Last Friday I was wandering around Costco, looking for healthy foods and munching on the free samples. I came across this lady who gave me something green and frozen to try from a small paper cup. It looked like a frozen dessert or a slushy with a high peak. As soon as I licked the top, I was instantly in heaven and began watching her demonstrations.
Apparently, the lady was promoting this blender that they were selling at the store and doing the demonstrations of the delicious foods you can make in it. I didn't care for other foods much but this Lemon-Lime Sorbet that she just gave me, really hooked me and got me standing there and watching her making it. It was SO delicious! Seriously! The perfect combination of sweet and tart. If you close your eyes you may imagine that you're on the beach and having this delicious lemon-lime sorbet cocktail 🙂
I decided to bring this deliciousness home to repeat for my kids because I knew they would love it too. Another brilliant point is that it only has 4 simple ingredients that probably EVERYONE has in their kitchen right now and it takes less than 5 minutes to make! Nailing it!
The lady at Costco was super nice. Although she was doing a great job promoting her blender, she told me how easy it was to make with 4 simple ingredients. She also insisted that no other blender can do the job, but when I came home I tried the recipe in my my basic blender, and they came out just great.
The key is - that your blender must be able to crush and blend the ice and the spinach leaves (only used for natural green coloring) into this kind of this smooth consistency. If you turn your blender upside down, the inside consistency should not fall out. That's it! She nailed it!
Ingredients for Lemon Lime Sorbet:
½ Peeled lime
⅓ Cup of Blue Agave (which is 5 tablespoons)
About 10 Spinach leaves for color
Note about Agave: It is very sweet so in the beginning you can add 2-3 tablespoons. But it is low glycemic syrup that is slowly absorbed by the body preventing spikes in blood sugar.
About 4-6 Cups of ice
Directions: Then turn your blender on and crush it and blend it or whatever setting you use for your frozen dessert. Like I mentioned above, the key is - that your blender must be able to crush and blend the ice and the spinach leaves into this kind of this smooth consistency. If you turn your blender upside down, the inside consistency should not fall out. See photo above and also enjoy this video I made.
Serve into paper cups and start enjoying right away. Beware of the brain freeze though! So lick slowly!
Soooo, let me know if you try this and what do you think of this Lemon-Lime Sorbet?
- ½ Peeled lemon
- ½ Peeled lime
- ⅓ Cup of Blue Agave (which is 5 tablespoons)
- About 10 Spinach leaves for color
- 4-6 Cups of ice
- Turn your blender on and crush it and blend it on high setting or whatever setting you use for your frozen dessert.
- Blend it for 1-2 minutes.
Nancy Johnson Horn
That looks so good.
Thank you! I hope you enjoy!
Do you think it would work with stevia?
Hi Robyn, Absolutely. You can sub for a sweetener of your choice, such as stevia, honey or maple syrup...etc
Any idea how to convert 1/3 cup agave to dry stevia? 🙂
To be honest with you, I have not tried stevia yet. I went to search on internet. Here's my search word on web: "1 packet of stevia equals how much agave" I found top few sites that suggest that 1tsp of stevia will equal 1 cup of sugar. Another yahooanswer: Agave is supposed to be 1 & a half times sweeter than sugar so if you were using sugar instead of agave you would need 1 1/4 cups of sugar. Stevia is much sweeter than sugar. 1 tsp of stevia is equal to 1 cup of sugar.
So I would suggest start with 1/2 tsp of stevia and if this is not sweet enough then you add the remaining 1/2 tsp. Please kindly let me know if you try this recipe with stevia and how does it come out. Good luck
I had a little trouble because it needed the liquid of the agave. The lemon/lime juice wasn't enough for it to blend well. The ice just stuck to the sides of the blender. Possibly because my husband had just used the blender to make a protein smoothie so the blender itself was icy cold, I don't know. I have a really good blender (the one that "blends" a cell phone to shreds in the commercial), so it's not the blender itself. I only used 10 ice cubes (about 2.5 cups). I ended up using 1.5 tsp of powdered stevia. It was tasty, but it wasn't right and I'm not sure what I will do to fix it, other than using a dry, room temperature blender.
Robyn, thanks so much for your feedback! What blender do you have? If you look at my video, I taped my video of the lady at Costco promoting Vitamix blender. At home I have 2 blenders - Ninja and Panasonic. I wasn't able to make this recipe with Ninja, because like you said the ice was stuck to the sides plus it wasn't crushing and blending the spinach leaves good enough. But my Panasonic, which is very similar to Vitamix has a tamper tool, the tool that you push ice down to blend... Do you have this tool? If not, you can still open the blender top and move ice around with your spoon until it blends. If your blender blends regular smoothies and, like you said, blends really well, you have probably made bunch of smoothies with ice in it before... I may recommend to add just a pinch of water or orange juice just to cover the blades and get the stuff going... Do you think it will help? Anyways thanks for trying and thank you for your time to write your feedback... I greatly appreciate it!
Not sure ireland would have blue agarve not in the places I've looked anyways would crushed up stevia be a substantial substitution? And if so how much cushed stevia would I have to you? Thanks x
HI Danielle, Sure you can substitute the blue agave with your favorite sweetener. I haven't used stevia, but I googled this for you and looks like you need to use 1 teaspoon of powdered extract