Frozen watermelon in the summer is so much fun to play with! The benefits of watermelon for hydration and nutrition are numerous, and you can eat it in so many different forms. Here are four ways to enjoy your watermelon icy cold:
1. Grated Watermelon - you guessed it, this iced treat is literally frozen watermelon chunks that have been shaved by a cheese grater! I cut the watermelon into thick strips and froze them separately so they were easy to shave. Grate the watermelon chunks straight into your serving bowl. This method tends to melt really quickly, so only grate the watermelon right before serving. Throw in a few sugar-free chocolate chips and you have a delicious refined-sugar-free dessert!
2. Shaved Watermelon - by taking some of the same watermelon chunks that were used for the grated watermelon, I used a knife to create thin, beautiful curls. It's a lot like shaving chocolate, or cheese, but don't get too wrapped up on trying to make perfect curls - the watermelon is pretty fragile so you may end up with more shards than loops. Both ways taste delicious and have a beautiful presentation.
3. Watermelon Popsicles - this method is by far the easiest and lowest-prep of these cold sweets. After cutting up the watermelon, I poured the remaining leftover juice through a nut milk bag (you can also use a fine sieve - it's mostly to get the seeds out, so if you use a seedless watermelon and don't mind the pulp then you can skip this step). Pour the juice into the popsicle molds and freeze! This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be shocked at how many times I poured the juice down the drain instead of drinking or freezing it.
4. Watermelon Cake - this is from my son's first birthday, and it was hit for everyone in the family. The freezer is your best friend with this cake, even though you can serve it semi-frozen or even with only the top whipped cream layer frozen:
Start by cutting a seedless watermelon into a cube (or shape of choice! Round looks more like a traditional baked cake). The easiest way to make a cube is to cut off both ends, place the watermelon upright, and cut off the rind in straight lines. If you prefer rounded edges, follow the white pith as a guiding line to take of the rind to end up with a football-like shape. Stick the in the freezer while you make the whipped cream. You can keep this "cake" vegan with whipped coconut cream, or keto/low-carb/refined sugar-free with heavy whipping cream and a couple tablespoons of Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener. Coat the cake with the whipped cream, just a thin layer making a "crumb" coat, and stick back into the freezer for about ten minutes - or until the whipping cream on the outside has formed a little shell. Layer on the whipped cream with a spatula until smooth, and garnish with blueberries (or other berry of choice!). Serve immediately as it's best semi-frozen, and the longer the watermelon and whipped cream is exposed to heat, the more juice runs out and ruins the aesthetic appeal. We never got that far, though! Both of my toddlers and my husband devoured the entire cube before that was even a question.
What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy frozen watermelon?