Possibly the easiest and most refreshing sweet treat you’ll try all summer, this watermelon sorbet is my favorite summer snack so I can cool down on hot days, and you don’t even need an ice cream maker! You will be blown away by my hack for quick watermelon sorbet.
Is there anything more refreshing than watermelon? I could eat it all summer long, cut into big easy-to-eat wedges, juice dripping everywhere. Or it’s also delicious served a little more sophisticatedly in salads or even on the barbecue. However, I have just discovered the best hack for whipping up the quickest and easiest watermelon sorbet which doesn’t require an ice cream maker and only needs three ingredients. Not only that, but it’s a fresh and healthy sorbet recipe because the main ingredient is watermelon!
If you need cooling down this summer, try my three-ingredient watermelon sorbet recipe.
ONLY THREE INGREDIENTS
Which ingredients will you need for my cool and refreshing watermelon sorbet?
- 1 watermelon (shocking, I know!)
- Lime juice
That’s all you need! A little honey for sweetness, and some zingy lime juice for a tropical tang. This watermelon sorbet recipe is effortless, especially as these ingredients require very little prep. So, when you know the weather will be gorgeous, it will only take five minutes to get this watermelon sorbet started!
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
As my watermelon sorbet recipe doesn’t use a fancy ice cream maker, or even a big blender or food processor, how do we create that soft creamy texture of freshly-churned sorbet?
All you need is a stick blender.
Yes! A stick blender can take on a whole watermelon!
The little blades churn the juicy watermelon flesh which immediately breaks down into liquid – just think how incredibly juicy watermelon is.
Make sure your stick blender is robust, high-quality, and heavy-duty. Don’t try this with a cheap blender you bought at a discount.
Other than that, you will also need:
- A juicer
- A tablespoon
- A freezer
You don’t even need a bowl to blend it all together because watermelon is already a perfect bowl for you to use!
HOW DO I MAKE EASY WATERMELON SORBET?
Due to its high water content, when watermelon freezes it turns into a soft popsicle, full of refreshing juice, making it perfect for sorbet recipes.
Using the actual watermelon as a bowl is the easiest and quickest way to make the sorbet, and doesn’t require any chopping, or careful removal of the skin or seeds (which I will get to in a moment).
So, what do you need to do?
- Lay your watermelon on a chopping board and cut off an end.
- Turn the watermelon upright and scoop out a hole in the flesh to make it easier for your stick blender.
- Gently push in the stick blender and start blending!
- Once the watermelon has transformed into liquid, add the honey and lime juice, then blend it all to combine.
- Once smooth and you’re satisfied with the flavor, carefully transfer it to a shelf in your freezer and freeze for 6 to 8 hours until firm.
Make sure the shelf is high enough to fit the watermelon. Feel free to cut the watermelon according to your freezer capacity.
WHAT ABOUT THE WATERMELON SEEDS?
You may see some recipes reminding you to pick out the seeds before you start blending the watermelon. With my recipe for watermelon sorbet, you don’t need to do this.
Many recipes require you to chop the watermelon and freeze it in chunks. The frozen chunks are then blended in a food processor, and if you include the seeds they can break down and become gritty in the smooth sorbet. Not pleasant to eat at all!
However, with my stick blender watermelon sorbet recipe, you won’t need to worry about picking out all the seeds. As you start to blend, the watermelon flesh will quickly turn to juice, and all the seeds will sink to the bottom. Once you have finished blending, feel free to scoop out the seeds but it isn’t necessary.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP THE WATERMELON SORBET IN THE FREEZER?
Homemade sorbet tends to be icier than shop-bought usually because there are no preservatives. This means you can keep the watermelon sorbet in the freezer for up to a month until it becomes too crystalized.
Also, the less sorbet in the watermelon, the icier it will become.
However, it is the perfect sweet treat to make before a heatwave, and before you know it, you’ll have devoured it all – every refreshing drop!
So, if you are looking for a healthy alternative to ice cream this summer, and it’s too hot to cook, try my homemade quick and easy watermelon sorbet recipe hack, and you’ll be refreshed in no time!
- 1 Large watermelon
- 2 Limes
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- Cut the head off the watermelon and scoop out a little hole from the middle. Place the stick blender inside the watermelon and blend carefully until smooth.
- Add the lime juice and honey to the watermelon. Blend again.
- Freeze it for 6 to 8 hours, or until firm. Once the sorbet has reached the correct texture, take it out of the freezer and enjoy.