These Watermelon Popsicles are made with just 3 good-for-you ingredients and are extra refreshing with the addition of cucumber! Prepared in minutes with no added sugar, these healthy popsicles are vegan, Paleo, and the perfect cold treat for kids and adults.Jump to Recipe
Cucumber Watermelon Popsicles
Summer is here and keeping everyone hydrated in the heat of the season can be such a challenge!
I mean, you can only nag kiddos so much to drink water. So, to keep nagging to a minimum but still ensure that my crew is hydrated during these hotter months, I love to keep healthy popsicles in my freezer to grab at a moment’s notice.
Why these Watermelon Popsicles are great!
- Just 3 ingredients. Watermelon, cucumber and lime! That’s it! I love a minimal recipe that is good for me!
- No added sugar. Lots of commercially prepared ice pops have oodles of added sugar in them. These watermelon popsicles are sweetened only with fruit! If you like a sweeter pop, feel free to add a tablespoon or two of coconut sugar to the blender. Even then, they will still be far lower in sugar than most popsicles on the market.
- They are hydrating. Watermelon and cucumber are naturally high in water content. Creating a popsicle from these two refreshing fruits of nature is a delicious way to help keep your family hydrated while they think they are enjoying a frozen treat.
Suggested adaptations for making cucumber watermelon popsicles.
- Use whatever cucumber you have on hand. I used an English cucumber. If you use a different type of cucumber that has a lot of seeds, cut your cucumber in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon before dicing.
- Add a few fresh mint leaves! This makes for a really refreshing flavor combo if your family enjoys mint.
- Blend in a few fresh or frozen strawberries. This will add extra sweetness and flavor or add sliced strawberries to the popsicle mold before filling with the blended watermelon for an extra pretty and taste popsicle.
- Use frozen watermelon. Since watermelon is so high in water, the pulp can separate from the juice before freezing. The taste will still be lovely, but the popsicle might be a bit more ombre in appearance. If you want a popsicle that is one solid pink color, freeze some watermelon chunks before blending to help slow seperation process while the pops freeze.
- Don’t have popsicle molds or want to enjoy a frozen treat right away? Make a cucumber watermelon slushy! Blend ingredients above with a few handfuls of ice and serve with a spoon!
Tips on making these healthy popsciles with kids.
This magical and easy watermelon popsicle recipe is the brainchild of the awesome sauce Heather from Happy Kids Kitchen. She is the queen of delicious recipes AND helping parents/caregivers get children into the kitchen.
With this amazing summer recipe, she is also serving up some helpful bits of wisdom for how to include children in making these cucumber watermelon popsicles.
1. Knife skills! This is a great recipe for kids to practice using an age appropriate knife, especially since the cucumber and watermelon will be blended in the end. Cut the watermelon into large but flat pieces then let your child cut them smaller and place them in the blender. Kids can also help peel the cucumber then cut it into a dice. If you’d like some advice on helping toddlers and younger kids use a child-safe knife, you can check out my blog post on Teaching Knife Skills.
2. Use the blender. Take this opportunity to review how to safely use a blender: never place your hands inside the blender, use the blender only with an adult’s supervision, and really make sure the lid is on tight before you turn it on. With my preschool cooking classes, we make using the blender extra fun by doing a countdown and then covering our ears when I flip the switch. “5,4,3,2…1!”
3. Help pour! This is job is probably best for older kids, but younger ones can help hold the blender as you fill the popsicle molds or even help tell you when the mold is starting to get full.
If you love this recipe and the idea of making healthy popsicles with your kids, check out Heather’s post 10 Healthy Popsicles for Kids!
Equipment used to make these watermelon popsicles
Other healthy and refreshing treats for when its hot, hot, hot!
- Berry Hydrating Popsicles
- Blueberry Spinach Smoothie
- Frozen Watermelon “Popsicles”
- Healthy Tropical Creamsicles (with Veggies!)
- Watermelon Mint Slushies
- Easy Green Smoothie for kids
Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles
- popsicle mold
- 3 cups diced seedless watermelon fresh or slightly thawed frozen (just enough to have some juice to help blending)
- 1 cup diced English cucumber peeled. See above for suggestions using other cucumbers.
- 1-2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice or to taste
- Add the cucumber, watermelon, and lime/lemon juice to a blender. Blend until very smooth and no bits of cucumber remain.
- Skim off any foam the rises to the top of your blender.
- Pour blended juice in popsicle mold and freeze until solid, at least 6 hours or overnight. Run popsicle mold under hot water for a few seconds to make the popsicles easier to remove.
The nutritional information is provided as an estimate only and may vary based on the product type, servings and other factors. If you are following a diet, please consult with a professional nutritionist or your doctor. Stay healthy!