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Sugar Free Lemonade! No sugar added or artificial sweeteners to this healthy lemonade, perfect for kids! Just three ingredients.
I know I’ve been bringing you a lot of drink recipes lately (don’t sleep on my peach iced tea or Snicker’s Shake!), but it’s where I’m at in life. I find myself informally hosting most evenings; having a friend swing by on her way home from work to catch up or playdate after playdate with my kiddos friends.
That’s how this sugar free lemonade came to be. I wanted something that I could serve to both the kids and my friends; something that was a fun treat for hot days yet also didn’t contain a lot of sugar.
What’s naturally sweet and pairs perfectly with fresh lemon juice? Pineapple! Just three ingredients to the most refreshing, thirst-quenching, sugar free lemonade.
I’m not anti-juice for kids, but I prefer for them to have it only on occasion. And while sugar-sweetened beverages are fun, I haven’t yet introduced them to my kids and prefer to hold out as long as possible. I occasionally will offer pomegranate juice or orange juice but for the most part, stick to just water or milk/dairy-free milk.
However, on hot days I’m not opposed to fun summertime drinks like this. Made with only 3 simple ingredients without any artificial sweeteners or added sugar, this sugar free lemonade feels like a good choice for all of us.
Here’s where I’m going to advocate for both fresh lemon juice and fresh pineapple. I haven’t testing this with pineapple juice, but the fiber in the pineapple is what makes this lemonade slightly thick and perfectly sip-able.
Since the pineapple is what makes this sugar-free lemonade recipe sweet without any sugar, the pineapple obviously needs to be very ripe. Underripe pineapple won’t have the same zip, it should be fragrant and juicy.
To make a strawberry lemonade, add in 1 cup of fresh strawberries for 1 cup of the fresh pineapple. Then strain and serve over ice. Same with a blueberry lemonade; exchange 1 cup fresh blueberries (or blackberries) for 1 cup of the fresh pineapple.
For easy entertaining, make a big batch to place in a pitcher in the fridge. Or, throw in a fresh mint sprig for a fancier presentation. While I made this recipe for kids, it could easily be made into a cocktail with vodka, gin or rye.
The best part about this recipe is that it’s 100% naturally sweetened. So many sugar free beverages use sugar substitutes like erythritol, stevia, xylitol or monkfruit sweetener. I have such an aversion to the taste of most artificial sweeteners, I’d much rather use fruit instead!
I find this sugar free lemonade perfectly sweet, but if you wanted it sweeter then feel free to drizzle in honey or maple syrup.
How to Make Sugar Free Lemonade
Place the 1/2 cup lemon juice, 5 cups fresh pineapple and 2 cups of water in a blender and puree
Strain using a fine-mesh strainer and serve over plenty of ice!
Once you make this sugar free lemonade, you will be shocked at how easy it is. And how much it tastes like lemonade!
No, you don’t have to strain the lemonade if you don’t want to. It will make the drink thicker, but also retain all of the fiber
A fourth of this recipe contains 110 calories; the difference is that this lemonade is made from 100% fruit and not added sugars. I don’t count calories nor do I recommend strict calorie counting for my clients, but I know some individuals like to know.
You can find more nutritional information at the bottom of the recipe.
This lemonade recipe will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge.
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Sugar Free Lemonade! No sugar added to this healthy lemonade, perfect for kids! Just three ingredients.
Fresh, sweet pineapple is really what makes this. If your pineapple is underripe, you may need to add some sugar.
This recipe was first posted in 2018 and updated in 2022.