I’ve been making ice pops all summer for my kids. They’re a fun, easy way to beat the heat, but store bought ones tend to be full of sugar, artificial colours and flavours, and absolutely zero nutritional value. That’s why I love making homemade ice pops- I get to control what goes into them, and what stays out. If you’ve been following my blog, you may have seen a few of my other fun ice pop recipes before (if not, definitely check them out for some yummy inspo!); those pops are all full of natural, healthy ingredients, but these pops are by far the simplest, easiest, most natural pops I’ve ever come up with! That’s because they only have two ingredients- watermelon, and hemp seeds! That’s right, two ingredients! They taste incredible, my kids love them, and they are so easy to make!
I love fresh watermelon. It’s a beautifully sweet summer fruit, and I look forward to seeing it in my farmer’s market every year. This time of year, watermelons are particularly sweet and bursting with that watermelon-y flavour. You can do so much with them too- I have pickled watermelon for salads (yum!), pureed it into smoothies, and eaten it straight up (my favourite!), but this was my first time experimenting with turning this pink, lovely fruit into a frozen treat for the kids. It’s one of the lowest calorie fruits out there, and is full of beneficial nutrients, including vitamins A, C, B1, B5 and B6, magnesium, and potassium! When perfectly ripe, it has a sweet flavour that can’t be beat.
People often tap the watermelon to see if it’s fresh. I, however, check the bottom of my melons before buying. When a melon ripens naturally on the vine, it forms a brown spot where it was sitting on the ground. When buying melons, always look for the rough brown patch, so you know it had the chance to ripen naturally and soak up all the sweetness that can only be obtained with time. Once you’ve picked your perfect melon, use it within two days and keep it at room temperature to preserve its flavour and texture.
These pops come together really quickly. Just cut up a watermelon, whiz it through the blender or food processor until smooth, and pour all that pink goodness into ice pop molds. To add a bit more nutritional value, as well as a little presentational panache, I decorated the bottom of my pops with hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are full of good fat, protein, and a whole bunch of trace minerals such as zinc, copper, iron and manganese. They’re a great way to add some replenishment to your body after a long day running around in the sun. They also rejuvenate your hair, skin and nails, keeping you glowing and healthy.
When making these pops, allow adequate freezing time. Typically, I try to make my pops at least a day before I plan on eating them, but in the very least they need roughly 4-6 hours to fully freeze. When removing them from the molds, run some hot water over the surface of the pop moulds to help loosen them.
I hope you enjoy these amazingly simple, naturally sweet, fruity treats! Eating well should be fun and refreshing! Until next time, eat well to live well!
Watermelon ice pops with hemp seeds
- 1 Watermelon, cubed
- 1/2 cup Hemp seeds (optional)
Cut a ripe watermelon into cubes, and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth (don’t worry about seeds- a watermelon seed or two never hurt anyone!)
2. Transfer the pureed fruit into ice pop moulds, and freeze for 2 hours, until they begin to solidify. Take the molds out of the freezer, and sprinkle some hemp seeds along the base of the pops, around the stick. Add a small amount of water just to ensure the hemp seeds stick to the pops.
3. Return the pops to the freezer for another 3 hours, until fully frozen.