These Cantaloupe Popsicles are a healthy, naturally sweetened homemade popsicle recipe. Use your best in season melons to create a treat that has only four ingredients and 85 calories!
It’s popsicle week!
Every year Billy over at Wit and Vinegar makes all our frozen treat dreams come true by encouraging everyone to share a popsicle recipe. And let’s be clear, very few are recipes you might find at your average grocery store.
I never seem to have my life in order well enough to get in on popsicle week until this year, and I’m super excited to be sharing these healthy Cantaloupe Date Popsicles with you!
I kind of think all popsicles should be healthy because if they weren’t they’d just be ice cream bars, right?! Frozen fruit just tastes so good and doesn’t need much dressing up.
These cantaloupe popsicles get a little boost of sweetness and texture with chopped dates. Each popsicle is only 85 calories and is 100% acceptable as breakfast.
- Lemon juice
How to make cantaloupe popsicles
- Place cubed cantaloupe on a rimmed baking sheet or in a zip top freezer bag in the freezer and freeze for a few hours until frozen.
- Place frozen cantaloupe in a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
- Add the honey, water, and lemon juice and let run until creamy, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Add the dates and pulse a few times until finely chopped.
- Transfer to popsicle molds, place the sticks, cover, and freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
The best popsicle molds for homemade popsicles
I used this classic popsicle mold to make my popsicles. I’ve had a few different popsicle molds over the years but I like these best because they’re bigger, prettier, and super easy!
How to remove the pit from dates
I recommend buying pitted dates to make this recipe more convenient. However, it’s easy to remove the pits from dates by cutting a slit down the center of one and pushing the pit out.
You could also remove it without a knife by breaking the date open with your fingers and pushing the pit out. You will know if you missed any pits when the food processor is running because it will be very loud as it hits against the sides.
How to remove popsicles from molds
Sometimes the frozen popsicle will stick to the inside of the mold. To get it out easily, run warm water on the outside of the mold just until it loosens enough to pull the popsicle out.
Tips for customizing cantaloupe popsicles
- Layer with other fruit flavors such as honeydew, strawberry, or blueberry
- Stir in granola instead of dates
- If you don’t have popsicle molds just enjoy in a bowl as a soft-serve sorbet
- Use maple syrup instead of honey for a vegan version (it’s already gluten-free and dairy-free!)
- Dip your popsicle in yogurt for an ice cold breakfast treat
Made with just 4 natural ingredients, I would consider these to be healthy popsicles. They’re a great option for diabetics, kids, and anyone looking for a healthy homemade treat.
No! Homemade popsicles are very easy to make and only require a food processor and popsicle molds.
More frozen treats
- Cherry Frozen Yogurt Popsicles
- Strawberry Sorbet
- Goat Cheese and Honey Ice Cream
- Grape Nut Ice Cream
- Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream
- Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream
- Pistachio Ice Cream
- Cherry Crisp Ice Cream
- Butter Pecan Ice Cream
If you make this recipe, be sure to rate it, leave a comment, or tag #theliveinkitchen on Instagram!
- 4 heaping cups cubed cantaloupe
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 6 pitted dates
- Place cantaloupe on a rimmed baking sheet or in a freezer bag and place in the freezer a few hours or until frozen.
- Place frozen cantaloupe in a food processor and pulse until crumbly. Add the honey, water, and lemon juice and let the motor run until the cantaloupe is creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Add the dates and pulse a few times until they are finely chopped.
- Spoon the mixture into popsicle molds, place sticks, cover, and transfer to the freezer until firm, at least four hours. Run hot water over the outside of the popsicle molds for a few seconds to make them easy to remove.
Bethany @ athletic avocado says
Now that I think about it, cantaloupe was totally meant to be frozen and made into a popsicle! It’s such a refreshing fruit, so these popsicles are totally genius!
Looks so refreshing and yummy!