Earlier in the week I reviewed the Power of Fruit, an all-fruit (and much healthier) version of the Otter Pop. It inspired me to head to the kitchen and experiment with summer-friendly watermelon popsicles. Plus, I had just purchased my very first popsicle mold (which I subsequently broke the day after making these watermelon popsicles, but it was good while it lasted!).
While blending and freezing fruit may seem pretty obvious, the chilling process can actually lessen its sweet flavor just a bit. In other words, that just tender peach may actually taste a little more bitter than expected after a couple of hours in the deep freeze. The Power of Fruit uses white grape juice concentrate for that added touch of sweetness. However, that’s an ingredient I don’t usually have on hand. So I turned to two deliciously ripe fruits that have loads of their own natural sugars: watermelon and banana. Below is the insanely simple recipe that I concocted. And did I mention how healthy these little watermelon popsicles are …
Watermelon is a very concentrated source of the carotenoid, lycopene. When you hear the word lycopene, you probably think of tomatoes, but watermelon is summer’s way of loading us up with this cancer-preventing antioxidant. Watermelon is also a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin B6.
Bananas are one of my biggest loves, and I rarely go a day without one. They are a great source of Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C, and while they are only considered a “good” source of potassium, I think there is something magical about their nutrient combination. I used to suffer (as in frequently wake up in the middle of the night and scream in pain) with severe calf cramps. Then one day, I incorporated a large banana into my morning ritual, and I haven’t had a calf cramp since. That was many, many years ago.
So blend up these naturally dairy-free, 2-Ingredient Watermelon Popsicles and enjoy some refreshingly sweet vitamins! Oh, and they are vegan, paleo, gluten-free and top allergen-free, too, so why not share?
Special Diet Notes: 2-Ingredient Watermelon Popsicles
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, added sugar-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and food allergy-friendly!
- Ripe Banana
- Blend equal parts ripe banana and watermelon until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds.
- Freeze until solid.