I’m relishing LA’s 70 degree weather this week. It’s simply perfect. The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and there’s a slight chill in the air to refresh and rejuvenate. The relentless California summer will be here soon, which in recent years feels like it begins weeks before its calendar start date. With Roasted Blueberry Matcha Pops on-hand, I’ll be ready with a healthy, cooling snack whenever the first heat wave hits. These pops are made with fresh blackberries, slow-roasted to thicken their juices and bring out their sweet-tart flavor. I’ve tried the simpler method of cooking the berries over a stove top, and must say that the oven-roasting route creates a far superior result. Top the pops off with coconut milk infused with soothing honey, earthy green tea, and vanilla beans scraped straight from the pod. Use only best-quality, natural ingredients to make these and they’ll satisfy and your not-too-sweet tooth all spring and summer long.
Roasted Blackberry Matcha Pops
Makes 8 ice pops.
2-6 oz. packages organic blackberries
5 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped out
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp matcha powder, sifted
1 tsp vanilla extract
paring knife, to scrape seeds from vanilla pod
small baking sheet, lightly oiled with non-stick spray
medium mixing bowl
liquid measuring cup with spout
8 popsicle sticks, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes then blotted with a paper towel
1.) Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Mix together the blackberries, 3 Tbsp of honey, and the seeds of one vanilla bean, then place this on a lightly greased baking sheet. When the oven comes up to temperature, roast the berries for 25 minutes. Remove the berries from the oven and lightly smash them with a fork. Set the berries aside to cool a bit. As the berries cool the juices will thicken.
2.) In a medium mixing bowl, vigorously whisk the coconut milk, sifted matcha, vanilla extract, and remaining 2 Tbsp of honey together. Transfer this mixture to a liquid measuring cup. Spoon the cooked berries, about 2 Tbsp, equally into each of 8 popsicle molds. Carefully top the matcha coconut milk mixture over each of the fruit-filled popsicle cavities. Leave a 1/4″ allowance at the top of each cavity to allow the pops to expand during freezing.
3.) Place the lid on the popsicle molds, then carefully insert the popsicle sticks, straight down, into each of the open slots. Leave 1″ of each popsicle stick above the lid. Let the popsicles freeze for at least 4 hours or until completely hardened. If you have difficulty removing them from the molds, run the outside of each popsicle mold under warm water to help the popsicles release.
Great combination Bonnie! I have never roasted blackberries in the oven before but good to know that they are tastier that way 🙂
Last summer I bought popsicle molds but never used them, guess I have a great recipe now to use on them 😉
Thanks B! Time to break out those popsicle molds…yay! 😉
This looks so refreshing and yummy! It’s been quite warm here in San Diego as well, so this will be a great dessert or a snack in the afternoon!
Thanks so much Olga! San Diego is such a beautiful place, I feel like it’s always temperate there! 🙂
Bonnie these look positively divine. I LOVE the combination of flavors. Great job 😀
Thank you so much Jess! 😉
Perfect summer treat.. Love the color combo
Thank you…I love the pairing of purple and green too! 🙂
Holy cow! These look and sound amazing. Matcha and blackberries are two of my favorite things. I’ll definitely be giving these a try once the summer months hit. Maybe I can finally kick my habit of picking up ice cream with the groceries. 😛
Thanks so much Nicole! I heard there is an awesome ice cream company called Tea-rrfic (http://tearrificicecream.com) on the East Coast…have you tried yet? I need to get my hands on some!! 😉
Bonnie, these look so beautiful!! I love the ombre effect! 🙂 Pinning this!
Thanks so much for the pin! So glad you like these! 🙂
I feel summer over here.These look so delicious! 🙂
Ah, yes, summer will be blazing soon! So glad you like these Jhuls! 😉
tks for sharing recipe 🙂
Hey Son! Thanks so much…hope you can enjoy them sometime soon! 🙂
WOW! This is so cool !!!
Thank you so much!!! 🙂
Yum!! Love the unique combination you tried, I haven’t had matcha with blackberries yet.
Nothing beats blackberries when they are in season, and they taste even better when paired with matcha! Hope you can try these sometime soon! 😉
i’ve had a stainless steel popsicle mold on my amazon wish list for five years. and every summer there is always a kitchen toy that takes precedence (waffle cone maker, kitchen aid paddle scrapper, pizza stone). i swear, i will get a mold soon enough because these pops look amazing. we’re still in the 50s and 60s here, so i have some time….
Ah too bad we can’t do a awkward kitchen accessories swap, Lan. Better yet, my hubby would be thrilled if I gave you all my gadgets, free of charge, popsicle molds included. 😉
These look so pretty! I really need to get my hands on some matcha!
Matcha is such a wonderful ingredient…Mizuba and Aiya are great sources! Thanks so much for stopping by Ana! 🙂
Bonnie, I am convinced you know the way to my heart. I am sitting here thinking, these are amazing for summer. I am also thinking of making these and taking them with me to a party. Amazing post girl :).
Kay of Pure & Complex
Thanks so much Kay!! Not surprisingly, tea is the way to many hearts! 😉
The colors are gorgeous! And blackberries are like the queen of berries in my book. Great recipe! (I’ve missed THIRSTY FOR TEA while I’ve been away.) 🙂
You are so right…blackberries are the queen of berries!! 😉
These look absolutely delicious! As a Florida girl, I feel your enjoyment (and pain) over summer weather… These look perfect to enjoy as the weather heats up! Love that you roasted the berries- genius!! Can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing ♡
Hey Chey! Thanks so much for your sweet message…hope you can enjoy these sometime soon. Hope summer in Florida this year is a kind one! 😉
Bonnie these simply look fabulous- I’m preparing for my exams, bored like hell, so your pictures really made my day today xx
Please tell me your exams are over because you need to get working on your bread cookbook. It’ll be a project where I can guarantee you won’t be “bored like hell.” Heehee. 😉
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I love Blackberries, and these Matcha Pops looks just awesome! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for stopping by Cecilia…hope you can enjoy these sometime soon! 🙂
kisses from dubai ♥
Thanks so much Mahryska!! 🙂
These pops are SO AWESOME! That colors totally pop! The weather is getting warm too fast. I will need these very very soon!
It’s hot already isn’t it!! Ahh!! 🙂 Thanks so much Lokness, so glad you approve! 😉
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Found this recipe via Vingle, looks delicious!
Thank you so much! Hope you can enjoy them sometime soon! 🙂
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