It was so hot out today. When we pulled into the convenience store parking lot Taylor said ” I’ m going to get a slushie.” A minute later she came out with a disappointed look shaking her head. The slushie machine was broken. I secretly was very happy the machine was on the fritz. Those store bought slushies is pure sugar, no nutritional value at all. I hated to see how disappointed my pregnant daughter-in-law was at the idea of no slushie to cool her off.
When we got home I looked around the kitchen for the ingredients to make this slushie at least a tad bit healthier than the convenient store sugarfest. Of course I would need water and sugar, but what else? Then I saw the mangoes sitting in the fruit basket. I could make my syrup using real fruit. And while I was at it, what bout using some more tropical flavors to give it that summer vacation to the tropic flare.
TROPICAL FRUIT SLUSHIE
2 cups of coconut water
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
2 cups mango cubes
Combine coconut water, sugar, pineapple juice, and mango into sauce pan. Place pot over medium high heat. Allow mixture to come to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium and allow mixture to simmer for 25 minutes. Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool. Place cooled mixture into blender and mix until smooth. If you do not have an ice shaver, fill your blender (we use a ninja chopping system) and pulse until ice is shaved consistency. Fill a cup with ice and drizzle the syrup over ice until saturated and ice turns yellow.
My whole family said this creation was far better than any 7eleven slushie they have ever tasted. We all enjoyed a icy treat poolside. What a way to beat the heat. Not quite a tropical resort, but real close.