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Easy Homemade Fruit Sorbet: Delicious, Healthy Dessert
Sorbet is a low fat, delicious dessert!
Are you looking for a super yummy but still healthy dessert? Have you ever tried a delicious, homemade Sorbet? Sorbet is a type of frozen treat, kind of like ice cream but it is completely dairy free and, some recipes are sugar free!
Sorbet can be just about any flavor you want! You can change the fruit, you can mix your favorite fruits together... really, there is no limit to the number of flavors you can create!
Another thing that I love about making my own sorbet is that the ingredients are fairly cheap. All you really need is the fruits and a few other things which many people already have at home. Another plus is that you can use fresh or frozen fruit or even a bit of both!!!
Once made, sorbet stays fresh in the freezer for longer than you would be able to keep other desserts fresh- which saves me (a busy mom) a lot of time and energy throughout the week!
I hope you love it!
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar or substitute (see below)
- 2 whole mangos cut into 1 inch cubes
- 2 peaches cut up
- Strawberries (optional) about 5
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Cut up the fruit you will be using and place it in the blender (or if using frozen, pour it in right away to allow it to soften a bit while you work on the syrup).
- Add the lemon juice and orange juice to the blender and give it a quick blend to get it started.
- Boil water and sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Mixture will be done when it is sticky. Allow to cool for 2 minutes.
- Pour the syrup into the blender and immediately cover and puree for 2 minutes or until the entire mixture is runny and smooth.
- Pour the mixture into a shallow baking dish and cover tightly with plastic wrap.
- Freeze for 4 hours stirring every 20-30 minutes to maintain texture.
Sorbet can be made with sugar or a substitute! - If you really don't want to add any at all, you don't have to!
The syrup that you make out of sugar in this recipe is an important factor in getting the texture just right when the sorbet freezes, and helps to prevent the sorbet from becoming too sour but luckily sugar is NOT the only option!
If you prefer an all natural recipe with no artificial sweeteners, you can stick with sugar, there is some wiggle room with the amount you need to use, just make sure that you use equal amounts of water and sugar!
Another all natural choice is honey! If you want to use honey then use about 1/4 cup and omit the sugar and water altogether! For added health benefits of honey try to find a local, organic honey- local honeys can help your body (although only a little bit) become desensitized to local allergens.
Agave is another option!
If you can't use sugar, I have used Splenda for baking and stevia and both came out great! My family was not able to taste the difference!
Depending upon your taste preferences, you may even be able to forgo the sweeteners! If you want to try, you can blend the fruits and taste the mixture before freezing- this way you can add a little something if it needs it before waiting the 4 hours!
What type of Orange Juice?
This is another cool thing about this recipe! You can really play with the orange juice as well! For the sorbet that I made for the pictures on the page, I hand squeezed three oranges.
Sometimes though, I start making the sorbet and realize we are out of oranges! I keep one of those frozen orange juice concentrate mixes in my freezer just in case... 1 tablespoon of frozen orange juice concentrate is all you need in a pinch!
Regular OJ from your fridge is fine as well, I buy juices with vitamin D and calcium (as we have a few family members with milk allergies) so we end up with a bit of extra nutrition in the sorbet!
You can either use fresh squeezed lemon juice or the juice from one of those little plastic lemons, they both work equally well!
Did you know that if you forget to put the sorbet back in the freezer you can still re-freeze it?
Don't like Mangos?
My Hubby Doesn't Either!
My all time favorite thing about making homemade sorbet...
to make a different flavor is so incredibly easy! You really don't need to worry too much about "how many strawberries or peaches?" All you need to do is fill your blender to the top line (not the very top of the jar- just to the the line).
Which fruit do you like better? Do you want to taste both? If you love them equally, make it 50-50! If you like one more than the other use 70% of your favorite and 30% of the other. There is no wrong amount!
I have made tons of different flavors including mango peach, mango strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, banana strawberry, cherry, and even one with pomegranate! Sometimes I combine two or more, sometimes it is exclusively one fruit- it just depends on the day!
Uh Oh, it is too sour or sweet
Don't worry, it can be salvaged!
Leave it out for about 30 minutes and check if it is soft enough to toss back in the blender. When it can be blended again (without damaging the motor) add whatever you need to! If it is a bit bitter from one of the fruits, add more OJ or lemon. If it is too sour, add a bit more of a sweet fruit like strawberry or even whip up a bit more syrup and pour it in.
Repeat the freezing process, remembering to stir regularly- every 20 minutes or so if you are re-freezing it, every 20-30 if you noticed before freezing it!
Ice Cream Makers:
Ice cream makers make your sorbet light and fluffy and really help with the texture by continuously adding air bubbles during the freezing process.
Ice cream makers are a great way to ensure that your sorbet will be light and airy, but not every one has (or wants) one. I have the Rival 4-Qt Ice Cream Maker- it was cheap and effective. Sometimes I use it, sometimes I don't.
If you see a recipe for sorbet that calls for an ice cream maker and you don't have one, you can usually just stir more frequently to add air during the freezing process and get very similar results.
Have you made sorbet a few times, fallen in love and want to make it even more? - If you got hooked, and are committed.... you can make it even cheaper!
I got hooked right away! The ingredients are mostly cheap, but still- I wanted to make it cheaper. That's another nice thing about fruit- you can grow it!
I went crazy, I now am growing strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, mangos, satsumas and am anxiously awaiting arrival of the cacao tree (theobroma) I recently ordered. I grow all of this stuff so that I can make more sorbet!!! I really can't wait to add the flesh of one of the fruits from the cacao- I know it will probably taste nasty the first try, but it will be super healthy and maybe I can get it to taste good with enough experimenting!
If you get hooked, why not plant a few fruits of your own- then you can have sorbet any time you want it without having to go to the store!
More Sorbet Recipes and Flavors
- Lemon Sorbet
A very simple recipe for delicious lemon sorbet- great to cleanse the palate between courses! This recipe received 4 1/2 stars and was reviewed 63 times as of the date it was added to this list!
- Blueberry Sorbet
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- Chocolate Sorbet
This is a super yummy recipe for chocolate sorbet which has gotten great reviews! Definitely worth trying if you are a chocoholic!
- Ming's Perfectly Simple Coconut Sorbet Recipe
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- Berry-Orange Sorbet: Makes serving large families super easy!
Made with a food processor, this sweet and tangy sorbet is extra-smooth. You can make it in an ice-cream machine, too--just follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Pink Grapefruit Sorbet
A delicious recipe for Grapefruit sorbet which has received 4 1/2 stars! This is definitely a recipe worth trying.
- Pear Sorbet
Pear Sorbet recipe with five stars- this is a good one- also super easy!
- Watermelon Sorbet
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- Strawberry Sorbet - Vegan Ice Cream Recipe | Elana's Pantry
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