Thursday, July 19, 2012

Food Feature - Vegan Summertime Sorbet

What a hot summer we are having here in Northeastern Ohio. We seldom see 90 degrees and above, but this year two or three days each week are going beyond this mark. We have even experienced triple digit temperatures (including heat index)! This is not me complaining, as I love warm weather and summertime. The key to enjoying the warmth is finding different ways to keep cool. One of my all-time favorites is to enjoy some type of frozen treat. In this case, I am referring to a delicious and refreshing fruit sorbet. Sorbets are very much like smoothies, but in my opinion, are more delicious. There are so many combinations of fruits and flavors that can be mixed, but I chose three of my favorites and began experimenting! Feel free to use my recipes, or create your own.

Mixed Berry Sorbet
3 cups of frozen mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, black berries and raspberries)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup soy yogurt (I use Silk Live vanilla soy yogurt)

Mango Pineapple Sorbet
1 1/2 cup frozen mangos
1 1/2 cup frozen pineapples
1/4 cup organic maple syrup 
1/3 cup lemon juice
(Note: Soy yogurt is optional as it will add more of a creamy texture. I excluded it from this flavor combination)

Spiced Orange & Peach Sorbet
1 1/2 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup of fresh orange slices
1 cup of banana slices (Bananas create a creamy texture, just as the soy yogurt does)
1/4 cup organic maple syrup
1/3 cup lemon juice
A dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, or cayenne (or a tiny bit of all three)

Preparation is the same for any and all flavor combinations.
  • Let the frozen fruits defrost for a few minutes. You want them to be easy enough to blend, but not thawed enough that they don't create a "froth" when mixed.
  • Combine all ingredients into high speed blender and blend until you have a smooth mixture.
  • Be careful not to over blend! Don't let it melt completely, try to keep a thicker and frosty texture if possible. 
  • Pour into a freezer appropriate container and let freeze. Pouring the mixture into already chilled metal containers will reduce the time it takes for the sorbet to solidify.
  • Once frozen, scoop, serve, share and enjoy! 

*Substitutions - Soy yogurt can be replaced with creamier fruits such as bananas and mangos. If you want an icier treat, then disregard the soy yogurt all together. The maple syrup may also be substituted with agave syrup as well. It is just as tasty and sweet! Lime juice can replace lemon juice as well.

*A Few Notes - It takes a few hours for the sorbet to completely freeze. I know, I know. I was anxious to taste it, but it was worth the wait. Also, as you can see in the pictures, it melts rather quickly. So eat fast, but beware of brain freezes! :)

Feel free to comment and share the flavors you decide to try out!
<3 oohv