Hot summer days beg for rejuvenating treats like this one. Only four ingredients (if water even counts) and some ice and you’re on your way to enjoying the freshest of refreshments! I came across this simple recipe in a magazine I was flipping through while working out and fresh mint was the only thing I didn’t have on hand. A quick run to the grocery store solved that problem, and I was back in the kitchen concocting a mint-astic, low-calorie version of shaved ice later that day!

Matcha mint shaved ice with mint leaf garnish.

What you need (serves 4-6):

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, coarsely chooped
  • 2 tsps matcha green tea powder
  • 4 cups ice

Try adding:

  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Condensed milk for a creamier take

Matcha mint shaved ice with mint leaf garnish.

What to do:

  1. Bring water and sugar to a boil over high heat. Lower temperature and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the mint leaves and simmer for about 1 more minute. Then remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
  3. Pour syrup into a bowl through a strainer, pressing the leaves with the back of a spoon.
  4. Whisk the matcha powder into the mint water until smooth. Refrigerate until fully chilled.

Mint leaves boiling in water.                                                        Mint water strained of mint leaves.                                                        Whisking matcha powder into mint water.

When you’re ready to enjoy,

simply pulse 4 cups of ice in your blender or food processor to break it into smaller pieces, or until it looks like snow. Top each bowl with 2-3 tablespoons of the matcha-mint syrup and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips, if desired. You can also add a drizzle of condensed milk to give your snow cone a creamier taste! Garnish with mint, and serve!

Matcha mint shaved ice with mint leaf garnish in front of brick wall.

I’m not a fan of mint ice cream, so I knew I wouldn’t like chocolate chips in mine. The whole experience of the shaved ice and mint flavor however, really screamed summer and was the perfect end to a day of work, fitness, and cooking. Let me know what you think!

Nutrition info (per 3 tablespoons of syrup): 71 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g cholesterol, 1.3 g sodium, 18 g carbs, .8 g fiber, 16.5 g sugar, .6 g protein (Bonus: 67.5 g potassium and 20.5% DRV Vitamin A!)