Strawberry Ginger and Turmeric Sorbet is a refreshing and energizing smoothie that’s thick, creamy, and naturally sweet. Packed with anti-inflammatory benefits and ingredients that are also great for digestion, this is one healthy dessert that tastes great and is good for you too!
Creamy, sweet, and not too rich. Ready in less than 5 minutes. Easy to make and healthy.
This sorbet is all those things and more, but what I really love about this recipe is that it’s dairy-free and has no added sugar whatsoever.
Reasons to Love Sorbet:
Sorbet is different than ice cream because it’s a lighter version of the classic summertime treat but also very easy to make. Think no ice cream maker required and instant enjoyment. Yep, I love sorbet!
A base of fruit, milk of choice, and normally sugar, sorbet is an easy recipe anyone can make at home in a blender or even in a food processor.
Unlike most sorbet recipes, however, my Strawberry Ginger and Turmeric recipe has no added sugar, because quite honestly it’s not even necessary here. The main ingredients in this sorbet are perfectly sweet on their own, so the final result is a not too over-the-top-sweet kind of dessert that I happen to love.
It’s just right.
I’ve also used unsweetened almond milk instead of dairy, not only because it’s vegan and dairy-free, but also because it’s super creamy and light. So almond milk is perfect for this recipe where both of those elements of sorbet are optimal.
Almond milk also has a touch of sea salt added to it, so it enhances the taste of the fruit in this recipe even more so. You could also use cashew, coconut, or even soy milk in this recipe for another option, but I think almond or cashew would work best without being too overwhelming in flavor.
This sorbet recipe also features two spices that turn it from a typical fruit and milk sorbet to a really special treat: turmeric and ginger!
While one may not normally think to use turmeric and ginger in a sorbet recipe, here they actually add just the right pop of flavor without making the sorbet taste odd or spicy. The key is to use a small amount of turmeric and ginger; less is more here.
Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger:
Turmeric and ginger are also incredible anti-inflammatory agents that help quell poor digestion, can help boost cleansing of the liver, reduce muscle pain, and they’re both phenomenal at fighting acidity in the body. While our bodies do a good job of keeping us feeling our best most of the time, it never hurts to give them some assistance with good nutrition.
Besides, how much easier could it be to give your body a treat than to add a little bit of spice to your next dessert recipe? Pretty simple, right?
My favorite turmeric is Flavor of the Earth turmeric which is the brightest, most delicious-smelling, and the freshest turmeric I’ve ever used. And I happen to be a bit of a spice nut, so I’ve tried more types of turmeric than I can count over the years (along with cinnamon, ginger, and many others).
Flavor of the Earth hand-grinds their turmeric as soon as they process it and that freshness really shines through. Its bright orange color is rich proof of its antioxidants and its smell delivers a powerful message that it’s loaded with benefits for your brain and body.
Other Beneficial Ingredients in Strawberry Ginger and Turmeric Sorbet:
Strawberries – Rich in Vitamin C, full of fiber, filled with natural sweetness, very low in sugar, full of benefits that help combat seasonal allergies
Pineapple – Contains more Vitamin C than an orange, filled with pain-relieving anti-inflammatory benefits, excellent for digestion and curing an upset tummy
Ripe Banana – Ripe bananas aren’t just great for making any recipe naturally sweet. They’re also excellent for coating the stomach and helping to relieve nausea, ulcers, and an acid stomach. They’re also great sources of vitamin B6, magnesium, and potassium to help lower stress that can lead to inflammation and fatigue. Bananas are also a high source of natural enzymes and best eaten ripe where their nutrients are actually higher than when they are unripe. (Be sure there are lots of brown spots and they are super soft before freezing them!)
The banana and pineapple really help to sweeten this recipe, but there are more strawberries than other ingredients so the end result is simply a sweet strawberry sorbet that reminds me of the texture of ice cream thanks to the banana. Funny enough, I can’t even taste the turmeric or the ginger, but there’s this exotic flavor to the recipe that indicates something special is going on.
Easy Sorbet Tip:
The key to making this recipe just perfect is to use all frozen fruit so you get that thick and creamy, frosty, beautiful texture that sorbet has. Fresh ingredients will turn this more into a smoothie recipe because the ingredients in their fresh form will water the recipe down pretty quickly.
So frozen fruit is they key here!
- ½ cup unsweetened almond (or cashew) milk
- 1 cup of frozen strawberries
- ⅓ cup frozen pineapple (about 6-8 cubes)
- 1 peeled, small, very ripe frozen banana (preferably broken up into small cubes)
- ⅛ tsp. turmeric
- ⅛ tsp. ginger
- (optional): ¼ tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract (this rounds out the flavor)
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed. If you don't have a high-speed blender, I suggest a really high-quality food processor instead.
- Blend on low, then progress to high until thick and creamy just like sorbet. If you have a Vitamix or Blendtec, use the frozen dessert feature and let it run its cycle. If you have a Vitamix, use the tamper as well. If you use a food processor, process until a thick, smooth, creamy consistency results.
- Scoop the mixture out to serve right away, or you can store it in reusable containers and freeze to eat later on (see notes).
FLAVOR OF THE EARTH GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:
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*Update 4/23/2017 – Congrats to Heather J. Thanks to everyone who entered! 🙂
What’s your favorite way to eat turmeric?
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