Sometimes I wish our culture would adopt the custom of taking siestas.
You know, those naps that the Spanish so famously take each afternoon after lunch? They sound kind of brilliant to me. Because afternoons are without a doubt the time that I seem to move a littttle bitttt morrre slowwwwly. Mornings? I’m super energized and motivated. Evenings? All of my creative juices start flowing. But afternoons? Let’s just say “meh”. Energy and creativity are not quite there, and half of the time I find myself staring longingly out the window wanting to go on a long walk, or jealously at the couch where my dog is snoozing the mid-day away. Naps sound just lovely.
But alas, life keeps moving and recipes need photographing and emails keep flowing in the afternoon, so strong cups of coffee and chai are my friend. A few weeks ago, though, I stumbled upon a brilliant alternative — freezing my coffee and chai into popsicles! It’s like caffeine made fun!! (Although if you don’t drink caffeine, these are still super fun when made caffeine-free.) ;)
This hardly counts as a recipe, but for anyone else looking for an afternoon energy “treat”, I thought I’d share it with you today.
The inspiration for this recipe came from being a super fan of all things chai.
About a year ago, I started making my chai concentrate from scratch, and continue to make it at least once or twice a month. Because I love chai. I bounce back and forth between coffee and chai in the mornings, and love them both.
A few weeks ago, though, I had some leftovers from a batch of chai that I wasn’t going to use in time and was trying to figure out what to do. And then the idea occurred to me — why not freeze it and make chai popsicles??
So I did. And the result was a batch of absolutely delicious chai pops that brilliantly turned into my new afternoon pick-me-up habit. Because who doesn’t love a popsicle in the heat of the afternoon? And all the better if it’s made with homemade chai??
Yep. I’m a fan. And the best part is that these guys take just minutes to make and only call for 2 ingredients!
The first ingredient is chai concentrate. I like to make mine homemade most of the time, but also buy the store-bought stuff on occasion. Either will work.
Then just mix it with some milk. (I usually do a 1:1 ratio, but you can add the milk to taste. Also see my notes in the recipe below about what kinds of milk you can use.)
And then just pour your chai into your popsicle molds, and pop then in the freezer.
A few hours later, they will be good to go!
Too easy, right?? Ok, maybe this one wasn’t deserving of an entire recipe post in and of itself. But I have been “popping” these guys like crazy, and am a big fan. So for anyone else who loves chai or who might need a little boost in the afternoon (while longing for a siesta), I’m happy to report that they are both tasty and energizing. And just basically delightful.
YES to siestas. I have often wished that too.
And, these popsicles? LOVE. My husband is totally obsessed with chai, but we live in Florida…tea ain’t happening.
Until now! Pinned!
I just made these too and I haven’t posted them yet, but they’re so good! I love chai and I’ll eat it any way I can get it!
These are so great because I find I always hit that 3 o’clock slump where I either want to take a nap (and I can’t) or need some chocolate to pick me up. Love chai too, so good!
I feel like chai runs thru my veins! I love these ideas and I also agree I start to fade around lunch time so these would be a great pick me up.
I do not drink coffee but I’m a HUGE chai fan, so this is PERFECT!!
I grew up drinking and observing my mother drink tea almost every hour! Yes, she is that crazy about tea! This popsicle version sounds perfect for hot weather!
I have GOT to buy popsicle molds!! These are too fabulous for words!
I’m always making frozen pops for the littles, but these are calling my name! I think it’s time I made some popsicles for myself. :)
I am in love with easy recipes like this, especially if they look and sound delicious. Hope you enjoyed the weekend! :)
Only 2 ingredients?! Sign me up!
I love the idea of making popsicles, definitely need to get in on this :)
You had me at chai! Loving these!!
Oh my god I basically die every afternoon. Sometimes I need a Spanish siesta ;) These popsicles look so delish and refreshing!
Frozen chai sounds right up my alley! Cold tea cannot be beat and especially in fun popsicle form!
You had me at chai! These are definitely going on my to do list this summer. I often make a concentrate like yours to easily whip up iced chai lattes.
Yummm. I haven’t had a chai in ages and I may just need to make these and make up for lost time…
Also, siestas? Yes, please. Maybe there is some sort of petition we can start?
I feel pretty energized in the morning and don’t necessary need coffee but, come afternoon, I CRAVE it! I love coffee and I love chai. I have a dirty chai! I will be making these.
Chai is one of my absolute favorite flavors! Love the twist on ‘iced chai’!
Can you please tell how to make your own chai concentrate?
Sure thing! Here’s my recipe and tutorial – https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/homemade-chai-tea-recipe/.
I wouldn’t mind taking a nap after lunch. I also would not mind having one of these delicious popsicles, since I just had lunch and can’t really take a nap.
I definitely think easy recipes deserve a whole post! Sometimes less is more! Love these, they look so refreshing!
What a fun summer treat!
Ali! This recipe is like a dream calling to me! I love love love chai!!!!
I have a Zoku and have been looking for recipes to break it in. Not only does this look like a great recipe to try, but now I have plans for all of my other teas. Yay!!
Those were AWEFUL! To be fair, I didn’t have “concentrated chai”, so used a few chai spice tea bags…. what went wrong?
You’ll need tea concentrate, which includes sweetener and is also super-concentrated tea to balance out the milk. A few chai tea bags probably would not be enough, and you need a sweetener. Hope that helps.
Where did you find the popsicle molds?
I used the Progressive International popsicle molds, available on Amazon.