With the coming of the hot weather and sun-blazed days, all kids want is a glass of cold lemonade or a bowl of ice-cream. But why feed your kids their favorite sugar-saturated artificially-flavored treats, when you can make homemade sorbet made from fresh fruit in just a matter of minutes? The best part about this recipe is that it is so healthy and versatile – you can choose any of your favorite fruits or whatever is best for the season, and your family will love it so much that they won’t even know the difference from store-bought sorbet! What is even more delicious than the taste of this sweet treat, is the fact that it takes little effort and not many ingredients to make – in fact, your freezer and blender essentially do all the work for you!
Homemade Pineapple Sorbet
What you will need:
1 small pineapple
1 pint soy milk (optional)
What to do:
1. Peel and core the pineapple. Cut intobite-size pieces to blend more easily. For this recipe, or for just 1 serving, you will need about 7 ounces of pineapples.
2. Place your pineapple into a bowl or plate, and let sit in a freezer for at least 3 hours.
3. Once frozen, put the pineapples into a blender.
4. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and the zest of half a lemon (this enhances the flavor and adds freshness).
5. If (like me) you want your sweet treat to be a bit more creamy, add in a splash of soy milk. NOTE: If you add regular milk or any dairy product, it will then be considered a sherbet.
6. Blend until smooth.
7. Scoop into a small bowl and serve. You can garnish with fresh mint leaves if preferred.
NOTE: You are not limited to pineapples! I’ve tried this recipe with grapefruit, mangoes, lychees, kiwis, oranges, and strawberries – and they’re all satisfying whenever I have a craving for something cold and sweet, and not have to worry about the calorie count. It’s also a great way to add fruit to your child’s diet in a creative way, if he or she is a picky eater. Another tip to add even more flavor and vitamins is to blend in berries! Also, if you don’t like the taste of soy milk, you may certainly use any non-dairy milk (almond or coconut) that you prefer, or even freshly squeezed orange juice.
Mix and match any of your favorite fruit combinations, or keep it simple yet still sweet and delicious!
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