Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The easiest sorbet ever, almost an ice cream in fact, but vegan, sugar free, gluten free, basically just two ingredients!




This is so easy and simple that I wasn't even sure if it was worth publishing, but then the other day I was reading this post from Sue and I though yeah, why not! I have been making instant frozen berries sorbet for years, but at first I used to make it with the frozen berries blended with a little sugar. It was good, maybe a bit watery, but good. I also tried with yogurt, but still needed sugar. But then I tried to add a banana, and I never turned back! A banana makes the sorbet creamy like an ice cream, and you don't need any sugar! I made it a few times and then the other day I discovered frozen banana slices, and for this I have to thank Sue. Yes yes of course I heard about froze banana before, but the way Sue made her ice cream was inspiring and really made me think that maybe frozen banana slices were what I needed all along to 'upgrade' my recipe!

And yes, I can confirm that it is better to use frozen bananas! The sorbet/ice cream stays 'frozen' for longer, and it tastes amazing.

So, all you need is one big banana, cut it into slices and freeze it (try to keep the slices separate, do not freeze it as a block!). The put the slices into a container, add about one cup of mixed frozen berries, (or just frozen raspberries, or blueberries... your choice) and blend with an immersion blender. This is the result. It looks like an ice cream, taste like and ice cream, and can be eaten immediately. 

So thank you Sue, here is another entry for Sweet New Zealand!

Photos and Recipes by Alessandra Zecchini ©

32 comments:

  1. It may be simple but what a great idea, I think it might turn into a few vodka slushies for me this summer ;0)

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    1. ehehehe life without kids :-), I'll keep the ideas for when they go to the grandparents!

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  2. Yum aye. This is how we've always made ice cream in our house :-)

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  3. That sounds fantastic and yes so easy. Thanks for this one. Diane

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  4. Mamma mia che delizia incredibile! :D Troppo bello e anche semplice da preparare! Grazie! Un bacione!

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  5. Brilliant, Alessandra - I love the idea of mixing the frozen banana with frozen berries - I have to try. Funnily enough I was just wondering the other day about the frozen banana with fresh strawberries, but I think now I will stick to the frozen and keep fresh strawberries to eat just as they are. Thanks for the mention and for sharing this at Sweet New Zealand - great entry.

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    1. Thank you for the frozen banana idea Sue!

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    2. Gave this a try the other night - putting some frozen mixed berries in with the frozen banana - its my new addiction. I love it and I especially love having it for breakfast :-)

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  6. This looks really nice and healthy. Another treat I can give to my kiddies thank you for the brilliant idea about the bananas : )

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  7. great blog!
    http://please-freeze-time.blogspot.com/
    xx Jules

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  8. Hi Alessandra! I actually have both ingredients, frozen bananas and berries! I am going to try this tomorrow snack as our temperature is back to summer weather again. Such a crazy weather but great timing to try this out! Thanks!

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  9. Great idea - looking forward to giving this a go.

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  10. non è solo vegano ma anche crudista, e in effetti la prima ricetta di questo venere si trova nei libri di "cucina" crudista (possono riservare bellissime sorprese) e si tratta del gelato di banana: un solo ingrediente!
    bravissima come sempre Alessandra :D

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  11. Non avevo pensato al fatto che fosse anche crudista, ma è vero. Mi chiedo però quanto congelare i cibi ne alteri le proprietà, a volte congelare mi sembra quasi come cuocere... il sapore e consistenza solitamente cambiano tantissimo.

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  12. bè ma in questo caso è concesso, visto che devi farci un gelato ti pare?
    io solitamente congelo solo le cose che stanno per deperire e mi sfuggono in frigo, così invece di buttare taglio a quadratini e congelo. ho sempre un po' di verdura per minestre o battuto, anche fuori stagione.
    credo che congelare sia molto meglio che sprecare alla fine.....certo l'ideale sarebbe avere un piccolo abbattitore domestico ma costano molto e per ora mi faccio andare bene il freezer :D

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  13. Great idea... You can also make cocoa or cinnamon gelato, using frozen bananas as a base, or whatever might come to your mind!

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  14. I am going to post my next one soon...

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  15. Most definitely worth publishing! Love the simplicity of this & it the most beautiful colour.

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