Strawberry Watermelon and Basil Icy Poles

Another belated post, lets pretend that this was shared on Sunday okay?

Favourite herb or spice.

This was hard because I love lots of herbs and spices, but ultimately I decided to go with my original favourite herb. By original, I mean I think that basil was the first herb I ever became quite enamoured with in cooking. The smell of a fresh bunch is like nothing else! But what to share with you? I’ve already done multiple pesto recipes, so it was time to go down a different path. I’ve also made strawberry basil dehydrated fruit leather in the past, but with the warm weather coming back I thought it more appropriate to share something a little more suitable.

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It’s been so exciting to see berries and watermelon start making more frequent appearances around the place. Oh yes, summer is coming! I am a big fan of the combination of strawberry and basil, and of watermelon and basil, so how could this go wrong? If it ain’t your jam though, mint makes a great substitute as well.

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Strawberry, Watermelon and Basil Icy Poles
(makes 6)

1 punnet strawberries (250g), stems removed
450g watermelon, chopped into chunks
Approx 10 large basil leaves
2 Tbsp agave (optional)

Place strawberries, watermelon and agave (if using) in a blender and blend until smooth. Add basil leaves and pulse a few times. Pour evenly among icy pole moulds and place in freezer overnight.

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10 thoughts on “Strawberry Watermelon and Basil Icy Poles

  1. Whoa these sound like the best pops ever! And basil strawberry fruit leather too -basil is such a versatile herb, smells so good when it’s rustled and so easy to grow!

    1. I know right – the smell is amazing! My mum used to grow mint by her door so she could touch it on the way in and out of the house and have her hands smell delicious.

  2. Basil, interesting.

    I like the smell, but don’t use it in cooking much, I could like it like it like this for sure, as well as your fruit leather. I am a sucker for fruit leather, they are all the rage right now and I’d love to see yours.

    1. Ooh yes, a good fruit leather! One day I will get my own dehydrator, now I’m restricted to using it when I visit my parents (and return the next day to collect the goods, haha). So handy.

  3. I love the combination of herbs and fruit. So delicious, particularly when it’s the classic combinations like strawberries and basil, lemon and thyme, watermelon or peach with mint. Yum! These frozen treats sound divine Caeli. So good as the weather is warming up too! xx

    1. I think fruit and herb combos make me feel more ‘adult’. Ooooh fancy! Bring on the warm weather ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I love how simple this is yet with such complex flavours. Sadly not ice lolly weather where I am but I must remember this for next summer. I’ve been so pleased to discover your blog this Mofo and have really enjoyed reading.

    1. Thanks Caroline! Isn’t it funny watching the in season foods change from the other side of the world? I’m definitely glad we’re changing for the warmer here. Likewise, it’s been awesome finding you! I look forward to future reading ๐Ÿ˜€

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