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Fresh and Smooth, No Machine Needed: Coconut Mango Sorbet, the Perfect Springtime Treat

Photo by Laura Adani / Stocksy United / 304939
Photo by Laura Adani / Stocksy United

Think you need to invest in a pricey ice cream maker to make frozen treats at home? Think again.

You actually can make totally delish dairy-free fruit sorbets using nothing more than a food processor or blender. (For real!) The secret is using frozen fruit, which is not only healthy and easy to keep on hand, it’s also often more affordable than fresh fruit.

“Creamy coconut milk and naturally sweet mangoes make this dessert seem absolutely sinful—but it’s not,” says Michelle Babb, Seattle-based nutritionist and author of the cookbook Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy: 75 Recipes and Nutrition Plan. “You can enjoy this quick and easy treat without a care in the world!”

If you just don’t dig mangoes, Babb says you can experiment with different types of fruit in this recipe, such as frozen strawberries, pineapple, bananas, or a combo all of your own making. “But,” she adds, “there’s something about the tropical combination of mangoes and coconut milk that provides just the right amount of sweetness and the perfect silky texture.” Give it a try and thank us later!

We know, though, that kids can be picky—so we’ve also got an even easier banana sorbet you can whip up in about five minutes and top with cinnamon, cocoa powder, nut butter, berries, and more. The bananas stay cold enough to perfectly mimic the texture of soft-serve ice cream, and your kids will never know the recipe is 100 percent healthy.

Whichever recipe you go for, we know it’ll be so good that you’ll never need to buy a pint of ice cream again! (Okay, maybe it’s not thaaaaaat good…but it’s close.)

So-Easy Coconut Mango Sorbet

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-ounce) bag frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ½ cup hazelnut or almond milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

1. Place all the ingredients in food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

2. Freeze until the sorbet reaches the desired consistency.

Even Easier Banana “Sorbet”

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Bananas

Directions

1. Peel ripe bananas and place in the freezer until frozen solid, then place them in your food processor and blend for about 5 minutes, stopping every minute to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl.

2. Add your topping of choice and enjoy!

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