Late last year, to celebrate the end of YEARS of planning and renovations in our house, I bought myself some kitchen toys – including a Vitamix. Since then I have been experimenting with it – like making the curry paste for my version of Nigel Slater’s Thai Green Curry – SO EASY! And milling my own nut flour for my first ever gluten free cake. And of course, morning smoothies. But I had heard that the Vitamix ROCKS for making sorbets – quick and easy frozen desserts that take all of 2 minutes to make, are super healthy, and delicious. I had to try this!
My orange sorbet experiment fit in really nicely with the Kavey Eats April Ice Cream Challenge – sorbets, granitas, shaved ice, slushies and spoom. And it also satisfied my ice cream sweet tooth (I love ice cream)… Super easy, the fruit in this recipe can easily be substituted. I had pear sorbet in Paris last week, and totally think that is going to be my next flavour. And I can’t wait to try strawberry.
Seriously, I am so glad I bought a Vitamix. Best. Kitchen. Toy. Ever.
Vitamix Orange Sorbet
2 peeled oranges
3 cups ice
squeeze of honey (about 2 tablespoons)
Note: Many recipes call for about a quarter cup of sugar or thereabouts for Vitamix sorbets – I used honey as a substitute. I think it worked ADEQUATELY although I do see why sugar would be used, as it is a pure sweetener without its own distinct taste layered into the fruit. That said, I do think pear and honey will be DELICIOUS, and I like any recipe that uses something other than refined sugar.
Add everything to blender. Mix, starting on the low setting 1, and moving up gradually to about 8. I blended for about 2 minutes to get a smooth icee consistency.
Eat and enjoy!
This blog post is a part of the Kavey Eats Ice Cream series. You can find my other entries here (the custard challenge – my cookie dough ice cream), and here (the childhood memories challenge – my dairy free pineapple coconut ice cream, which I think needs a bit more tweaking but is still tasty!)