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strawberry sorbet

Yesterday my son and I made the delicious strawberry sorbet pictured above.

As July 4th approaches, our ice cream maker has been getting a real workout. It’s hotter now so we’re always looking for good frozen treats to cool us off. When I asked my older son what he thought about the sorbet, he simply said, “yum.” That sums it up fairly well. I find it light, sweet and refreshing.

On another note, I enjoy using holidays throughout the year to pause, reflect and freshen my perspective, finding that even secular celebrations come in handy for this. With July 4th just around the corner, I’ve created a little list of independence offerings that provide new ways of doing the same old everyday things. I hope you like it and find it useful.

Red, White, Blue and Green: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Independence

  1. Refrain from purchasing packaged foods -to reduce trash output
  2. Avoid processed foods -most contain trans fats, excess salt or high-fructose corn syrup.
  3. Eat locally -your food will be fresh, full of good nutrients and delicious
  4. Walk or ride your bike -to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels
  5. Eat at home -food dollars go further when you prepare your own food rather than eating in a restaurant
  6. BYOB -bring your own bag for every purchase you make, not just groceries
  7. Avoid purchasing bottled water -I use a mason jar and fill it from my tap
  8. Avoid plastic as much as possible -to cut down on foreign oil consumption
  9. Grow your own garden -in a window box or your yard
  10. Buy local products -to support your local economy

And for a wholesome, delicious dessert to go along with your independence celebration, try this sorbet. You will wow your guests with a burst of fresh fruit flavor!

Strawberry Sorbetprint
10 oz bag of frozen organic strawberries
2 cups water
ΒΌ cup agave nectar

  1. Place strawberries, water and agave in a vitamix
  2. Blend on highest speed until smooth and creamy
  3. Pour mixture into ice cream maker and process according to instructions
  4. Serve
Serves 4

Happy Fourth of July! I hope all of you have a fantastic holiday weekend and enjoy good food with good friends! Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you will be eating doing this weekend.


posted on July 1, 2008, 26 comments

  1. Betty

    I am making this tomorrow!! Elana, thanks so much for your website. We are enjoying our new “diet”, but it is so time consuming to come up with all the foods for grain and sugar free eating. This is so easy! And this is sure to please my crowd.

    Looking forward to trying this recipe out!

    Blessings,
    Betty

  2. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I have wondered if you could make “sorbet” like desserts without cane sugar.

    We also love our ice cream maker. One of our favorite recipes is chocolate ice cream made out of coconut milk and sweetened with agave syrup. It is pure luxury. I shared that recipe on my blog, here- http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2008/05/chocolate-coconut-milk-ice-cream.html

    Thanks for the great recipes! I always enjoy your updates.

  3. Sarah

    My kids were just asking about making sherbet in our ice cream maker. This recipe will work even better. I just bought 10lbs of frozen organic strawberries through my food co-op. Looks like this will be on tomorrows menu. My kids read your list of red, white, blue, and green. They remarked that we already do this as part of stewardship of God’s earth. I never even though about the lessons we were teaching. It just came natural to us.
    Sarah in CA

  4. Deidre

    Because we had friends in town who stayed with us for the Widespread Panic concerts all weekend I didn’t get to attend your cooking class. However, I used your recipe for the chicken salad with almonds and my husband and friends absolutely loved it. I just bought ingredients for almond butter blondies, so I’m psyched to try them. THANK YOU so much for your energy that goes into this web site. I has helped me completely since I went GF in April. I’ve been recommending this site to a ton of people. You’re great for sharing! Thanks again. Hopefully I’ll be able to attend your next class. Peace, Deeds

  5. This photo is amazing!!

    I love all your good tips and are using most of them..

    we are out of fresh strawberries around here.. but I maight try this recipe with mangoes.. :)

    Thank you!

  6. kaus capri

    I totally agree with what you say under “Red, White, Blue and Green: 10 Ways to Celebrate Your Independence”.
    When I first looked at the title i thought another recipe of mixing Hershey’s strawberry syrup with water…but this looks great. Shows how easy and healthy it is to follow a natural diet, not to mention taste so much better than the HFCS monstrosity.

  7. Jenny L.

    Hi Elana,

    I have a question I would like to ask your readers.
    Since we are talking about holidays, can anyone tell me why there are so many gluten-free products available at Passover? I know I am a little late with this question, but I keep reading about GF product availability at Passover and I am curious. Since Elana has posted Passover recipes, I thought I would ask here.
    We are going to spend the 4th at a friend’s lake house with friends who try their best to accommodate my dietary restrictions without judgement and that is always wonderful. Just a weekend of relaxation and maybe trying my hand at strawberry sorbet.
    Jenny L. in Florida

  8. Sorbet is a wonderful thing for its simplicity. I bet this tasted wonderful. It certainly has me wishing the Florida strawberry season were here again!

  9. Hi Elana!

    This sorbet is so beautiful! Thanks!

    We are finally moved in – yay! Tomorrow we are going to the concert in the park and maybe the girls will stay up for the fireworks. Ashley (3) usually falls asleep mid-show, but Zoe (5) could stay up all night if I let her :-)

    Have a nice 4th!

