August is nearly over! Ahh! I can hardly believe it! It feels like the summer has flown by! We sure do love Autumn but we aren’t quite ready for summer to end. (By summer we mean the long days where you don’t feel guilty hanging out and doing what you want because, you know, its staycation season, right?) The weather obviously hasn’t caught on to the changing season but thats okay because these Vanilla Rooibos + Honey Roasted Plum Ice Pops are the perfect transitional treat! Roasting your plums and assembling your pops at night will make certain you’ve got a delicious, sweet frozen treat for that afternoon heatwave!
A big thanks to our friends over at Equal Exchange who sent us mass amounts of their rooibos tea blends. We’ve enjoyed sipping the herbal tea both hot and cold and even infusing it in coconut milk for these pops. YES! The raw honey used to sweeten the roasted plums was locally sourced in Portland, Oregon from a sweet couple who handcraft natural skincare and lifestyle goods. Kosmas Co. sent us a small mason jar of their very own blackberry raw honey earlier this summer and it is dreamy! The best way to know your honey is being thoughtfully and consciously produced is to know your beekeepers.
Rooibos tea is totally caffeine free and comes from a plant originally only grown in South Africa. It’s flavor is sweet, fruity and robust – a perfect blend for those looking to sip without getting the jitters! Rooibos is filled with polyphenols which are known for their rich antioxidant properties. Polyphenols may be helpful in reducing inflammation in the body and can also promote heart health. This means that rooibos has many potential health benefits!
Plums are high in Vitamin C and a good source of Vitamin K, Potassium and Dietary Fiber (which helps keep you regular.. yeah, like that). These pops are loaded with healthy goodness, are super delicious and refreshing. Plus, they are gorgeous to look at! We can’t complain about a yummy and beautiful treat. It’s a bit cooler this morning so we are off to roast more plums for another batch of pops before it gets too hot!
Rooibos + Honey Roasted Plum Pops
makes 12 pops
gluten free, soy free, dairy free
2 – 13.5oz cans of Coconut Milk
2 tbsp. raw honey or maple syrup or even cane sugar
+ extra drizzle of honey for roasted plums
2 bags of vanilla rooibos tea
for the rooibos infused coconut milk
Pour both cans of coconut milk into a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, adjust heat to low and add in your sweetener of choice and whisk until fully dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside about 1/2 cup of sweetened coconut milk. For the rest, add in two bags of rooibos tea and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Place both the sweetened coconut milk and the rooibos infused coconut milk into the refrigerator to cool while you roast the plums.
for the honey roasted plums
Preheat your oven to 350° and line a baking dish with parchment paper. Wash and slice plums into wedges and scatter onto your baking dish. Drizzle with raw honey and sprinkle with lemon zest. Allow to roast in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until the plums are tender and juicy. Spoon extra plum juice on top of wedges to make sure you get the most flavor for your pops!
assemble the pops
Place one to two plum wedges into each ice pop mold, making sure to gently press them into the sides of the mold. Take your rooibos infused coconut milk and slowly pour into each mold, a little more than half way. At this point you can either “marbleize” your pops with the sweetened coconut milk, or decide to create a whole new layer. It’s really up to you. We tried both ways and they’re both delicious and fun! If you decide to separate the layers, place the cover on top of your mold and insert popsicle sticks into each opening. Transfer to your freezer and allow to freeze completely, about one hour. Then drizzle the little bit of sweetened coconut milk on top of your rooibos layer and put the pops back in the freezer until solidified. This way allows you to taste each flavor separately, while the marbleized version lends to a more eclectic flavor combination.