Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles (Vegan & Paleo!)
Fresh, bright, healthy Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles are SUCH a great warm weather treat! These watermelon popsicles are 100% fruit and naturally help balance your electrolytes. (Vegan, paleo & gluten-free)
The summer of healthy popsicles continues! This watermelon popsicle recipe is our most popular, most requested & most made homemade popsicle recipe year after year. My kids request them almost weekly during our summer break from school!
Made with simple ingredients like watermelon, strawberries, and lime, these Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles are full of fresh flavor, easy to make, and delicious to enjoy on a hot summer day.
You don’t even need any sugar (or honey or syrup!) to make them!
Why These Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles Are My Favorite
THEY’RE A GREAT WAY TO USE UP A LARGE OR NOT-SO-GREAT WATERMELON. It about breaks my heart when I slice into a watermelon and only half of it is in great shape. I *hate* wasting food, but I also can’t really stand to eat mealy watermelon. Whether you’re working with, say, a behemoth of a melon you picked up at Costco thinking to yourself “it’s not that big” only to get home and realize you bought a watermelon large enough to sustain a football team (not that I’ve done that a dozen times or anything…) or a not-so-great melon you picked up at the store, this recipe is a GREAT way to use it up.
THEY USE JUST 3 (100% FRUIT!) INGREDIENTS. These fresh fruit popsicles are made with just watermelon, strawberries, and lime. No added sweetener required! The strawberries add just enough substance to give these a gorgeous texture. The lime zest and lime juice adds an incredible little punch, and the end result tastes so much more spectacular than you’d think three ingredients could possibly manage.
THEY’RE SCRUMPTIOUS ICE POPS! If you’re not super into smoothies, never fear! This summer treat is a bit more like an ice pop. They freeze beautifully, taste amazing, and even make great homemade Otter Pops. Whether you make this awesome recipe or another, be sure to look here for more popsicle ideas as well as other yummy cold treats!
Here’s What Goes Into This East Watermelon Popsicle Recipe:
- FRESH WATERMELON. Seedless watermelon (or seeded watermelon) is the base for this watermelon popsicle recipe. This is a great way to use up a less-than-amazing watermelon or to help you finish a large watermelon!
- FRESH OR FROZEN STRAWBERRIES. Next up is some fresh or frozen strawberries. They add sweetness, and substance to this popsicle recipe and add such pretty color!
- LIME ZEST & LIME JUICE. Then, you’ll use the zest and juice of a lime. The brightness is so lovely paired with the watermelon and strawberries. Make sure you only use the green zest, not the white pith (which is bitter)!
Then, all you need to do is add the ingredients to a blender, blend till smooth, pour the smoothie mixture into a popsicle mold, and freeze till sold. Isn’t that so easy!?
TIPS FOR CHOOSING A GOOD WATERMELON.
I’ve heard LOTS of tips over the years, but the ones that work best for me are:
- KNOCK ON THE WATERMELON. A more hollow sound often means it’s juicier)
- A YELLOW SUNSPOT. The yellow spot (sunspot) is the place where the watermelon has been sitting on the ground. Yellow (instead of white or green) typically means the watermelon is more ripe.
- FEEL HOW HEAVY IT IS. A ripe watermelon will feel heavy for its size (heavier often means juicier).
FAQ + Tips & Tricks For The BEST Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles:
OUR FAVORITE POPSICLE MOLD. We used this popsicle mold for the photos. It’s the popsicle mold I use most often. I love that the lid holds the sticks in place so they don’t shift around after you shut the freezer door. Brilliant.
CHANGE IT UP! Feel free to substitute fresh lemon juice & lemon zest for the lime, add some fresh mint leaves, swap the strawberries for peaches, blueberries, or raspberries!
TIPS FOR GETTING YOUR POPSICLES OUT. First, make sure your strawberry watermelon popsicles have had at least 2-3 hours (preferably 3) to freeze so they’re totally solid. Then, gently run the outside of the popsicle mold under cold water for a few seconds, which will help loosen the popsicles. Hold one stick and gently move it horizontally side to side while running the mold under the cool water and it should slide out much more easily!
HOW TO STORE LEFTOVER POPSICLES. I usually remove mine from the popsicle mold and put them in an airtight freezer safe bag, so that my mold is free to make plenty of other frozen treats. They’ll keep this way at least 2-3 weeks in the freezer, up to a month. Otherwise, keep them in the popsicle mold with the lid on nice and tight and finish the popsicles within a week.
Love these Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles? You’d probably love…
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- Dole Whip Popsicles
Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 3 cups/10 popsicles 1x
- Diet: Vegan
These watermelon popsicles are SO easy and refreshing! I have no doubt you’ll love them as much as we do. Plus, they’re 100% fruit!
