cantaloupe-with-Ice-CreamThis is one of my favorite Italian-style ice mid-way between sorbet and sherbet. The added papaya and coconut milk give it a tropical flavor. Light, smooth, and creamy with a slight texture of the fruit, it’s a refreshing and satisfying dessert packed with fiber, beta carotene, Vitamin-C, potassium, and calcium. And best of all, it’s delicious.

Recipe notes: What you will need: Cuisinart ice cream machine, blender, bowl, whisk, and container for storage. Yields 1 1/2 quarts. Difficulty level: Very easy.

Ingredients:

  • 1-ripe cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 1/2-cups Hawaiian or Mexican papaya, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • 1-lime, juiced
  • 12 oz (1-can) coconut milk
  • 1/2-cup Stevia, agave or honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla

IMG_2761Preparation:

  1. Place fruit in blender and pulse just enough to blend but not liquify.
  2. In mixing bowl combine, puree, milk, sweetener, and vanilla.
  3. Chill overnight.

Next day:

  1. Pour the base into the ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Scoop into the container, place plastic wrap over the top of sorbet/ice and freeze.