Lavender Moon Milk Popsicles




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moon milk popsicles, melting

Lavender Moon Milk Popsicles are a relaxing bedtime ritual reinvented for the summer months…these vegan coconut milk popsicles are lightly sweetened with honey and speckled with vanilla bean.  Sweet dreams!

lavender moon milk popsicles

What is moon milk?

I don’t blame you for asking, I didn’t know myself until recently.

  • Moon milk is trendy and ancient at the same time.  It’s a milk based drink that is taken at bedtime to soothe and send one off to sleep.  The concept of blending warm milk with herbs and spices has origins in Indian Ayurvedic traditions, which is an ancient form of medicine still practiced today.
  • Traditionally it’s made with dairy milk, but you can use any type of non dairy milk.
  • Moon milk traditionally blends cardamom, cinnamon (and sometimes other spices) along with the Ayurvedic anti-anxiety herb ashwagandha. 
  • Ashwagandha root is a medicinal herb classified as an “adaptogen,” meaning that it can help your body manage stress.  Although this root has been used for centuries in India, and is a household remedy in that country to this day, Western medicine is just beginning to study it.  Research suggests ashwagandha may help reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue, and may even be incredibly useful in fighting cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimers, arthritis, and other diseases, but further studies are needed.  If you’re interested you can read more here.
  • No one knows exactly how it works, but researchers think ashwagandha effects levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
  • Ashwagandha is a supplement, and supplements aren’t subject to the same regulation that drugs are in the US.  Be sure you buy it from a reputable source, or speak to your pharmacist. Like all supplements, ashwagandha may interfere or interact with some drugs and other herbs and supplements. It’s not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding and hasn’t been tested in children.
  • If you’re interested in using it regularly, USA News and World Report recommends “talking to a qualified health professional before starting it and doing your research before choosing a brand. Look for brands that are independently tested for safety and potency, and ones that are transparent about how and where the ashwagandha is sourced.”  

Moon Milk Popsicles

Moon Milk is usually enjoyed warm, just before bed.

But with the summer temps upon us I couldn’t help but try it out in popsicle form.  I used coconut milk and calming lavender in my moon milk pops, and they make the perfect ending to a sweltering day.

Ingredients for moon milk popsicles ~

  • Traditionally moon milk is made with dairy milk, but I used coconut cream (you can use coconut milk as well.) I prefer coconut cream because it freezes up with the silkiest texture for popsicles.  The difference between coconut milk and coconut cream is simply the amount of shredded coconut used to make them.
  • Culinary grade lavender which is known for its anti-anxiety, sedative, and sleep-inducing properties.  Culinary grade just means lavender that was grown specifically for food use, so no pesticides, etc. 
  • Ashwaganda powder
  • Honey for sweetening
  • Vanilla bean for flavor

making lavender moon milk popsicles

I heat the coconut milk and let the culinary grade lavender buds steep to infuse their flavor into the milk.  I add some vanilla bean and honey to sweeten the mixture, blend in some Ashwagandha, and then chill before I fill my popsicle molds.

Other ingredients for moon milk popsicles ~

You can blend many other ingredients into your coconut milk for popsicles or warm moon milk.  Many of these ingredients will add healthy benefits as well as a gorgeous colors to your pops. 

moon milk popsicles melting

That little black dusting at the top of my popsicles is where the vanilla beans settled, so if that bothers you maybe vanilla extract would be a better choice.  

moon milk popsicle pin

Popsicles are a way of life here at tvfgi ~ I have so many it’s hard to pick favorites, but here are a few healthy fruit pops perfect for making right now!

 
Lavender Moon Milk Popsicles
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Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Category: dessert

Cuisine: American

Yield: makes 7 popsicles

moon milk popsicles, melting

Lavender and Vanilla Bean Moon Milk Popsicles ~ a relaxing bedtime ritual reinvented for the summer months...these coconut milk popsicles are lightly sweetened with honey and speckled with vanilla bean.  Sweet dreams!

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce can coconut cream
  • 3 Tbsp culinary grade lavender
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp ashwagandha powder

Instructions

  1. Whisk the coconut cream or milk until it's smooth. Add enough water to make 2 cups.
  2. Bring to a simmer in a small saucepan and stir in the lavender buds and the vanilla bean seeds (throw in the pod, too.) Take off the heat, cover, and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth, and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix well.
  4. Chill until the mixture is cold.
  5. Fill the popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze until solid, 4-6 hours.

 


I get asked a lot, so here’s the type of popsicle mold I use ~ I love the classic shape and they don’t wear out.  Click on the photo for more info.


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6 Comments

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  • Reply
    Bernice
    August 12, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I’m going to get the ingredients this week to make this, sounds heavenly!

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    sheenam @ thetwincookingproject
    August 12, 2019 at 5:14 am

    How delicious does this look.

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    Tricia B
    August 11, 2019 at 9:16 am

    How fascinating! I’ve never heard of this but would love to give it a try. We often eat kiwi in the evenings as a bedtime snack as they are supposed to help you get a better nights sleep. I am making these to try! Thanks/

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 11, 2019 at 9:34 am

      I had no idea about the kiwi, interesting :)

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    Jane
    August 11, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Sounds heavenly. To make this as a sorbet in my Donvier ice cream maker I’m guessing I’d double the recipe but would other proportions need altering?

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 11, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Oh I love that idea Jane, and also maybe an ice cream version! I think doubling should work, let us know how that goes, I’m inspired!