A refreshingly easy, three-ingredient, sugar-free strawberry slushie the whole family will love and want to drink all summer long.
A Sugar-Free Strawberry Slushie For Strawberry-Picking Season
Spring is right around the corner and before we know it, summer will be here! I don’t know about you but for me warm weather always makes me think of: our favorite summer activity: strawberry picking!
Strawberry picking is one of my mom’s favorite things, too. But since she can’t be here with us, and it’s not quite strawberry season yet up in New York, I try to come up with a fun recipe that I know she’d love. Not only would she be a big fan of this sugar-free strawberry slushie recipe, but my girls love it, too!
At the strawberry-picking farm here in North Carolina, they serve strawberry slushies from those huge machines that you see at every 7-Eleven. They are delicious and the perfect refreshing beverage after picking strawberries for hours in the warm sun.
But while those 7-Eleven slushies are delicious, my teeth ache from all the sugar in them. So I decided to recreate those slushies, but I made sure to make them sugar-free, and as you can see from Avery’s face, she can’t even tell!
Plus, she made sure to get in on the action herself when making this refreshing, sugar-free strawberry treat.
What Is A Slushie?
Slushies have been popularized in America by way of convenience stores and gas stations. They are drinks that are thinner than a smoothie but thicker than juice. Fruit juice or puree is blended with ice, turning the liquid into a frothy, icy beverage that should be enjoyed on a hot day.
The most popular place to get a slushie is 7-Eleven, but you never know what exactly is in a store-bought drink. Even though the store-bought ones are delicious, I can’t help but wonder what the syrup is made of. The sugar content must be through the roof, and I watch my and my family’s sugar intake carefully.
The only thing left to do is make slushies at home instead! By using fresh or frozen fruit, you are utilizing the natural sugars, which are much healthier than processed or refined sugar. There is also no added sugar in my recipe; the additional sweetness comes from natural stevia drops.
Slushies are so easy to make at home. As long as you have a blender, you can make a sugar-free slushie with your favorite flavor. Parents and adults can even add a little of their favorite wine or liquor to their slushies for a fun, healthy, grown-up treat to have with friends.
Ingredients In This Strawberry Slushie
Only a few ingredients go into this keto strawberry slushie, and they are very easy to find at the grocery store. To keep it sugar-free, I used a liquid stevia that is very sweet and delicious. If you live a keto lifestyle, this recipe is for you.
You can find liquid stevia at most grocery stores or health food stores. If you cannot find it in-store, Amazon also sells it. The short list of ingredients includes:
The whipped topping is optional but delicious. Sugar-free whipped topping keeps the whole recipe sugar-free, and it adds a nice creaminess as it melts into your slushie over time. And if you buy too much fresh fruit, be sure to freeze your extras for future slushies!
How To Make A Sugar-Free Icee
Start by freezing your strawberries. When strawberry picking, my family gets very excited and always ends up picking too much. I portion off the strawberries that we will eat fresh, and freeze the rest in a gallon-sized Zip-loc bag. This way, you have freshly picked strawberries for all your slushies, smoothies, and ice cream too. You can also add frozen fruit to water; it adds a lovely flavor and keeps your water cold just as well as ice cubes.
Add your strawberries to the blender along with some water and stevia drops. These sugar-free drops come in different flavors, but I used a non-flavored variety.
Blend everything until smooth and frothy. Pour into your favorite glass and top with optional whipped topping. Be sure to enjoy it with a straw!
What Tools Can Help With This Recipe?
A cold, frosted glass would be the perfect for serving this strawberry slushie. You keep it in the freezer for when you need it, and it provides a cold place for your slushie to hang out. This way, your icee stays cold for much longer.
You can also get an adorable make-and-serve slushie cup with an added spoon to get the full slushie experience.
These straws are made for slushies and have a little spoon at the end, just like an original slushie! No bit of drink will be left behind with these straws.
FAQs About Sugar-Free Strawberry Slushies
How Do You Get Your Slushy To Be Frothy?
A very frothy slushie is only created in the blender. A high-powered blender is a perfect tool for so many recipes, including strawberry slushies. The multiple blades and fast rotation causes bubbles in the icee, leading to a frothy consistency.
Do You Need An Ice Shaver To Make An Icee?
No, just having a blender works well enough and is the only tool you need for this recipe. Some slushie makers use a proper shaved ice machine and then add a sugary syrup as the flavor topping. But this is not necessary for at-home slushie-making.
Do You Use Sugar Syrup In Your Slushie?
No, this recipe is sugar-free! Many vendors and restaurants use sugar syrup as a flavoring, oftentimes being made of 100% sugar and 0% fruit. This slushie is healthier because the sweetness comes from the fresh strawberries, along with a few drops of natural liquid stevia.
Is This Slushy Sweet Enough?
Yes! I normally do not enjoy desserts or drinks that are overly sweet. Overloading on sugar makes me feel sick, so I try to keep my sugar intake in moderation. With that said, the strawberries and stevia give this slushy plenty of sweetness without being overpowering. Plus, you feel good about drinking this icee because of the low sugar content.
Can You Make Other Slushie Flavors?
This strawberry slushie was born out of my family’s love for strawberry picking, but you can use any fruit you like! Many people have suggested a lime slushie, which would be a delicious and classic flavor. Also, feel free to use lemon juice for a lemon slushie. When using bitter citrus, you may need a few more stevia drops to balance it out with a little added sweetness.
Can You Use Fresh, Not Frozen, Fruit For Slushies?
It is possible to use fresh fruit rather than frozen, and instead use ice to make the slushie. I don’t love making slushies this way because they taste a bit more watered-down than if I just freeze the fruit. Slushies should be sweet and flavorful, so try freezing your fruit.
Are Slushies Good For Parties?
Yes! Whip up a big batch in your blender and serve outside on the patio. These are perfect for kids’ birthday parties, BBQs, bonfires, or any other outdoor gathering.
Sugar-Free Strawberry Slushie Recipe
- 1 cup strawberries hulled and frozen
- ¾ cup water
- 2 drops Pyure Organic Liquid Stevia
- sugar free whipped topping optional
- Add one cup of frozen strawberries, ¾ cup of water and 2 drops of Pyure Organic Liquid Stevia to a blender.
- Puree well and serve in a glass.
- Top with a fresh strawberry and/or sugar free whipped topping.