These watermelon popsicles are a delicious and refreshing, naturally-sweetened summertime treat. A hint of lemon really makes the flavors pop in this sweet watermelon popsicle recipe.
Popsicles + Better Bedtime?
Y’all want to hear a funny, real-life parenting story? I’m not super proud of this, but we are friends, right? And you should know before I tell you this that desperate times call for desperate measures.
My daughter has been struggling to go to bed. She’s in bed at 9 PM every night or earlier, but doesn’t fall asleep until 10 or 10:30, which is insanity. Until she actually falls asleep, she is lying there using every trick in the book to avoid bedtime: calling us over 500 times, asking for water, saying she’s hungry, and she is repeating herself a million times.
Like I said, y’all, I was desperate.
So when she asked to go get treats the other night and chose popsicles, I made her promise she would go to bed nicely and not call us so many times.
Well, guess what? It WORKED, and then I had an entire box of bribery in my freezer. But when those popsicles ran out, I quickly whipped up these yummy watermelon popsicles in their place.
I love how they are naturally sweetened and don’t include any refined sugar. Plus, they are totally refreshing on a summer night. So refreshing, in fact, that the day I was working on this recipe, my sister-in-law sent me a picture of her kids eating watermelon popsicles she had created. Apparently making these is the cool thing to do.
How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon:
This is what I look for when picking the perfect watermelon. Watermelon was my pregnancy craving with baby number two and I feel like I’ve gotten pretty good at picking the good ones.
- Shape and Size: you don’t want to pick the biggest watermelon ever. It should be medium sized. Round ones are typically sweeter than the more oval ones.
- Color: this depends on the type of watermelon, but typically you want to find one that is a deep green color with a good yellow spot. See more below.
- Spot: a good watermelon has a nice yellow spot where it has been resting on the field. The deeper the spot, the better.
- Webbing: look for watermelons with lots of webbing. Usually you can find this webbing in the yellow spot.
Are Watermelon Popsicles Healthy?
These watermelon popsicles are naturally sweetened by honey and the watermelon’s own natural sugars. They are totally free of refined sugars, making them a healthier choice.
Watermelon is also packed with nutrients and antioxidants, like lycopene. Lycopene may reduce the risk of certain type of cancers. One cup of watermelon contains 21% of Vitamin C and 18% Vitamin A. (source)
Tips for making watermelon popsicles:
- You can adjust the sweetness level in this recipe. I wouldn’t totally eliminate the honey, because even if you have a really sweet watermelon, the sweetness tends to decrease a bit in the freezer for some magical reason.
- This is the perfect way to use a not very sweet watermelon.
- You can strain out the watermelon bits, or leave them be if you don’t mind to have a little texture. Honestly, the texture is very unnoticeable.
- To remove popsicles from molds, run under warm water for just 30 seconds or so until it loosens just enough to pop them out.
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Tools you will need:
Popsicle molds – I have ones like these. If you want a plastic free version try this one. * Note: For pictures I used regular popsicle sticks, but usually I use the regular popsicle handles my mold comes with. This also makes storage easy. You could also use cups and popsicle sticks if you don’t have molds.
Measuring cups and spoons – like these
- Watermelon – chopped
- Lemon or lime juice
Watermelon Popsicles Video Tutorial
How To Make Watermelon Popsicles
- Chop up your watermelon.
- Place the fruit in blender along with honey and lemon juice.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours, or until hard.
- Take the molds out and run the outside under warm for 30 seconds or so to loosen the popsicle from the mold.
How To Store Watermelon Popsicles:
Depending on the popsicle mold you used, you may need to change how you store them. Usually, I just store them right in the mold themselves, since my mold has a handle that acts as a lid.
If yours does not, you can take them out of the mold and place them in a zip lock bag. Try to freeze them laying flat and not touching each other to prevent sticking.
Want more summer dessert recipes? Check these out!
- 15 Healthy Popsicle Recipes
- Healthy Banana Split Popsicles
- Blueberry Lemon Bars Recipe
- Chocolate Cauliflower Smoothie Recipe
- Homemade Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
Watermelon Popsicle Recipe
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Quick, easy, and refreshing watermelon popsicles are a healthy treat perfect for summer.
- 4 cups watermelon
- 2 tbs honey or maple syrup
- 1 tbs lemon or lime juice
Chop of watermelon.
Place in the blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into popsicle molds and place in the freezer for 2-3 hours or until hard.
Remove from mold and enjoy
If you wanted to mix this up, you could swap out 1/2 cup of the watermelon for strawberries. Yum.
Thanks for coming by and checking out the blog. What are your favorite type of popsicles?