Roasted Blackberry Matcha Pops

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. 

Ingredients:

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

Equipment:

paring knife, to scrape seeds from vanilla pod

small baking sheet, lightly oiled with non-stick spray

medium mixing bowl

sifter

whisk

Tbsp measure

liquid measuring cup with spout

popsicle mold

8 popsicle sticks, soaked in warm water for 5 minutes then blotted with a paper towel

Directions:

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.

43 thoughts on “Roasted Blackberry Matcha Pops

  1. 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 😉

  2. 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. 😛

  3. 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. 😉

  4. 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 ♡

    • 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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