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Watermelon pops covert with an ultra creamy Greek yogurt, some freshly crushed pistachios and a last minute drizzle of orange blossom honey for a tasty and healthy snack this summer!watermelon popsicles

Watermelon Pistachio pops

These fun bites are crunchy on the first bite with a nice sweet yet salted taste, crunchy yet creamy texture and the more you eat it, the more it gets fruity and refreshing. Plus, there is no melting like with normal popsicles, so the little ones won’t mess up the floor with this popsicle version.

Watermelon Pistachio pops
The watermelon effect

Watermelons are enormous… generally you would want to use it before it gets bad without having to leave it for days in the fridge and monopolize all that precious space. Making a punch with it is a common solution or maybe next time try these popsicles. The famous pink fruit contains about 90% of water, making it a perfect candidate for the freezer. Of course, you’ll lose a tad of the sweetness, so better use a ripe watermelon to make the popsicles. I’ve left the watermelon rind, for esthetic reasons, but you could cut it off before freezing the pops. Another suggestion would be to pick up a seedless watermelon for… well… I believe no explanation necessary here.

Watermelon Pistachio pops
Let’s talk honey, honey!

There is a whole world of different flowers out there, different nectars, resulting in different honeys. Some more popular than others like multi flowers mix, the thyme, rosemary or lavender. Although one of my favorites is the spectacular one called Flor de Azahar, or orange blossom, which it simply beautifully perfumed, clear and really you can feel the orange and the sun in there. I’ve used this one for this recipe which I highly recommend but really it’s up to you! I’ve added the drizzle of honey once the pops are frozen, just before serving. It will freeze on the popsicles beautifully without making a mess and giving this extra fun texture to the popsicles!

Let’s make some tasty brain freezes going!

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Watermelon Pistachio Pops

Makes 6 pops | Difficulty: easy | Preparation: 1 hour

Ingredientsingredients
  • ripe watermelon (6 pieces cut into small triangles)
  • 150g (1 small cup) of natural or vanilla greek yogurt (0% fat or full)
  • crushed pistachio to taste
  • orange blossom honey to taste
Directions
  1. Cut the watermelon into small triangles (with or without the rind)
  2. Cut an opening with a sharp end knife (puntilla) in the end of each piece and insert a wooden stick
  3. Cover with the help of a spoon the top with some yogurt, add the crushed pistachio
  4. Add to a deep plate covered with wax paper, cover and freeze for a minimum of 1 hour
  5. When ready to consume, drizzle some honey on the popsicles.

 

Enjoy!

watermelon popsicles

Fig and goat cheese popsicles

Looking for a different way to cool down this summer? Try those exquisitely smooth fig, honey and goat cheese popsicles. So easy to make, and different. I love to mix salty and sweet together, and popsicles seem to be always just on the sweet side, so why not make it a touch more interesting with goat cheese? The result is simply heavenly, creamy and a touch of crunch if you add some almonds. I’ve done it 2 ways, one way is in a normal popsicle mold and the other is simply a fig rolled into the same yogurt, goat cheese mixture topped with some almond. They both work great, and the goat cheese isn’t too powerful, just add a touch of it, no need to taste the whole cheese here, we just want to compliment the figs with it.popsiclepin

The frozen fig popsicle (version 1)

The first version I did was the figs rolled right into the yogurt mix, it’s an idea I’ve got on the spot. Start by inserting a popsicle stick into the long end of the fig and then jump right in the goat cheese, yogurt mixture, add a little almond on top and voila! I’ve then added them to a small metal support, which was quite small, if you have a bigger one, than the bottom of the figs would built a kind off foot with the yogurt on the bottom and hold perfectly straight, which is great for the end presentation. Also it’s great to cover them all with the mixture, but I could also have left a little purple from top of the fig to show better what’s hidden under there. I guess there is millions of way of doing it, it’s all up to you. The result is a quite fruity, healthy bite! *Check below for the yogurt mixture recipe.

The fig popsicle (version 2)

This second version is the standard one, except I do have those special molds to freeze popsicles horizontally, which is perfect to hold the fruit on the side of the popsicle, resulting to showcase the fruit clearly on the side of the popsicle. But this work in any mold, the result of this version is a way creamier and smooth one then the previous version. Here, you’ll get to taste the goat cheese slightly better, although it’s really a secondary flavour in this recipe. I like this trend of showing the fruit whole into the popsicle, not only does it look better, but it makes every bites into the popsicle a bit different.

So let’s refresh ourselves from those hot summer days!


Fig, honey and goat cheese popsicles

Makes 2 covered figs + 2 popsicles 

figs and goat cheese popsicleIngredients
  • Figs (for the popsicles 1 for 2)
  • 150g (small cup) of plain yogurt 
  • 2 tbsp of honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of fresh goat cheese
  • almond, finely chopped *optional
Directions
  1. Mix the yogurt, honey and goat cheese
  2. Check the above instructions for version 1 and version 2

Enjoy on a hot summer day!

Fig and goat cheese popsicles