Learn how to make healthy watermelon popsicles as a delicious summer treat for both kids and adults. These homemade fruit popsicles are made using a combination of fresh watermelon and kiwi along with coconut milk for a tasty summertime treat.
Fruit pops are easy to make at home. These homemade fruit pops are naturally sweetened with stevia rather than sugar. They are made with real fruit by layering watermelon, creamy coconut milk and kiwi in a popsicle mold so they look like little watermelon slices. While chocolate chips serve as the watermelon seeds.
Watermelon Kiwi Popsicles
Popsicles are a summer staple. I remember on hot days, my mom would have popsicles for my brother and me and usually a few kids from the neighborhood when the ice cream truck visited our street. They were a great way to cool off in the heat of summer.
Even though I’m an adult now and my son is grown, I’m still partial to a good fruit popsicles recipe on hot days. They are refreshing and make a great dessert or snack. Instead of buying pops at the store that are full of sugar and artificial flavors and colors, I make my own homemade popsicles.
These watermelon kiwi popsicles are really easy to make, too. They do have three steps to make them, but you can take your time making them. I just keep my blender out and rinse it between steps, so it really doesn’t take much time to make watermelon ice pops.
While you could just make these watermelon popsicles all one color and they would be refreshing and delicious, I like the layered look. The pink is watermelon, the white rind is creamy coconut and the green layer is kiwi. I also added some chocolate chips to look like watermelon seeds.
What Can I Do With Too Much Watermelon?
Watermelon is best in the summer when it’s in season, but sometimes I buy one with good intentions and then don’t eat as much plain as I think I will. That’s when I use it in recipes like these watermelon coconut milk popsicles. If you have watermelon to use up, here are some ideas:
- Make a watermelon jicama salad recipe.
- Grill it as a summer treat at barbeques.
- Freeze it to make smoothies or watermelon ice pops.
- Use frozen watermelon as ice cubes for drinks.
Is Frozen Watermelon Good?
Yes, frozen watermelon is good. You can eat it plain or use it to make smoothies or watermelon popsicles. If you eat it plain, let it thaw slightly so it’s not too hard to bite in to.
Is There a Lot of Sugar in Watermelon?
Watermelon is over 90 percent water. In a ⅔ cup serving, there are 30 calories and 7.6 grams of carbohydrates, 6.2 grams are sugars.
Nutritional Benefits of Watermelon Kiwi Fruit Pops
These watermelon kiwi popsicles are a healthy summer snack. They are made with real fruit and made without preservatives or refined sugar.
- Watermelon only has 30 calories per ⅔ cup serving.
- Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin C, copper, potassium, Vitamin B5 and Vitamin A.
- One kiwi has about 42 calories.
- Kiwi is a good source of Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Vitamin A and folate.
- These healthy watermelon popsicles are sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.
- Coconut milk is a good source of Vitamin C, folate, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, selenium and copper.
- These watermelon popsicles with chocolate seeds do call for chocolate chips, but you can use carob chips or sugar free chocolate chips.
What is a Fruit Pop?
Fruit pops are homemade fruit popsicles that are made with real fruit or fruit juice. I like to use real bits of fruit to add some extra fruit to my diet. I also think that real fruit makes these healthy frozen treats look prettier and taste better than using juice.
Are Fruit Popsicles Healthy?
Yes, fruit popsicles made with real fruit are a healthy alternative to many store bought popsicles and ice cream treats. Not only do they not have added sugar, the ingredients also have a number of health benefits. So you can feel good about giving your family these fruit pops as a healthy snack or treat.
Can I Use Different Fruit to Make These Fruit Popsicles?
Yes, you can use different fruits. Strawberry and kiwi taste great together, and they would make a delicious fruit popsicles recipe. If you want to make your fruit pops all one flavor or have a fruit layer and a creamy coconut oil, you can use your favorite fruits for the fruit layers.
Homemade Popsicles Variations and Substitutions
You can customize this fruit popsicles recipe to make it your own and use your favorite fruits. Here are some things that you can add:
- Add a dash of cayenne for spicy watermelon ice pops.
- Use sugar in place of the stevia.
- Substitute the stevia with raw honey.
- Use carob chips in place of the chocolate chips.
- Try them with Greek yogurt instead of coconut milk.
Watermelon Popsicles Recipe Ideas
If you want to kick up the flavor a notch for these watermelon popsicles, try one of the following variations:
- Add 1 cup of flavored or plain Greek yogurt to the watermelon mixture for a creamy popsicle. This also adds calcium and protein.
- Mix Tajin Fruit and Snack Seasoning into the watermelon layer for chili watermelon popsicles.
- Add coconut milk to the watermelon for a vegan creamy option.
- Omit the lemon juice and sweetener and just use watermelon.
- Add some vodka or other alcohol to the watermelon flavor to make boozy popsicles. Use no more than 15 percent alcohol (or 1 part alcohol to 5 parts watermelon) so these watermelon kiwi popsicles will still set up.
What Can I Use For a Popsicle Mold?
If you don’t have silicone popsicle molds, then you can also use one of the following:
- Mini muffin tins are the perfect size to make yogurt and fruit popsicles for toddlers and younger kids.
- Use small disposable cups to make mango strawberry yogurt popsicles. If you use a paper cup, you can simply peel it away from the frozen treats.
