(quick note! this is a recipe i developed for shape magazine. you can find it over on shape.com, too!)
it’s summaaaa!!! and i am LOVING IT. it’s watermelon season. the good news about everyone’s favorite picnic staple is that it’s mostly water—somewhere around 92 percent of it, actually. but it’s (somehow!) still packed with a few good-for-you nutrients like vitamin a and vitamin c. it even has a tiny bit of potassium, too.
here’s one way that’ll allow you to get your watermelon fix and some healthy dark choc, too. these pops would make a stunning addition to any al fresco dinner party, or you can just eat ’em after work as a guilt-free snack. they’d probably also be a hit with kids, who’d be just as happy toting these around as they are toting around those refined-sugar-filled supermarket versions.
also, the chocolate drizzle is super easy to make. the addition of coconut oil turns what would be plain-old chocolate sauce into something like the “magic shell” syrup you might remember from your childhood. when it hits the frozen exterior of the popsicle, it hardens really, really quickly. woot!
video coming soon. in the meantime, you can find the recipe below or over at shape.com! and here’s a link to the popsicle mold i used, in case you should have any desire to purchase it. (it’s great!)
dark chocolate watermelon popsicles
makes about 10 popsicles
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- 1 pound watermelon, cut into small pieces2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 3.5 ounces dark chocolate (with at least 70% cocoa)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (measured when solid)
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- puree watermelon, honey, and lime juice in a blender. pour into popsicle molds and freeze, at least 5 hours or overnight.
- when your popsicles are nearly done, make the chocolate! break it into large chunks and place in a medium bowl. add the coconut oil and microwave in 15-second bursts, stirring the mixture and returning to the microwave until it reaches a thick, liquid-like consistency.
- quickly remove the popsicles from the molds and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. continuing to work at a fast pace, use a spoon to drizzle the chocolate sauce over the popsicles in a design of your liking. return the popsicles to the freezer on the pan to ensure that they stay hardened; remove and enjoy whenever you’re ready!