Updated: Jan 6
Popsicles are one of my must-have freezer treats for my kiddos. The hot summer is always challenging for us here in the South. My kids constantly ask for ice cream, and as much as I like homemade ice cream, I still prefer homemade popsicles as a mid morning or afternoon snack. My little Johnny, at two-years-old, has no problem opening the freezer on his own and searching for popsicles. The boys are so funny when it’s comes to their flavor search. It seems like the more kinds of flavor I have in stock, the more fights I create over treats. They are typical brothers!
As you probably know by now, my friends, I love to eat local, seasonal food. What could be better for you than eating what grows near you? In the lowcountry, that means you have to eat watermelon in the summer! If you are from the South, you must love watermelon. I don’t remember going to any summer picnic or gathering without watermelon. Fortunately, there's a spot just a few miles from my house where I can get locally grown watermelon. Non-GMO with seeds, just like in my home country where I grew up. In Ukraine, watermelon season was so short, and when we did have watermelon, I think overate it every single time. Seeded watermelon is so good and has so much more flavor than seedless kinds. When I go to the local farmers market, most vendors already know me. They don’t even ask if I want watermelon with or without seeds. Of course I want it with seeds! Try taking a piece of seedless and seeded watermelon and eating them at the same time. I guarantee you will know the difference immediately.
Today I would love to share one of my favorite flavor combos with you: watermelon and lime. I’m 100% obsessed with limes; they just make me smile. The tartness and aroma of limes make it my favorite citrus. Not too long ago I posted another healthy frozen treat made out of limes: guilt-free frozen mojito pie. That's another dessert you can feel good about because it’s not only delicious but also good for you. Easy to make, too.
The creaminess for today's popsicles comes from coconut milk, and it's totally optional. You don’t have to use if you don’t care about creaminess. I like to add coconut milk because coconut goes very well with lime. Plus coconut water is one of those drinks that can help with hydration. We all need to hydrate our bodies, especially during the summer.
Usually I like to eat watermelon on its own, but I know some cultures like to eat watermelon with salt. During our last trip to Disney World, we saw a Mexican family eat a whole watermelon with a great amount of salt. My son asked me, “Mom, why do they do that?” I said, "Some people just don’t know how to leave a good thing alone, the way God created it." Well today I’m one of those people... Let's get to it!
Prep time: 15 minutes
Freezing time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Yield: 16 popsicles
Author: Inna of innichkachef.com
8-9 cups of watermelon
2-3 limes (juice only)
1 can coconut milk (optional)
1. Cut watermelon with a knife.
2. Remove all seeds, and place in blender.
3. Squeeze juice from limes and add to the blender.
4. Open can of coconut milk and add to the blender (optional).
6. After about 3 hours, check to see if the popsicles are frozen. The easiest way to remove the popsicle from the mold is to just let the popsicle defrost for 5 minutes; no more than that.
7. Place each popsicle in an individual wrapping bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.