These fresh fruit popsicles are as tasty as they are beautiful! Layered with watermelon, coconut milk, and kiwi, they are fun and easy to make, delicious, and even kid-approved! They are made with monk fruit sweetener for a lighter frozen treat with fewer calories.
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You are going to love these elegant tasty fresh fruit layered popsicles! The bright flavors of watermelon, kiwi, along with creamy coconut perfectly compliment each other and make for a lovely three-layer display as well.
Why you are going to love these fresh fruit popsicles
- fruity and fresh
- complimentary flavors
- fun to make
- beautiful layers
- lower in sugar
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Ingredients needed to make these colorful layered fresh fruit popsicles
- Watermelon – cubed and seedless
- coconut milk – full fat for best texture
- lemon juice
- monk fruit sweetener
- Chocolate chips – I use these vegan chocolate chips
- You’ll also need popsicle molds with sticks
- You will need a blender of some sort
How to make the best fresh fruit popsicles with watermelon, kiwi, and coconut milk
Step 1: prepare and blend the watermelon
You can buy your watermelon already cubed and deseeded. Or, for the freshest taste, buy a whole watermelon and do it yourself. I usually buy a seedless watermelon because I don’t have the patience to take the little seeds out.
Not sure how to pick a nice ripe watermelon? Read more Kitchn.com on how to pick the best watermelon.
Next, put the cubed and deseeded (or seedless) watermelon into a blender with the lemon juice and two tablespoons of the monk fruit. Blend until smooth.
Step 1 1/2: freeze the watermelon layer
Pour the blended watermelon into the popsicle mold. This recipe was developed using a ten place mold. Fill each popsicle two-thirds full.
The chocolate chip “seeds”
Here is the fun part! Let them freeze for about 30 minutes- just until they start to get a little slushy. Pour a few chocolate chips into each mold on top of the watermelon layer. Then use a skewer or something similar to poke them down. They will look like watermelon seeds when the popsicles have frozen.
Don’t forget to put your popsicle sticks in before this layer freezes!
You will be freezing the watermelon layer for about two -three hours.
Step 2: THe coconut milk layer
Use a can of full-fat coconut milk. Whisk with one tablespoon of monk fruit and then pour on top of the frozen watermelon layer. You will put them back in the freezer and freeze for another hour.
Step 3: the kiwi layer
Peel and blend the kiwi until it’s smooth. I added another tablespoon of monk fruit to my green kiwis. If you use golden kiwi, you might not need to add as much. So definitely taste before adding.
Some kiwis are super easy to peel – you can cut it in half and then just scoop out with a spoon. Some are a little more stubborn. May the luck of the easy-to-peel kiwis be with you!
After you blend the kiwis then pour on top of the frozen coconut milk layer. Put back in the freezer for another hour.
Unmolding and eating your yummy fresh fruit popsicles
Before taking out of the molds, run little warm water on the outside of the mold and then carefully wiggle them out. If the stick moves at all then you will know they weren’t ready to remove from the molds just yet.
Some FAQs and some answers
My sister did some recipe testing for me and she poured the layers into little ramekins. She covered the tops with foil and poked the sticks through. My nephew loved them. (Did I mention these fresh fruit popsicles are kid-approved?)
Monk Fruit is made from an actual fruit! It’s 150-200 times sweeter than sugar and so fewer calories. It is processed but some people feel it’s less processed than sugar. Read more about monk fruit in this article by Food Insight – Everything You Need to Know About Monk Fruit Sweeteners.
This recipe was developed using granulated Monk Fruit Sweetener.
I would pop these popsicles out the the molds and place in a baggie. They will last a couple of weeks but might start getting a bit icy by then. (Do you have kids around? Do you really think they will last that long?)
I love the look of the green but the ease of peeling and taste of the golden. Your personal choice.
They will be hard to the touch and the stick won’t wiggle around when gently moved.
The printable recipe card for fresh fruit popsicles
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Fresh Fruit Popsicles with Watermelon, Coconut Milk, and Kiwi
- popsicle mold
- 3½ cups watermelon cubed and seedless
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
- 4 Tablespoons granulated monk fruit divided – 2 T for the watermelon, 1 T for coconut milk, and 1 T for the kiwi
- 2 Tablespoons chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut milk full fat
- 6 kiwi peeled and roughly chopped
- Juice one lemon. You will need two Tablespoons. Set it aside. Take out the seeds from your watermelon if it isn't seedless.
- Add the seedless watermelon, lemon juice, and two Tablespoons of the monk fruit to a blender. Blend until well pureed.
- Carefully pour the blended watermelon into ten popsicle molds. Fill each about two-thirds of the way full.
- Add the chocolate chips to each mold. You might need to push down and place the chocolate chips with a popsicle stick. You only need a few chips in each popsicle to give the appearance of "seeds".
- Place popsicle sticks in each mold. Depending on your mold, you might have a lid to help hold the popsicle sticks in place. See notes for a suggestion if you don't.
- Place in the freezer on a level spot and freeze for 2-3 hours or until firm.
- Once the watermelon layer is frozen, prepare the coconut milk later by whisking together the coconut milk and one Tablespoon of monk fruit.
- Pour the coconut milk into each mold on top of the frozen watermelon.
- Return to the freezer and freeze for one hour.
- Prepare the kiwi layer by peeling the kiwis and roughly chopping them.
- Put the peeled and chopped kiwi into a blender along with the one Tablespoon of monk fruit. If your kiwi is especially sweet, you might want to use less. Blend until the kiwi is pureed.
- Remove the popsicles for the freezer and pour the kiwi layer on top.
- Return to the freezer for one final hour.
- When the popsicles are fully frozen remove from the freezer. You may need to run a little warm water on the outside of the mold to ease them out.