On Friday the Swedes celebrated midsummer which implies the calendric beginning of summer. Just as winter and Christmas are linked to cinnamon and gingerbread, summer is linked to ice cream and popsicles. Instead of buying overpriced and over-sugared popsicles as every year however what about making your own healthy (and yet really sweet!) popsicles at home this year? It's as easy as pie (well even easier because I did fail at pies before but I never failed at popsicles...) and basically you only need one ingredient. Can you already guess which one?
Ingredients (serves 6):
about 1/8 watermelon
2 tablespoons lemon/lime juice (optional)
Of course you will also need popsicle molds but they should be really easy to snatch this time of the year, for example here.
1. Mash the watermelon in a blender. Start with a few slices as the amount you need will depend on the size and number of your popsicle molds.
2. Add the lemon or lime juice for some additional flavour.
3. Put the liquid in your molds and freeze overnight.
(This works with about any other fruit as well so don't hesitate to give your creativity full scope.)
What really surprised me about these popsicles is that they're super sweet even though I didn't add any sweeteners. I think they're even sweeter than the watermelon itself! But of course they're totally guilt free and you can have about as many of these as you want. The perfect refresher on a hot summer day.
Do you prefer ice cream that's less watery? Check out my recipe for homemade banana / peanut butter ice cream! Also stay tuned for more healthy fruit ice cream recipes in the course of summer. I have a great raspberry recipe in petto and I was also thinking about trying a homemade mango ice cream next...
Which homemade ice cream do you use to indulge in? Feel free to share your recipes or ingredient additions to my watermelon popsicles!