You can easily make an healthy homemade fruit slushie right at home with this pineapple slush recipe! It's perfect for warm summer days, made only with fruits and comes together under 5 minutes (oh, and only 3 ingredients!). Great for healthy snacks for kids or add some sparkling water for a fun adult version!
A refreshing summer drink again?!? Yes! I'm feeling the summer vibe real hard right now and all I want is to sip (or spoon!) on a cold drink that will keep me and my kids happy under the sun.
And here is what I have to say: do not underestimate how amazing spoon-able cold drinks are.
I served this pineapple slush to my kids in their kids cup with a spoon and they thought it was the most wonderful thing in the world. I had silent kids for at least a generous 5 minutes, so yes, it was wonderful. And I have a food blog so these kids see lots of different things regularly, but it looks like the spoon-in-the-glass is a totally different game.
And this is not the gas station slushie kind of drink, obv. No processed sugar (or concentrated juice), no additive, no how-can-this-drink-be-so-bright-blue kind of ingredients. It's an all-fruits, naturally sweetened with a very slushie-ish pleasant texture.
What makes it even more amazing is how quickly it comes together. Some slushies require to rest in the freezer to be scooped after frozen, but not this one. The secret is to use frozen fruits up front, and blend to a slush consistency. Simply keep a bag of frozen pineapple in your freezer to be ready for any slushie emergencies.
Ingredients you'll need to make a pineapple slush
This is a super quick 3-ingredient only recipe.
- Frozen pineapple
- Coconut water
Is this pineapple slush healthy?
Yes! Pineapple are so healthy! They make for a good source of vitamin C and also are high in antioxidants (flavonoids). It is also a naturally super sweet fruit, especially when ripe enough, so you don't have to add any added sweetener to your slushie.
Also, coconut water is a nourishing addition to this slush. It is filled with healthy electrolytes (especially potassium) and low in sugar, yet slightly sweet. It makes for a fun drink to help rehydrate you, especially after working out. Make sure to choose a coconut water that's not coming from concentrate and without added sweetener.
Can I use fresh pineapple to make it
No, the key to create a slush consistency is to use frozen pineapple. You can simply buy already chopped and frozen pineapple at the grocery stores (they are also amazing in smoothies).
To make this recipe, I actually use a fresh pineapple that I froze myself. It adds an extra step as you have to wait for it to freeze before blending. BUT, it's a great option for when the pineapples looks so good at the grocery or when the one you got days ago is starting to look a little sad and overripe on the counter.
How to freeze pineapple
The key here is to first freeze the pieces of fruit apart from each other or you will end up with a big block of chunky fruits that's really hard to separate.
So, start by peeling and cutting your pineapple in large chunks. Then, lay the pieces on a baking sheet that was first covered with parchment paper. Make sure the pieces don't touch to each other. Transfer the whole baking sheet in the freezer and freeze for at least 4 hours (I usually do overnight). Then, only after frozen, transfer the pieces of fruit to a bag or container for longer storage.
How to make a healthy pineapple slush
This recipe is so simple! You can easily customize your recipe to modify both the flavor and texture.
- First, start by squeezing the juice out of an orange. This should give you about ½ cup of juice. I love using a glass hand juicer, but you don't even need that. You can cut the orange in half and simply squeeze the juice out by pressing on it on top of a large bowl. Use a spoon (or your finger) to press on the inside to get as much juice out as you can. It will be a little messy, but kind of fun!
- Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth and slushy-ish.
- Transfer to glasses and serve with a spoon and straw. Enjoy right away.
What is going to happen here is that you will have mostly a thick consistency in your blender, since you are looking for a slushy consistency. This can make it hard to blend as the mixture can stick to the sides.
So, if you have a high speed blender, use your tamper to keep the fruit to the bottom. If you have a regular blender, then take a few breaks to scrape the walls and bring the mixture back to the bottom with the blades (you might have to do that for a few times).
In any cases though, try to blend long enough to reach the desired texture, but also not for too long so you don't end up with a smoothie thin texture. Blending for a long time will warm up the slush and melt it, which you want to avoid. If this happens, then I recommend to add a handful of ice cubes and blend again until you get your perfect slush consistency.
Watch how to make it
Variation to the recipe
This is a highly customizable recipe and here are a few examples of what you could do:
- I love using coconut water as it brings extra sweetness and also a super mild coconut-y flavor. But, you can swap it for lemonade or even coconut milk for a creamy version.
- Instead of the freshly pressed orange juice, you can use ½ cup of store bought juice or pineapple juice.
- This makes for a super sweet drink, even if there is no added sweetener at all. So, taste straight from the blender once it's done and if you want to dilute the sweetness a bit, then add a few ice cubes and blend again (you could even do half pineapple-half ice cubes to cut the sugar out).
- I prefer to juice the orange first before adding to the blender for texture, but I suppose you could add it whole if you don't mind a little pulp.
How much slush does this recipe give?
This recipe gives about one large slush or 2 small ones. If serving more people, then feel free to double or triple the recipe if the size of your blender can handle it.
Pineapple slush serving suggestions
I like this slush straight like that, but you could also add some sparkling water to the blender (maybe ¼-1/2 cup at the time) for a fun added fizz (although might not be as spoonable in that case).
I like to also serve with both a straw and spoon so you can sip on the melted juice at the end of your glass (yum).
(Pssst, I know you have been thinking about this one the whole time so I'll just say it: if you feel very festive, then why not adding an ounce (or 2) of rum to your slush for an adult version?)
Other pineapple recipes you might like
I hope you enjoy this pineapple slush as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
- 2 cups frozen pineapple
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 large orange - juiced, or ½ cup of orange juice
- In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth. The mixture will be thick, so use your tamper if you have a high-speed blender or take a few breaks to scrape the walls of the blender.
- This should give you one large slush or 2 small ones. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon. Enjoy!
- You can easily use fresh pineapple to make it, although you will have to cut it and freeze it first. It is essential to blend frozen fruit to reach a slushie texture. See blog for tips on how to freeze a pineapple.
- You can swap the coconut water for pineapple juice or even lemonade. Also, if making this slush for adult, feel free to add some sparkling water for a fun fizz.
- Blend long enough to reach a smooth slush consistency, but also not for too long as it can melt your slush.
- If your slush melted too much while blending or if you want to cut on the sweetness, then add some ice cubes as well and blend again.