If you've embarked on a sugar-free lifestyle, you might be leery of indulging in too many fruits and, when you're an orange lover, that can cramp your style. Well, here's the good news: Fruits are a great source of fiber and are naturally without refined sugars. And for most people, the natural sugars in fruit, known as fructose, don't set up sugar cravings.
Of course, moderation is the key. One to two fruit servings per day, or as many as your physician recommends, is perfect especially if you're also watching your carbs. If carbs aren't an issue, then you can indulge in more fruit—they're a great natural snack.
This sugar-free, low-carb orange sorbet recipe can be adapted to use real orange juice in place of Powerade Zero. Powerade Zero is a sugar-free, no-calorie line of beverages that uses erythritol as a sweetener. They do not contain any fruit juice, come in many different flavors, and are mildly sweet. This recipe calls for an additional 1/2 teaspoon of sugar-free liquid sweetener, like stevia.
This sorbet is light and easy to make as long as you have an ice cream machine. If you don't have an ice cream machine you can blend the mixture and simply pour them into popsicle molds.
- 2 cups Powerade Zero Orange Rise (or water)
- 1 1/2 cups sugar-free coconut milk (or another non-dairy milk like soy or almond)
- 1 tablespoon zest (orange)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice (fresh)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid stevia (or flavored liquid stevia, or your favorite sugar-free sweetener)
Place Powerade, coconut milk, orange zest, lemon juice, salt, vanilla, and stevia into a blender and process until combined.
Place in fridge for 1 hour until cold and chilled.
Pour mixture into an ice cream machine and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
Soft serve consistency should take 15 to 20 minutes. If you prefer, you can place the churned sorbet in the freezer for 3 hours for it to harden a bit more.
Freeze in a covered airtight container.
- Stevia comes in different flavors, like coconut which would be perfect in this recipe if you're using coconut milk. This sugar-free sweetener is easy to find but the flavored variety is a little harder to come by. Look for it online through iherb.com and at some local markets. Try pairing different non-dairy milks with complimentary flavored Stevia—it adds another flavor dimension, but using plain stevia is perfectly fine.
- If you are using water in place of Powerade Zero, you will need to add more sugar-free sweetener (preferably liquid because this is a no-bake recipe and it will blend better). Just taste test it to make sure it is at the sweetness level you like before freezing.