When it comes to rooibos people seem to either love it or hate it. I haven’t yet come across anyone who would not have a strong opinion about it one way or another. I have a friend who shudders at the memory of being made to drink rooibos as a child growing up in South Africa, where rooibos comes from (she tells me all school children were routinely given rooibos as it’s so nutritious).
I have been a big fan of rooibos ever since I first tried it a few years ago. I love everything about it: sweet taste, deep red colour, as well as the fact that it’s all natural, caffeine free and healthy. I like it so much in fact that I think it can be enjoyed in different ways, not just as tea. So I made these rooibos raspberry ice lollies.
This recipe is incredibly easy to make and uses seasonal fruit. It does not contain any refined sugar so the ice lollies are refreshing, low in calories and you don’t have to stop at one. I asked my son (who has a seriously sweet tooth) if they were sweet enough and the answer was ‘they are just right’. So I know they are. The coconut milk makes the texture silky smooth without affecting the taste very much.
1/2 cup rooibos tea (made using 2 tea bags)
1 cup raspberries
100 g coconut milk
1.5 tablespoons honey
Using 2 rooibos tea bags fill 1/2 cup with boiling water. Leave to stand until the tea has cooled, then remove the tea bags. Puree all the ingredients, pour into ice lolly molds and freeze for 3-4 hours.