    Cheers, Kelly

  10. will rush out to buy strawberries to try your sorbet. i did however make your blondies and you candy bars—they are fantastic–can’t stop eating them. i am thrilled that you use agave nectar. do you have a pie crust and tart crust using agave i haven’t had luck trying to substitute gluten free flour and agave? how about a hamantashen recipe?

    thanks,
    miriam

  11. Sharla

    WOW! I think you might single-handedly get me off sugar (and this is quite a feat, trust me). This was my first time to use agave, and the sorbet is wonderful. Mine is not as firm as yours looks in the photo. I’m not sure if that was not enough time in the machine? Regardless, it is very delicious and I will be serving it to my guests tonight.

    Thanks so much.

  12. Kevin -Thanks!

    Betty -So glad to be of help and make things a bit easier.

    Kimi -We have made many variations of coconut ice cream and sorbet –it is so rich and delicious, a great ingredient for frozen treats. Thanks for posting the link to your recipe.

    Sarah -Yes, interesting that for some of us it is so natural that we don’t even need to give it a thought. Hopefully, things will be that way for all very soon.

    Deidre -Thanks for your feedback, hope to meet you at my next cooking class!

    Ya’ara -Thanks as always for your nice comment; I bet this would be amazing with mango.

    kaus capri -Yes, it’s easy, healthy, delicious and no HFCS.

    Jenny -I hope you have a great weekend at your friends’ lake house and get to eat lots of strawberry sorbet. I think you will get a lot of responses to your question if you post it in the forum; I bet ~M is an expert on this.

    Mike -The strawberries are just ripening here; my boys went out in the backyard yesterday and had a small feast on them –they are so much sweeter than store bought.

    Kelly -I hope you had a great 4th of July. Here in Boulder the fireworks didn’t start until 10 pm, so late for the little ones. I hope your move went well and the unpacking is smooth and easy (as it can be).

    Miriam -Thanks for stopping by. Yes, everything on my site is gluten-free and I do have pie crust and hamantashen recipes. Just go to the search bar and enter the recipe you are looking for in quotes and it will come up. Alternatively, you can go to the “recipes” section on the sidebar of my site, press desserts and then look for the one you want. I hope this helps.

    Sharla -Thanks for the great comment and feedback. Did you make the sorbet according to your machine’s instructions? If it looked soft, then yes, a little more time might just be the answer. Hope you have a swell dinner tonight.

  13. That does look really pretty Elana! and I loved your July 4th message:) I’m baking a lot these days with strawberries too:)

    btw, I’d like to invite you to join the Healthy Cooking recipe event I’m hosting this month:)

  14. Kathleen in MT

    I stumbled on your website recently and it is a godsend! I have been eating gluten-free for years, and know I do better with no grains or potatoes at all (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) but I’m not too disciplined and getting worse of late. My husband should be dairy free but again, he is not too strict and I love my cheese so hate cooking dairy free. BUT…just recently my 14yo daughter began having some really alarming symptoms, shortness of breath, chest pains, racing heart. We took her to the ER and she wore a heart monitor for a month. Turns out the culprit, or at least a large contributing factor, is sugar, including unrefined cane. Agave nectar agrees with her. So now I am gung ho to be strict on our cooking. Funny how when it is your child it is so much easier to be strict! I have been doing a little experimenting on my own…. a gluten free agave sweetened cake for our traditional flag cake on the fourth of July was a dismal failure. But a pineapple cake with your cream cheese frosting for my son’s birthday was great. I will have to try it with almond flour. Anyway, I am so excited to find your website and try some things. I sure wish you offered a downloadable cookbook, so I can get all these great recipes organized!

  15. Mansi -Thanks so much for stopping by; strawberries are amazing right now here in Colorado.

    Kathleen -I’m so glad that this website is of assistance to you. And yes, I completely understand what you are saying about your daughter, it is amazing how we will do anything for our children. I try to love and be just as kind to myself, though it really takes quite a bit of discipline, whereas it is so natural when it comes to my boys. Thanks for stopping by! Elana

  16. Truly beautiful! I had not thought about trash consumption and buying processed foods. Makes sense! Thanks for the tips!

  17. I’ve been so frustrated with the store bought sorbets and sherbets because they all have things in them I can’t eat. I was hoping to find a recipe for an agave based frozen dessert.

    Now if I could just convince my husband that we “need” an ice cream maker. Any suggestions for utilizing this recipe even without the appliance?

  18. Natalie -You are so welcome.

    Zebe912 -Glad you like this sorbet recipe. I’ve heard (though not tried myself) that you can make the ice cream “batter,” place it in the freezer, then take it out every 15 minutes, scrape down the sides and stir it and keep doing this until you have something resembling sorbet. A lot of work and not sure if the results will be satisfactory, though this is all I can think of at present. Hope this helps.

  19. what a lovely looking sorbet…and a great top 10!

  20. Dear MPG-

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

    Elana

  21. i made this on christmas and it was a huge hit as well! everyone just gobbled it up! it is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy!

  22. april,

    Thanks for your comment.

    Elana

  23. Carol

    Most recipes I have seen that call for nuts in the gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free world that I have had to learn about in the last few years require raw almonds. Some of the recipes may call for cashews or other nuts but usually do not specify whether these nuts should be raw, roasted, toasted toasted, etc.

    What should I be using in your recipes? Example: the Raspberry Peach Smoothie calls for cashews that are soaked but does not state whether they are raw or roasted. Do you have suggestions for other recipe sources that include nuts in their recipes?

  24. Kathy - My Online Meals @ myonlinemeals.com

    Just dropping by to say hi to you and that yummy looking sorbet you posted. I love the look of it… Checking your newer posts in a bit to see some more of your creations

  25. Jan Bostic

    does this recipe work with fresh strawberries or do they need to be frozen?

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