When the weather is hot, you want something cool, refreshing, and tasty. How does a nice slice of watermelon sound? It is even better if it’s frozen! For a low-calorie frozen treat, why not try our easy watermelon popsicle recipe. It takes about 10 minutes!
How to Make Watermelon Popsicles
This recipe couldn’t be simpler. That’s a good thing. The last thing anyone wants to do on a boiling hot day is to be stuck in the kitchen!
Ideally, to make this recipe, you will need to have a blender or mixer. However, if you are struggling, there is a solution in the hints and tips below.
If we were to tell you that you’ll need two ingredients, does that explain how easy this watermelon popsicle recipe is? As to what they are, you’ll need a ripe watermelon and a dash of lime juice.
We start by slicing the watermelon and removing the lovely sweet pink flesh from the outer skin. We throw these chunks into a blender, add the lime juice and give the entire thing a whizz until we are left with a delicious fruit puree.
Once this step is complete, we tip the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for a few hours until they are solid. From there, it is just a case of serving them as and when you like… Make sure you keep your sticky fingers to yourself!
Tips and Tricks
Pick a ripe melon! Unlike other fruits, melons don’t ripen over time. What you see is what you get, literally. Here are some great tips for picking a ripe watermelon.
- Feel the weight. Heavier watermelons are full of juice!
- Look for a large yellow spot. This means it has been on the vine for longer
- Give the melon a tap. The hollower it sounds, the better!
- Give it a squeeze. Juicy watermelons are harder than their underripe friends
Make a fruit watermelon cocktail. Seeing as the bulk of this recipe is done in a blender, there is absolutely no reason why you can’t combine your watermelon puree with some other fruits. We can never decide whether we prefer watermelon or strawberry popsicles in the summer. The answer? Why not have both?
Bonus tip: This recipe is perfect if you’ve got some overripe bananas. Just throw one or two into the blender with the watermelon. It is super sweet! Watermelon and banana popsicles? Yes, please!
If you are looking for vegan watermelon popsicles, this is the recipe for you. No animals were harmed in the making of these popsicles!
This recipe is best if you plan ahead. Watermelon popsicles do take a while to freeze, so make them in the morning, and they’ll be ready for lunch!
If you prefer your watermelon popsicles to be a little creamier, here is a great trick. Add half a cup of coconut milk to your fruit puree before freezing! Because it is plant-derived, it ensures that your watermelon popsicles are vegan.
Feel free to add fresh herbs if you wish. Our favorite watermelon popsicle accompaniment is a small spoonful of freshly chopped mint. It works so well!
If you thought watermelon popsicles were just for the kids, think again. This recipe can be made into an adult version very easily. You can add alcohol of your choice if you want to make a ‘naughty’ version. We have (occasionally) been known to add a little dash of tequila.
While we make our vegan watermelon popsicles with, well… Watermelon (obviously), you can also use any other type of melon in exactly the same way. Honeydew and cantaloupe melon work just as well. They taste a little different but are still refreshing and super cool.
Don’t break your popsicle sticks trying to get them out of the mold. Here’s a great tip. Give the mold a quick run under cold water just before serving. (Don’t use hot or you might find they crack with the rapid change of temperature)
Like we said above, if you are determined to make these delicious watermelon popsicles but don’t have a blender, it isn’t a problem. There are two approaches you can take. Either:-
- Place the watermelon chunks in a bowl and give them a really good mash with a potato masher. This works pretty well. The only downside is that those pesky black seeds will still be present.
- Cut your melon into quarters and remove the flesh in larger segments. Chop these segments into rough popsicle shapes and insert wooden popsicle sticks into each before freezing on a tray. Be sure to line the tray with non-stick paper and make sure they aren’t touching.
How Long Does It Last In The Freezer?
The key to getting these perfect is storing it in the freezer. You can leave your popsicles for a maximum of 3 months, after which point you should discard.
Making homemade watermelon popsicles couldn’t be easier. They are effortless to prepare, require very few ingredients, and above all, taste cool and sweet. They are the perfect dessert for a hot summer’s day. Another nice thing is that they are really low in calories, so they are pretty guilt-free. Which would you say is the best summer fruit? Watermelons or strawberries? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!