These Creamy Cantaloupe Popsicles are an amazing frozen summer treat for all ages – babies, toddlers, kids and even you! Made with only 4-ingredients, these popsicles can be made with no added sugar! Plus, I’ll show you how to make them 2 different ways!

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Medically reviewed and co-written by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), and Lauren Braaten, Pediatric Occupational Therapist (OT).

Cantaloupe Popsicles

These melon popsicles are a nutritious and delicious way to beat the summer heat. They’re great to make in the summer to keep kids hydrated, and even entertained if they are helping you make them.

Made with 4 easy-to-find ingredients – cantaloupe, yogurt, honey and fresh lemon juice (with the last two being optional). And if you want to add a fun twist to these already delicious popsicles, you can add in a handful of strawberries! With a prep time of under 5 minutes, these healthy popsicles will be on heavy rotation in our house this summer!

If you are looking for more easy and healthy popsicle recipes for your little ones, then be sure to check out my Strawberry Yogurt PopsiclesGreen Tropical Smoothie Popsicles, or these delicious Yogurt Fruit Popsicles. You can also find more recipes and information in my best-selling cookbook Little Foodies: Recipes for Babies and Toddlers with Taste.

Melon Popsicle Video

Watch this video to see how easy these popsicles are to make!

Reasons to Love These Melon Popsicles

  • healthy frozen treat
  • baby, toddler, kid and even adult-friendly
  • full of vitamin A, C, potassium and antioxidants
  • can be served for breakfast, snack, lunch or dessert
  • 5-minute prep time
  • great for hydration
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Ingredients

A full list of ingredients and instructions can be found below in the recipe card.

  • Melon: select a ripe melon that has been cut into chunks. You can also use any frozen cantaloupe that you have as well.
  • Yogurt: Plain or vanilla, though I recommend using plain for babies under 1 year.
  • Lemon (optional): a squeeze of fresh lemon to bring out the sweetness of the melon.
  • Sweetener (optional): maple syrup, agave nectar or honey (for babies over 1 year)

Dairy-Free Tip: Choose dairy-free yogurt, like coconut, almond or cashew yogurt.

Benefits of Melon for Kids

Melons are filled with a wide variety of nutrients for your baby;

  • Contain potassium, an important electrolyte for maintaining fluid balance, muscle contractions and normal heartbeat.
  • High in vitamin C, which supports the immune system and helps with iron absorption.
  • Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is necessary for healthy eyes and skin.
  • High water content helps keep your baby hydrated and relieves constipation

Melon Tip: you can use cantaloupe, honeydew or galia melon for this recipe.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Blend: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and there are no chunks – roughly 1 minute.
  2. Popsicle Mold: Pour the liquid into a popsicle mold of your choice.
  3. Freeze: Place the popsicle tray in the freezer, and freeze for 5 hours or preferably overnight.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Tools Needed

A teal kids played against a white background with colorful popsicle sticks and cantaloupe and strawberries cantaloupe popsicles scattered about.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you freeze these cantaloupe popsicles?

You can store these for 3 months inside of the popsicle mold.

Do you have to add yogurt to this recipe?

You do not have to add yogurt, but you may want to add another creamy substance, like canned coconut cream or coconut milk.

Cooking with Kids

You can easily have your kids help you make these fun popsicles.

Toddlers

  • Toddlers can help measure and pour the ingredients into the blender.
  • They can help put the lid on the blender and push start. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp. 
  • Once blended, toddlers can help pour the popsicle mixture into the popsicle molds. You may want to pour the popsicle mixture into a smaller measuring cup with a pouring lip to make it easier on them. 
  • With help, they can place the popsicle molds into the freezer. My kids always spill the tray at this point, so just give them an extra hand.

Kids

  • You can pretty much let older kids make this recipe by themselves. 
  • They can pick out and measure all of the ingredients. Note: make sure to talk about not touching the blender blade while making something in the blender, as it can be sharp. 
  • Kids can pour the popsicle mixture into the molds and place the popsicle mold into the freezer.
A teal kids plate with a wheel of colorful popsicle sticks and cantaloupe and strawberry cantaloupe popsicles.

Fun Add-Ins

You can make these popsicles as-is or try adding in any of these fun ingredients.

  • Fresh lime juice (instead of lemon)
  • Canned coconut cream
  • 2-3 mint leaves before blending
  • A handful of peaches, raspberries or cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • Fresh or frozen strawberries
  • A few tablespoons of shredded coconut

How to Store these Popsicles

Once frozen, these popsicles will last up to 3 months in the freezer inside the popsicle mold.

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Recipe Tips

  • Frozen Cantaloupe: you can use frozen cantaloupe in this recipe if you prefer.
  • Sweetness: depending on the sweetness levels of your melon, you may need to add in 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey (for over 1-year-old) that is listed in the recipe card. Taste the popsicle mixture after blending it to see if you need to add any more sweetener.
  • Releasing from Mold: if you are having a hard time releasing the popsicles from the mold, then you can try running the mold under warm water for 15-30 seconds.
  • Yield of Recipe: some molds are bigger or smaller than others. So it’s important to know that you may have to double or triple some recipes depending on the size of your molds and how many popsicles you are making. I have always found that if I make too much popsicle mixture, my kids are happy to drink it like a smoothie for me;).

Other Great Frozen Treats

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Get the recipe: Easy Cantaloupe Popsicles – 2 Ways!

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Made with only 4-ingredients, these Cantaloupe Popsicles will keep uou cool all summer long!

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups cantaloupe
  • 3/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 2-3 tbsp sweetener (optional – see notes below)

Instructions 

  • Prep: Place the cantaloupe, yogurt, lemon juice and sweetener (if using), into a blender
    A clear blender with cantaloupe yogurt and lemon juice.
  • Blend: on medium-high speed puree the cantaloupe mixture for 1-2 minutes or until the mixture is completely smooth.
    Eclair blender with cantaloupe purée for Popsicles.
  • Pour: using your favorite popsicle mold, pour the cantaloupe mixture into the molds until the fill line. Place in the popsicle sticks.
    A purple popsicle tray with cantaloupe and strawberry popsicles for kids with colorful popsicle sticks on the side against a white background.
  • Freeze: place the popsicle mold into the freezer and let freeze for at least 5 hours but preferably overnight.
    A small purple tray for Popsicles with colorful popsicle sticks inside.
  • Eat: take a popsicle out of the freezer and take out of the mold. Eat and enjoy.
    A teal kids played against a white background with colorful popsicle sticks and cantaloupe and strawberries cantaloupe popsicles scattered about.

Notes

Age: can be served to 6-9+ months depending on when baby can hold the popsicle stick. 
Yield: this recipe makes roughly 2 1/2 cups of popsicle mixture. You may need to increase/decrease that amount based on your popsicle mold size. 
Notes on Strawberries: feel free to add 1-2 cups of fresh or frozen (and thawed) strawberries to the cantaloupe mixture. I did a batch with half cantaloupe popsicles and half strawberry cantaloupe popsicles for a fun twist. 
Sweetness: I recommend omitting the sweetener for babies under 1 year of age. But depending on the sweetness of your fruit and your sweetness preference, I recommend tasting the blended cantaloupe recipe before pouring it into the trays to see if it needs the recommended amount of sweetener listed above.

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