Monday, September 5, 2011

Melon Popsicle Recipe (Paleo)

healthy melon popsicles on a platter
The variety of melons in this recipe makes for bright, colorful fruit pops.
These colorful popsicles look so cheerful! At least, they did . . . until they started melting into puddles during my photo shoot. Eight fruit pops were harmed during the production of this blog post.

Watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and a hint of citrus -- that's all it takes to whip up a batch of cool and colorful frozen treats for the afternoon. This melon popsicle recipe is so easy and so quick to make -- a great recipe for kids to try.

For the cantaloupe and watermelon, I used lemon juice and threw in a little zest, too - so refreshing! I did the same with lime for the honeydew pops. My personal fave? The cantaloupe pops. They had a smoother texture than the other two melon ice pops.
these fruit popsicles are a vegan food and a paleo diet food
These healthy popsicles are easy to make and use 100% fruit.
These fruit popsicles appeal to a wide range of specialty eating needs. There's no added sugar, which makes for a very healthy popsicle. And, because they are made from 100% fruit, they count as vegan popsicles and paleo popsicles. They are versatile, too: you can use any kind of melon. They key for good melon popsicles is that the melon be very ripe, and that you process it into an extremely smooth puree.

Melon Popsicle Recipe

1 melon (watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew)
4 tablespoons of lemon or lime juice per honeydew-size melon (optional)
Popsicle molds (or popsicle sticks & 3 oz Dixie cups, or ice cube trays with toothpicks)

1. Process melon and citrus juice in blender or food processor until completely smooth.
2. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 4 hours.
3. If you are using Dixie cups, freeze until slushy and somewhat thick, then stick popsicle sticks in and continue to freeze until solid.

The quantity of melon ice pops this makes depends on the size of the fruit and the size of the molds you are using. Dixie cups are great for this project because you're not going to run out. The honeydew melon made about 24 3oz servings, the cantaloupe made about 12 3oz servings, and the watermelon made so many servings it would have been ridiculous to count them.

You can add sweetener if your fruit isn't ripe (up to 1/2 cup granulated sugar or equivalent sweetener per melon should be plenty). I found that sugar was overkill for already ripe fruit, so you might as well keep it healthy.

Summer isn't over yet (at least not here!), so enjoy the last of it while you still can and try making some of these delicious melon popsicles!