Refreshing fruit and vegetable popsicles made with cucumber, cantaloupe, and herbs are a healthy treat for kids and adults alike!
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Actually, popsicles may be one of the most fun ways to increase your vegetable intake, especially for toddlers and kids. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to prepare!
The key to making veggie popsicles flavorful and enticing is pairing them with the right ingredients. Fruit is a great addition, as is honey or maple syrup, fresh herbs, and citrus.
In this version of fruit and vegetable popsicles, I pair cucumber (I know it grows like a fruit, but I view it as a veggie!) with sweet cantaloupe, honey, mint, basil, and lime juice. Yum to the yum to the YUM!
They’re great as a mid-afternoon snack, evening dessert, or post-workout treat!
How to Make Fruit and Vegetable Popsicles
To make these cucumber melon pops:
- Combine a cucumber (peeled and deseeded), cantaloupe, honey, lime juice, mint, and basil in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a popsicle mold. You should be able to make about 12 popsicles.
- Freeze for at least three hours. Enjoy!
Recommended Tools for Making Popsicles
A blender is definitely essential for making popsicles, as well as a popsicle mold. However, if you don’t have a popsicle mold, you can pour the popsicle mix into paper Dixie cups and put a popsicle stick in each cup instead!
Tips for Storing Popsicles
Once the popsicles are frozen, remove them from their molds. If they start to melt a little at room temp, lay them on a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper. Put this in the freezer for 20-30 more minutes to make sure they are totally frozen.
Transfer the frozen popsicles to a freezer bag or airtight container. They should last in the freezer for at least a few months!
Ingredient Substitution Ideas for Fruit and Vegetable Popsicles
These cucumber melon pops have a delicious combo of flavors and taste best in the peak summer months when cucumbers and cantaloupe are in season.
But there are SO many ways that you can customize fruit and vegetable popsicles. Here are some other delicious combinations:
- Tomatoes + strawberries + basil
- Spinach + peaches + yogurt
- Kale + bananas + blueberries
- Spinach + avocado + banana + yogurt
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Cucumber Melon Fruit and Vegetable Popsicles
- 1 cantaloupe - deseeded, peeled, and roughly chopped, about 2 cups
- 1 cucumber - seedless or deseeded, peeled, and roughly chopped
- 5 leaves basil
- 5 leaves mint
- 3 tbsp honey - can sub maple syrup
- 1 lime - juiced, more to taste
- Combine the roughly chopped cantaloupe and cucumber, basil, mint, honey, and lime juice in a blender. Blend until smooth, about 30 to 60 seconds.
- Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold. If you do not have a mold, you can pour it into paper Dixie cups and then put a popsicle stick in each one. Transfer to the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours.
- Remove the popsicles from their molds and enjoy right away, or put them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They should last for several months in the freezer.
Happy popsicle eating!