Watermelon Slushie

Are you ready for a refreshing summer treat? This delicious Watermelon Slushie is a fun summertime kitchen project, inspired by one of our favorite island delicacies: Hawaiian shave ice! A bit like a snow cone, shave ice is made by “shaving” blocks of ice into feathery flakes that are flavored with a fresh fruit syrup. Blenders don’t always do a great job of recreating the soft feel of the real thing, which is why we’ve come up with an easy and fun alternative: freezing part of the watermelon before blending. The result is a chunk-free, lightly sweet, flavorful fruit slushie that will transport you to the Pacific. Ready to cool down? Let’s go!

Makes:

4 servings

Hands-on time:

10 minutes

Start-to-eat time:

10 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 5 cups cubed seedless watermelon (freeze 4 cups and keep 1 cup fresh)
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • ¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt

Kids kitchen skills:

  • measuring
  • cutting fruit
  • using a blender

Tools:

  • measuring cups & spoons
  • knife & cutting board
  • blender

Step-by-step

Grown-up steps
  1. In a blender combine the coconut water, 1 cup of fresh watermelon cubes, honey, mint, and lime juice. Blend on high until combined.
  2. Add the 4 cups of frozen watermelon cubes and ⅛ teaspoon salt.
  3. Continue to blend until the mixture reaches a creamy consistency.
  4. Pour into cups or into a hollowed out watermelon for a special treat!

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