- Pour these homemade yogurt and fruit popsicles in a loaf pan. Place popsicle sticks inside evenly spaced. When it’s set up, slice into servings.
- Similar to a mini muffin tin, use ice cube trays to make smaller sugar free popsicles.
- Save yogurt containers to reuse to make homemade yogurt and fruit popsicles.
If you use one of these, you’ll need food grade popsicle sticks. You can also use plastic spoons as a popsicle handle. This works well for younger children.
Alternately, these ice pop molds come with reusable sticks with drip guards and are easy to get out of the mold.
How Do You Get Homemade Popsicles Out of the Molds?
Homemade popsicles can be hard to unmold. I have better luck with silicone molds than hard plastic molds. Make sure you let these watermelon kiwi popsicles get fully frozen. I recommend leaving them in the freezer overnight.
You can set the watermelon popsicles on the counter and let them thaw for 5 minutes and try to remove them from the mold. You can also rub the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the homemade popsicles.
Tips for Making Healthy Watermelon Popsicles
These watermelon coconut milk popsicles are fairly simple to make, but here are some tips for making them:
- Invest in a silicone popsicle mold or two. You can make homemade popsicles and store them in the freezer after they are set up, so you can reuse the mold quickly after you make the pops. It’s worth it to have one or two good molds.
- The riper the fruit, the sweeter your fruit popsicles will be. Taste the mixture before adding any sweetener.
- Let the watermelon kiwi popsicles freeze fully between layers.
- Use cold ingredients so your fruit pops set up quicker.
- Water freezes harder than cream, so the coconut milk or yogurt won’t get as hard. While you can add coconut milk or yogurt to the watermelon layer, I recommend just using it for the white layer.
Watermelon Coconut Milk Popsicles Ingredients
To make these watermelon popsicles with chocolate seeds, you will need the following ingredients:
- Seedless watermelon
- Coconut milk
- Lemon juice
- Chocolate chips or carob chips
How to Make Watermelon Popsicles With Fresh Fruit
To make these watermelon coconut milk popsicles, follow these steps:
1. Cut a lemon in half, then into quarters. Squeeze to juice the lemon, then set two Tablespoons of lemon juice aside.
2. Cut the watermelon into quarters. Remove the seeds, then cut into chunks. Place the watermelon in a blender with 2 teaspoons of stevia and the reserved lemon juice. Blend the watermelon mixture until pureed. (You can expect the blended watermelon to be foamy.)
3. Pour the watermelon puree into 10 of the popsicle molds, filling each so they are about ⅔ of the way full. Then add chocolate chips to each mold. Use a spoon to gently push the chocolate chips down to create faux watermelon seeds for these healthy fruit pops.
4. Now place the lid on the popsicle mold. Insert the popsicle sticks into each of the cavities of your mold. Then freeze for 2 to 3 hours, or until the homemade popsicles are firm.
5. Once the watermelon layer of your fruit pops have frozen, whisk the coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of stevia together in a bowl. Then remove the fruit popsicles from the freezer.
6. Pour the blended coconut milk evenly into each popsicle mold on top of the frozen watermelon ice pop layer. You’ll add about 4 teaspoons to each pop. Then freeze the homemade popsicles for an additional hour.
7. Prepare the final layer for your ice pops while the second layer sets up. To do this, peel the kiwi. Then blend the fruit in a blender until it is pureed.
8. Finally, remove the popsicles from the freezer and pour the kiwi layer on top of the frozen coconut milk. Divide it evenly between all of the fruit pops. Then freeze your homemade fruit pops for another hour.
10. Once frozen, you are ready to unmold and eat your healthy frozen treats! To unmold your healthy watermelon popsicles, run the mold under warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. Then gently pull on the stick to unmold. If they don’t release, run under water for several additional seconds.
How to Store Homemade Watermelon Popsicles With Kiwi
You can remove all of the watermelon coconut milk popsicles from the mold and store in a freezer bag. They will not stick together. They can be frozen for up to three months.
- 3 1/2 Cups Seedless watermelon
- 1 Cup Coconut milk
- 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice
- 6 medium size Kiwis
- 1 Tablespoon Chocolate chips
- 3 Teaspoons Stevia
- Squeeze a lemon to extract the juice and set aside.
- After you remove seeds from the watermelon, blend it and add 2 teaspoons of stevia and the lemon juice. Blend until pureed. It will be foamy.
- Pour it into 10 of the popsicle molds and fill about ⅔ full. Then add chocolate chips to each mold and use a spoon to gently push the chocolate chips down to create faux seeds.
- Place the lid on the popsicle mold and add the popsicle sticks. Freeze for 2 to 3 hours or until firm.
- After a few hours, whisk the coconut milk and 1 teaspoon of stevia.
- Remove the popsicles from the freezer and divide the creamy coconut layer evenly between each mold. You’ll add about 4 teaspoons to each pop. Freeze for another hour.
- Prepare the final layer. Peel the kiwi and blend in a blender until pureed.
- Remove the popsicles from the freezer and pour the kiwi layer on top. Divide it evenly between all of the fruit pops. Freeze for another hour.
- To unmold your healthy watermelon popsicles, run the mold under warm water for 15 to 20 seconds. Gently pull on the stick to unmold. If they don’t release, run under water for a few more seconds.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 92Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 13gNet Carbohydrates: 0gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 1g