Here’s a re-post from my blog, The Dinner Bell with a few low oxalate adjustments. Enjoy!
We’re two weeks into the beastly hot weather in Missouri, and my boys and I have the crabby fussies. We don’t want to eat. We don’t want to cook. We want to go outside and play without passing out. . .
Luckily, muskmelon and watermelon are starting to ripen in our garden and it’s time to make cold, melon slushees. In fact, I just finished sipping one, and it was so refreshing that I had to share. The following recipe is for muskmelon slushies, but keep in mind that you can substitute watermelon, cantaloupe (a special variety of muskmelon) or honeydew for the muskmelon. You might also like lime juice in place of the lemon. Even better, if you have any slushie left over, pour it into popsicle molds and freeze for at least 8 hours. My boys gobble these popsicles up!
4 cups musk melon, preferably refrigerator cold or partially frozen
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons honey or sugar*
6-8 ice cubes
Put the melon, lemon juice and sugar in the blender and blend until combined (if the melon is not quite ripe you may have to add a little water to get it to blend). Add the ice and blend until “slushie” (about 10 – 15 seconds.) Pour into serving glasses and enjoy!
Yeild: About 4 cups of slushie.
*Note: Adjust the sugar and lemon juice in this recipe based on the sweetness of the melon and your own tastes. (Usually it’s best if you keep the ratio even). I’m getting fresh muskmelon and cantaloupe from my garden right now and it’s so sweet, I don’t think it needs more than half a tablespoon of sugar. Of course, my boys would prefer that I halve the lemon juice and double the sugar . . .
Oxalate note: Muskmelon, lime juice, sugar and honey are all very low oxalate (VL), making these slushies an especially refreshing summer treat for low oxalate dieters (0.8 mg. oxalate per 1/2 cup muskmelon and less than 0.5 mg. oxalate per tablespoon for honey, sugar, and lemon juice).
Variation 1: Add 1/2 cup plain yogurt (L) or coconut cream (VL) to the muskmelon for a creamier slushie.
Variation 2: Try watermelon (VL), cantaloupe (L) or honeydew melon (L) in place of the muskmelon. Also try lime juice (L) in place of the lemon. (Note: although cantaloupe is a smaller, sweeter variety of muskmelon, it tests higher in oxalate content than “muskmelon” at 3.1 mg. oxalate per 1/2 cup serving)
Variation 3: Replace the lemon juice and sugar with 1/2 cup grapefruit, orange OR pineapple juice (all VL oxalate).
Other Diets: Muskmelon slushies may be appropriate for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan dieters. Controlled carbohydrate dieters may want to decrease the amount of sugar.