Cucumber-Basil Limeade Popsicles

in Desserts, Snacks

Don’t think of these as popsicles, think of them as the perfect summer afternoon snack. Here’s my issue with snacks: they totally fill me up. To the point that I’m not hungry at dinnertime. Yeah, sometimes I think it would be a good thing if I still had my mother around to remind me not to spoil my dinner. I’m not so good at it on my own.

Since my mom lives on the East coast, this is my antidote to the spoiled-dinner conundrum. These pops are refreshing and packed with flavor. But when you get right down to it, they’re mostly water, with just a little juice and sugar added. Definitely not enough to ruin your dinner, but enough to keep you full for an hour or so.

Oh yeah, and they are perfect for a hot summer day. Which LA hasn’t had many of this year, but that won’t stop me from eating these every day this weekend.

BTW – I totally squeeze my limes with a lemon juicer. Don’t judge.

Cucumber-Basil Limeade Popsicles

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This recipe is very easy to adjust based on your own taste. Feel free to play around with the amounts of each ingredient.

2 cups water
2 stalks basil (stems & leaves)
¼ cup sugar
2-3 limes
½ English cucumber, seeded

In a saucepan combine the water, basil and sugar and bring to a boil. Stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved and then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly and then place entire mixture in an air-tight container and chill, at least 2 hours. (overnight is best)

Meanwhile, grate the cucumber and juice the limes. Remove the basil from the chilled syrup, and slowly add in the lime juice, tasting often.

Fill the popsicle molds ¾ of the way and chill uncovered for about an hour, until they become slushy but are not completely frozen. Top each mold with the grated cucumber and use a knife to distribute it evenly throughout the pop. Add in the popsicle stick and freeze the molds completely.

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Sandy August 13, 2010 at 8:19 am

Umm … that just sounds TOO refreshing! Fun post!

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valen August 13, 2010 at 9:08 am

I bet these are good! Pretty as well and nice way to get a break from the Summer heat.

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Sterling Style August 13, 2010 at 9:17 am

I am so curious to know how these taste! They look really interesting and I bet I would like them! Very unique!!

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Joanne August 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

These look and sound SO refreshing! I hate it when snacks fill me up too…mostly because I’m usually looking forward to dinner.

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Val August 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Wow, we’re totally trying these. We love how y’all cut down on the sugar content, making these healthy but tasty. We’ll let you know how it goes.

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Josy August 14, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Another awesome sounding recipe!

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M. August 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

super yummy!!! love the cucumber and basil flavors combined, very refreshing :)

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tiina { sparkling ink } August 16, 2010 at 1:57 am

I love making popsicles, and the flavors in this recipe sound perfect! The recipes here are always so fresh and interesting – love to return here for new inspiration and fun! xo

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Lora August 18, 2010 at 2:20 am

These are so creative. Love the flavors.

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Erica @ Fashion meets Food August 18, 2010 at 5:10 am

Hello! I just found your blog and let me say that you have some amazing recipes! I am a new follower!

xo

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