Finding a refreshingly cold and delicious snack that is also healthy can be a challenge in the summer. We have the perfect solution to cool you off and protect your body when the weather turns hot. Our Vanilla Chai Popsicles are creamy, sweet, filled with flavor and they’re nutritious. Making popsicles is not only a fun, family-friendly activity, but can also be a great way to dodge added sugars and preservatives found in many summer desserts. This is a great snack or dessert to make in advance so you can enjoy a treat after a long day at the beach or the pool. These popsicles are so good, even your teens will think they are “cool”!
Nutrient Booster: Chai
Chai, originally known as masala chai, dates back to 5,000 years ago. Some historians suggest it has Indian origins, while others say that it started in Thai culture. In 1835, Britain set up camp in India and brought black tea with them. That’s how the chai that we know today was born. Black tea quickly made it’s way into masala chai recipes (spices, milk, sweetener and tea). In more recent years, masala chai became known simply as “chai” or even “chai tea”. “Masala chai” means “spiced tea”, so “chai” essentially means “tea”. Chai is a blend of black tea, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, clove, fennel and black pepper. Each ingredient offers a different health benefit to our bodies. Black tea has been shown to reduce blood pressure. Ginger can help aid digestion and reduce nausea. Cinnamon can help lower cholesterol and help stabilize blood sugar. Cloves, cardamom, cinnamon and black pepper all have antibacterial properties. In all, chai has so many wonderful properties that keep our bodies functioning properly.
What’s the best thing about this recipe? You can customize it according to your palate! If you prefer a less sweet pop, substitute the vanilla skyr for plain skyr or even Greek yogurt. If you are vegan or have an allergy to dairy products, you can substitute the skyr for non-dairy yogurt. So many choices and so many reasons to enjoy this delicious treat!
Vanilla Chai Popsicles
- 1/2 cup chai tea, unsweetened
- 1/4 tsp turmeric optional
- 1 (5.3 oz cup) Vanilla Icelandic Provisions Skyr
- 2 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 2 tsp crystallized ginger
- 4 Popsicle molds
Whisk together Icelandic Provisions Skyr, 2 tablespoons honey and chai tea, set aside.
Add 1/2 teaspoon coconut flakes to the bottom of each popsicle mold. Evenly distribute the skyr mixture into each popsicle mold. Top each popsicle with 1/2 teaspoon of crystallized ginger. Leave 1/4″ of space at the top of each mold to allow for expansion.
Freeze popsicles for 3-4 hours, or until frozen through.
Serving: 1 popsicle, Calories: 75, Fat: 1.5 grams, Saturated fat: 1 grams, Carbohydrates: 14 grams, Sugar: 13 grams, Sodium: 20 milligrams, Fiber: .5 gram, Protein: 4 grams, Cholesterol: 2.5 milligrams