watermelon popsicles with mint, basil & lime
the only way i can enjoy treats like cakes, pies & cookies (without feeling guilty) is to balance the occasional indulgence with light, healthy and low calorie desserts the rest of the time. but i am not talking "diet" items. naturally sweet, full of whole grain and healthy fat options are more my style. these watermelon popsicles are a perfect example. they are made with fresh watermelon, herbs and lime juice...nothing else. you will be surprised at how naturally sweet they are. and i love the combination of sweet mint and earthy basil. this dessert...served on a hot summer day...will satisfy any sweet tooth.
i make them in popsicle molds or ice cube trays. the cubes (or pops) are nice added to cold drinks or piled up in a bowl and eaten with your hands or a fork. or you can let the tray freeze for 30 minutes and then stick in a popsicle stick for mini-pops. these make terrific appetizers. (for an adult appetizer, try adding some vodka or tequila to the recipe...delicious) enjoy!