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Watermelon popsicles are a healthy homemade snack, made with 4 simple ingredients and require only 10 minutes to prep. Bursting with peak-season watermelon, this recipe makes fresh-from-the-freezer fruit ice pops that are a deliciously cool, warm-weather treat.
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Table of Contents
  1. Summer Superfood: Watermelon Popsicles
  2. Why We Love These Watermelon Popsicles
  3. Ingredients / Shopping List
  4. Substitutions / Add-Ins
  5. Useful Tools
  6. How To Make Watermelon Popsicles
  7. Frequently Asked Questions
  8. Other Easy Watermelon Recipes
  9. Watermelon Popsicles Recipe

These Watermelon Popsicles are a healthy homemade snack, made with 4 simple ingredients and require only 10 minutes to prep. Bursting with peak-season watermelon, this recipe makes fresh-from-the-freezer fruit ice pops that are a deliciously cool, warm-weather treat (and low calorie too!)

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Summer Superfood: Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon is a true summer superfood. Known as a nutritional powerhouse, it is loaded with amazing health benefits, especially during the summer season. That’s why I LOVE these watermelon popsicles, because clearly there is no better time to indulge in this fresh, juicy produce. With its refreshing and colorful juice, each pop is full of vitamin C, vitamin A, and antioxidants and its high water content is especially hydrating on hot summer days.

There is no reason that any popsicle recipe should be much more than fresh fruit, juice, and just a little added sugar for extra sweetness. Unfortunately, most of those store-bought sweets are nothing more than water, sugar, and artificial food coloring. The good news is, these homemade watermelon popsicles are super easy to make with fresh fruit, no preservatives, and without ingredients that you cannot pronounce!

This recipe is everything I want in a popsicle: it has an array of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, they are low in sugar, and they are absolutely delicious!

4 watermelon popsicles on serving dish

Why do these popsicles taste so good? It’s the watermelon. When it’s good, it’s really good, and when frozen, it needs little else to satisfy a thirst for a cool, sweet treat. The addition of lime juice adds a tart complexity that brings out the sweet watermelon flavor. I like to add a bit of agave nectar because it really enhances the melon’s natural sweetness and makes it taste like the treat that it is. And when it’s all blended together and frozen, these popsicles are the most hydrating healthy summer snack that are truly the easiest way to beat the heat.

Why We Love These Watermelon Popsicles

  • Easy to make and quick to prepare (just blend, pour, and freeze)
  • Refreshing and hydrating for hot summer days
  • Made with real fruit and no artificial ingredients
  • Gluten-free, fat-free
  • Freezes friendly – make a batch and eat them for days
  • Kid-friendly
hand holding watermelon popsicles

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • Watermelon: Use seedless watermelon because it will create a smoother texture than the seeded variety.
  • Agave nectar: Feel free to switch this out for maple syrup or honey.
  • Granulated white sugar: You can also use brown sugar, coconut sugar, or another sweetener that you prefer.
  • Lime juice: You can use either fresh juice or from concentrate. Switch out for lemon juice if you don’t have lime.
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Substitutions / Add-Ins

  • Fruit: Instead of watermelon, you could use cantaloupe, honeydew, papaya, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, or kiwi.
  • Make it with Mint: Add 4-5 mint leaves to the watermelon mixture before you blend it.
  • Creamy Popsicles: To make creamy watermelon popsicles, add canned coconut milk to the watermelon mixture.
  • Adult Ice Pops (Boozy popsicle): Add tequila, vodka, or champagne for a boozy twist on the traditional treat! Just don’t add too much or they won’t freeze.
  • Add-In Ideas: Feel free to add whole frozen berries (blueberries would look like watermelon seeds!), or layers of frozen pureed fruit to make these pops even more fun.

Useful Tools

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How To Make Watermelon Popsicles

It is so easy to make a refreshing frozen treat for a hot summer day.

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a blender.
    Pro-Tip: Use the best, perfectly ripe watermelon. Look for a watermelon that sounds hollow when you hold it up to your ear and knock on the side. Also look for a yellow spot to show it’s been sitting in the sun for awhile.
    all ingredients in the blender
  2. Blend until everything is well pureed.
    Pro Tip: I used the smoothie cycle on my blender twice.
    blended watermelon in blender
  3. Pour mixture into popsicle molds.
    Pro-Tip: When you pour the watermelon puree into the popsicle molds, leave a ¾ inch gap at the top of the popsicle to allow for expansion.
    pouring watermelon juice into popsicle mold
  4. Freeze.
    Pro-Tip: To easily get your popsicles out of the mold, make sure your watermelon popsicles have had at least 4 hours to freeze so they’re totally solid.
    popsicle mold with lid close
  5. Remove your popsicles from the molds when completely frozen and enjoy!
    Pro-Tip: Gently run the outside of the popsicle mold under cold water for a few seconds to help loosen the popsicles. Hold one stick and gently move it horizontally side to side while running the mold under the cool water and it should slide out!
    hand taking watermelon popsicles

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I store these watermelon popsicles?

Cover these popsicles with plastic wrap or use a popsicle bag to avoid freezer burn and leave them in the freezer for up to six weeks.

Can I avoid a two-toned popsicle?

Sometimes when making these watermelon popsicles, the watermelon and liquid will separate during freezing, making it two-toned. This won’t affect the flavor at all, but it will change the appearance slightly. In order to avoid it, you can stir the popsicles 1 hour into freezing to help disperse the separated liquid before reassembling the mold. While the color may be affected, it still tastes just as good, so you can totally skip that step if you don’t feel like stirring mid-freeze!

How do I blend the watermelon easily?

If you have a simple blender with the spokes at the bottom, cut your watermelon into small pieces and put them in very first. This way, your watermelon will liquefy easier, and once there is enough liquid, the rest will be juiced quite easily. Otherwise, you might spend half the time pushing the chunks of melon down to the bottom of the blender. Fancier types of blenders won’t require much help.

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Other Easy Watermelon Recipes

5 from 1 vote
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Watermelon Popsicles

Serves — 15
Watermelon popsicles are a healthy homemade snack, made with 4 simple ingredients and require only 10 minutes to prep. Bursting with peak-season watermelon, this recipe makes fresh-from-the-freezer fruit ice pops that are a deliciously cool, warm-weather treat.
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 7 cups seedless watermelon cubed (about ½ a large watermelon)
  • 3 tbsp agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp granulated white sugar
  • 3 tbsp lime juice (about one lime)

Instructions
 

  • Place watermelon, agave nectar, granulated white sugar, lime juice, and lemon juice into a blender. Blend until everything is well pureed, about 2-3 minutes. I used the smoothie cycle on my blender twice.
  • Pour into your favorite popsicle molds and place in the freezer for 4-5 hours or until completely frozen.
  • Remove the popsicles from the molds immediately before serving and enjoy.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
Cover these popsicles with plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn and leave them in the
freezer for up to six weeks.
Tips:
  • Use the best, perfectly ripe watermelon. Look for a watermelon that sounds hollow when you hold it up to your ear and knock on the side. Also look for a yellow spot to show it’s been sitting in the sun for awhile. 
  • To easily get your popsicles out of the mold, make sure your watermelon popsicles have had at least 4 hours to freeze so they’re totally solid. Then, gently run the outside of the popsicle mold under cold water for a few seconds to help loosen the popsicles. Hold one stick and gently move it horizontally side to side while running the mold under the cool water and it should slide out!
  • When you pour the watermelon puree into the popsicle molds, leave a ¾ inch gap at the top of the popsicle to allow for expansion.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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