5 Easy Superfood Tea Popsicle Recipes

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Summertime is still here, and we’re all craving a sweet frozen treat! If you’re looking for something a little more interesting (and healthy) than pouring sugary soda into a popsicle mold, we’ve got you covered - making popsicles with tea is a delicious and fun way to cool off on a hot day. In this article, I’m going to show you:

  • Some general pointers for making tea infused popsicles
  • How to make a London Fog tea popsicle
  • How to make a Moringa Latte tea popsicle
  • How to make a Honeybush Cherry Vanilla tea popsicle
  • How to make a Jasmine Green Tea Lavender Orange popsicle
  • How to make a Yerba Mate Chocolate Oatmeal tea popsicle

Ready to make the most of your summer treats? Let’s go!

General Guidelines for Making Iced Tea Infused Popsicles

When making tea popsicles, it’s important to brew the tea super duper strong in order to preserve the flavor. After all, you don’t just want slightly-flavored water! In general in fact, coldness dulls flavor, hence why cheap restaurants will serve their table red wine cold! That’s why loose leaf tea is best for making popsicles, since it creates a stronger, fuller infusion.

Most of the tea popsicle recipes I’m going to show you involve making an actual cup of hot tea first. However, where you would normally use 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea per 8 fluid ounces (1 cup) of water, I recommend using 3-4 teaspoons of loose leaf tea per 8 ounces. Steep it for ten minutes to make sure the flavor infuses well.

You don’t need any specialist equipment for these popsicle recipes, and you don’t even need a commercially-made popsicle mold. In fact, for most of mine, I used a small glass, a skewer, and some cling wrap to keep the skewer in place, like so:

 London Fog iced tea popsicle mold

 

The longer you can keep these popsicles in the freezer, the better. I actually let mine freeze overnight, but you should factor in at least four hours of freezing time.

When you’re done, the popsicle will probably be clinging tight to the inside of the mold, so be sure to run it under hot water until it slides out easily. You don’t want to risk yanking the popsicle stick out of the ice and having to eat your summer treat awkwardly from the inside of the mold!

Okay, with those caveats out of the way, let’s move on to my favorite tea popsicle recipes.

1. London Fog Iced Tea Popsicle Recipe

This classy summertime treat is a fun, frosty riff on everyone’s favorite tea latte! It’s also relatively low in sugar while being sweet enough for dessert time.

For this popsicle, I decided to use one of my favorite Earl Grey teas of all time. Most Earl Grey is made with black tea, but this one is made with red rooibos, which gives it an extra sweet, woody undertone. Rooibos also has a ton of health benefits - to learn more about them, check out our rooibos vs. honeybush spotlight post!

Taste notes for this popsicle: Basically just like a London Fog! Sweet, slightly floral, and full of Earl Grey goodness.

Ingredients

 

London Fog Iced Tea Popsicle ingredients

Method

  1. First, brew enough lavender-laced tea for however many popsicles you want to make. I recommend using three teaspoons of Classy Earl Grey Rooibos and one teaspoon of Pretty in Purple Lavender Chamomile per 8 ounces (1 cup) of water. You can use regular culinary lavender too, but I find that the chamomile gives it an extra smoothness that feels great in the mouth. Remember to let it steep for at least ten minutes.
  2. Once the tea has brewed, strain the loose leaf tea out and pour the liquid into your molds.
  3. For each mold, add ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, your choice of honey or agave to taste, and a splash of milk (I used oat milk).
  4. Finally, put your popsicles in the freezer for at least four hours. Voila - enjoy your fancy yet low-effort dessert!

 

London Fog iced tea popsicle

2. Moringa Tea Latte Popsicle Recipe

No brewing required for this one! This yummy tea yogurt popsicle will give your fun in the sun a little creamy twist. It also takes advantage of moringa powder’s flavor, which is similar to the umami of matcha but without the astringent tones.

Moringa is an herbal tea powder made from the leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree, which is native to India. It’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries, and it’s considered a superfood due to its nutrient-rich, protein-laden profile. For more info about moringa and its benefits, take a look at our moringa spotlight post

Taste notes for this popsicle: Super decadent and sweet, with a hint of warm, grassy moringa goodness.

Ingredients

 

Moringa latte iced tea popsicle ingredients

Method

  1. Mix together the yogurt, honey, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add the moringa powder and whisk until it’s dispersed evenly throughout the mixture.
  2. Scoop the contents of the bowl into your choice of mold and pop it in the freezer - if you can keep yourself from eating that yummy moringa-laced yogurt as it is, of course!

Yes, it’s really that easy! This recipe’s simplicity is one of the reasons why I love it so much.

 

Moringa latte iced tea popsicle

3. Honeybush Cherry Vanilla Iced Tea Popsicle Recipe

Talk about a healthy summer treat! This herbal tea popsicle utilizes a quartet of sweet yet super healthy ingredients, meaning you can enjoy this gorgeous dessert guilt-free.

Honeybush tea is often considered to be similar to rooibos, but it’s made from a different plant and has a sweeter taste with subtle sour notes. To learn more about honeybush and its health benefits, read our rooibos vs honeybush spotlight post!

