Inspired by his grandmother Florence, a big sherbet fan who served it often for dessert, Chef Del Sroufe created this healthy version of his favorite sherbet flavor, pineapple. The tangy fruit is balanced out by blending it with creamy banana, sweet maple syrup, and citrusy lemon zest. Each spoonful of this delicious treat tastes like frozen sunshine, and the bright flavors are enhanced further with a sprinkling of fresh mint. Feel free to drizzle extra maple syrup over the top of each serving if you want to indulge your sweet tooth a little more. Additional topping ideas include chopped basil, if you’re going for a more savory route, or slivered almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut, or pumpkin seeds!
½ cup well-chilled unsweetened, unflavored almond milk, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (optional)
Zest of 1 lemon
Chopped fresh mint (optional)
Spread sliced bananas and chopped pineapple on separate baking sheets. Freeze 2 hours or until fruit is hard.
In a food processor combine frozen bananas, almond milk, maple syrup (if using), and lemon zest. Puree until thick and creamy, adding more milk as needed to get a creamy consistency. Add the frozen pineapple; pulse until well incorporated. Serve immediately. If desired, drizzle with additional maple syrup and sprinkle with mint.
Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.