Occasional Treats

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option

July 7, 2014

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option
I’m kinda putting the Real Food Summer Picnic Series on “hold” this week, because it’s cherry season in Michigan!

If you have never been to Michigan in July…Oh! You must plan a trip to West Michigan during cherry season! The orchards have some of the most beautiful trees you have ever seen. Michigan is known nationwide for the best growing conditions for cherries – and we are so proud of it!

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option
The picking season is short and intense with a lot to pick in a very little window of time. We plan our picking as soon as we find out cherries are ready! The farm we pick from is close to home, and the girls all had a ball this year!

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option
So what do we do with just shy of 30 pounds of cherries?!

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option
I do freeze about half. Just pit them and onto baking sheets to freeze. Then pop them off and into freezer bags. Super easy and we have delicious cherries for smoothies, yogurt, and oatmeal for a while!

I also dehydrated some, made cherry granola (similar to my strawberry granola), some cherry pie, and THIS…

Cherry Vanilla Sorbet :: Dairy Free Option
I make cherry sorbet once a year and it is *so* worth the wait. I can’t wait for you to try it. Completely mouth watering!

Cherry Vanilla Sherbet

Cherry season in Michigan - I wish it would never end. But I can make it last in my freezer with this cherry vanilla sherbet.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Freeze6 hours
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry vanilla sherbet, cherry vanilla sherbet recipe, homemade cherry vanilla sherbet
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Renee - www.raisinggenerationnourished.com


  • 4 cups fresh pitted sweet cherries
  • 1/3 cup sucanat organic pure cane sugar, or honey
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk Raw preferable, or at least non homogenized and low pasturiezed. Cream would also work. If you are dairy free use coconut milk.
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 TB organic vodka This helps the sherbet not to freeze rock hard


  • Put the cherries and sugar in a medium sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Use a potato masher or something similar to squish the cherries some and let the juices simmer about 10 minutes.
  • Puree the cherry/sugar mixture.
  • Pour the cherry puree in a medium mixing bowl along with the rest of the ingredients and blend with handheld mixer.
  • Put the sherbet mixture in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.
  • Give the mixture a quick blend again before pouring into your ice cream maker and process in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. Mine takes about 30 minutes.
  • Pour the sherbet into a container for the freezer and freeze a good 6-12 hours (if you can wait that long!). I use my big empty coconut oil jugs for storing ice cream!

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  • If you are dairy free, HERE is a safe coconut milk in a BPA free container. The coconut milk version tastes just as good!
  • Use whatever fruit is in season where you are right now! Raspberries, blackberries, peaches!
  • Cherries start going bad pretty fast after you pit them! Plan on keeping them in the fridge un-pitted until right before you are going to make the sorbet.
  • I have a very simple cherry pitter – it works fantastic and helps get through a large amount of cherry pits much faster! I think they pit faster/easier when they are chilled by the way.
  • THIS is the ice cream maker I use! I have THIS one on my wishlist for soon to make double batches of ice cream!
  • Try using almond extract vs the vanilla. It turns out cherry amaretto tasting – so good!

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  • Reply Jessica July 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    My kids will love this one. You can’t go wrong with cherry.

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    Oh My! Your sorbet sounds delicious! Perfect snack on a hot day! I love cherries and I haven’t tried making a sorbet from them before, but after seeing your recipe and photos, I have to do so 🙂

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    Wow! Simply gorgeous! What a great summer time treat!

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