Have you got your hands on a copy of The Fit Foodie’s book yet? It’s called LOVE MOVE EAT and it is divine. Filled with over 70 luscious healthy recipes, you will use it again and again.
Check out my interview with The Fit Foodie (Sally O’Neil), and while you wait for your copy to wing its way to you, try this yummy recipe for Vegan Matcha Pops. Aren’t they cute?
Vegan Matcha Pops
Preparation Time: 10 minutes (plus 2 hours freezing)
The health blogger world is currently green with envy over matcha. 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 whole leaf – giving you loads more antioxidants than traditional green tea. It’s also known as a brain booster and helps to improve stamina.
Sounds awesome right?
It’s even better in ice-cream. You’ll love these, so matcha…
⅔ cup coconut cream*
1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (see tip)
3 teaspoons rice malt syrup or
8 drops liquid stevia
¼ cup basic raw chocolate (see page 205) or
75g 90% dark chocolate, melted
2 tablespoons pistachios, roughly chopped
Mint leaves and extra matcha, to garnish (optional)
* For a lighter option, use coconut milk or unsweetened nut milk
1. Add coconut cream, matcha powder and sweetener of choice to a bowl or blender and whisk or blend until smooth
2. In a popsicle mould, pour in the mixture evenly leaving a small gap at the top for expansion. You can tap your mould on a hard surface to knock out any air bubbles.
3. Pop in the freezer to set briefly, before adding the popsicle sticks (they should be able to stand upright)
4. Put back in the freezer for a few hours or until completely set
5. Remove from moulds, drizzle with chocolate, top with pistachios, mint and a little extra matcha and enjoy!
Sub half the coconut cream for plain Greek yoghurt. You’ll amp up the protein for muscle-repair and satiety.
Tip: I use Matcha Maiden matcha powder, available from health food stores and online.
Recipe extracted with kind permission from LOVE MOVE EAT by Sally O’Neil, Bauer Books, RRP $34.99
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