- 3 heaping cups cubed watermelon
- 1 heaping cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely smooth.
- Pour the watermelon puree into popsicle molds and freeze 3-4 hours, or until very solid.
- To remove popsicles from the mold, remove the lid and run each well of the popsicle mold under cold water for a few seconds. Gently wiggle the popsicle stick side to side to help loosen the popsicle from the mold. (If it’s not budging, just run it under cold water for a few more seconds and try again)
- Store frozen popsicles in an airtight freezer-safe bag for up to 2 weeks.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: strawberry popsicles, watermelon popsicles, strawberry watermelon popsicles, healthy popsicles, ice pops, watermelon, strawberries
These look so delicious! I love watermelon and strawberry paired together!
Melon and strawberries is a great combination. Love this summer treat!
Just found and tried this recipe recently and it was amazing! One of my all-time favorite frozen treats now.
How long will they keep in the freezer? I would like to make a nice big batch so I can go into my freezer and take one whenever I want without having to prep, but I don’t know if there is a recommended time period to keep them or not.
Oh, I’m SO, SO glad to hear it! I feel like I always have a batch in my freezer in the summer! They’ll store for up to 2-3 months if you’ve got them in a zip-top freezer bag. I’ve tried putting them in food storage containers (Tupperware), but they seem to get a little more stuck together. After a while, they just start to get ice crystals on the outside and taste a bit freezer-y. You’ll know when they’re past their peak! 🙂
I only have 3 moulds. If I make the recipe, can I freeze the remainder, thaw and re-freeze as they get eaten?
Nik – I’ve never tried making them that way, but I do think you might lose a little bit in texture. You can drink the rest as a smoothie, which I’ve done, or you can halve the recipe for a smaller batch, or use paper cups and popsicle sticks. I hope that helps!
Alguien me puede traducir en español.Gracias
Descupla, mi Español no es tan bueno.
3 vasos con cucharada de sandía en cubitos
1 taza de fresas frescas (frescas o congeladas)
Cáscara(poquito) y jugo de 1 limón (optional)
Coloque todos los ingredientes en una licuadora y puré hasta que estén completamente lisos. Verter en moldes de helado y congelar 3-4 horas, o hasta muy sólida.
I made this today. All i can taste is the lime, i wonder where i went wrong.
Cathy – Oh, nuts! Do you know how big your lime was? Usually I can taste the lime, but the strawberry and watermelon are also really coming through. If you used the lime zest this time, you may want to skip it next time… Lime juice will wake up the other flavors without dominating them. I hope that helps!
Such a delicious and refreshing treat, and the flavours are so beautifully balanced. I love it and my kids love it. Any treat that doesn’t require sugar is a winner! I omitted the lime zest just incase the kids found it too lime-y. Thank you for sharing
I’m so glad you enjoyed them Mary! I make a batch almost every week during the summer!
Can someone please help me understand what “cubed watermelon” Is, thankyou💛
Alena – It’s when you’ve cut up the watermelon into cubes. The shape isn’t so much important, just gives you an idea of how much watermelon we’re talking about 🙂
My kids can’t have strawberries, any other recommendations?
Sure! If other berries are okay, blueberries or raspberries are perfect! If berries won’t work, you can use peaches instead 🙂
These turned out great. I happened to have pears falling off my tree so I blended those with the watermelon. Yummy!!
Wow! I bet that would be an awesome combination!
Hi. I forgot to buy limes for the recipe but have lemons. Would lemon juice be an ok substitute or would it through off the flavor?
It’d be delicious with lemon! It’ll be like a strawberry-watermelon lemonade!
Oops I mean throw off!
Where do you get those popscicle molds?
They’re linked in the “Notes on the Recipe” section as “popsicle mold” (Just scroll up a bit from the recipe). Or, they’re also linked in the body of the recipe card. 🙂
Do you include the watermelon seeds and all? My watermelon has the tiny yellowish seeds…
Yep! I toss them all in. Black seeds won’t blend well, but the yellow/white ones are A-ok!
What is the minimum age of baby to enjoy these pops??can my four months old teething baby suck on it??
Sakeena – It would totally be between you and your pediatrician. I wouldn’t recommend giving these to a 4 month old unless they’ve already been introduced to each food individually (i.e. can they tolerate watermelon, strawberries, and lime on their own?). You might try freezing bananas–like these but without the chocolate topping. My kids loved those when they were teething and they’re really gentle and easy to digest!
Easy and yummy!
Yay! So glad you loved them! We can’t get enough!