Did you know that July is National Watermelon Month? Get your fix of this sweet and juicy fruit with my recipe for homemade popsicles! I blended seedless watermelon with fresh mint and a twist of lime to make refreshing pops with no added sugar. Try these homemade pops when you want a fruity treat that helps with hydration and keeps you cool.
I love to look through my emails from seed companies. They offer a lot of information on things to add to my garden as well as how to use what I’m growing.
I believe I came across the idea of the combination of watermelon, lime, and mint in an email from Burpee. Doesn’t that trio sound like it would be SO GOOD?!?
We’re going to blend them together and make homemade popsicles. This is pretty much the perfect hot weather food, in my book.
Nutrition-wise, you’re getting some phytonutrients and vitamin C, as well as fluid replenishment. Since we’re blending the fruit of the watermelon rather than juicing it, we’re keeping the fiber too. (It’s a small amount, but better than nothing.)
Oh, and for those with a weight loss goal, these clock in at a mere 25 calories per pop. Nice!
As I’ve mentioned before in the site and the email newsletter, I have been blessed with an abundance of mint. If you grow mint, I bet you also have a lot of it at this point in the summer.
Some of us make lemonade (perhaps both literally and figuratively) when life gives us lemons. But when life gives you mint, how about trying this recipe for homemade popsicles?
Do you love homemade popsicles? You’re in good company here!
I love a good homemade popsicle, and I enjoy them year-round. Remember when I posted the recipe for peanut butter banana chocolate smoothie pops back in January? Every season is ice pop season in this house!
I could easily fill a cookbook with my ideas for different homemade popsicles. I already have another recipe for ice pops planned for next month.
(It’s got a unique combination of sweet and spicy going on. I’m really excited to share it! But I digress…)
My family loooooves homemade ice pops and tends to be a bit fickle about which is their favorite. Most often, our preference is for whatever type we currently have in the freezer! These watermelon lime mint pops are topping our list right now.
As a benefit to the home cook, these could not be easier to make or more refreshing. I get that most of us don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen when it is hot out. I know I don’t!
It’s nice to have popsicle molds if you make a lot of pops. I really like my silicone pop molds because the popsicles release so easily from them.
The hard plastic molds I have generally have to be run under warm water or they won’t release the pops. With the silicone molds, I can pull the pops out with no fuss.
If you have no molds at all, you can experiment with using small cups (3-4 ounces) and popsicle sticks. You’ll need a way to keep the stick centered in the cup. One way to do this would be to create a lid for the cup with foil and poke the stick through the middle.
That’s what I used to do before we had the molds. It was not as convenient, but it worked!
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For more information on how the three recipe levels may help with a weight management goal, refer to this post. Let’s get cooking!
Homemade Popsicles with Watermelon Lime and Mint (No Sugar Added!)
- 1 mini seedless watermelon, rind removed and chopped (yields approximately 5 cups of fruit)
- 5 large mint leaves, finely chopped (or use 10 small mint leaves)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- Put the watermelon, mint, lime juice, and lime zest into a large food processor. Blend until a smooth puree is created. Stop the processor and scrape down the sides with a spatula if needed.
- Pour the puree into a spouted container and distribute it evenly between your pop molds. I was able to fill 10 molds.
- Put the tops/sticks on the molds and freeze for several hours (or overnight). Delicious and ready for you whenever you want a cold treat!
This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The exact calorie count of this recipe will depend on the size you dice the watermelon and the size of your pop molds. I was able to make 10 pops, so they ended up at 25 calories each. That means you could have four popsicles for a 100-calorie snack if you wanted. (Wow!) Watermelon is not a low-carb fruit, but like other melons, it is relatively low in calories and high in fluid volume. Unless your strategy is low-carb, I would consider watermelon to be a good dietary choice if you are looking for fat loss. Melons and berries were my top picks for fruit when I was on my weight loss journey.
If you haven’t had your fill of homemade popsicle goodness, don’t miss my mango watermelon pineapple pops recipe! It’s one of the first recipes I posted on this site.
Also, let me know if you make these watermelon lime mint pops! I think you’re going to love them!