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Low-carb chai tea ice pops

Writer, runner, mother and pre-diabetic, not necessarily in that order.  I am also the evil mastermind behind All Day I Dream About food, a food blog devoted to low carb and gluten-free recipes.  It isn’t about dieting, but it is about c...

Skip the store-bought sugary ice pops and make your own healthy frozen treats at home.

It's summer and temperatures are on the rise. Nothing beats a frosty ice pop to help cool you down on a hot summer day. But store bought ice pops can derail the healthiest of diets, as they typically contain huge amounts of added sugar. Thankfully, ice pop molds are inexpensive and a great way to make your own healthy frozen treats.

These low-carb chai tea ice pops have a wonderful, sophisticated flavor and you can sweeten them to your own liking. I found that they really didn't need much sweetener at all to be a refreshing summer treat. My kids loved them too. They melt quickly in the heat, though, so grab plenty of napkins.

Low-carb chai tea ice pops

Serves 6-8 medium ice pops

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split down the middle
  • 1 star anise
  • 8 cardamom seeds, gently crushed
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • 2 bags black tea
  • 1-1/2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup erythritol sweetener, such as Swerve or 1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia extract
  • Additional sweetener to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine water, cinnamon sticks, ginger, vanilla bean, anise, cardamom, peppercorns and cloves in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add tea bags. Let steep 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Pour mixture through a strainer and let cool completely.
  4. Stir in cream and sweetener. Add additional sweetener to taste.
  5. Pour mixture into ice pop molds and freeze one hour.
  6. Insert wooden ice pop sticks about 2/3 down into the molds and continue to freeze until solid, another 2 or 3 hours.

Nutritional Facts per serving (6 servings): 117 Calories; 11g Fat; 2g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber; 39mg Cholesterol; 24mg Sodium.

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