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Texas summers always leave me craving something cold and sweet! I don’t know if it’s the hotter-than-hell temperatures or the fact that I just love desserts, either way, this time of year if it’s not a frozen dessert, I don’t want it. We’ve been experiencing a heat wave in Texas the last few weeks and things are hot, even by our standards. To put things in perspective, it’s been so hot recently that the “cold front” we had last week was “only” 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius). Trust me when I say, we were relieved to have the break!
Last summer I purchased a Nutri Ninja Blender with money I’d won in a fitness competition at work. At the time I thought it would only be used for smoothies, but I had no idea how awesome this thing was! I may have to do a post sometime in the future with all the things you can make with this blender! For now, we’ll start with fresh homemade sorbet.
Homemade sorbet done right tastes exactly like the store bought stuff without all of the additives. What I love most are the simple ingredients. In most cases all you need is a fruit, a sweetener, and water. It’s a super easy to make and a refreshing way to sweeten your day without all the added calories and high sugar content that ice creams and other frozen desserts have. Plus, there is just something so rewarding about making your own desserts.
In this recipe, I added a little bit of organic honey to round out the flavor, but if you let the peaches ripen a few extra days, you can avoid the added sweetner all together. Although, at only 53 calories per serving you might as well enjoy it all!
Homemade Peach Sorbet
Peel peaches and remove pit
Place peeled peaches in a bowl and store in freezer until frozen. Overnight for best results.
In a high speed blender combine frozen peaches, honey, water, and the juice from half a lemon
Blend until smooth.
Eat immediately for soft serve consistency or store in freezer, up to an hour, for more of a firm texture.
This recipe is seriously delicious! Sorbet has quickly become one of my favorite desserts. It’s low calorie and incredibly versatile as well. You can create your own unique flavors by using fresh fruits like kiwi, strawberries, or bananas and adding extras like cocao nibs or even chunks fresh fruits for a nice texture change. Try using coconut water instead of plain water or try your favorite yogurt for added protein. The possibilities are endless!
I challenge you to create your own delicious recipe and share it in the comments below. I hope you’re staying cool wherever you are in the world!
Priscilla is Dallas/Ft. Worth based nutritionist and blogger.