Watermelon Popsicles

Watermelon popsicles are the ultimate refreshing snack and they only take minutes to make. All you need are two ingredients, a blender and your favorite popsicle mold. This watermelon popsicle recipe is refined sugar free, so it’s a guilt free snack.

Chill with watermelon popsicles

Watermelon is a natural refresher. It should be. This crimson fleshed melon is 92% water, making it a natural summertime favorite.

As a kid, we’d plunge a whole watermelon into a bucket of ice water to chill for an hour, then cut it into pie shaped wedges and happily munch while seeing how far we could spit the seeds (remember when watermelon had seeds?).

But this summer melon isn’t just for snacking. It also works in a variety of recipes. I use it in watermelon cucumber salad, patriotic salads, quenching watermelon water and watermelon margaritas. So why not watermelon popsicles, right?

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You’ll love this recipe because you’ll only need two ingredients and about 10 minutes of prep.

What you’ll need for watermelon popsicles

  • Watermelon
  • Limes
zesting the lime and squeezing juice.
Zest and juice the lime (the zest has so much flavor)

How to make watermelon popsicles recipe:

  1. Chop watermelon into chunks.
  2. Zest and juice the limes. (Be careful not to get any of the bitter white pith when zesting).
  3. Combine watermelon, lime juice and zest into a blender.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold and set the popsicle sticks into the mold according to the manufacturers instructions.
  6. Freeze until solid.

To strain or not to strain pureed watermelon

You’ll notice that the watermelon puree has a bit of texture to it… it’s not completely thin and watery. In fact, it almost has the appearance of shifting sand as it settles in the blender. See photo above, right.

It’s not something I want in a drink, so for that, I strain the puree to remove the pulp.

However, in a watermelon popsicle, it’s ok. The bits are so small, you’ll never notice them.

Shameless plug: Look at my new popsicle molds! Got them on Amazon for around $20 (affiliate link).

a photo of the popsicle molds with accessories.

Are watermelon popsicles healthy?

Absolutely! There’s no guilt with these watermelon ice pops, because it’s pure fruit. Just sweet, juicy watermelon and tangy lime. Only 11 carbs and 40 calories per pop; a nutritional bargain, I’d say!

a tray of frozen watermelon ice pops with fresh slices of watermelon and lime.

I love these silicone molds for freezing ice pops and removing them from the mold is easy, if you know how.

Tips for removing watermelon popsicles from the mold

Straight from the freezer, removing an ice pop from its mold can be a frustrating experience.

However, it’s easy to loosen the popsicles from their silicone prison with a little bit of warm water.

Put the stopper in your sink drain and fill it with hot tap water. (You can also use a high rimmed baking pan). Rest the popsicle mold and in the water for about 10-20 seconds to slightly defrost the surface of popsicles. This should make it easy to slide out the watermelon ice pops.

A stack of watermelon popsicles on a bed of ice.


How can I make watermelon popsicles less icy?

Adding sugar can lessen the ice crystals that will naturally be present in the ice pops. Add a little simple syrup or corn syrup (1-2 tablespoons)to the mixture after pureeing the fruit. Taste and adjust the flavors before adding any more.

Can I use other melons for this ice pop recipe?

Yes! Try it with honeydew, cantaloupe Crenshaw, or other sweet melons.

holding a watermelon ice pop.
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5 from 2 votes

Watermelon Popsicles

These fruity, light watermelon popsicles have only 2 ingredients! Watermelon and lime! These juicy, refreshing treats are guilt free treats that are perfect for hot days.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword watermelon
Dietary Restrictions Dairy-Free, Egg Free, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 10


  • popsicle mold
  • popsicle sticks
  • Funnel
  • blender or food processor


  • 8 cups fresh watermelon chunks rinds discarded
  • 2 limes


  • Zest the limes with a microplane grater. You’ll need about 1 tablespoon of fresh lime zest.
  • Cut the limes into halves and juice them.
  • Transfer the watermelon to a blender or food processor and a add the lime zest and juice. Puree the watermelon chunks until smooth. You may need to scrape down sides, or use the tamper.
  • Taste for seasonings. If you want more sweetness, add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, agave or simple syrup and blend again. If it needs more lime juice, add at 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Fill the popsicles molds with the blended watermelon and insert the popsicle sticks. Freeze for 4 hours or until solid.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 150mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 699IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I love this for a healthy snack for my kids. They are always wanting something to nibble on and this is just pure fruit and no added sugar! They devoured them, thinking they were getting away with something. A win!