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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
Other Refreshing Summer Treats:
- Creamy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Creamy Berry Party Drinks
- Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream With Cardamom
- Blackberry and Peach Moscow Mule
- No Churn Peanut Butter Ice Cream
Making this recipe or others?
Easy and good for you, Refreshing Watermelon Popsicles makes the perfect frozen summer treat. The whole family will love these homemade popsicles.
Place your watermelon, lime juice, and mint in a blender or food processor. Blend!
Pour into your popsicle molds of choice (these are the ones we have) and freeze until solid.
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.
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