Watermelon, Lime, and Hibiscus Ice Pops
Ice pops are incredibly easy to make. If you don’t have molds you can always use Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. The gorgeous, deep red color comes from the hibiscus flowers and the watermelon and we have to tell you, these are incredibly thirst quenching. Why drink liquid when you can have it in dessert form? These are from The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbookby Sue and Alex Glasscock. The book is packed with recipes from the legendary spa and wellness center. The recipes focus on gluten-free, soy, dairy and sugar-free recipes as well as those that are anti-inflammatory.
Excerpted with permission. The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbookby Sue and Alex Glasscock. Published by Rizzoli, 2015. Images by Sara Remington.
Dried hibiscus flowers produce a lovely crimson-colored tea that makes an amazing refresher poured over ice on a summer day. It’s super tart (and packed with vitamin C). Here we mellowed it with watermelon and turned it into ice pops that are fun for kids and adults.
- ¼ cup dried hibiscus flowers (see Note)
- 2½ cups watermelon chunks (from about 1¼ pounds watermelon or ½ mini watermelon)
- ¼ cup raw agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon lime zest
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- In a small saucepan, bring ¾ cup water and the dried hibiscus flowers to a simmer. Turn off the heat and let stand until cool. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
- In a food processor, blend the watermelon chunks until liquefied. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve lined with muslin into a pitcher; discard any solids. (You should have about 1½ cups watermelon juice.)
- Stir the hibiscus water, agave nectar, and lime zest and juice into the watermelon juice. Pour the juice mixture into ice pop molds and freeze until firm, about 7 hours.
Each ice pop 64 calories (kcal) • 0 g fat • 0 mg cholesterol • 16 g carbohydrates
0 g dietary fiber • 0 g protein • 1 mg sodium • 308 IU vitamin A
11 mg vitamin C • 4 mg calcium • 2 mg iron
- You can buy dried hibiscus flowers (also known as sorrel) in Indian, Latin, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern markets.