Hawaiian Fruit Freeze with Coconut and Lime

Hawaiian fruit freeze, made with just three ingredients - frozen fruit, lime juice and coconut, is a refreshing and naturally sweetened treat, perfect for cooling off after a hot day! 

Sugar Free Hawaiian Fruit Freeze

Hallelujah! The website is up, running and most importantly, virus free!

You may have been wondering why there’s been radio silence the past few days. The night that I launched the new ecookbook, my site got infected with a virus. Great timing, huh? Anyway, it took forever to clean because we couldn’t get access to my main files. Not only that, but our router went kaput and internet kept going out every two minutes. Let’s just say it wasn’t a very zen couple of days in the Hartley household.

Alas, the long weekend is almost here and we’re off to celebrate with Scott’s family on Lake Gaston. I hope you all have fun plans to celebrate July 4th as well!

Speaking of plans for July 4th, I think you should plan to include these fruity treats in your spread. Refreshing and naturally sweet, these are the perfect treats to cool off from the hot sun. Plus, if you use blueberries, bananas and watermelon, you can make them red, white and blue – something I would have done if I had a little more foresight!

I was inspired to create this recipe after doing some research to prepare for our trip to Hawaii this December. Scott and I are meticulous researchers when we travel. His job – book hotels, car rentals, mapping out sightseeing, stalking cheap plane tickets. My job – plan out where and what to eat. Obviously.

Naturally Sweetened Hawaiian Fruit Freeze

Fellow travelers, have you ever been really excited to test out a local delicacy, spent time figuring out the best place to try it, only to be totally let down? That’s kind of how I felt about Hawaiian shaved ice. When I went to Hawaii in high school with my mom and brother, I remember we got lost trying to hunt down this food truck (well before food tucks were a thing) that supposedly sold the best shaved ice. I was so disappointed to find it tasted like those horrible popsicles that come in plastic tubes (which I’m totally convinced are some type of Medieval torture device or some sick prank to see how many kids are willing to slice open the inside of their cheeks to get a sugar fix). Bleh. On our trip, we’ll be eating ALL the taro and poi and I may even be brave enough to try something with spam, but there will be no Hawaiian shaved ice for me.

These fruit freezes are exactly what I hoped for when I had my first taste of shaved ice - real fruit flavor, not something that tastes like scented markers. Although I'd totally be up for eating the grape flavored marker...mmmmm. This "recipe," if you want to call it that, is perfect for a crowd. Just multiply the ingredients and maybe add in a few extra fruits for variety, whip the fruit up and set it out in bowls. Then everyone can choose their favorite combination. You could even get a little exotic with it - I'm thinking bananas with cinnamon, blueberries and ginger, strawberries and basil and mango with chili!

P.S. If you haven't snagged a copy of my new Southern food ecookbook, you probably should. Twenty healthy and modern Southern recipes. Only $4.99. D0 it.

Hawaiian Fruit Freeze with Coconut and Lime
Author: Rachael Hartley, RD, LD, CDE
Serves: 2
Use any type of frozen fruit you like. Mango, banana and watermelon are pictured, but you could also use strawberries, grapes, cherries, pineapple, blueberries or peaches. You'll want a little creamy and a little tart, so add lime juice to some and coconut to others.
Ingredients
  • 3 kinds of frozen fruit, 1-1 1/2 cups each
  • Limes
  • Coconut milk or cream
Instructions
  1. Add frozen fruit and juice of 1/2 lime OR 2 tablespoons of coconut milk. Blend until pureed, scraping down sides as needed. When blended, scrape out into a bowl and place in the freezer or refrigerator while you repeat with the rest of the fruit.
  2. When you've blended all the fruit, divide between wide rimmed margarita glasses or bowls and enjoy immediately. Will stay frosty in the fridge a couple of hours.

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