Summer Recipes: Melon Popsicles

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This week’s recipe is super simple melon popsicles with fresh cantaloupe and honeydew. They are inspired by Melona popsicles, which if you haven’t had before are Korean and come in lots of different flavors but the most common is the honeydew. I never knew Melona were so popular until I told friends I was making these everyone was like “Oh man Melona popsicles are the best”…so there a bit of pressure for these to be amazing. For mine I thought I’d try and make a healthy version so I’m substituting cream and any extra additives for greek yogurt and natural honey (f you want a non-dairy alternative try coconut milk). This recipe can be made as just honeydew or just cantaloupe but for mine I wanted to do a mixture of each flavor and individuals!

[box title=”Health Benefits” color=”#43D58C”]  Honeydew has Vitamin C, B-6, Fiber,Potassium and Cooper. While cantaloupe is a superfood with 100% of your daily recommendation of Vitamin A&C in just once serving. It also has the most beta-carotene of any fruit and is a great fruit for your skin. Plus it has Folate and Potassium to boot.  [/box]

What You’ll Need:

  • half of a honeydew (2 cups roughly)
  • half of a cantaloupe (2 cups roughly)
  • 1/2 cup of 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • lime or lemon juice
  • honey

Steps:

  1. Cut the honeydew in half and remove the seeds.
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  2. Cut into chunks and then place in a blender/food processor.
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    *if you have a ice cream scope you can use that instead of cutting and it works great!
  3. Add in 1/4 cup of yogurt, squeeze in a bit of lime juice and add half a tablespoon of honey.
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  4. Blend together into a puree.
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  5. Add to the popsicle mold, either filling half way or almost all the way to the top.
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  6. Place in popsicle sticks and place in freezer for 1 hour.
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  7. Repeat steps 1-3 but with cantaloupe instead.
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  8. Take mold out of the freezer and remove the lid. Add cantaloupe puree to the popsicle mold.
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  9. Place back in the freezer for 3 hours.
  10. Take out and enjoy your refreshing melon popsicles!

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 I find these melon popsicles are so refreshing and have a really laid back flavor. I have to say though that they don’t taste exactly like Melona bars mostly because they have a much more fresh fruit taste. I think next time I make these I’d be interested to try them with coconut milk or cream to see if that adds a bit more of a richness to them. The yogurt definitely makes these creamy while still maintain the taste of a fresh fruit popsicle but I’m curious if that combination is more Melona flavor. I also love the dual taste of the honeydew melon and the cantaloupe together – they don’t taste too different but the subtle difference is nice. I think these would also be great paired up with coconut as well. Overall I enjoy the natural sweetness of these melon popsicles and would recommend trying them out!

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