Last week, my son got a Zoku Quick Pop Maker. Introduced in 2009 by it's developers Jackie Zorovich and Kristina Sacci, it makes frozen pops on your counter top in 7 - 9 minutes! The possibilities for flavor combs are endless and what a wonderful, healthy way to end your dinner on a warm ( or hot!) summer evening! We have been having so much fun with it!
Of all the flavor combos we have tried so far, this one is my favorite by far! It is so tangy and refreshing...and 1p+ a pop? Wow. I even enjoyed this fruit/basil combo better than the Strawberry Basil Sorbet I made a few weeks ago. And the honeydew combined with the lime?....incredible.
If you don't have a quick pop maker, there is no reason you can't make these the old fashioned way...with paper cups, wooden sticks, some foil and time. I also believe, this would be wonderful made into a sorbet in an ice cream maker, following manufacturer's directions. I haven't done it yet though...so if you do...let me know how it works out. I think I would double the base recipe if I were going to make a sorbet. ( Pictured below is about half of what the recipe makes)
Frozen Melon-Lime-Basil Pops
from "Quick Pops" by Jackie Zorovich & Kristina Sacci
Servings - 6 pops Serving Size - 1 pop Points Plus per Serving - 1 point+
Calories - 49.7, Total fat - 0.1g, Carb. - 13g, Protein - 0.3g, Fiber - 0.4g
9 oz. honeydew melon, cut into about 1" cubes ( approx. 18 cubes)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 large fresh basil leaves
3 TBS. water
1/4 cup granulated sugar ( you might have to adjust according to the sweetness of your melon, adjustments my affect point+ values)
- In blender or food processor, puree all ingredients until basil is broken down.
- Freeze according to manufacturer's directions for quick pops or divide mixture evenly between 6 - 5oz. paper cups placed close together on tray. Cover all cups with a sheet of foil and insert wooden sticks into each cup, about halfway down into liquid. Freeze until completely frozen.
Yup, I need to get to the store to get more honeydew, because I am craving these right now as I type. So delicious...so healthy! And with as HOT as many of us have been this past week....These are the perfect, refreshing way to cool off!
If you haven't entered my giveaway for Fiber One 80 Calorie Honey Squares yet...you can go HERE to read all about it and try your luck! I have finally been able to play around with the multifunction pedometer that comes in this prize pack...and it is really nice! One of the things you can do with it is set a goal for the amount of steps you would like to achieve in any 12hr or 24 hr time, and it alarms when you reach that goal! Its slim and lightweight, and fits right in your pocket....you will probably even forget you have it in there. ( Mine has tried to go into the laundry a couple of times! ) On Saturday, I hit 12,000 steps! Woo hoo!