Ditch the sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and artificial flavors of store-bought popsicles and enjoy these delicious 3-ingredient easy healthy watermelon popsicles instead! They’re so simple to make for a refreshing treat you can feel good about making anytime.
And as an added bonus, I'm sharing a total of 7 variations of this basic recipe so you can also easily make Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles, Mint Watermelon Popsicles, Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles, and more!
Nothing says summer quite like a cold refreshing treat on a hot day. And watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. Pair them together in these Sugar-free Watermelon Popsicles, and you have the perfect healthy summer treat.
Most store-bought popsicles are loaded with sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and even artificial colors and flavors. Ingredients like that put a damper on your health--why not make these super easy watermelon popsicles instead?
These yummy treats are super refreshing, and you only need three ingredients to make them. They’re also low in carbs and made without any refined sugars, so you can feel good about sharing with your family anytime. Plus, they’re a great way to use up extra watermelon!
How Do You Pick a Good Watermelon?
Delicious watermelon popsicles start with a good watermelon, so let's talk about how to find a good one!
Have you ever seen people lifting, tapping, or turning watermelons at the store? Most likely, they’re trying to determine if the watermelon is ripe. Here’s how we do that.
First, you want to look for a yellow spot. This spot forms where the watermelon was sitting on the ground. If a watermelon is completely green with no yellow spot, that means it might have been picked too early and wasn’t sitting on the ground long enough to ripen.
While you’re looking for the yellow spot, notice if the watermelon feels heavy. You can also tap it to see if the watermelon sounds hollow. Both of these are signs that the fruit is ripe and full of juice.
However, if the texture of your watermelon isn’t perfect, that’s ok! These steps are most important if you’re planning to eat watermelon raw. When you blend it up for a recipe like these sugar-free watermelon popsicles, the texture doesn’t matter quite as much.
What Is The Best Popsicle Mold?
With so many popsicle molds on the market, how do you know what to choose?
Well, hold the presses--I have the answer for you! I highly recommend this Chokxus Popsicle Molds! It makes 10 popsicles at once, and it even comes with 50 wooden sticks to get you started. You can buy additional sticks here.
I love this mold because it's made from very sturdy silicone, so you can move it from the counter to the freezer without anything under it. It also has a bit of give, which means you can squeeze the bottom to help the popsicles release. That's super helpful if you ever make popsicles with whipped cream or coconut whipped cream in them!
This mold's lid is great and keeps the popsicle sticks right where you want them. They’ll only go as far down as you place them--no sinking!
Lastly, it’s super compact and doesn’t take up much room. So you won’t have to do a big freezer clean-out just to make some popsicles!
How To Remove Popsicles From Molds
Once your popsicles are fully frozen, there are a few different ways to remove them from the molds:
- Submerge the entire mold in warm (not hot) water for about 10-15 seconds. Then, you should be able to gently pull the popsicles free. This is my preferred method.
- Run hot water over the popsicle mold for about 10 seconds.
- Remove the popsicles from the freezer and allow them to sit at room temperature until they’re soft enough to remove, about 5-10 minutes.
How to Make These Watermelon Popsicles
- Add the watermelon, lime juice, and low carb sweetener to a blender.
- Pulse a few times, then switch to a full blend until you achieve a smooth puree consistency.
- Pour the puree into the popsicle mold.
- Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight before removing the popsicles from the molds.
More Healthy Popsicle Recipes
Looking for more options like these healthy watermelon popsicles to enjoy all summer? Try a few of these tasty recipes:
- Key Lime Popsicles – the combination of key lime and coconut is a real treat
- Strawberry Sage Popsicles – very refreshing and only uses 3 ingredients
- Sugar-free Fudgesicles – you’ll be amazed how much they taste like the real thing
- Berries and Cream Popsicles – dairy-free, vegan, low-carb, and so deliciously creamy
Creamy Watermelon Popsicles: Add 1 cup of yogurt or canned or homemade coconut milk to turn these into creamy watermelon popsicles.
Lemonade Watermelon Popsicles: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the mixture for a delicious watermelon lemonade popsicle. Just be sure to taste and add more sweetener if necessary so the popsicles don’t turn out too sour.
Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles: Substitute 1 cup of strawberries for 1 cup of the watermelon.
Mint Watermelon Popsicles: Add 1-3 Tbsp fresh mint to the watermelon before blending.
Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles: Add 1-2 cups chopped cucumber to the watermelon. Depending on the size of your popsicles molds, and your taste, you can feel free to leave out the same amount of watermelon as desired.
Watermelon Lookalike Popsicles: For a really fun popsicle that actually looks like a watermelon, stir some sugar-free chocolate chips into the watermelon puree before adding it to the molds, leaving some space at the top. Next, layer some lightly sweetened coconut yogurt on top, finishing off with some pureed kiwi for the "rind."
Lime Flavor: This recipe is very forgiving, so feel free to adjust the lime to your taste.
Storage: You can keep these watermelon popsicles in the freezer for several weeks. I like to store mine in a freezer-safe plastic gallon bag after I’ve taken them out of the mold.
Sweetener Options: Use any different healthy sweetener like coconut sugar or honey, a regular granulated sweetener if you prefer. I do highly recommend steering clear of white sugar.
Special Diet Notes
- Vegan, Gluten-free, & Dairy-free: These popsicles are naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan.
- Keto: Because watermelon is a higher carb fruit, these really aren't keto watermelon popsicles, but they would be considered to be low-carb watermelon popsicles when using a low-carb sweetener.
- AIP: Use an AIP approved sweetener like coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
- Paleo: For a paleo watermelon popsicle you would use stevia or monk extract, coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup. Use about 1/2 the amount of honey or maple syrup. For stevia or monk, about 1/32 of a tsp is enough.
Easy Watermelon Popsicles
- 6 cups fresh watermelon chunks
- 3 tablespoons granulated low carb sweetener (optional)
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- dash of salt
- Combine watermelon, lime juice, and sweetener (if using) in a blender.
- Pulse a few times before moving to a full blend, then blend until a smooth puree consistency is achieved.
- Pour the puree into the popsicle molds.
- Freeze for at least 5 hours or overnight before removing from molds.
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