My lil one loves ice-creams and popsicles. But am always a little skeptical giving her the store bought ones. Making such treats for her as well as hubs (its him that she inherits her love for ice-creams) gives me an immense satisfaction.
For this recipe, you will need some kind of popsicle mold. I have used Norpro Ice Pop Maker but you could use any available to you. Infact I remember as kids I loved these Ice pops so much that I made ones at home (when store bought stock got over). My sis and me preferred making our own in a simple steel bowl & used the steel spoon to perform the role of a stick. Freeze and voila we had our dessert/snack ready. So you can try that option too if you dont want to invest in any molds. You could try ice tray option too but the size of the popsicle would be too small but that wouldn't alter the taste.
Now to the recipe...
Ingredients: (Makes 10 Popsicles)
2 cups of cubed watermelon
2 cups of washed, hulled and sliced strawberries
1-2 tbsp simple syrup Or sugar Or honey (to taste)
1 tbsp lime juice (or to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
In a blender add the sliced watermelon and strawberry pieces and blend until smooth. Add 1/4 cup water (at a time) and more if required to puree. Now using a wide strainer, strain the puree. I prefer to strain and use only the liquid & discard the remaining leftover fruit fibers. But you can even do this recipe without straining.
Now in the strained liquid add the simple syrup, salt and lemon juice. Mix well and then pour into the Popsicle molds. Cover and freeze for about 30 mins. Then remove from freezer and pop the wooden sticks in through the available slots. This helps to keep the stick straight and hold its position. Stick the whole container back into the freezer. After about 6 to 7 hours (or overnight) your Ice pops should be ready. Let them sit for about 2 mins or run/dip in warm water for about 10 seconds. Your ice pop should slide out easily.
- For storing, you could store individual popsicles in the small snack size ziplocks bags in freezer. They fit perfect for 1 popsicle.
- I prefer to strain the fruit puree and use only the liquid & discard the remaining leftover fruit fibers. But you can even do this recipe without straining. Just add simple syrup, salt and lemon juice to the pureed fruit and pour in molds.
- Some popsicle mold come with inbuilt stick on them (i.e.they are part of the lid. If you have one of those molds you can simply pour the liquid into the mold and freeze at a stretch for 6-7 hours or overnight.
- My strawberries were not so tart so I added a bit of lemon juice but you can skip it too.
- Simple syrup/Sugar/Honey and lemon juice are to taste so add as required or skip if not needed.
That's it, our yummy fresh fruit Watermelon Strawberry Popsicles are ready. Enjoy this low-fat, guilt-free and juicy frozen treat with your family and friends!!