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I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for…

…ICE CREAM!

Let’s be real – how many times have we vowed to go on a diet? And how many times did that diet include cutting out sweets and desserts? And then…how many times did we break our resolve a few months (or even weeks…or days!) later?

Being “healthy” doesn’t mean you have to cut out foods you love, especially when you have the number one blender in the world. Some of my favorite types of frozen desserts are the ones made from frozen fruits! Will and I are particularly good at buying too much fruit and particularly bad at eating it all on time before it goes bad, so whenever our fruit is about to go bad, I like to prepare them in ziplock bags and throw them in the freezer for another day. Frozen fruit is perfect to make a delicious frozen dessert on the spot (midnight craving, anyone?), or you can throw them in your smoothies in place of ice cubes!

Simple Fruit Sorbet

1 banana (fresh or frozen)
3 cups of frozen fruit

Blend banana and frozen fruit on high speed, use tamper if necessary. Add a splash of dairy or non-dairy milk if needed to help blend if too frozen.

This week I made a really refreshing sorbet out of just two fruits: frozen banana and frozen pineapple. And it was soooo delicious. The banana made the texture just as creamy as real ice cream, and the pineapple gave it a fresh tropical flavor. All it took was one frozen banana and snack-sized ziplock of frozen pineapple in our Vitamix, and it blended into a beautiful creamy dessert. I used the tamper to help churn the mixture along a little, and it only took a minute to make!

Pro tip: fruit gets sweeter and sweeter as it ripens, which is why I like to freeze my own fruit. Store-bought frozen fruit is frozen at it’s peak ripeness, so while the fruit looks plump and a vibrant color, you might not find it as sweet as fruit that is frozen when it’s past its peak ripeness. Whenever I blend up sorbet’s or smoothies using the frozen fruit I’ve flash frozen myself, I find that I don’t need to add any extra sweeteners, but if you use store-bought frozen fruit, then an extra squirt of agave, honey, or simple syrup might give you a boost in the flavor.

So the next time you have a craving for some ice cream, but want it *without* the guilt, blend up some frozen fruit in your Vitamix, and let us know what your favorite combinations are!

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