Watermelon Slushie- Fresh watermelon pieces are frozen, combined with water, sweet agave nectar, the citrusy juice of a lime, and a pinch of mint, then blended until smooth. Make a batch of these homemade watermelon slushies and serve them at your next summer party or as a refreshing treat after a hard day.
Do you love watermelon as much as I do? I wait all year long for it to be in season so that I can enjoy this delicious fruit. It's the best thing about summertime! Not only is it refreshing, but it's also satisfying. Plus, there are so many different ways to enjoy it. You can have a simple slice of watermelon or get creative and make a fun recipe with it like this watermelon slushie.
Who doesn't love a good frozen treat in the summer? Especially one that is refreshing and hydrating like this vegan watermelon slushie! This recipe is perfect for a hot day and easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. Also, it's vegan and gluten-free, so everyone can enjoy it.
Why You'll Love This Watermelon Slushie Recipe
Easy To Find Ingredients- The short list of ingredients you need to make these slushies can easily be found at your local grocery store.
Budget-Friendly- Store-bought slushies can be expensive. Making your own delectable slushies at home can help you save money.
Kid-Friendly- This recipe is perfect for satisfying your little ones' sweet tooth.
Refreshing- Slushies are perfect for summertime or any time you're craving a cold, refreshing treat.
Simple To Make- With easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is incredibly simple to make and will only take about 5 minutes.
Equipment Needed To Make Homemade Watermelon Slushies
- Food Blender
- Measuring Cups and Spoons
Ingredients For Watermelon Slushies
- Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup
- Mint Leaves
- Filtered Water
How To Make Easy Watermelon Slushies At Home
Watermelon slushies are delicious and so simple to make! Start by taking the pre-cut watermelon out of the freezer and let it sit at room temperature while you gather the other ingredients. Add all of the ingredients to the food blender and blend until smooth. Divide the blended slushie between 2 glasses or serve in a hollowed-out watermelon rind and enjoy!
Note: Before you make homemade watermelon slushies, you'll want to cut a fresh watermelon into cubes and allow them to freeze for 24 hours.
What to Serve/Pair With Fresh Watermelon Slushies
Watermelon slushies are the perfect summer drink! Serve them at your next pool party, BBQ, or picnic. They pair well with a variety of foods, including:
- Watermelon slices
- Fruit salad
- Grilled tofu or tempeh
- Vegetable dishes
- Pasta salad
Popular Substitutions & Additions
Watermelon slushies are refreshing, flavorful, and so easy to make! Here are a few ideas for substitutions and additions to customize yours:
- Try adding other fruits to the mix, such as strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
- For a fun adult twist, add a splash of vodka or rum.
- Add 1-2 tablespoons of chia seeds to boost fiber and nutrients.
- If you like a sweeter slushie, add more agave nectar or maple syrup.
- For a lower sugar version, omit the sweetener altogether or use a sugar-free alternative.
- Add a handful of spinach or kale to your watermelon slushie to make a green slushie.
- For a tart slushie, add more lime juice.
- Don't have time to freeze your watermelon? You can add a few ice cubes to the blender with the other ingredients.
- If you don't have fresh mint leaves, you can use ½ teaspoon of mint extract.
How To Reheat & Store Homemade Vegan Watermelon Slushies
What Is The Best Way To Store Watermelon Slushies?
Watermelon slushies are best enjoyed immediately after they are made. However, if you have leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.
How Long Will A Watermelon Slushie Last In The Fridge?
Slushies, like all frozen desserts, are best kept cool in the fridge; however, they should be placed in the freezer for storage. Refrigerator storage is not suggested for longer than 30 minutes.
Can I Freeze Watermelon Slushies?
Yes! Watermelon slushies can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 weeks when stored correctly in an airtight container.
How To Reheat Vegan Watermelon Slushies?
When you are ready to enjoy a watermelon slushie from frozen, let the slushie thaw about halfway, then reblend before serving.
Homemade Watermelon Slushie FAQs
Can I use lemon juice in place of lime juice in this recipe?
Yes, you can! If you don't have lime juice on hand, lemon juice is a great substitute.
Do I have to use a sweetener in this recipe?
No, you don't have to use a sweetener if you don't want to. The watermelon is naturally sweet, so the slushies will be sweet without any added sugar. However, if you like your slushies on the sweeter side, feel free to add a little agave nectar or maple syrup.
What type of watermelon works best for these slushies?
I like to use seedless watermelon for these slushies, but you can use whatever type of watermelon you have on hand. If you are using a seeded watermelon, be sure to remove the seeds before adding the watermelon to the blender.
Can I make these watermelon slushies without mint?
Yes. If you're not a fan of mint or don't have any fresh mint leaves on hand, you can leave them out of the recipe. The slushies will still be delicious!
Do I have to freeze the watermelon before making these slushies?
No, you don't have to freeze the watermelon, but it will result in a colder, smoother slushie. If you don't have time to freeze the watermelon, you can add a few ice cubes to the blender with the other ingredients.
My slushies are too thick. What can I do?
If your slushies are too thick, add a little bit of water or non-dairy milk to the blender and blend until desired consistency is reached. Alternatively, if your slushies are too thin, add a few ice cubes to the blender and blend until smooth.
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Homemade Watermelon Slushie
- 5 cup watermelon cubes frozen for 24 hours
- 1 tbsp agave nectar or maple syrup
- ½ lime juiced
- 2 tbsp fresh mint leaves
- ⅔ cup filtered water
- Let the frozen watermelon chunks sit at room temperature for 10 minutes.
- Place the watermelon and water in a high-powder food blender. Blend.
- Add agave nectar, lime, and mint. Blend until smooth.
- Divide the slushie between two glasses or serve in a hollowed watermelon rind.