Taste notes for this popsicle: Sweet, fruity, and floral, with lovely chewy chunks of cherry!

Ingredients

 

Honeybush Cherry Vanilla popsicle ingredients

Method

  1. Brew your desired amount of tea for ten minutes, using 3-4 tsp of loose leaf honeybush tea per 8 ounces (1 cup) of water.
  2. Strain the liquid out into a bowl and add the vanilla and honey or agave. Stir well so that everything dissolves properly into the mixture.
  3. Chop a cherry into quarters and drop it into your mold, then pour the tea mixture over it.
  4. Place the mold in the freezer. Pure fancy, frosty fun!

 

Honeybush Cherry Vanilla iced tea popsicle

4. Jasmine Green Tea Lavender Orange Popsicle Recipe

I adore jasmine green tea for its natural sweet floral high notes, and this recipe plays up its delicious taste in a simply delightful way! With some added fruit juice and lavender, you won’t be able to get enough of this sweet treat.

Our Jasmine green tea is a Chinese tea that has been combined with jasmine petals to create a gloriously delicious brew. To learn more about Chinese versus Japanese green teas, their benefits, and how they differ, take a look at our post about green tea.

Taste notes for this popsicle: VERY floral, sweet, and super refreshing!

Ingredients

 

Sweet Jasmine green tea lavender orange popsicle

Method

  1. Brew the desired amount of tea. I recommend using three teaspoons of Sweet Jasmine Organic Green Tea and one teaspoon of Pretty in Purple Lavender Chamomile per 8 ounces (1 cup) of water. Let it steep for ten minutes. As with the London Fog popsicle, you can also use regular culinary lavender, but the chamomile gives it a little extra floral flavor that I just love.
  2. Once the tea is done, strain out the liquid and add the juice. I squeezed my own from a large navel orange, but you can use juice from a carton if you’d prefer. I recommend combining about two parts tea to one part orange juice, but you can adjust the ratios to your liking.
  3. Stir in the honey or agave.
  4. Pour into your molds and freeze. Job done!

 

Jasmine Green Tea lavender orange popsicle

5. Yerba Mate Chocolate Oatmeal Iced Tea Popsicle Recipe

Yes, you read that right - oatmeal! This unique sweet treat feels like more of a substantial snack than your usual watery frozen dessert. You can use any milk you like, but I used oat milk to make this popsicle extra oaty.

Yerba mate is an herbal tea originating from Argentina. It’s packed with antioxidants and minerals, and when brewed hot, it contains almost as much caffeine as coffee - but doesn’t cause caffeine jitters due to the various superfood antioxidants it contains. To learn more about yerba mate and its benefits, check out our yerba mate spotlight post!

Taste notes for this popsicle: The yerba mate’s woody flavor goes really well with the oatmeal and chocolatey accent.

Ingredients

 

Yerba mate chocolate oatmeal iced tea popsicle ingredients

Method

  1. Brew your desired amount of yerba mate tea for ten minutes, using 3-4 tbsp of the loose leaf per 8 ounces (1 cup) of water. Be sure to use water that isn’t quite boiling - otherwise, the leaves can burn and the flavor will spoil. I like to boil my kettle and then leave it to cool for a couple of minutes before pouring the water over the leaves. If you’re making the tea on the stove, make sure the water only gets to the point where it’s just starting to bubble.
  2. Once the brewing is done, strain out the liquid and mix about two parts yerba mate tea to one part milk.
  3. Add agave to taste, stir well, and pour into your molds.
  4. Add the oatmeal to each mold.
  5. Use a cheese grater to shred the dark chocolate and add the shavings to your liking. If you don’t want the chocolate to melt all the way, make sure the tea has cooled down some before you add the shavings!
  6. Finally, place your molds in the freezer.

Bear in mind that the oatmeal will settle at the bottom of whatever mold you use. Personally, I like having that yummy layer of texture, but you can also blend the mixture in a food processor to make it all smooth.

 

Yerba mate chocolate oatmeal iced tea popsicle

 

So there you have it! I love a simple frozen lemonade popsicle as much as the next gal, but these delicious desserts really take summer relaxation to the next level.

If you love iced tea and want more ideas for tea-based summery treats, check out my loose leaf sun tea recipe ideas!

A Note from Lauren

I had such a fun time creating (and devouring!) these popsicles, and I was thrilled to find that each one was delicious in its own unique way. Whether you’re looking for something super sweet, something classic, or something totally new, I hope at least one of these recipes hits the spot!

If you give any of these delicious tea popsicles a try, we’d love to see it, so be sure to post your creations on Instagram! Tag us @matchaalternatives and use the hashtag #matchaalternatives, to get a feature :D

Sweet Jasmine organic green tea loose leaf

Sweet Jasmine Organic Green Tea

Rich and floral, this gorgeous green tea blend makes for a deliciously decadent popsicle base!

Organic Honeybush loose leaf tea

"The Purist" Organic Honeybush

The perfect tea for a sweet but healthy popsicle! Delicious, certified organic, and always ethically sourced.

Superior Organic Moringa Tea Powder

Superior Organic Moringa Tea Powder

This versatile superfood powder can instantly jazz up your summer dessert! Healthier than matcha, and much cheaper too.

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