Coconut Chai Popsicles

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on August 8, 2011

Right now I’m considering how fortunate I am to have had this post waiting for me, ready to go with only a little bit of writing required.  It’s really hot here.  I thought I was handling the heat better than I usually do every time this year, but I guess not(although trying to bake doesn’t help!).  It’s hot!  And I think it feels even hotter when you want to go inside at 1 in the afternoon and the kids just want to go down the slide one more time.

Really, these popsicles are all I want to eat all day.

Just as a small note, my son loves the taste of these, but I would think twice about letting him have one if they were caffeinated.  I never made a big deal about caffeine before because I’ve never consumed a whole lot of it and when I did, it’s never bothered me up until recently.  So if it bothers you or if your going to share with your kids and they aren’t used to it, make them decaf.

Another small note, you may have to keep an eye on these and freeze them fairly quickly.  I had a hard time poking the stick all the way in because it had already frozen almost solid.  Using full fat coconut milk will help with that because it will still be fairly soft but try to keep the time between layers fairly short, and pour the next layer while the first layer is still soft, but frozen just enough to stop the layers from mixing.  Or you can use a wooden popsicle stick which will make things much easier 🙂

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Coconut Chai Popsicles

Makes 12 medium sized popsicles

  • 6 C double strong chai tea
  • 1/4-1/3 C honey or other liquid sweetener
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk, cream mixed in

In a pot or pitcher, brew 6 cups of chai tea using double the amount of tea bags you would normally use for that much water.  I usually use one tea bag for about 2 cups of water so I used 6 tea bags total for this.   I like to use the tea bags in the 3 cups of boiling water for the recommended time on the package then remove the tea bags, stir in the honey and add the remaining 3 cups of cold water to cool it down before placing it in the fridge to cool completely.  Only steep your tea for as long as the package recommends, any longer will produce bitter tea, don’t leave the tea bags in for stronger tea.

Once the tea is cold, pour 3 cups of the tea into a separate container and mix the full can of coconut milk in with the remaining tea.  Pour a layer of whichever flavor you’d like to start with in the bottom of your popsicle mold and freeze until firm enough to hold another layer without mixing.  Pour the next layer and freeze just until firm enough, trying not to freeze it too long before pouring the next layer.  Repeat until all the layers are done, pushing the popsicle stick in when you’ve poured the last layer on top.  Or you can also use a wooden popsicle stick and push it in as soon as possible(this will probably be after the second layer is firm enough to hold the stick upright) and keep pouring around it.

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1 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli August 17, 2011 at 22:26

Oh Heidi, these look fantastic! So cute with the layering too! How can you go wrong with chai AND coconut! I need to give these a try soon!

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2 Sabine August 14, 2011 at 02:27

Those look really great and so easy to make. Love the flavors.

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3 Reese@SeasonwithSpice August 14, 2011 at 01:51

What a nice summer treat!

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4 Cate August 12, 2011 at 19:55

Heidi- these look so amazing. I can’t wait to try them when my self-imposed caffeine moratorium is over!

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5 David August 12, 2011 at 13:09

Oh, they look great – I love the stripes. And it’s so appealing that you only used three ingredients to make them. Your blog is really lovely Heidi.

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6 Kimberley August 12, 2011 at 10:36

Such a clever popsicle idea! I bet the flavors were astounding.

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7 Jeanette August 10, 2011 at 12:59

What a terrific flavor combination – these popsicles are so pretty! Love that they are non-dairy.

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8 The Teenage Taste August 10, 2011 at 12:48

Oooh! This looks so yummy and interesting! These aren’t your average Popsicles, that’s for sure! 🙂

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9 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum August 10, 2011 at 11:22

How fun! That red packet of Chai looks familiar… I can’t remember the name of it, but that’s the kind I use, too! 🙂

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10 anda August 10, 2011 at 10:01

Wow, these look amazing! I love chai and coconut! I’ve never made my own popsicles, I guess it’s time to start!

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11 Tori (@eat-tori) August 10, 2011 at 09:40

Brilliant combination. And the layers just take it to another level. I’ve just discovered your blog and am kicking myself for taking so long. There’s so much I want to cook from here….

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12 Amy @ Gastronome Tart August 10, 2011 at 09:39

I absolutely LOVE Chai AND Coconut! Win win! A perfect summer treat.

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13 megan @ whatmegansmaking August 10, 2011 at 09:21

ok, this looks amazing. I just posted a chai recipe as well and I can’t get enough of it! Great idea!!

