People new to raw food often wonder how they’ll get beyond their cravings for sugary desserts. Raw or live food desserts that use a large amount of nuts, like Chocolate Banana Crème Pie, are a delicious way to impress your guests, but when you’re looking for something quick and fuss-free, fresh fruit sorbet is the most economical, uncomplicated way to include dessert in your day (other than just grabbing a banana!).
Blender or Vitamix
- 10-15 frozen strawberries (fresh, ripe)
- 2 frozen bananas
- ¼ cup water
- 1-2 tablespoons raw honey; or
- 1 tablespoon of agave
- Sprig of fresh mint, for garnish
- ¼ cup dried unsweetened coconut
- Before placing fruit in the freezer, slice into small pieces.
- Place fruit in a bowl or Tupperware, making sure that it’s spaced far enough apart that the fruit doesn’t freeze in big clumps.
- Place the fruit in the freezer until completely frozen.
- When frozen, remove the bananas and strawberries from the freezer and allow the fruit to thaw slightly, about 10-15 minutes.
- Put frozen fruit in blender or Vitamix with ¼ cup of water.
- Blend slowly. You may need to place the fruit into the blender in small batches, because the frozen fruit can be difficult to blend in one large “chunk.” You may need to add a little more water to keep things moving. Continue this process until the fruit is completely blended. You will know it’s done when the mixture has a smooth, creamy texture.
- Serve the sorbet in small cups, 1-2 spoonfuls per person (although this is very light, a small amount should be enough to complete your meal).
- Garnish with a fresh piece of sliced strawberry or a sprig of mint.
The resulting dish is light and surprisingly “creamy.” It’s a great dish to serve after a heavier meal like raw fettuccini Alfredo or other live entrees containing lots of seeds and nuts. With some added honey or agave, fruit sorbet will more than satisfy your sweet tooth.
This recipe is simply a suggested starting point. Experiment with different fresh fruits like raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. Frozen mango has a smooth texture when blended alone, and looks dramatic when topped with a few fresh raspberries and mint. Frozen pineapple and coconut, which produces a frothy combination when blended, is a nice treat in the summer.
Going raw doesn’t have to mean giving up dessert. And you may just learn to appreciate the light, happy feeling you get when you’re living on what nature intended!
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