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Friday, July 10, 2009

Ice Cream Social - Pineapple Sorbet with Agave Nectar and Surprises!

As I mentioned in the original post, I would try to find ways to make a healthier dessert/snack and one way is to make a sorbet. How is it healthier? well, there is no cream/milk, usually less sugar and some fruit puree. Since I wanted to make this fun for the kids and try something new, I decided on pineapple for the sorbet, as I have never, yes never, cut up a whole pineapple. I do not know why I felt intimidated in the past, but I went for it and had so much fun. It was so juicy and easy that this is now my favorite way to have pineapple.

Also, instead of sugar, I used agave nectar and only 1 tablespoon at that. After making this sorbet with simply using fresh pineapple, water, lime juice and agave nectar, I am convinced more than ever that we add way to much sugar to everything. I should also state that this sorbet was on the icier side since pineapple has such a high water content.

Before I divulge my recipe, please remember to tweet about this using the hashtag #icsocial - thanks!

1 pineapple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 tablespoon line juice
water, I used ~1/3 cup as an aid while pureeing the fruit
1 tablespoon agave nectar

I placed the pineapple chunks and lime juice into the blender and pulsed. I intermittently added water to aid in blending and to get the consistency I wanted. Finally, I added the agave nectar, pulsed a few times and placed all into my electric ice cream maker.

SURPRISES! I know, you want to know about the prizes...well, here is what we are going to reveal for now: We are pleased to announce that winners will receive coupons from Stonyfield Farm Organic for their line of frozen yogurts and ice creams. What makes me enjoy their frozen products so much is that they are made as real ice cream should be made using organic cream, milk and sugar. Real Ice Cream made by a company with a real code of ethics. By the way, you can get some coupons from them right now by going to their website.

Then, one lucky winner will receive a hand-printed t-shirt featuring a design created especially for our Ice Cream Social event! I'm so very proud to tell you about its creator: the sister of co-host Tangled Noodle! Her sister Penelope has her own shop through Etsy. It is an amazing on-line marketplace of unique handmade crafts and gifts. Her 'eco-eclectic boutique', neenacreates, reflects her personal dedication to an eco-friendly lifestyle and offers clothing, accessories and artwork using organic and recycled materials for everything from baby onesies to one-of-a-kind illustrations. For our event, Penelope has created an ice cream-themed graphic that will be custom silk-screened onto an organic cotton t-shirt from Alternative Apparel, sized to the winner's request.

To see more of Penelope's creations, please visit neenacreates, where she is offering 10% off any items to those who use the purchase code #icsocial on their order.

And do not forget to head over to my co-hosts' sites to get the latest on their ice cream social treats:
Scotty's Snacks: Sugar Cookie & Ice Cream
Tangled Noodle: Time to Social-ice! Calamansi - Basil Sorbet and Prizes!


Tangled Noodle said...

The natural sweetness of the pineapple must be so delicious - now that I've got the machine primed, I'm going to try this out. As much as my husband loves vanilla ice cream, I think he's as eager for something more healthy but still cold and refreshing!

Thanks for the shout-out for my little sis!

chicamom85 said...

That sounds so good, I wish I had an ice cream maker.


Mary said...

This looks really light and refreshing. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.

TheFitnessFreak said...

Mmmmmm, now that's a treat even I can eat:) Thanks for experimenting for us Jennifer:)

Banteringblonde said...

WOW that actually sounds yummy!

Keep It Classy, Jen said...

I'm impressed for sure!

Barbara Bakes said...

I know I definitely eat too much sugar. Thanks for sharing this recipe. It sounds perfect for summer!

Sippity Sup said...

Light and healthy. Exactly as expected. Good job. GREG

Diana H said...

I like the idea of sorbet. I've tried to get suggestions for ice cream makers. Do you have any suggestions on that.

Btw - I like stoneyfield too. Great stuff.

Kelsey B. said...

This is a great idea, I love the idea of using agave nectar and will definitely give it a try.

Chic Mommy USA said...

I just got a pineapple from my coop today! I should try it tomorrow!
Thanks! I am salivating

Kartchine Shtibel said...

Thanks for the pineapple version. I use agave nectar in all my food.

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