Cool off with a refreshing homemade Fruit Slushie that you can make with just 2 ingredients in a matter of minutes. They’re a great way to stay hydrated and serve up nutrients in a delicious form!

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Fruit Slushie

I am always looking for ways to keep the kids hydrated on warm days and offer produce in ways they might enjoy. And these slushies are a great solution on both accounts. They’re made with just 2 simple ingredients, they are endlessly adaptable in terms of flavors and fruits you use, and they are so delicious.

Blending up frozen fruit and juice is a really simple way to make a slushie at home. It’s perfect for teething relief, it may help as a natural remedy for toddler constipation, and mostly, it’s just really yummy.

This was a go-to of mine when I was pregnant and needed a healthy pregnancy snack. And it’s been a staple summer snack ever since.

(You may also like Peach Popsicles, Fruit Ice Pops, How to Make Popsicles, and Strawberry Smoothie with Yogurt.)

Ingredients You Need

To make this fruit slushie recipe you need the following ingredients ready to go.

ingredients in slushies
  • Frozen fruit: You can use frozen apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, or watermelon for this recipe. You want to use a fruit with a fairly high amount of water in it for the best results.
  • 100% fruit juice: We usually use the same kind of juice as fruit, but you can use apple if you can’t find the corresponding juice.

That’s all you need! You can buy frozen fruit to make this easy, or you can freeze fruit yourself. Both work.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this fruit slushie recipe. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full details.

slushie ingredients in blender
  1. Add the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend very well, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. Add more liquid if needed to make a thinner mixture.
  4. Serve with a straw or in a reusable pouch or Smoothie Cup.

TIP: The liquid amounts in frozen fruits vary, so you may prefer to add a little more juice.

grape slushie in cup

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make slushies at home?

To make a slushie at home, you simply add frozen fruit and juice to a blender and blend it up into an icy drink. It’s really easy!

Is there anything I can use other than juice?

If you prefer to skip the juice, you can do half frozen fruit and half fresh fruit, plus a little water if needed. This works best with watermelon and grapes, which have more liquid than other fruits like apples.

What’s the difference between a slushie and a smoothie?

A slushie is typically icier than a smoothie. A smoothie often is made with milk or yogurt and a slushie is typically fruit or fruit juice based.

Do I need a slushie machine?

Nope, a blender works really well here. I have a Certified Refurbished Vitamix (which is less expensive than a brand new one) and it works really well making these.

watermelon-slushie in cup with straw
Watermelon Slushie

Flavor Combinations

Here are some of the flavor combos we love most in homemade fruit slushies. You can be creative, too!

  • Grape Slushie: frozen grapes + grape juice
  • Apple Slushie: frozen apple slices + apple juice
  • Watermelon Slushie: frozen watermelon cubes + fresh watermelon cubes
  • Strawberry Slushie: frozen strawberries + apple juice

Best Tips for Success

  • Use a juice in the same or a similar flavor as the frozen fruit you use, or use apple juice.
  • To make this without adding juice, you can do half frozen fruit and half fresh fruit, plus a little water if needed. This works best with watermelon and grapes, which have more liquid than other fruits. I would not advise trying to do that with fruit like apples.
  • Serve in a straw cup, an open cup with a straw, a Smoothie Cup, or a reusable pouch.
  • Find more favorite healthy Kids Drinks for more ideas.
  • Serve fruit slushies immediately.

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homemade fruit slushie with berries

Easy Fruit Slushie (5 Flavors!)

Made with just two simple ingredients, these fruit slushies are super delicious and refreshing. They're a great drink for warm days! Plan to freeze the apple slices, grapes, and watermelon cubes the day before (or at least in the morning) when you want to make these.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 128kcal
Servings 2

Ingredients

Grape Slushie

  • 1 cup 100% grape juice
  • 1 cup frozen grapes

Apple Slushie

  • 1 cup 100% apple juice
  • 1 cup frozen apple slices (you can leave the skin on)

Watermelon Slushie

  • 1 cup fresh diced seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup frozen watermelon cubes

Strawberry Slushie

  • 1 cup 100% apple juice or lemonade
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries

Strawberry Watermelon Slushie

  • 1 cup diced seedless watermelon
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
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Instructions

  • Add the frozen fruit and juice to a blender.
  • Blend, starting on low and working up to high. Use the stick that came with the blender (if you have one) to get the mixture going if needed.
  • Add a little more liquid if needed to make a thinnish icy mixture.
  • Serve right after making in a straw cup, an open cup with a straw, or a reusable pouch.

Notes

  • Use a juice in the same or a similar flavor as the frozen fruit you use, or use apple juice.
  • To make this without adding juice, you can do half frozen fruit and half fresh fruit, plus a little water if needed. This works best with watermelon and grapes, which have more liquid than other fruits. I would not advise trying to do that with fruit like apples.
  • Serve in a straw cup, an open cup with a straw, or a reusable pouch.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 8mg, Potassium: 276mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 30g, Vitamin A: 60IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 21mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published June 2021.

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