Healthy Watermelon Popsicles
These homemade and healthy Watermelon Popsicles are an amazing frozen summer treat for all ages – babies, toddlers, kids and even you! Made with only 4-ingredients, these popsicles are made with no added sugar!
Medically reviewed by Jamie Johnson, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).
Are you looking for an easy, healthy and tasty popsicle for your little one? Then look no further!
These Watermelon Popsicles 🍉 will be your new favorite way to keep your family cool this summer.
These popsicles are made with 4 easy ingredients – watermelon, strawberries, lime and chia seeds (the last two being optional). With a 5-minute prep time, these popsicles will be on heavy rotation for snacks, lunches, afternoon treats, and dessert all summer. Yay for the sun!
If you are looking for more easy and healthy popsicle recipes for your little ones, then be sure to check out my Rainbow Popsicles, Green 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.
Watermelon Popsicle Video
Watch this video to see how easy these popsicles are to make!
Reasons to Love These Watermelon Popsicles
- healthy frozen treat
- baby, toddler, kid and even adult-friendly
- full of vitamins A, fiber and antioxidants
- can be served for breakfast, snack, lunch or dessert
- naturally sweetened
- 5-minute prep time
- great for hydration
A full list of ingredients and instructions can be found below in the recipe card.
- Watermelon: select a ripe watermelon and then cut the watermelon into cubes for this recipe. You can also use any frozen watermelon that you have as well.
- Strawberries: fresh or frozen and then thawed strawberries are added for a firmer base to these popsicles.
- Lime: a squeeze of fresh lime to bring out the sweetness of the watermelon.
- Chia seeds (optional): for a nutritional boost of protein and healthy fats, we are adding in just a pinch of chia seeds, but these can be omitted if you prefer.
Benefits of Watermelon for Kids
Watermelon is full of essential vitamins and minerals for your kids.
- Excellent source of vitamin C, which supports the immune system and helps with iron absorption.
- Contains vitamin A, which helps support healthy eyes, teeth and skin.
- Contains different antioxidants, including lycopene, carotenoids, and cucurbitacin E.
- High water content which can help keep your kids hydrated.
- Blend: Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and there are no chunks of chia sees – roughly 1 minute.
- Popsicle Mold: Pour the liquid into a popsicle mold of your choice.
- Freeze: Place the popsicle tray in the freezer, and freeze for 5 hours or preferably overnight.
- Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
You can store these for 3 months inside of the popsicle mold.
No, you don’t. You can add in an extra cup of watermelon if you would rather just use all watermelon. But, I have found that because watermelon has such a high water content, that without the strawberries, the popsicles are more of a slushly consistency, rather than a normal popsicle consistency when they start thawing out.
Cooking with Kids
You can easily have your kids help you make these fun popsicles.
- 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.
- 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.
You can make these popsicles as-is or try adding in any of these fun ingredients.
- Fresh lemon juice (instead of lime)
- Plain or vanilla yogurt
- Canned coconut milk
- 2-3 mint leaves before blending
- A handful of peaches, raspberries or cherries (fresh or frozen)
How to Store these Popsicles
Once frozen, these popsicles will last up to 3 months in the freezer inside the popsicle mold.
- Frozen Strawberries: I like to use frozen strawberries in this recipe because my kids eat all of the fresh ones, but you can certainly use fresh hulled strawberries if you have some on hand.
- Sweetness: depending on the sweetness levels of your watermelon and strawberries, you may need to add in 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey (for over 1 year old). Taste the popsicle mixture after blending it to see if you need to add any 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;).
- Seedless Watermelon: it’s best to use a seedless watermelon (the white seeds are okay and will blend down) for this recipe.
Other Great Frozen Treats
- Yogurt Fruit Popsicles for Toddlers + Kids – 8 Fun Flavors
- Yogurt Unicorn Bark
- Healthy Yogurt Parfait Popsicles for Toddler + Kids
- Healthy Funfetti Popsicles for Kids + Toddlers
- Hidden-Veggie Carrot & Orange Popsicles (Baby + Toddler)
- Strawberry Lemonade Slushies for Toddlers + Kids (refined sugar-free)
Or watch the shortened video here.
Get the recipe: Watermelon Popsicles
- 2 cups watermelon, cubed
- 1 cup strawberries, see notes
- 1/2 lime, juiced optional
- 1 tsp chia seeds, optional
- Blend: place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend for 45-60 seconds on medium or until everything this pureed.
- Pour: using your favorite popsicle mold, pour the watermelon mixture into the molds until the fill line. Place in the popsicle sticks.
- Freeze: place the popsicle mold into the freezer and let freeze for at least 5 hours but preferably overnight.
- Eat: take a popsicle out of the freezer and take out of the mold. Eat and enjoy.