One thing about this summer I have had to come to terms with is that Michigan can be hot and humid!
Not just a little hot, but the kind of hot that I associate with July in Houston.
If you step outside you feel like you got hit in the face with a wet hot mop.
Now, I don’t want to complain too much because I really do love the warm sunshine, the flowers, and seeing green everywhere.
And while the summers are gorgeous, the heat is definitely there. Which means that we’re all at risk of being dehydrated before lunch, especially on days when we spend most of our time outside.
But staying inside isn’t an option since we know that we’ll definitely be stuck indoors for at least 6 to 8 months (seriously.) this winter.
And while we’re here…let’s be honest, there are only so many different ways to make origami and coloring pages fun.
If we don’t get outdoors, we start feeling stuck. And since we know that we’re going to be stuck inside this winter, I’ve had to get creative.
Smalls has recently become completely enthralled with the idea of being a chef, but since he’s only barely 8, I can’t exactly let him loose in the kitchen (yet).
Instead, I’ve tried to find recipes that are fun and easy for him to do (mostly) by himself, and this one is no exception.
Since it’s summer, watermelon is everywhere, but when we find a good one we have to eat it fast…or we have to make sorbet.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
Did you know that watermelon is mostly water? This makes it the perfect summer cool-down treat and takes the fight out of getting the kids to hydrate with anything other than juice (yes, it’s an issue here, too).
In addition to it’s massive water content, watermelon also contains a good amount of fiber, which helps you feel full longer, which means you end up filling up on less.
Watermelon is also a great source of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Lycopene, all of which are major nutrients.
If you are looking for a recipe to cool you down in a hurry and offer the perfect amount of sweetness (with a nutritional powerhouse in there), then you are going to love this watermelon sorbet.
I mean it has to be good because it has watermelon!
Mouthwatering Watermelon Sorbet
First off you’ll want to chop up all your watermelon into chunks.
This watermelon knife has saved me so much time, I can’t even tell you how awesome it is.
If you bought a watermelon with seeds, make sure to remove as many of them as you can.
Don’t’ worry about removing the pale white seeds (they’re not fully mature and will blend right in-pun intended).
Grab your blender and toss all of your ingredients in.
Blend until the mixture is nice and creamy and no chunks of watermelon remain.
Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the directions of your specific machine (each ice cream maker is different so refer to your manual for how to make sorbet).
Once the ice cream machine has done its job, pour the mixture into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for around 2 hours.
Once it’s hardened, grab some bowls and spoons and serve up this perfectly refreshing and sweet sorbet, that screams summer fun.
- 4 Cups Watermelon seeded or seedless
- 1/2 Cup Xylitol
- 2 Tsp vanilla
- 1/4 Cup Water
- First off you'll want to chop up all your watermelon into chunks. If you bought a watermelon with seeds, make sure to remove as many of them as you can
- Grab your blender and toss all of your ingredients in. Blend until the mixture is nice and creamy and no chunks of watermelon remain
- Next, pour the mixture into your ice cream maker and follow the directions of your specific machine (each ice cream maker is different so refer to your manual for how to make sorbet).
- Once the ice cream machine has done its job, pour the mixture into a freezer safe bowl and freeze for around 2 hours.
- Once it's hardened, grab some bowls and spoons and serve up this perfectly refreshing and sweet sorbet, that screams summer fun.
Satisfying and Refreshing Watermelon Sorbet
We have made this a handful of times already this summer. Every time it turns out to be a masterpiece.
This is a great dessert to serve your guest or family at the end of the night. We had our famous chicken thighs with white bbq sauce and then a crisp green salad for dinner. The watermelon sorbet was a great end to the evening.
If you love this recipe, be sure to check out my 3 ingredient pineapple sorbet as well! It is tropical and feels like you are on a deserted island with each bite!
I hope you love this sorbet recipe, not only is it easy to make but it is so refreshing and light. Best of all, the kids and husband loved it as well. The only downfall is you have to learn to manage your self-control. I could seriously eat all of it myself.