Sunday, July 8, 2012

Yay sorbet

M.H. and I have had a couple of things we kind of wanted to buy but were not willing to pay real money for. So when he came home from Mik's swim practice yesterday morning and mentioned he'd seen a bunch of garage sales going on, we decided to head out on the off-chance we'd get lucky.

We didn't find what we were hoping for, but we did get lucky. I got two cute necklaces and a bracelet for less than $10, plus eight rolls of barely-used wrapping paper for a quarter each. M.H. spent $2 on a drain snake and a stocking stuffer for next Christmas. Woo-hoo!

Then we went to Costco, where I spotted the item that had, in the past hour, morphed from something I kinda sorta wanted to something I really, really wanted: an ice cream maker. A new one was cheaper than I was expecting—about the cost of two trips to our favorite ice cream place, in fact. We were on a bargain high already, so I tossed it in the cart. Woo-hoo!

Our first creation today was a batch of strawberry sorbet. It has a ton of sugar and I'm not deluding myself that it's in any way good for anyone, but it was pretty tasty. There are lots of healthy-fat-and-low-sugar things that I can make with my new toy, of course, and that's the ultimate plan. But I wanted to make sure that at least the first batch went over really well before springing coconut-milk-and-avocado mint chocolate chip on anyone.


  1. oooh, let me know how that is. We have an ice cream maker, but we rarely use it.

  2. Very Berry Ice Cream
    Blend together ½ package frozen organic peaches
    ½ packate frozen organic mixed berries
    1c apple juice
    1 banana
    Variation: Peaches or nectarines instead of cantaloupe.

    Strawberry Pineapple Sorbet
    1-10 oz. bag frozen strawberries
    ½C orange juice or soy milk
    4 slices dried pineapple, unsweetened and unsulphured
    3 pitted dates
    1c fresh strawberries, sliced

    Blend all (except fresh strawberries) serve with sliced strawberries.

    Banana Walnut Ice Cream
    2 ripe bananas
    1/3c vanilla soy milk
    1/2 oz. walnuts
    Blend to creamy.

    Chocolate Cherry Ice Cream
    ½c vanilla soy, hemp or almond milk
    1T natural cocoa powder
    4 dates, pitted
    1½c dark sweet frozen cherries
    Blend all (except ½ the cherries) until smooth creamy. Add remaining cherries.
    Variations: berries, bananas

    Peach Freeze
    1 ripe banana
    3 peaches or nectarines, peeled and pitted
    2 medjool dates or 4 deglet noor dates, pitted
    ¼c vanilla soy, hemp, or almond milk
    1/8t. cinnamon
    Blend all ingredients to creamy.

    Cantaloupe Slush
    1 cantaloupe, rind removed, seeded and cut into pieces
    2c ice
    6-8 medjool dates, pitted
    Blend to smooth.

    These were designed for a high speed blender, but I bet an ice cream maker would do a bang up job. Something to experiment with.

  3. Yay! Thanks! I could do them in my food processor. I've used dates in place of sugar in a few other recipes, but hadn't thought to try it in ice cream.

  4. If you're going to do them in your food processor make sure the bananas are frozen.