Indulge in this vibrant summer recipe: Healthy Sugar-Free Raspberry Sorbet. This sorbet skips the added sugars for a gentle touch of natural sweeteners with a dash of lemon and mint.
- 3 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons natural sweetener (such as stevia, erythritol, or monk fruit), adjusted to taste
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Prep the Berries:
If using frozen raspberries, allow them to slightly thaw. If using fresh raspberries, rinse them and let them drain.
In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine the raspberries, water, and lemon juice. Blend until you have a smooth mixture. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more water to help with blending.
Taste the mixture and add your chosen natural sweetener, starting with a smaller amount. Blend again and taste. Adjust the sweetness to your liking. Remember that the sweetness will be slightly muted when frozen, so it’s better to slightly over-sweeten at this stage.
If you prefer a smoother texture without raspberry seeds, you can strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Use a spatula to press the mixture through, leaving the seeds behind.
Place the mixture in the refrigerator for about 1-2 hours to chill. Chilling the mixture before freezing helps improve the sorbet’s texture.
Pour the chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can pour the mixture into a shallow dish and place it in the freezer.
If using an ice cream maker, churn until the mixture reaches a sorbet-like consistency, usually around 20-30 minutes. If using the freezer method, take the mixture out every 30 minutes and stir vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals. Repeat this process about 3-4 times.
Once the sorbet has reached the desired consistency, transfer it to an airtight container. Press a piece of parchment paper directly onto the surface of the sorbet to prevent ice crystals from forming on top. Seal the container and place it in the freezer for a few hours or until the sorbet is firm.
Allow the sorbet to sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly before serving. Scoop the sorbet into bowls, garnish with fresh mint leaves, and enjoy your healthy sugar-free raspberry sorbet!
This sorbet is not only delicious and refreshing but also a guilt-free treat. Remember to adjust the sweetness and other ingredients according to your preferences. Enjoy!