-ounce, 4-ounce, and 6-ounce cups. I personally prefer the 3-ounce cups as I think they are the best size for a popsicle. But use whatever size your family likes.
Alright, enough of all this! Let’s dive into the recipe, shall we?
- ½ cup hot water
- 4 tsp matcha powder (I like this Epic Matcha brand, Sunfoods brand, and Four Sigmatic brand)
- ¼ cup erythritol (I use Anthony's brand or NOW Foods brand), or use any granulated/liquid sweetener of your choice
- 20 drops liquid stevia (I like NuNaturals brand and SweetLeaf brand)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ¾ tsp almond extract
- 2.5 cups full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream (I like the Aroy-D coconut milk and coconut cream)
- ½ cup collagen powder (I use Perfect Supplements brand - use coupon code DELICIOUS10 to save 10%)
- ¼ tsp vitamin C powder (helps the collagen work better in the body - I use Pure Synergy brand)
- Heat your water until almost boiling.
- Place your matcha powder in a small glass bowl or jar and add the water.
- Whisk to combine and then set aside to brew.
- In a blender, combine your erythritol, stevia, vanilla extract, almond extract, coconut milk or cream, collagen powder, and vitamin C powder.
- Blend until combined.
- Add your matcha tea mixture and blend again until well combined.
- Pour into your popsicle molds (see above for suggestions) and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or overnight.