It’s been super humid out where I am from. One moment it’s sunny and then suddenly it’s pouring and hailing with crazy winds. Yesterday I decided to ride my bike to yoga but didn’t really pay attention to the clouds rolling in. By time yoga was over it was pouring and I got soaked with cold rain as I tried to pedal as fast as I could home!
With the humidity it really feels good to have something cold. I’m not talking about the ice cold rain though, I mean an ice cold treat 🙂 I could have just bought jumbo freezies or a tub of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream – my fav’s as a kid – but to save myself the extra sugars and calories, I decided to make my own frozen treat. Luckily for me I had a big juicy watermelon, waiting to be turned into some refreshing fruitsicles.
Making your own frozen treats at home are super easy and economical (depending on what you put in them), not to mention a lot healthier than the commercial alternative. For example, the ingredient list of a Popsicle brand “Tropical Mango Ice Pop” includes 13 ingredients…water, maltodextrin, High Fructose Corn Syrup (an overly processed ingredient I recommend avoiding), corn syrup, sugar, citric acid, malic acid, locust bean gum, guar gum, ascorbic acid, natural flavor, Yellow 5, Yellow 6…three of those ingredients are sweeteners and do you see any mango listed??
A homemade fruitsicle can have minimal ingredients and cleans out the processed sugars, dyes, “natural” flavouring, and other stuff you may not recognize that’s found in most commercial brands. These treats I made have 3 ingredients, could be 2 if your watermelon is super sweet, and are a great refreshing beauty treat to cool down in the summer!
Watermelon and Blackberry Fruitsicles
vegan, gluten free, fat free
2 1/2 cups fresh cubed watermelon
1/4 cup frozen blackberries
6 drops vanilla stevia (optional)
1. Add frozen blackberries in microwave safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, and crush with fork. Place crushed blackberries in each popsicle mold for the tips of the fruitsicle. Preserve some of the juice from the blackberries. Place popsicle molds in freezer.
2. Add watermelon, stevia, and preserved blackberry juice to high speed blender. Blend until smooth until all the chunks are gone. Take popsicle molds from freezer and pour watermelon mix in the molds (divide evenly amongst 4). Place in freezer for at least 4 hours.