Last year I planted shiso in our little greenhouse and the plant grew quite large and went to seed, which led to this year’s bumper crop of baby shiso plants growing everywhere.  I pulled about a hundred and left five of them to grow.  If you have never tried shiso it is a culinary herb that is also called perilla, and it looks like this:

Green Shiso Plant

The leaves can be used in salads, for sushi, or really any way you would use other fresh herbs.  Shiso is part of the mint family and it has a citrusy-mint flavor with a tinge of cinnamon that makes a tasty ice pop.  I paired it with green tea (I am obsessed with tea, apologies) and lightly sweetened the pops with honey, and they are incredibly refreshing on a hot day.

Green Tea and Shiso Ice Pops

I also put together a lovely round up of naturally-sweetened ice pops from my own blog and from around the web.  There are some seriously creative flavors going on in these recipes and they collectively show that you really do not need to use refined sugars for a summer treat.  Check them out below the recipe for the Shiso and Green Tea Pops:

Shiso and Green Tea Ice Pops
Recipe type: Ice Pop, Dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10
  • 3 1/2 cups hot water
  • 4 green tea bags
  • 5 or 6 fresh shiso leaves, chopped
  • honey or maple syrup, to taste (I used 3 tablespoons of honey and a few drops of stevia)
  • 2 fresh shiso leaves, cut into fine ribbons (optional)
  1. Pour the hot water into a bowl and stir in the green tea bags, chopped shiso leaves, and honey. Let this steep for ten minutes, then remove and discard the solids. If you want the fresh leaves in the pops as a garnish, add a few ribbons into each ice pop mold. Fill each mold almost to the top, and insert your sticks. Freeze overnight, or until solid.
  2. To release the pops, run the molds under hot water for a few minutes to loosen them up. This makes about ten standard-sized ice pops. Note: soaking your wooden ice pop sticks will keep them from floating up in the molds.

Green Tea and Shiso Ice Pops

Summer is rapidly disappearing, but there are still hot days ahead that will be begging for a healthy, frosty treat–give some of these creative, healthy recipes a try:

30 Healthy Ice Pop Recipes
Clockwise from the top left: Cherry Lemonade Pops, Raspberry Coconut Chia Pops, Roasted Blueberries and Cream Matcha Pops, Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pops, Citrus Pops, and Whole Fruit Pops

Cherry Lemonade Pops, from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Raspberry Coconut Chia Ice Pops, from Running to the Kitchen

Roasted Blueberries and Cream Matcha Popsicles, from With Food and Love

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Popsicles, from Tasty Yummies

Citrus Pops, from The View From Great Island

Whole Fruit Popsicles, from The View From Great Island

Strawberry Basil Creamsicles, from With Food and Love

Pomegranate Berry Popsicles, from Cooking on the Weekends

Blueberry-Mint Paletas, from Seasonal and Savory

Creamy Chocolate Avocado Fudgesicles, from Tasty Yummies

Mango Strawberry Lime Popsicles, from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Roasted Balsamic Fig Popsicles, from Tasty Yummies

Striped Juice Pops, from The View From Great Island

Coconut Mango Pops with Blueberries, from Liv Life

Honeydew Avocado Pops, from Seasonal and Savory

30 Healthy Ice Pop Recipes
Clockwise from top left: Vanilla Pineapple Pops, Ginger Berry Lime Pops, Banana Coconut Cream Pops, Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Pops, Blueberry Salted Caramel Pops, and Healthy Otter Pops

Vanilla Pineapple Popsicles, from An Edible Mosaic

Ginger Berry Lime Ice Pops, from So Let’s Hang Out (use Zevia, or homemade ginger beer)

Banana Coconut Cream Popsicles, from Spoonful of Flavor

Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Popsicles, from Cupcakes and Kale Chips

Blueberry Salted Caramel Popsicles, from The Healthy Maven

Healthy Otter Pops, from Fork and Beans

Pina Colada Popsicles, from A Cedar Spoon (use honey)

Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Pops, from Seasonal and Savory

Frozen Berries Fruit Pops, from Wine Lady Cooks

Strawberry Jam Yogurt Popsicles, from Very Culinary (use all-fruit jam)

Carrot Halwah Pops, from Seasonal and Savory

Pineapple Popsicles, from Wine Lady Cooks

Red, White and Blue Milk Pops, from Taste and Tell

Thai Iced Tea Pops, from Seasonal and Savory

Thanks to everyone who let me share recipes for the round up!


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  1. The shiso is new to me and sounds very interesting with flavors I like…thanks for the introduction!

    1. Bonnie, I think the dominant flavor is mint-like, so if you enjoy mint you would like it

  2. What a delicious collection of healthy, beautiful recipes. Thanks for linking to my pomegranate popsicles. 🙂

    1. Valentina, thanks for letting me include your recipe!

  3. Oh my gosh, your Popsicles sound right up my alley. Cool and refreshing, but not too sweet. I’ve never heard of Shiso before. I’m growing apple mint on my patio right now and am enjoying it’s light flavor. I also like the idea of using tea. If I ever get around to making my own, I want to try hibiscus tea for the main flavor component. Pinning this for later! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Elaine! We actually dried hibiscus for the first time this year but I haven’t done a tea-tasting of it just yet. I love apple mint for tea.

  4. I’ve never heard of shiso, so thanks for the introduction. My husband is obsessed with tea as well. I know he would love one of these after I make him slave on the lawn all day.

    1. These would be good after some hot lawn work, for sure.

  5. Super sweet collection of pops!! Thanks for including my Roasted Blueberries + Cream Matcha Popsicles :))


    1. Sherrie, those pops are number one on my must-try list–they look amazing.

  6. Awesome round-up! Popsicles are a great way to cool down in this hot weather. Thanks for including my recipe!

    1. Ashley, thanks for letting me include your recipe!

  7. I love your shiso and green tea ice pops. I’ll have to go hunting for shiso, I’d love to try it. Thanks for sharing this terrific collection of healthy ice pops and including my fresh berries fruit pops and pineapple popsicies among them. We enjoy frozen ice pops even in the fall, I thank you for sharing and the inspiration.

    Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    1. Joanne, thanks for letting me share your recipes!

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