Last summer we visited my sister Vee. They were preparing to repair a storm damaged roof and she had a crew of family coming in for the task. When I asked what I could do to help prepare food for them, she told me to use the bananas on the counter and make a fruit slushie. As if I knew what that was and made it all the time. She seemed to think that since I grew up in the same household, I would immediately know what that was and how to do it. Ummm – noooo. That’s why the six of us are always teasing about growing up with the “other” family. Even as brothers and sisters growing up with the same adults at the same address, we don’t have the same experiences. Once we had ascertained my complete ignorance 🙂 , she provided me with a recipe card (which looked like she had referred to it frequently!).
I used hot water to dissolve the sugar. The concentrate juices were thawed to the point they were soft, but still a bit crystalline. A quick peel of the bananas and cut evenly into not quite a quarter inch thick slices. A can of crushed pineapple with juice. Crystalline not fully thawed frozen strawberries. Mix, pour into a 9x 13 pan and freeze. Just that quick! Vee noted some substitutions their family liked using different fruit or freezing in a different shape. This is a regular part of their summer rotation for summer meals and snacks. Kids love the refreshing cold and the fruity flavor.
The roofing crew arrived and swarmed over the roof. When time to serve, the Fruit Slushie was quickly scooped on to plates and vanished in very short order. The roof was completed in almost record time. Had to have been the Fruit Slushie . . . . it IS pretty darn good! And full of healthy goodness.
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 cups water
- 1 6oz can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 6oz can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
- 4 bananas sliced
- 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple with juice
- 1 10 ounce package frozen strawberries, thawed
- Dissolve sugar in water. Add orange juice and lemonade.
- Mix in sliced bananas, crushed pineapple with juice, and strawberries.
- *Alternatively you can add or substitute other fruit such as blueberries and/or mandarin oranges
- Pour into 9/13 inch glass pan.
- Freeze until solid, at least two hours.
- When ready to serve, let it set out for 10-15 minutes before attempting to cut.
- *Alternatively you can freeze as popsicles. Use paper cupcake liners, a silicone muffin pan or 3 oz paper cups.
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