Pick up nearly any box of ice pops in the supermarket and you’ll find more ingredients on the label than in your favorite face cream. That’s not right, people! There’s no reason frozen treats need be much more than fruit, juice, and perhaps a small dose of honey or plain old-fashioned sugar (unsweetened lime pops might not go over too well without a little sweetening). The good news is, making your own is so easy. I recently experimented with watermelon pops that had just one ingredient: watermelon, a fruit rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and the antioxidant lycopene. Plus, with its high water content, watermelon is great for hydrating on hot summer days.
Chop enough seedless watermelon to measure about 3 cups. Put it in a blender and mix until smooth. If your machine is being stubborn for the lack of liquid, add ¼ cup of water or apple juice to the bottom of the blender before you give it a whirl. If your watermelon isn’t especially sweet, add a few teaspoons of agave or honey to the mix. Pour into pop molds and freeze.
Makes 6 pops.