Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer, and I’m so excited to share one of my most favorite warm-weather frozen treats, Easy Grape Sorbet. In hindsight, I probably should have named it Super Easy Grape Sorbet. There’s nothing to making this delicious and refreshing dessert. No ice cream maker or churn is needed. All it takes is freezing the grapes and pureeing them in a food processor with a bit of lemon and mint. It’s that easy – less than 10 minutes of effort. Yet, it looks so pretty. I hate to say it (but I will) this a summer dessert that will absolutely Impress NOT Stress! ❤
I LOVE this dessert!! Seriously, I could eat it every day. This sweet frozen concoction gets its beautiful color and refreshing taste from seedless red grapes. Red grapes are chock-full of antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber. This dessert is naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. There are no dairy products in this recipe. However, in full disclosure, I will also mention that red grapes are not considered a good choice for low-carb or keto-friendly diets. Their natural sweetness means they have a higher carb and calorie count than most fruits (right up there with bananas.) If you’re counting WeighWatcher points, one cup of red grapes is 3 points. The flavor profile of the sorbet includes the zest (a bitter) and juice (an acid) of one ripe lemon with just a pinch of salt to brighten up the flavor while adding just the right amount of zing. The fresh mint, while optional, adds a refreshing and subtle cooling sensation.
Speaking of mint, did you know that eating raw mint leaves improves brain function, soothes digestive disorders, prevents and cures scold symptoms, and reduces bacteria that cause bad breath. Well, now you know! I grow my own mint in my window herb garden; it’s one of the easiest herbs to grow – you can’t kill it! When you have fresh mint on hand, you will be surprised how often you will use it with everything from tea to salads, smoothies, sauces to jellies, and garnishes. It’s even great for flavoring a glass of ice water! The only other ingredient is a sweetening agent. This can be sugar, honey, or artificial sweetener (Stevia or Splenda). I’ve made it with all of them, and there’s no difference in taste or consistency. It’s purely a personal choice.
To make the sorbet, freeze a pound or so of clean and stem-free grapes. I wash and pat them dry on a paper towel and pop them in a ziplock bag squishing out the air. The grapes take about four hours to freeze, but they are good in the freezer for up to nine months!
When you need a quick dessert, take them out of the freezer and pulverize them in a food processor with the lemon juice and zest, honey or sugar, and the fresh mint – if you have it. It will take a few minutes to mush all those grapes, so employ a little patience. Use a spatula to scrape the sides as needed. The sorbet can be served immediately or spooned into a plastic container and returned to the freezer until needed. Garnish with a couple of mint leaves and a frozen grape for an impressive presentation. The sorbet will stay fresh in the freezer for a couple of months, but it never lasted more than a day at my house.
This healthy fruity frozen treat is a great way to kick off the summer! Enjoy.
Easy Grape SorbetCourse: Dessert, Frozen TreatsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Refreshing, delicious, and beautiful! Easy Grape Sorbet is frozen bliss. So simple to make, it takes less than 10 minutes using frozen grapes and a food processor. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and Vegan.
1 -1½ pounds red grapes
3 tablespoon sugar, honey or artificial sweetener
1 lemon zested
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Optional: 1 tablespoon fresh mint, finely chopped, and additional leaves for garnish
Pinch of salt
- Prep: Remove stems from grapes, rinse well and blot dry with a paper towel. Zest and juice one lemon. Finely chop mint leaves.
- Place clean, dry grapes in a ziplock bag, squeeze out excess air. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.
- Place grapes in a food processor with the chopped mint, honey, sugar or sweetener, lemon zest, lemon juice, and salt. Puree until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed. Serve immediately or store in a freezer-safe container. If desired, garnish with fresh mint leaves, lemon peel, and/or frozen grapes
- Use seedless grapes!
- Zest the lemon and then juice it. Save the extra lemon juice for another use within 3 days.
- Any frozen fruit will work, including strawberries, blueberries, peaches, or pineapple.
- Store sorbet in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months