These Watermelon Popsicles (Paletas de Sandía) are a fun, easy, and healthy way to stay cool during the summer months. They’re packed with nutrients, refreshing, and easy to customize with your favorite flavors.
Summer is almost here my friends! While we don’t get very excited over the super hot summers, we do get excited for the abundance of summer fruit. My favorite one is watermelon….hands down!
Make these popsicle recipe next time you have a get together or you just want a summer treat. Kids and grown ups love this them! The taste of sweet watermelon and just a little hint of citrus is all you need to impress anyone you share these with. They make a perfect light dessert.
Don’t worry if you decide to eat them all by yourself, I won’t tell!! They are only 34 calories each after all 😉
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**This post was originally published on July 2012. It has been updated to be more helpful.
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There are only 3 ingredients for these ice pops: fresh watermelon, sweetener, and little lime juice.
- Fresh watermelon: I find that watermelons with seeds are sweeter than the ones with no seeds. But of course seedless are easier to eat
- Sugar or or your preferred sweetener like stevia, honey or maple syrup.
- Fresh lime juice: This brightens up the watermelon flavor. Or you can substitute with fresh lemon juice.
- You will also need the ice pop molds and popsicle sticks.
You may not need to add any sweetener if you’re lucky to find a very sweet watermelon! I’ll leave this ingredient as optional and up to you my friends.
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How to make Watermelon Popsicles
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- In a blender, puree the watermelon until all chunks are gone.
- Add the sweetener and lime juice and tequila. Adjust the sweetness to taste.
- Pour the watermelon mixture equally into 10 molds. Attach covers. Insert sticks, leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches of each exposed.
- Freeze upright until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 2 weeks.
- Hold each mold up to the rim under warm running water just until popsicles are released from sides of molds, 5 to 15 seconds. Remove covers and pull out popsicles.
- Eat immediately or store in freezer.
Top tip: You don’t need to remove the seeds prior to making the watermelon puree, just strain the mixture and you’ll the perfect pulp!
How do you pick the best ripe watermelon?
Back on 2018, I grew watermelons in my backyard and had to learn when to harvest them so they’re truly ripe. It was so much fun growing them in the garden! I had three really big ones and I call that a success!
Select the one that has the most orange-yellow splotches where the watermelons rested on the ground. This means that it ripened in the sun, instead of completely white spots signaling that it was picked early.
Just by looking at them now I can select the best one at the grocery store. No more thumping on them like I’m knocking on my neighbor’s door lol!
Feel free to mix other fruits when blending the watermelon. I love to combine pineapple, mango, berries, raspberries, kiwi, peaches, other melons like cantaloupe and honeydew.
I hope you like this recipe! Share it, or leave a rating and comment below. For questions that need an answer right away, please contact me and I’ll get back to you asap. Gracias!!!! xx, Ana
Watermelon Popsicles (Paletas de Sandía)
- 5 cups of fresh watermelon chunks
- 2 Tablespoons sugar or 2 packets of stevia natural sweetener
- ½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- In a blender, puree the watermelon until all chunks are gone.5 cups of fresh watermelon chunks, 2 Tablespoons sugar or 2 packets of stevia natural sweetener, ½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- Strain the mixture if to remove any seeds.
- Add the sweetener and lime juice. Blend again until everything is pureed well.
- Pour mixture equally into 10 popsicle molds. Attach covers and sticks. Note: don't overfill the popsicle molds, as the mixture will expand as it freezes.
- Freeze popsicles upright until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 2 weeks.
- Hold each mold up to the rim under warm running water just until paletas are released from sides of molds, 5 to 15 seconds. Remove covers and pull out popsicles.
- Eat immediately or store in freezer.
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Yummmm! Loving these photos and such an easy recipe! I still haven’t gotten my first watermelon of the season but I’ll save this for when I do, great that’s it’s dairy free too.
These were so refreshing. They are going to be a staple this summer for sure.
Truly amazing in taste and flavors in this recipe. Will definitely make again, very good recipe!
How fun are these popsicles! I also love the fact that they pack so many nutrients in them and are made with healthier ingredients! So trying them out!
These watermelon popsicles are such a tasty and refreshing summer treat, and a great healthy snack for kids!
My kids love homemade popsicles. Usually I just through whatever fruit I have in a blender. This was my first time making watermelon ones and they turned out delicious.
What is a paleta?
Hi Nancy! Paleta is popsicle in Spanish! 🙂
Perfect treat for the summer! So refreshing and delicious. Just the right amount of booze adds to the flavor.
Right? Perfect for summer! Thanks!
Served these at a party, everyone loved them.
I’m so happy to hear this! I think watermelon is the fruit that everyone loves!
I made these and they’re delicious! Not too boozy lol! I used vodka and they worked well.
Hey you can always use more booze lol! Thanks Monica!
Why is it that the serving size is 0 but there are 19 calories?
hi there! oops! That was a software malfunction but it should be for 1 popsicle. Thanks for the heads up! I fixed that already.