Thursday, June 7, 2012

Strawberry Banana Sorbet

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Utah Deal Diva Strawberry Banana Sorbet easy dairy free dessert
Have you ever made sorbet before? It's a delicious, fast way to use up over-ripe berries and fruit. I love it because it's dairy-free and contains a small fraction of the calories compared to ice cream.

I've tried several sorbet recipes before trying this one here. I modified it slightly and decided it's a winner! The addition of banana and honey in the sorbet helps to give it a more "creamy" texture. Some sorbets end up just tasting like frozen berries and after a few days in the freezer they even adopt an icy texture. This recipe below has a nice consistency, even after 2 weeks in the freezer!

I made it using a small, inexpensive ice cream maker, but if you don't have one, don't worry. I actually don't think it did much since sorbet doesn't thicken in the ice maker like ice cream does. Just blend it up, pour it in a freezer safe container and scoop away once it's frozen. {I think the consistency is better if you blend it again once it's partially frozen- details below.}


Strawberry Banana Sorbet

1.5 pounds ripe strawberries, hulled
3-4 ripe bananas
2/3 cup raw honey {you can use 1 cup sugar instead}
1 pinch salt
1 TBSP cornstarch
1 TBSP cold water
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Place berries and bananas in a large bowl and puree until smooth. 


Combine fruit puree, honey, and salt in a large saucepan. Heat until melted and just simmering. Whisk cornstarch into the cold water; stir into heated berry mixture. 

Remove from heat, and stir in lemon juice. Cool slightly. Refrigerate berry mixture until cold, about 2 hours.


Freeze in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions.

If you don't have an ice cream maker, cool the mixture then pour it into a freezer safe container and put in the freezer. Set a timer for 2 hours. At that time, take the sorbet out and blend it up again. This will help with the consistency- no one wants a strawberry banana flavored ice cube. {Actually that doesn't sound so bad!}  After you've blended it up a bit, pour it back into the container and freeze. 

Recipe makes about 8 cups of sorbet. 

Enjoy!
Utah Deal Diva Strawberry Banana Sorbet easy dairy free dessert

4 comments:

rroehale said...

Thanks for this recipe! Most sorbet recipes I see have so much sugar I think I might develop diabetes just from eating one serving. This looks much more reasonable!

Heidi said...

When do you add bananas? Thanks for recipe!

Utah Deal Diva said...

Just combine the strawberries and the bananas when you puree. I forgot to change the directions to accommodate my changes- I'll fix it!

rroehale- YES! I know what you mean! It's plenty sweet too- you could even add less honey/ sugar if you wanted.

Janice said...

Thank you! We take desserts for family dinners, but have a hard time accommodating for the dairy free needs at times.

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