Only the most natural, plant-based ingredients are used for these refreshing and healthy Watermelon Cucumber Mint Slushies.
Sugar is delicious. There’s no way around it. Sugar can mimic the effect of cocaine on your brain, making you crave it more and more once you have a taste. Basically, sugar is a drug.
Which is why I was surprised when I LOVED these Watermelon Cucumber Mint Slushies.
They have absolutely no added sugar. No honey, agave, or straight up sugar here, folks. The sweetness comes from the refreshing whole ingredients inside: frozen watermelon chunks; skinned, chopped cucumber; fresh mint leaves; lime juice; and either coconut milk, or if you want to make it even healthier, coconut water.
BAM. DONE. And yet somehow these watermelon cucumber mint slushies are just as delicious as the processed
delicious garbage you can buy at your local 7-11 store. In fact, I’d argue they’re even better. Instead of that syrupy sweet taste and a dyed tongue, you can enjoy a light, refreshing sip of slightly creamy, slightly icy slush.
If you’re someone like me who tries to avoid dairy when possible, this is a great alternative to a milkshake for the hot summer months. The coconut milk or water gives it a very subtle coconut taste while lending fat to keep it from being too icy. If you decide to use coconut water, I’d substitute coconut milk for a few of the tablespoons to give it a richer taste. I used only coconut milk, which is also a great way to get some healthy fats in your diet in moderation.
To me, what’s important here is that eating healthier doesn’t have to mean crying into a tiny bag of 100-calorie snack cookies that taste like cardboard. I grew up with those around the house and let me tell you, they are not satisfying at all. All the bizarre, processed ingredients with names you can’t pronounce? No thank you. This way, you can get some nutritional benefit from dessert and feel replenished and rejuvenated on the inside and out.
My tip for serving? These watermelon cucumber mint slushies taste amazing while being glued to the TV watching Game of Thrones. At least, that’s how Alex and I enjoyed them. They even soften the blow of your favourite character dying.
Sort of. One can dream.
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Total Cost = $3.03 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- 1.5 lbs. watermelon flesh*
- 10-15 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. lime juice (fresh or bottled)
- 1 cup coconut milk or coconut water*
- ⅓ cup chopped, skinned cucumber
- Chop the watermelon flesh into small squares, then spread onto a baking sheet and freeze overnight or for at least 4 hours.
- Once the watermelon chunks are frozen, blend with all the other ingredients until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go. (Depending on how large your watermelon chunks are, this may take a few minutes. Be patient.)
- Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
* I used 1 cup coconut milk by stirring a can until the cream and liquid below were mixed well, then measured. But coconut water can be used to cut down on fat, though the slush will be less rich.
Adapted from Thug Kitchen.
1.5 lbs. watermelon flesh = $1.25
10-15 fresh mint leaves = $0.50
1 tbsp. lime juice = $0.15
1 cup coconut milk or coconut water = $0.80
1/3 cup chopped, skinned cucumber = $0.33