Nothing says “summer” like sweet and juicy watermelon, don’t you agree? We think that this fun homemade popsicle recipe is the perfect treat for cooling down in a heatwave! Also, they’re only 70 calories each. So now we have a guilt-free sweet treat on our hands!
How to make your Popsicles look like Watermelon
While designing this recipe, we experimented with a range of ingredients to get the popsicles looking just right. Overall, we aimed to match the pink, white and green colors of a watermelon slice. Check out these beautiful ingredients:
First, our watermelon popsicles need “flesh”. However, our base of blended watermelon and lime juice isn’t pink enough. Therefore, we add some juicy raspberries. This boosts the color of the watermelon, resulting in the pink “pop” we’re looking for without pushing up the carbs.
Next, the popsicles need a white layer to represent the inside of the watermelon rind. To create this effect, we use a layer of coconut milk. However, be selective with this ingredient. You need it to be thick and creamy. Otherwise, your homemade popsicles won’t be tasty. So, pass on the thinner coconut “beverages” and buy yourself canned coconut milk.
Finally, we need to represent that beautiful green skin. We know that mint tastes great with watermelon, but this popsicle needs something else … and what else but kiwi? This is another tasty addition that also keeps to the low-calorie spirit of this dessert.
Making the Popsicle Layers
Now, you need to practice a little patience to get the layers right. Each layer is pureed in a food processor or high powered blender one at a time. First, make the watermelon, raspberry and lime layer. Then use this to fill the popsicle molds about 3/4 to the top. The watermelon layer is then put in the freezer to go partially solid.
Next is the coconut milk layer. Spoon this on top of the watermelon to fill up about half of the remaining space. Then, let it freeze for another hour.
Finally, add the kiwi and mint layer to the top of the popsicle molds. At this stage, you also need to push the popsicle sticks into the partially frozen mix. Don’t forget this step – because once the popsicles are fully frozen it will be too late!
Some Tips and Tricks
- How do you get homemade popsicles out of their molds? When you first remove your popsicles from the freezer, they might be stuck in the molds. However, this is easy to fix. One method is to dip the tray of molded popsicles into a tray of warm water. After 20 – 30 seconds they should slide out. Alternatively, you can just leave them at room temperature until you can wiggle the popsicles free.
- What if the popsicles are too icy? This is a common problem with homemade popsicles, but it isn’t likely to happen with this recipe. Usually, rock hard popsicles result from using too much pure liquid to make them. However, the various fruits used in these watermelon popsicles keep the texture a little “flaky” and “crunchy”.
Now – Chill Out!
Well, with just a few ingredients and some patience you’ve whipped up a batch of low-calorie popsicles with the taste and look of fresh watermelon slices. Let them freeze solid and then get them to the poolside – stat!
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