Strawberry-Banana Sorbet (TMP Photo/A. McKinney)
Even though the school year has officially begun, we still have some hot weeks here in Murfreesboro. That means cool treats are still in season.
Lately, I have been on an endless mission to create sweet dishes that are still healthy and naturally low in sugar.
After everything I have read about artificial sweeteners, I have decided to go back to the real thing, just less of it.
I have started to sweeten drinks and desserts with natural products like real sugar, honey, agave, and sometimes stevia.
I find I am more satisfied by using these real ingredients, and I end up eating less because I am not trying to fill that craving with an artificial substance.
This recipe is a perfect example of getting natural sweetness from ripe fruit with a small addition of real sugar and naturally sweet, fresh orange juice.
If you have an ice cream maker, this will be a breeze to mix up.
I use my ice cream maker at least once a week during the warmer months because I can create my own ice creams and sorbets.
It’s an easy way to get creative in the kitchen and control the amount of sugar and fat you are using.
This flavor combination is one that reminds me of being a kid, but I know adults will love it too.
From start to finish: 30 minutes
1 pound strawberries, stems removed
2 bananas, cut in four pieces
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoons orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 cup chocolate shavings (optional)
Place sugar, orange juice and zest in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour in a bowl and place it in the refrigerator to chill.
Meanwhile, place strawberries and bananas in a food processor, pulse until mixture is smooth.
Place strawberry mixture in the refrigerator until both mixtures are chilled.
Once everything is chilled, stir the 2 mixtures together, and pour in a frozen ice cream maker. Churn for 30 minutes, or as directed by your ice cream maker.
If adding the chocolate, add the last minute of churning.
Serve immediately or place in an airtight container in the freezer to save for later.
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