These Melon, Mint and Cucumber Power Pops are made of whole plant-based ingredients for a healthy, satisfying icy treat.
I truly can’t believe that the summer is almost over.
As much as I love August, does anyone else feel like August is the summer’s Sunday? June is Friday with its slowly warming weather and promise of all the exciting things you’ll be doing this season. Saturday is July, the perfect month where everything seems to go right. After all, you still have a whole other month of summer!
And then there’s August. God bless it. It tries so hard to be great but it often ends up a month where you’re constantly checking your calendar, cursing every day that goes by, bringing you closer to September. There’s a constant sense of anxiety, like the ever-dreaded Sunday night.
Even if you’re a fully formed adult creature like I am who doesn’t go to school anymore, you’ll sense a shift in atmosphere. It may not be as obvious as lugging around a new pencil case and sitting in a school chair for 8 hours a day, but it’s close. Your office’s dress code might get stricter again, the lazy days of quiet at work may disappear, and the rare “You can leave early!” start to fade away.
Let’s hold on to those summer days, though. What can be more reminiscent of summer than popsicles?
These Melon, Mint and Cucumber Power Pops pack a punch. (Try saying that five times fast.)
They’re completely plant-based and full of some of the best flavours of summer: watermelon, cantaloupe, mint and cucumber. It’s pretty much a summer picnic and a cocktail, without the alcohol, in one.
I love munching on one of these power pops while sitting on my balcony, or, in all honesty, lounging in my PJs on the couch shotgunning Netflix. I’d imagine the more picturesque, food blog-worthy version is the first, but I’m nothing if not honest.
If you’re a big fan of popsicles but want to limit the processed ingredients and dyes that you ingest, give these power pops a shot. Pants and dignity optional.
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Total Cost = $3.23 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1 and ½ cups watermelon flesh, chopped
- ½ small cantaloupe, skinned and chopped
- ½ medium cucumber, skinned and chopped
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup lime juice*
- 1.5 tbsp. honey
- Add all ingredients into a blender and puree well. Ensure all chunks are completely blended.
- Pour mixture into popsicle moulds, insert sticks, and freeze for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
Crumb Kitchen original recipe.
1 and 1/2 cups watermelon = $0.75
1/2 small cantaloupe = $1.00
1/2 medium cucumber = $0.50
10-15 fresh mint leaves = $0.50
1/4 cup lime juice = $0.33
1.5 tbsp. honey = $0.15
Why it’s Cheap
Summer = cheap fruit! Take advantage of that and buy fresh watermelon, cantaloupe and cucumber.
Make it More Budget-Friendly
I used bottled lime juice because I always buy a big bottle to keep on hand for cocktails. Unless limes are on a great sale, this is usually the cheapest option. And because you’ll be making this right away and freezing it, sometimes you can find cantaloupes on the sale rack in the produce section. Just make sure there are no obvious cuts, deep cruises, or mouldy spots.