Watermelon Pops

It’s summer!  And it is hot out, SO hot!  I think the best way to cool down during these hot summer temperatures is by swimming in a nice, cool outdoor pool, or indulging in some sort of frozen treat or drink.

Last weekend I made these watermelon popsicles using just 5 ingredients…2 of which can be omitted, which makes for a 3 ingredient, healthy frozen treat!  And best of all, they do not require a mold of any sort.  All you need are the 3 ingredients: watermelon, coconut milk and chocolate and perhaps lollipop/popsicle sticks (although I suppose you could do without those too).

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I like having treats that are made without refined sugar and these watermelon pops are just that; a healthy and kid-friendly treat that everyone can enjoy.

Watermelon Pops

Ingredients

  • 1 small watermelon
  • 1/2 can full fat coconut milk
  • 8 1/2 oz chocolate*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
  • Shredded coconut (optional)
  • 15 lollipop/popsicle sticks

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon into 1/2 inch thick triangles (cut and discard rind).
  2. Insert lollipop/popsicle stick into the base of the watermelon triangles.
  3. Put watermelon on baking pan (I lined mine with tin foil) and place in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Pour full fat coconut milk into a mixing bowl and whisk.  The coconut milk does not need to be whipped, but you want it to have an even, fluffy texture.
  5. Take watermelon out of the freezer and dip into coconut milk, coating each side.
  6. Put watermelon back on lined pan and into the freezer for at least another 30 minutes.
  7. Put chocolate and coconut oil in a small sauce pan.  Melt on low heat, constantly stirring mixture.
  8. Remove mixture from heat and take coconut-dipped watermelon out of the freezer.  Dip the coconut-covered watermelon into the chocolate, coating each side.  Immediately sprinkle shredded coconut onto chocolate, then place on lined baking sheet.
  9. Place in freezer to set.

*You can use a bar of chocolate or chocolate chips.  I used a bar of Hershey’s 100% cocoa (I know, I’m weird), but if you prefer something sweeter than do so.  I added the coconut oil for flavor and to help melt the chocolate, but you can omit the coconut oil.

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The sweetness of the watermelon goes well with the coconut and balances the bitterness of the chocolate.  I found the best way to eat these watermelon pops is to let them thaw a couple minutes before consuming, otherwise the texture of the watermelon can be quite hard.  But the flavors are all still wonderful and extremely refreshing on a hot day.

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Have you ever tried frozen watermelon?  What about watermelon dipped in chocolate?  What is your favorite popsicle flavor?

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