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14 Vivienne August 9, 2011 at 21:16

strong chai tea is one of my fav drink…and im excited to see the combo with coconut milk! will try this when its summer over here 🙂 the colours are so pretty too!

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15 Rawkinmom August 9, 2011 at 20:53

wow…these look great!!! I love the blue tops with the brown and tan colors!!! 🙂

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16 Sherilyn @ Wholepromise August 9, 2011 at 18:41

I love Chai and i love that these are sweetened with honey.

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17 Felicia (Natural+Balanced) August 9, 2011 at 18:25

love this idea. i actually made mango-coconut ice cream today and thought of you!

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18 Barefeet In The Kitchen August 9, 2011 at 15:30

These are adorable! And they sound delicious too. Coconut anything makes me incredibly happy. 🙂

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19 Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel August 9, 2011 at 15:17

I’m not sure why but the colors and stripes made me first think of the cartoon Blues Clues … still trying to connect why i am comparing the two lol.. but really what i mean to say is that they look so fun and super delicious!! <3

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20 Kate@Diethood August 9, 2011 at 14:51

Oh wow, isn’t that a delicious combination!

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21 maggie@maggieandthenuts August 9, 2011 at 10:29

Oh my goodness. I literally just bought ingredients to make coconut pops last night. I was craving them. But now it looks like I need to go back to the store because these look so much better! Chai and coconut. What a great combo.

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22 Michaela August 9, 2011 at 08:53

wow, u come always up with such creative and yummi flavours! I love chai tea!

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23 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} August 9, 2011 at 07:12

Oh my goodness do these look good! Chai is one of my all-time favorite flavors.

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24 Kate@FudgyGoodness August 9, 2011 at 05:20

Wow, how good do these look? I love the combination of flavours – coconut milk is my new favourite ingredient for ice-creams. Thanks for sharing!

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25 Jess@Healthy Exposures August 9, 2011 at 04:26

what an awesome idea for popsicles!! i love the layers…and of course, you cannot go wrong with coconut chai. yum!

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26 Regan @ The Professional Palate August 9, 2011 at 04:22

Was just thinking about a frozen chai dessert yesterday. Crazy! These look yum.

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27 Marsha @ The Harried Cook August 9, 2011 at 00:48

Love the flavors in these popsicles! And they are so pretty… Really perfect for the heat 🙂 Thanks for sharing this beautiful recipe!

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28 Emma Galloway August 9, 2011 at 00:32

Oh my. I love chai and coconut milk, even better that they are together… and frozen! Will have to try them out when summer finally arrives here in Australia!

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29 Richa August 8, 2011 at 20:34

ooooh.. coconut and chai.. and popsicle.. cant get any better than this! Seattle is in the 70s too..but i am not letting that stop me from eating up all icecreams and popsicles on the beach! though with a sweatshirt on 😉

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30 Pure2raw Twins August 8, 2011 at 20:09

Delicious! I want now … no make that mid-day! Yes when I am hot and need something to cool off these are perfect!! Love all the layers too!

xo
~Lori

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31 sally August 8, 2011 at 20:07

I love chai tea, but with the summer heat I haven’t been in the mood for it! This looks like the perfect tea for a hot summer day.

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32 Melissa @ Dash of East August 8, 2011 at 19:19

Oh yum! These look so good! And I’m absolutely loving the layers. I’m still trying to master the whole popsicle making thing, which would come in handy in this Georgia summer heat 🙂

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33 Ally @ omnomally.com August 8, 2011 at 17:59

Yummy! How can you go wrong making anything with chai, but popsicles?! Ingenious 😀

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34 betty August 8, 2011 at 17:57

oh yum these would be perfect on a warm sunny day 🙂

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35 Maris (In Good Taste) August 8, 2011 at 16:53

Chai is my very favorite tea so I ma rather certain I will love these

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36 Clarkie @ Beloved Green August 8, 2011 at 16:36

I’m a huge fan of chai. I’d give these a try, they look delish!

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37 Nami | Just One Cookbook August 8, 2011 at 16:13

I love chai, and chai with my favorite coconut? YUM! You know I’m so envious that you get to eat popsicle. SF has been having really cool summer and right now it’s like 70F I think? My heater turns on in the morning!!! I stopped making popsicles and ice cream… too cold to eat. You must envy me, but I miss hot (ok maybe not hot, warm) weather as I get older… I want to eat these and hang around at the pool side. I’m keeping this recipe and will make this in the future!

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