I hope you’ve all been enjoying warmer weather. Today we’re sharing a super delicious watermelon popsicle recipe with you. This watermelon popsicle is gluten free, corn free, dairy free, top 8 allergy free, and more. To speed up the process in popsicle making, we used our Zoku popsicle maker (more about that later).
The inspiration for this popsicle came from the grocery store. You know how it goes. You spot something that looks awesome and you want to make the purchase. As you read the label you see made on shared equipment with xyz, and you put the box down. There have been so many times over the years when this happens, and grocery shopping has become more of an idea generator for me, lol.
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Free From: Wheat/Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy, Tree Nut (including Coconut), Peanut, Fish, Shellfish, Top 8 Allergens, Sesame, Alliums, Apple, Avocado, Banana, Beans & Lentils, Berries, Buckwheat, Cane/Refined Sugar, Carrot, Celery, Cinnamon, Cooking Oil/Added Fats, Cruciferous, Garlic, Legume, Lupin, Mushroom, Mustard, Nightshade, Oat, Onion, Pea & Pea Protein, Potato (Nightshade Variety), Poultry, Red Meat, Rice, Seeds, Stone Fruits, Strawberry, Sweet Potato & Yam, Tapioca/Cassava/Yuca/Manioc, Tomato, Yeast
Friendly To: AIP Paleo, Diabetic, EOE, FPIES, Paleo, Vegan
Compatible With: Corn Free, GAPs, SCD
For GAPs & SCD: Use a legal, liquid sweetener of your choice.
What I love about this easy popsicle recipe: there aren’t many ingredients.
925g Organic Watermelon Flesh (33 ounces)
785mL Watermelon Juice (about 28 ounces, made from the flesh above)
112mL Organic Maple Syrup (4 ounces)
1/2 Organic Lime, juiced
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Blend and sieve your watermelon flesh to get the watermelon juice. Next, blend together your juice, maple, and lime juice. Chill the liquid overnight, then make your “instant” popsicles in the Zoku. If you’re using regular popsicle molds (or ice cubes) skip the chilling step and put your blend directly into the mold and freeze.
We opted to chill the liquid overnight for the best popsicle results with the Zoku, as per their directions.
Now, for those of you who are interested, here’s more information on watermelons, and information on our Zoku popsicle maker.
How To Pick a Good Watermelon
Below is an awesome infographic from Eagle Eye Produce that shows you how to spot a good watermelon. Now, if you’re making use of delivery services for your groceries, you won’t have any control over this. Spoiler alert: I’ve been burned a few times in recent months 🙁
What To Do With Watermelon Rind
The rind of a watermelon is generally sour in taste, but it has great nutrition. You’re probably use to tossing it, but it can do more for you. If you compost, watermelon rind can be the gift that keeps on giving. You can also use it in a juice, and on salads as well.
Watermelon rind is a good source of fiber and citrulline. Some people enjoy the taste of pickled watermelon rind, and this may be something worth trying.
Seedless vs Seeded Watermelon
If you’d like to take a deeper dive on watermelons and their seeds, The Kitchin has a fun (and short) article that’s worth a read.
Some people feel that due to how seedless watermelon are created, they’d rather stick with a traditional seeded watermelon. Interestingly, seedless watermelons are sold at a higher volume than their traditional counterpart… Around here, we purchase both types.
Different Watermelon Varieties
Depending on where you live, you’ll have access to specialty varieties. In our area, each year we see about 8 different options. Each variety will bring something different to the table. We like the traditional seedless baby watermelon, as well as yellow-fleshed watermelon. Whilst the yellow fleshed watermelon are considerably more expensive, they bring an amazing sweetness to the table. I will add though, there are a lot of seeds.
More About The Zoku Popsicle Maker
I hesitated for a VERY long time when making this purchase. I had read a lot of negative reviews on Amazon, and seen some pretty gnarly photos that gave Zoku a bad rap. When a local store had one on sale, I finally decided it was worth trying. Plus, by purchasing the smallest unit, we weren’t out too much money if it didn’t work out.
Low and behold… It worked!! We have yet to experience anything negative with our Zoku, and I’m so please about that. To use the Zoku popsicle maker, you place the unit in your freezer until solid. When it’s new, this can take up to 24 hours.
Once solid, you pour chilled liquid into your Zoku and have popsicles within minutes.