This Watermelon Slushie is easy to make with just 3 ingredients. It’s sweet, refreshing and the perfect healthy drink to cool you down on a hot summery day! Naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo and low carb with no refined-sugar.
Easy Watermelon Slushie Recipe
Looking for a healthy and refreshing summer drink? This Watermelon Slushie is super refreshing, delicious and comes together quickly. All you need are just 3 simple ingredients and your blender!
It’s the perfect drink to cool you down on a hot day and is naturally vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo and low carb depending on the sweetener you use. It takes less than 5 minutes to make using a blender or food processor.
What are slushies made of
A slushy or slushie is a partially frozen drink / beverage typically made with ice, frozen fruit or flavored syrup.
Ingredients you need
- Watermelon – cut into cubes and freeze. Visit my post for How to cut a watermelon with tips for choosing the best watermelon
- Pure maple syrup – you’ll need 2-3 tablespoons. Feel free to leave the sweetener out if your watermelon is sweet enough or sub any type of liquid sweetener like Lakanto sugar-free maple syrup or monk fruit to keep this recipe low carb. Leave out for Whole30.
- Freshly squeezed lime juice – about 1 medium lime.
- Filtered water – add only as much as needed until desired consistency is reached. Feel free to use or sparkling water for a fun spin.
- Fresh mint or fresh basil leaves – for serving.
How to make this Watermelon Slushie
- Blend ingredients: In a food processor or blender, add the watermelon, maple syrup, lime and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until there are no chunks and the mixture becomes the consistency of a thick slushie.
- Adjust to taste: Taste and add more sweetener, as needed. Add a little bit more water, if the mixture is too thick or some shaved ice as needed until desired consistency is reached.
- Pour and serve: Divide equally into glasses, serve, and garnish with some fresh mint or basil.
How to pick a good watermelon
Follow these simple tips to select the most ripe watermelon possible. Picking the perfect watermelon is half the work!
- Look for a Field Spot: A “field spot” is the area on the watermelon that was sitting on the ground as it grew. This area will be a yellow color if the watermelon is ripe. The darker the yellow spot, the riper the watermelon. Don’t be fooled by a completely green watermelon – that means it’s underripe!
- Avoid Shiny Melons: If a watermelon has a shiny surface, it’s likely underripe. The perfect watermelon will have a dull surface.
- Test the Firmness: A ripe watermelon will be pretty firm. If you knock on the melon with your knuckles, you can tell if it’s too soft or just right. A soft melon is probably starting to spoil.
- Avoid Lumpy Surfaces: If your watermelon has wonky lumps or bumps on it, it probably didn’t get enough sun or water. The best watermelons are a smooth oval or circle shape. If you see black spots on the melon, it’s probably okay. Dark brown dots on the surface of a melon mean it’s extra sweet.
Tips for Success
- Blend in batches: For best results, do not over-fill your blender or food processor. Blend 1 cup at a time as needed.
- Add sweetener to taste: If your watermelon isn’t very sweet, add more sweetener to taste. Feel free to leave the sweetener out entirely if your watermelon is sweet enough.
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This Easy Watermelon Slushie is the refreshing frozen drink you need on those hot summer days! It's a sweet and healthy homemade beverage that's naturally gluten-free, vegan, paleo and low-carb with no refined sugar used.
- 5-6 cups cubed seedless watermelon , about 1 medium seedless watermelon, diced and frozen for at least 4 hours
- 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup , or sub with Lakanto SF maple syrup, 1-2 drops of pure liquid monk fruit or preferred sticky liquid sweetener. Leave out for Whole30.
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice , (about 1 medium lime)
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup filtered water , add only as much as needed until desired consistency is reached
- Fresh mint or fresh basil leaves
In a food processor or blender, add the watermelon, maple syrup, lime and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until there are no chunks and the mixture becomes the consistency of a thick slushie.
- Taste and add more sweetener, as needed. Add a little bit more water, if the mixture is too thick or some shaved ice as needed until desired consistency is reached.
- Divide equally into glasses, serve, and garnish with some fresh mint or basil.