Cantaloupe Popsicles

by Michelle on August 22, 2012

Charlie had a virus earlier this summer and I wanted to give him a popsicle to help soothe his throat. A quick perusal of the offerings in the freezer aisle was pretty disappointing however. Box after box of frozen treats were loaded with artificial ingredients. And though I ate these same pops as a kid, now that I know better, I don’t want my child doing the same. Until I could find a popsicle brand that I felt comfortable giving to Charlie, I decided to make my own. This is surprisingly easy, especially if you have a blender and some fresh fruit.  My first batch were made with local strawberries and the basil I am growing on our deck. Messy yes, but Charlie loved them. When I found out that this week’s Summer Fest challenge was to use melon in a recipe, I wondered if a cantaloupe would hold up in popsicle form. I attempted to find out. I threw a chopped up cantaloupe into the blender along with a cup of Greek yogurt (to give it that creamsicle feeling) and a handful of fresh mint. A bit of sugar sweetened the deal. The batch made six small popsicles, with enough leftover for a smoothie. Note: if your mixture tastes a bit bland at first, no worries. After the flavors meld overnight, the cantaloupe really pops and brightens the entire concoction. The smoothie we drank this morning was super flavorful. (And a lot less messy thanks to its pale orange color!)

Cantaloupe Popsicles

1 medium cantaloupe, cubed

1 cup Greek yogurt (I used non-fat, but use what you have)

1/4 cup organic sugar

1/2 cup mint leaves

3-4  ice cubes

Add the cantaloupe to the blender and puree until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and puree. Pour mixture into popsicle molds or cups. Freeze overnight or, if you are making smoothies, refrigerate, preferably overnight.

This post is part of Food Network’s Summer Fest, a weekly collection of delicious recipes starring the season’s best bounty. For more ideas on how to prepare cantaloupe, check out the blogs below!

Jeanette’s Healthy LivingWatermelon-Mint Freeze

What’s Gaby CookingMelon and Prosciutto Salad

Cooking With EliseQuinoa Crunch With Melons, Blueberries and Yogurt

Haute Apple PieWatermelon and Feta Salad

Cooking ChannelFive Things to Make With Watermelon

Healthy EatsMelon Refreshers

Ingredients, Inc.Melon-Arugula Salad

Daily*DishinHoneydew Melon Salad With Genoa Salami and Mozzarella Fresca

Chez UsCantaloupe Lime Agua Fresca

Napa Farmhouse 1885Mixed Melon Smoothie

Virtually HomemadeMelon-Mint Popsicles

Thursday Night DinnerCantaloupe With Figs, Basil and Kalamata Olives

Zaika ZabardastCantaloupe Soup With Cardamom Infused Cherry Syrup

Sweet Life BakePaletas de Melon

HGTV GardensGarden-to-Table: Melons

FN DishThere’s More to Melon

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Jeanette August 23, 2012 at 9:15 pm

I love the idea of cantaloupe popsicles – pinning this to my popsicle board!

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