Are you looking for a delicious and healthy substitute for ice-cream?
Would you like to enjoy a sweet dessert without feeling guilty or ashamed?
If so, then you are in the right place.
This yummy and healthy sorbet will help you enjoy a tasty snack without worrying about calories and processed sugars.
The best part? You can make this sorbet using only four ingredients.
What is a sorbet anyways?
Simple answer: Sorbets are frozen fruits mixed with sugar without any dairy. Apparently, restaurants use them to cleanse your palette. You should think of them as vegan ice-creams.
Since the key ingredients are fruits and sugar let’s talk about how to use these ingredients in a healthy way.
Finding the Right Fruit
In a sorbet, the fruit or fruits (you can mix it up!), act as your base. You can use any fruit you like, but I’ve learned that some fruits work better than others. Some of my favorites are cantaloupes, mangos, peaches, watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and bananas.
You can buy the fruits fresh and freeze them at home or you can buy them frozen. Pick the option that works for you.
Buying fresh fruits is usually cheaper, but the process will take longer.
For today’s post, we will be using a cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are great because they have a very meaty texture, so using one cantaloupe will give you a decent amount of sorbet. Also, they can get very sweet to the point that you do not need to add a lot of sugar if any at all.
Quick note: The best way to pick your cantaloupe is to smell the end opposite to the stem area. Raise the fruit so that the button is just under your nose and take a good sniff. You are looking for a sweet aroma. If you do not get a scent, then your cantaloupe is not ripe.
What If You Need Sugar?
Sugar is truly optional. If you are a sugar addict like me and need a little extra sweetness, agave will do the trick. Agave comes from a plant in Mexico.
The nectar made from the plant is known in Mexico as aguamiel, or “honey water.” Agave is believed to be a healthier sweetener because its lower glycemic index helps protect against health risks associated with higher glycemic sweeteners.
If you buy agave, make sure you buy raw agave, it is the healthiest version.
Agave is very sweet, so you will not need to use that much in comparison to white sugars.
Let me remind you that sugar is optional and you can make your sorbet without it, but if you absolutely need it, this is a good alternative.
The Answer is Water
You might find that when you begin blending your frozen fruits they might be hard to breakdown depending on your blender. I recommend you use a little water to help break them down. For this recipe, I used about 2 oz. It keeps the recipe healthy and avoids added sugars.
Once again this ingredient is optional and it depends on your blender.
You can also use water to reduce the sweetness of your fruit if you are into that!
Adding Other Ingredients
You will notice that this recipe includes limes. I love limes, and how they blend with fruits. As you play around with your own sorbet recipes, you can try blending your fruits with fresh flavors like limes, lemons, and even cilantro. It is your world!!
You can top your sorbet with nuts or seeds, here I used walnuts.
I hope that this post taught you how to make a sorbet that is both nutritious and delicious.
If you found it useful or if you know someone who would enjoy it, please share it with them. After all, sharing is caring 🙂
- 1 cantaloupe ripe
- 1 lime
- 1.5 tbsp of agave
- 2 oz of water (optional)
Clean and cut your melon into small to medium size chunks
Using parchment paper layer your chunks on a baking sheet or a container.
Cover it with saran wrap and place it in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.
Remove your chunks from the freezer and put them in a blender or food processor.
Add your freshly squeezed lime, 1.5 tbsp of agave to the blender and mix until you achieve the desired consistency. Feel free to use the water if needed.
Once you achieved your desired consistency, move your sorbet to a container and place it back in the freezer for a minimum of 2 hours. Make sure you cover it with saran wrap.
When ready, scoop, add your favorite toppings (I used ginger powder and walnuts), drizzle a little agave and enjoy.