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Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)

Easy and good for you, Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles makes the perfect frozen summer treat. The whole family will love these homemade and healthy popsicles made with fresh watermelon, mint, and lime juice.

homemade watermelon popsicles on a tray of ice cubes with watermelon and mint

Remember being a kid and playing outside on a hot summer day and all of the sudden the ice cream truck rolls by? That song they play over and over (AND OVER) has a Pavlovian effect on most people. Must.Get.Super.Pop.

We live in a place where the ice cream people rarely ever come by, but my kids are still getting that same fun summer experience with homemade watermelon popsicles. And unlike ice cream from a van (now that I say that aloud it sounds incredibly creepy…), these are practically unlimited, healthy with no sugar added, and almost free.

What Ingredients Are in Watermelon Popsicles?

We’re kicking it old school classic with these pops and are using just fresh watermelon, mint, and lime juice. That’s it. No sweeteners, nothing fancy. Nada.

cubed watermelon in a bowl with mint and a lime on a wooden board

But if you don’t have any limes hanging around and want to use lemon, then go for it.

If you have a watermelon that may be a bit past its prime or not super sweet, blending the ish out of it remakes it into something amazing.

Are These Whole30?

Yes. And maybe not. It depends on you.

With Whole30 you’re not supposed to use approved ingredients to make banned items like desserts and treats. My husband and I love these popsicles, but neither of us views them as a “sweet”. It’s more of a “holy hell it’s hot and these are refreshing to eat outside with the kids” kind of thing.

If you feel like you might be tempted to use these as a dessert substitute, then simply freeze the mixture in ice cube trays and add them to plain or sparkling water.

How to Pick a Good Watermelon

My tactic of eeny meeny miney mo has served me well but it’s not really scientific. This article from Fifteen Spatulas has some awesome tips to help you snag a good one.

How to Cut a Watermelon

This post goes into more detail or you can watch this video:

How Long Can You Keep Watermelon Popsicles In the Freezer?

Popsicles are a hot commodity in our house and are rarely left in the freezer longer than a few days. That being said, depending on your popsicle mold I think it is safe to say they’ll keep well for threeish weeks. After that they get a little icy and slimy.

Want to make a bunch of these at once? You can also remove them from the molds after they are frozen solid and transfer to a freezer bag for extra protection from freezer burn.

Here’s How to Make These Cooling Treats

Place your watermelon, lime juice, and mint in a blender or food processor. Blend!

watermelon and mint in a blender to make watermelon popsicles

Pour into your popsicle molds of choice (these are the ones we have but they’re so much cheaper at like TJ Maxx or Marshalls) and freeze until solid.

popsicle molds being filled with liquid for homemade watermelon popsicles

That’s it!

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • As long as you are using a seedless watermelon there is no need to strain the mixture. If your seedless melon has some of those little white/yellow seeds that is ok. It’s the black seeds you don’t want to be eating.
  • There will be some separation during the freezing process; totally normal. That is the watermelon “meat” (that can’t be the right word, can it?) and the natural juices (it is called WATERmelon after all). It all tastes delicious.
  • Want to get the most juice out of your lime? Place it on the counter and put your palm over it. While applying pressure, push down on the lime and roll it back and forth a few times. This “primes” the lime to give more juice. Boom. You’re a cooking genius now.
  • Most popsicle molds will need to be run under hot water for a few seconds after coming out of the freezer. This will help you release the popsicle without breaking the mold.

    A hand holding a watermelon popsicle over a tray of popsicles

    My hand model’s favorite new pose. He’s nine. As long as he isn’t talking about Minecraft he can hold the food however he wants.

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homemade watermelon popsicles on a tray of ice cubes with watermelon and mint
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Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Easy and good for you, Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles makes the perfect frozen summer treat. The whole family will love these homemade popsicles.

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy summer snack, Watermelon popsicles, whole30 snack
Servings: 10
Calories: 19 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
  • 4 cups watermelon cubed
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 8 leaves mint
Instructions
  1. Place your watermelon, lime juice, and mint in a blender or food processor. Blend!

  2. Pour into your popsicle molds of choice (these are the ones we have) and freeze until solid.

Recipe Notes

As long as you are using a seedless watermelon there is no need to strain the mixture. 

 

There will be some separation during the freezing process; totally normal. 

 

Most popsicle molds will need to be run under hot water for a few seconds after coming out of the freezer. 

Nutrition Facts
Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles
Amount Per Serving (1 popsicle)
Calories 19
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 68mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 6.9%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles (Whole30, Paleo, Vegan)”

  1. Brilliant! Perfect timing for that piece sitting in the fridge.