Watermelon and popsicles are two things that go hand in hand with summer, so why not combine the two, bringing a sense of fun and relief from the heat to children and adults alike? I’ve been seeing lots of posts lately about popsicles, and watermelon recipes are cropping up all over as quickly as the melons are being harvested from the fields.
My inspiration for this flavour was a recipe for Watermelon Agua Fresca on the stunningly beautiful blog, Cook Eat Live Vegetarian. Check it out here, and I’m sure you’ll agree with me that the food photography on this blog is breathtaking (oh, if only I could take photos like that!). The author, Natalie, provides a sophisticated array of vegetarian and vegan recipes that is very much worth checking out.
Watermelon Cutie Pops
To make my Watermelon Cutie Pops, I puréed chunks of seedless watermelon in a food processor, then pushed the puree through a sieve to capture only the juice. I added the juice of a lime for just a mild hint of citrus, stirred well and poured the mixture into sailboat-shaped popsicle molds.
I was so anticipating my granddaughter’s reaction to these, and was not disappointed. Tuesday evening all my girls were here for a visit, i.e., my two daughters and two granddaughters, and all of them were charmed by these treats. My almost-two-year old Little Miss was delighted to have her very own, and very first, popsicle and her Mum was happy that this was a no-sugar-added treat. My eight-month old Littler Miss was happy to gnaw on a popsicle too; I think the attraction may have been both the flavour and the cold for her teething gums!
And we adults enjoyed ours too, not only for the refreshment on a hot summer evening, but also for the chance to be transported, however briefly and sweetly, back to our own childhoods.