Once the sweltering heat of summer hits, those go-to cookie recipes and party-worthy brownies are a lot less appealing to make. But something like a simple, no-churn sorbet? That's much more likely to make the menu.
This vibrant dessert is the perfect balance of sweet and tropical, with just a touch of earthy notes thanks to the combination of basil and pineapple. It starts in much the same way as some of our favorite smoothies, with frozen fruit and a blender—but then you'll let the mixture set in the fridge to come together. "The faster you move from blending to freezer, the less icy the final sorbet will be," writes Dustin Harder in Epic Vegan Quick and Easy. "If you have xanthan gum in your arsenal of ingredients, you can always add ¼ teaspoon to the blender. This will aid maintaining a smooth mouthfeel and overall avoidance of an icy texture, but it's unnecessary."
Bonus points: Pineapple is loaded with nutrients like vitamin C, manganese, plus antioxidants (flavonoids and phenolic acids). It also contains digestive enzymes, which can help to support digestion and our body's ability to absorb nutrients "Digestive enzymes are proteins that break down food macromolecules into their smaller building blocks," says digestive health expert Vincent Pedre, M.D., "in order to facilitate their absorption into the body through the gut lining."
Beneficial ingredients aside, this sorbet is totally worth making for a unique herby summer dessert—and you can even try freezing it in ice-pop molds instead of just a dish to make it that much more nostalgic and easy to serve.
No-Churn Pineapple Basil Sorbet
Makes 8 servings
- 1 16-oz. bag frozen pineapple tidbits
- 1 20-oz. can crushed pineapple, with juices
- ½ cup agave
- ¼ cup packed fresh basil
- Add the frozen pineapple, crushed pineapple and its juices, agave, and basil to a blender. Blend just long enough to reach a smooth consistency. Do not overblend, as the frozen pineapple will begin to warm and the texture of the sorbet will get icier.
- Transfer to a standard-size loaf pan, and press plastic wrap to the top of the mixture to push all of the air out of the pan. Freeze overnight.