Simple and sweet homemade watermelon popsicles without the added sugar. Layers of fruit and coconut milk, and a sprinkling of chocolate chips, these popsicles will get devoured on a hot summer day. They’re a vegan, plant-based, paleo and whole 30 friendly dessert!
The days have been scorching hot here in the midwest. Yesterday we hit the hottest day of the year with temperatures reaching into the upper 90s.
With days like these I’m in no hurry to turn on the oven and heat up the house any more than it is already.
When it’s this hot, I’m also in no mood for heavy food. I go for refreshing salads, smoothies, wrap sandwiches, and cold soups. I love a good gazpacho! I also enjoy indulging in a plant-based dessert.
Scoops of ice cream atop a cone were my go to summer treat in the past. The more chocolate and creamer the better. However one trip to the ice cream parlor and I’d come back feeling heavy.
Indulging in an ice cream cone every once and awhile is just fine, but when you make it a daily habit in the summer, that’s when you get in trouble.
A 1/2 cup serving of vanilla ice cream has 14 grams of sugar. And who are we kidding? When we go out to get ice cream were not getting half a cup, more like 1 1/2 to 2 cups, sometimes more!
Before changing to a plant-based lifestyle my favorite ice cream flavor was coconut almond chocolate. A 1/2 cup serving had 250 calories, 14 grams of fat, and 26 grams of sugar.
Now if I’m being realistic I was likely having a 1 cup serving, which means I was consuming 500 calories, 28 grams of fat and 52 grams of sugar. Whoa! I’m getting a sugar high just thinking about it!
There’s a better way to indulge in a cool sweet treat on a hot summer day without sending your body into sugar overload. These popsicles have a bit of coconut milk and chocolate, with the natural sweetness of fruit, reminding me a bit of my favorite ice cream from my past.
These low sugar watermelon popsicles are just the thing to satisfy your sweet tooth on a scorching hot day. Full of the natural sweetness of fruit, with a few chocolate chips sprinkled inside for fun, these popsicles are beautiful, refreshing, and delicious.
Ingredients you’ll need for Healthy Watermelon Popsicles:
- 2 cups of watermelon cubed
- 1 cup organic Strawberries halved
- 2 kiwi fruit peeled and but into chunks
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk
- 2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips
Tools you’ll need for Healthy Watermelon Popsicles:
These popsicle molds are perfect for making healthy popsicles at home. They’re silicone making it easy to pull them free.
I also prefer using wood popsicle sticks to the plastic ones that come with many popsicle molds, and this set includes wood popsicle sticks, along with a recipe booklet of more popsicle ideas.
While fruit peelers aren’t necessary they do make the job of peeling fruit for popsicles and fruit salads much easier without wasting any precious fruit!
I don’t know about you, but when I peel a kiwi using a knife I end up cutting away a lot of the fruit. This kiwi peeler does an excellent job of removing the peel without wasting any fruit.
This strawberry huller and watermelon slicer make hulling strawberries and cubing watermelon a breeze. Or you can get this fruit peeling set that includes the kiwi peeler, strawberry huller, watermelon slicer, along with six more fruit slicing tools.
How to Make Watermelon Popsicles – Step by Step
Step 1: Cut and cube watermelon. De-stem and cut strawberries into quarters. Using a food processor or blender, blend the 2 cups of watermelon and one cup of strawberries together until smooth. Pour mixture evenly into four popsicle molds, about ¾ of the way full.
Step 2: Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly among the four molds. Using a popsicle stick gently push the chocolate chips into the molds, evenly distributing them. You can leave out the chocolate chips or use raisins if you like. I think the chocolate chips look cute and mimic the look of seeds on the watermelon.
Step 3: Freeze for one hour or until set.
Step 4: While the first later is freezing mix ¼ cup of coconut milk with 1 tsp maple syrup. I use the full fat coconut milk, but you could use low fat if you choose. The full fat is creamier and tastes amazing, and with such a small amount per popsicle, I say go for the full fat!
Step 5: After an hour in the freezer check that the first later has set. If so, pour the second layer of coconut milk evenly among the four molds, about 1 tablespoon per mold.
Step 6: Freeze for one hour or until set.
Step 7: While the second layer is freezing, cut the outer layer of the kiwi off, and chop into small chunks. Blend with 2 tablespoons of coconut milk.
Step 8: Once the coconut layer is set, pour the kiwi layer on top. Freeze for one additional hour or until set.
Why are these watermelon popsicles healthy?
The sugar in these popsicles are natural sugars from the fruit itself. You can sub the chocolate chips for raisons, or leave them out completely to make these popsicles healthier. They also contain healthy fats from the coconut milk. If you’d like to reduce the fat and calories you can sub lite coconut milk. Children and adults should have 3-4 servings of fruit a day. One healthy watermelon popsicle equals about 2 servings of fruit!
In this recipe you can replace the chocolate chips for raisons to mimic the look of seeds, or leave them out entirely. You can also leave out the kiwi and coconut milk layers and just do the watermelon strawberry layer for a quicker turnaround. Sub lite coconut milk to reduce the calories and fat.
Top Tips for Making the Perfect Popsicles
Make sure you allow enough time for each later to freeze completely before pouring the next later. This will help keep the layers clean.
Check out these other cold and healthy vegan desserts!
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Healthy Watermelon Popsicles
- 2 cups watermelon cubed
- 1 cup strawberries hulled and halved
- 2 tbsp vegan chocolate chips or raisons
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (full fat) plus 2 tbsp
- 2 kiwi peeled and cubed
- Cut and cube watermelon. De-stem and cut strawberries into quarters. Using a food processor or blender, blend the 2 cups of watermelon and one cup of strawberries together until smooth. Pour mixture evenly into four popsicle molds, about ¾ of the way full.
- Sprinkle chocolate chips evenly among the four molds. Using a popsicle stick gently push the chocolate chips into the molds, evenly distributing them. You can also use raisins.
- Freeze for one hour or until set.
- While the first later is freezing mix ¼ cup of coconut milk with 1 tsp maple syrup. Pour coconut milk evenly over the four molds after first layer has set, about 1 tbsp per mold.
- Freeze for another hour or until set.
- While the second layer is freezing, cut the outer layer of the kiwi off, and chop into small chunks. Blend with 2 tablespoons of coconut milk.
- Once the coconut layer is set, pour the kiwi layer on top. Freeze for one additional hour or until set. Serve, and enjoy!