Monday, July 1, 2013

Chillin' Vegan Cherry Sherbet

Chillin' Vegan Cherry Sherbet

Summer is all about keeping cool and enjoying the warm weather at the same time. We love eat great seasonal foods and feel good at the same time. When I think of one of me favorite summer treats, it has to be cherries but I also love frozen treats. Sherbet isn't something we think when we think vegan. We always get it confused with sorbet but its the middle child between ice cream and sorbet, with the usual dairy mixed in. This frozen treat is anything but in the middle, it is clearly on top when made fresh and now vegan. This recipe shows how to make not only a frozen treat but a delish frozen treat that everyone will love. Its a great combo of cherries in a luscious and creamy dessert. Perfect served on its own, but also great kicked up a notch with your favorite vegan red wine over top to enjoy with adults. Perfect for parties or just with the family, your sure to be refreshed and chillin' with this dessert. Enjoy!

Chillin' Vegan Cherry Sherbet


-4 cups Fresh Or Frozen Cherries, Pitted
-1 cup Sugar, or to taste 
-1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk, canned
-1/2 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
-1/2 cup organic Limeade


Prep your cherries (if using fresh). You are going to want to clean and pit the cherries. Set aside until needed. 
When pitting your cherries, don't buy those fancy uni-tasker gadgets. I adapted a technique from my grandmother that works great. Take a large paper clip and pop it into the cherry (where stem was located) and circle around pit, pull up, and your pit should be sitting on the paper clip when you pull it out. I KNOW! Its crazy but it works great and we all have a paper clip or two laying around.  

Next, Add your prepped cherries to a saucepan with sugar and limeade. 

Bring to a slow boil and cook until cherries are soft and the liquid is syrupy. Remove the pan from the heat and cool the cherries to room temperature before using.

When the cherries have cooled, add cherries and juice to a blender or food processor. 

Blend until smooth, if you'd like a little pulp, don't make it too thin. 

Add coconut milk, vanilla extract, and blend to combine.

Add liquid sherbet in a ice cream machine. 

Churn for 25 to 35 minutes or until it is a soft serve consistency. 

Once to the consistency, transfer to an airtight freezer container and freeze overnight before serving.

Scoop the sherbet into pretty glass or bowls and serve. Also a good treat served with wine over top, just for the adults. Its a great easy party dessert. Enjoy!


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