Watermelon bubble gum ice cream (raw and awesome)

September 2nd, 2013 · Lisa · raw, Recipes, sugar-free, Sweet · Comments

Are you enjoying the onslaught of awesome? VeganMoFo 2013 has begun filling the internet with a hearty helping of incredible vegan dishes and vegans dishing on products, events and more. Unfortunately the shift to September means I won’t be participating this year (work…you do get in the way), but I am already enjoying rededicating to daily reading and commenting on the participating blogs. I will be tweeting out my favourite posts all month long.

I love the themes, the challenges, and how packed full of delicious posts my blogroll becomes during the 30 day extraveganza. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, you must visit the Vegan MoFo headquarters.

Although I won’t be posting every day, I have no doubt my regular posts will be inspired by all the magic happening out in the blogosphere. Today’s recipe results from that very desire to try something new.

At the end of August I was playing with dehydrating watermelon. A strange hobby to some, but the result of reducing cubes of watermelon to a chewy candy makes me feel like I possess the power of transmogrification.

After 12 hours in the dehydrator the watermelon candy has a jujube texture and tastes just like watermelon hubba bubba. So of course, I had to see what would happen if I stirred these treats into a creamy soft-serve base.

icecreamAnd…it was unbelievable.

Watermelon bubble gum ice cream


  • 3 cups of watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 frozen bananas


  1. Dehydrate the watermelon cubes for 12 hours at 115 degrees.
  2. In a food processor blend the frozen bananas into a soft-serve consistency (it takes a couple of minutes).
  3. Distribute the soft serve between two bowls and garnish with 2-4 tablespoons of watermelon cubes.
  4. Store remaining watermelon cubes in an air-tight container in the fridge.

I hope all of you will let VeganMoFo push you to try something new this month, taste a new ingredient or discover a new blog. If you’re not participating by posting…commit to commenting. I can’t tell you how nice it feels to get a little encouragement when you’re in the middle of the MoFo marathon.

Also, if you’re in Toronto (or the area) I hope you’re calendar is marked for a visit to the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival (Sept 6-8). I won’t be there this year (I’ll tell you all about my adventure when I get home) but you can spend time with some of my favourite people: Gene Bauer, Rich Roll, John Pierre, Michael Greger, Heather Nicholds, Ashley Wittig…and more (check out all the details here).


  1. Posted September 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    This is so fun! We have been feasting on watermelon regularly while it’s in season and oh-so-juicy. I borrowed my mom’s very old school dehydrator from the 80’s. I’m not sure how well it’s really going to work, but it’s worth giving it a shot! You never know!

  2. Posted September 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Mmm, love watermelon bubble gum. Sounds so good!

  3. KitteeBeeBerns
    Posted September 3, 2013 at 1:23 am

    I’ve been wanting to try this, but our watermelon is so good we just eat it up!

  4. Posted September 3, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    It makes my heart burst with joy to know that, half a world away and over a decade ago, you and I were both popping away at watermelon hubba bubba, not knowing that the other was doing the same, not even knowing that each other existed (except, of course, that at some level we did know, because soulmates always know, deep down), and today we’re here and you made this and I know exactly how it must taste.

    You are blissful.

  5. Posted September 12, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration to try dehydrated watermelon, Lisa! Add some chile flakes and salt and they are really fun snacks! You can see mine here: http://tastespace.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/raw-watermelon-candy/

  6. Posted September 22, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Wow! I’d never thought of the dehydrated watermelon. What a fun idea! 🙂

  7. Marissa
    Posted October 17, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    I just made this and it was delicious! I never thought to dehydrate watermelon until I saw this post, I guess because the water content is so high, but it was a really good idea. It is very…um…bubble gummy!

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