This beautiful strawberry sorbet is a delicious and easy everyday treat.
By Christina Soong-Kroeger
My children love ice cream. In this hot weather, they’re having it at least once a day, usually twice, and sometimes even before breakfast. (Shhh! Don’t tell their grandma!)
So I was thrilled to discover a great recipe for healthy ice cream by the lovely JJ from 84th & 3rd. JJ made a Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream from only bananas, avocado, chocolate and maple syrup. I made it the other day and was amazed by how good it tasted. It wasn’t exactly ice cream but it was a damn fine substitute and one I’d be happy to eat any day of the week. And I wasn’t alone in liking it either – my kids absolutely loved it.
So today when I spotted some lovely strawberries at my greengrocer I decided to make a strawberry version. I only had half an avocado in the fridge so it ended up being midway between a sorbet and an ice cream.
This Strawberry Sorbet is refreshing, delicious and very pretty. It’s healthy, too – it’s literally only fruit with a couple of spoonfuls of jam added. You could even omit the jam if you wanted it to be completely sugar-free.
Best of all, it’s a cinch to make. So I can give this healthy, homemade snack to my children once or twice a day feeling quietly satisfied with myself rather than guilty.
Gotta love that.
- 3 bananas, peeled, cut into pieces and frozen for a few hours
- ½ avocado, peeled and stoned (add one full avocado for a creamier texture)
- 1 punnet strawberries, washed and hulled
- 2-4 teaspoons raspberry or strawberry jam (to taste)
- Blend frozen bananas, avocado, strawberries and jam with a hand held mixer and pour into a container. Cover with a lid or tinfoil and then freeze.
- After half an hour scrape the frozen edges into the middle of the container and mix roughly. Repeat two to three times more every half hour and then freeze for a few hours. Alternatively, put it into your ice cream mixer and let it do the work for you.
- When you’re ready to serve, take the sorbet out of the freezer and let it sit for 10 minutes to soften up.
- Serve with lots of fresh strawberries – the contrast of the sorbet and the fresh fruit is sublime.