Homemade Dye-Free Strawberry Snow Cones

During hot summer days that seem to last forever, nothing cools you off like a fresh Strawberry Snow Cone! And these are refined sugar-free! You can make these at home with just a blender and three ingredients for a hydrating, easy and healthy snack that kids and adults love.

dye-free snow cone syrup

These homemade Strawberry Snow Cones were an instant hit with the kids! They fell in love with the snow cone truck at the beach, and I immediately started brainstorming a way to make the treat at home. My recipe is free of dyes and even refined sugar, so I’m happy to keep putting them on the table…and the kids are happy to keep eating them! This is a super quick and easy way to whip up a snack that feels special! I love that this treat keeps my little ones hydrated on hot days since the main ingredient is ice.

strawberry snow cones

How to Make Snow Cones at Home

There are fancy appliances and machines you can buy to make totally legit snow cones at home, but for this, I wanted to keep it as easy as possible! That’s right, no specialty equipment required here. Just a blender! This KitchenAid blender is my favorite and I’ve used it daily for years without a problem. Simply put four cups of crushed ice into your blender and pulse it a few times, until the ice gets that fluffy, snow-like consistency. In my blender this took about 5 pulses! Boom, Strawberry Snow Cones in a snap.

blender snow cones

Dye-Free Snow Cone Syrup

I made this snow cone syrup with just two ingredients: fresh strawberries and pure maple syrup! Puree these in a clean blender until they’re completely smooth. You can strain this mixture through a fine-mesh strainer if you want, but my kids loved it without the added step so I usually skip it.

strawberry snow cone syrup

All About Strawberries

Strawberries are high in vitamin C and a great source of folate.  I love the sweetness they bring to recipes!  To find the best strawberries, give the package a smell. If they smell sweet they will taste sweet. Easy to remember! If they don’t, then find a new package.  Sweet strawberries make a huge difference.  You also want to look for shiny strawberries that are firm (not mushy) with a bright red color (not yellow or white).  The caps should be green and fresh looking with no browning.  You want to avoid shriveled or leaky berries.  Once you have found your perfect package, store them unwashed in the refrigerator for 1-3 days.  I like to store an unbleached paper towel in the container to absorb any excess moisture to help keep them fresh longer.  I also always store them in my crisper drawer of the refrigerator.  Wash them right before you’re ready to use!

homemade snow cones

More Strawberry Recipes

Strawberry Salsa

Healthy Strawberry “Milkshake”

Strawberry Mint-Lime Spritzers

2-Ingredient Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Balsamic Dressing

Vegan Strawberries an Cream Veggie-Filled Smoothie

Almond Pulp Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

Vegan Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake Cake

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strawberry snow cone

Easy Homemade Dye-Free Strawberry Snow Cones (refined sugar-free)


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

During hot summer days that seem to last forever, nothing cools you off like a fresh Strawberry Snow Cone! And these are refined sugar-free!  You can make these at home with just a blender and three ingredients for a hydrating, easy and healthy snack that kids and adults love.


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Ingredients

For 4 Strawberry Snow Cones:

  • 4 cups crushed ice
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, stems and leaves removed
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Place crushed ice in blender and pulse until it becomes a snow-like consistency (about 5 pulses should do it).  Scoop into a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a clean blender, add strawberries and maple syrup and puree until completely smooth (about 30 seconds).  Pour half the mixture over the ice and stir well.  
  3. Spoon the strawberry ice mixture into 4 cups and enjoy immediately with a spoon.  
  4. Add extra strawberry maple syrup mixture over individual cups if desired.   

  • Category: Dessert or Snack
  • Method: Blender

Keywords: homemade snow cones

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