Nothing says “summer” like sweet and juicy watermelon, don’t you agree? We think that this fun homemade popsicle recipe is the perfect treat for cooling down in a heatwave! Also, they’re only 70 calories each. So now we have a guilt-free sweet treat on our hands!
How to make your Popsicles look like Watermelon
While designing this recipe, we experimented with a range of ingredients to get the popsicles looking just right. Overall, we aimed to match the pink, white and green colors of a watermelon slice. Check out these beautiful ingredients:
First, our watermelon popsicles need “flesh”. However, our base of blended watermelon and lime juice isn’t pink enough. Therefore, we add some juicy raspberries. This boosts the color of the watermelon, resulting in the pink “pop” we’re looking for without pushing up the carbs.
Next, the popsicles need a white layer to represent the inside of the watermelon rind. To create this effect, we use a layer of coconut milk. However, be selective with this ingredient. You need it to be thick and creamy. Otherwise, your homemade popsicles won’t be tasty. So, pass on the thinner coconut “beverages” and buy yourself canned coconut milk.
Finally, we need to represent that beautiful green skin. We know that mint tastes great with watermelon, but this popsicle needs something else … and what else but kiwi? This is another tasty addition that also keeps to the low-calorie spirit of this dessert.
Making the Popsicle Layers
Now, you need to practice a little patience to get the layers right. Each layer is pureed in a food processor or high powered blender one at a time. First, make the watermelon, raspberry and lime layer. Then use this to fill the popsicle molds about 3/4 to the top. The watermelon layer is then put in the freezer to go partially solid.
Next is the coconut milk layer. Spoon this on top of the watermelon to fill up about half of the remaining space. Then, let it freeze for another hour.
Finally, add the kiwi and mint layer to the top of the popsicle molds. At this stage, you also need to push the popsicle sticks into the partially frozen mix. Don’t forget this step – because once the popsicles are fully frozen it will be too late!
Some Tips and Tricks
- How do you get homemade popsicles out of their molds? When you first remove your popsicles from the freezer, they might be stuck in the molds. However, this is easy to fix. One method is to dip the tray of molded popsicles into a tray of warm water. After 20 – 30 seconds they should slide out. Alternatively, you can just leave them at room temperature until you can wiggle the popsicles free.
- What if the popsicles are too icy? This is a common problem with homemade popsicles, but it isn’t likely to happen with this recipe. Usually, rock hard popsicles result from using too much pure liquid to make them. However, the various fruits used in these watermelon popsicles keep the texture a little “flaky” and “crunchy”.
Now – Chill Out!
Well, with just a few ingredients and some patience you’ve whipped up a batch of low-calorie popsicles with the taste and look of fresh watermelon slices. Let them freeze solid and then get them to the poolside – stat!
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Watermelon Popsicles with Mint + Coconut
Colorful homemade popsicles with watermelon, mint, and coconut. These treats are delicious, yet low in carbs. The perfect way to cool off in the summer!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
- Yield: 10 popsicles 1x
- 3 cups seedless watermelon, rind removed and roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 2–3– tablespoons organic cane sugar
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/3 cup coconut milk (from a can)
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
Note: we recommend setting a timer for each of the below freezing steps. If the popsicles are allowed to set too hard, you won’t be able to add the popsicle sticks at the end.
- Add all ‘watermelon layer’ ingredients into a food processor or high powdered blender. Blend until fruit is liquified and sugar has dissolved.
- Fill 10 popsicle molds 3/4 way of the way up with watermelon mixture. Place in the freezer for 1 hour to freeze a little before adding the coconut layer.
- Carefully pour coconut milk on top of the watermelon layer. Return to the freezer for another 1 hour to freeze a little before adding the mint layer.
- Add mint, kiwi, lime juice and cane sugar to a food processor or high powered blender. Blend until ingredients have become liquified.
- Fill popsicle molds with mint mixture. Insert wooden sticks and freeze for at least six hours. Enjoy!
- Nutritional information is to be used as a guide only as calories and nutrition vary between products and brands worldwide.
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