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Watermelon and Strawberry Pops

watermelon-strawberry-popsWatermelon and strawberry have evolved to be one of my favorite fruit combinations. Plus, the riper the fruit, the sweeter the pops, so this cool recipe is ideal to enjoy in the heat of summer.

Feel free to reduce the honey in the watermelon and strawberry blend if your fruit is particularly ripe, but be aware that the finished pops will taste a little less sweet once frozen. –Alisa Fleming

Free of: Gluten and all top allergens. 

Makes 4 to 6 Pops

Ingredients

Fruit Layers

  • 1⁄4 lb (113 g) seedless watermelon flesh (about 1 ⁄ 2 cup of purée)
  • 1⁄2 cup (120 mL or 2.5 oz) fresh or frozen ripe strawberries, halved
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1⁄4 tsp fresh squeezed lime juice

Vanilla Cream

  • 1⁄2 cup (120 mL) coconut cream* [see “Advice on Substituting Cream”] or full fat canned coconut* milk
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1⁄4 tsp vanilla extract

Method

  1. Combine the watermelon, strawberries, 1 tbsp of honey and the lime juice in a blender. Purée until smooth. Pour into a glass measuring cup, and quickly rinse the blender jar.
  2. Combine the coconut cream or coconut milk, remaining 1 tbsp of honey and the vanilla in the blender. Purée until smooth.
  3. Pour the fruit blend into 4 to 6 pop molds until they are roughly ⅓ full. Freeze the pops for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the pops from the freezer, and divide the vanilla cream among the pops to make the second layer. Freeze the pops for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove the pops from the freezer, and pour the remaining fruit blend over the pops to make the third layer. Place the popsicle sticks into the pops, and freeze the pops for 1 to 2 hours, or until completely frozen.

Recipe Variations

• Quick Blended Cream Pops: For a super fast two-step recipe, skip the layers and simply blend all of the ingredients together. Fill the pop molds and chill in the freezer for 2 hours or until solid.

• Strawberry Cream Variation: For fruitier pops, blend two ripe strawberries into the vanilla cream before pouring it into the molds.

*A Note on Coconut
Coconut is technically a fruit. While most allergists do not consider it a tree nut, if you are nut allergic, ask your doctor if coconut is safe for you.

Alisa Fleming is Allergic Living’s Senior Editor and the author of Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein Free Living. She is also founder and chief editor of the popular Godairyfree.org website. Recipe first published in Allergic Living magazine.

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