Sugar Free Homemade Sunkist Orange Sorbet {Green is Good}

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Summer is here and that means it’s peak season for Sunkist® Valencia oranges. Simply consuming one orange a day provides your body with more than 100% of the daily recommended vitamin C needed to help maintain a healthy immune system; so I am always open to finding new ways to incorporate them into our diet {especially for the little guy}

One of our all time favorite summer treats is homemade orange sorbet. This deliciously refreshing treat is a sure way to cool off on those warm summer days and serving it in the left over orange shells adds just enough fun to make the the little ones forget they are even consuming their daily dose of vitamin C!

Although fresh Sunkist® varieties are available year-round, the deliciously sweet and juicy Valencias are known as Summer Oranges, as their peek supplies are in May, June and July.



When choosing oranges, look for fruit that are firm and heavy for their size, with bright, colorful skins. Avoid fruit with bruised, wrinkled or discolored skins; this indicates the fruit is old or has been stored incorrectly. Citrus fruit peel may vary in thickness, depending on weather conditions during the growing season. Western climates make for bright colored oranges and you never have to worry with Sunkist® oranges, as artificial colors are never used.

However, don’t worry if you see a Valencia with slightly green-colored skin; Green is Good! Valencia oranges may occasionally “re-green” in warm weather. When Valencias ripen on the tree, they turn a bright orange color but warm temperatures may make their skin reabsorb chlorophyll as they hang on the tree causing the orange color to look partly green — although the outside is green, the inside remains ripe and delicious! You can learn more in this Sunkist Valencia Oranges Re-greening Video.

So now that we have our delicious ripened Sunkist® picked are you ready for some homemade sugar-free orange sorbet?

{please keep in mind that when sugar has been replaced with agave nectar, the recipe is typically referred to as sugar-free; however, fructose is also a form a sugar.}

Sugar-Free Orange Sorbet ~ Ingredients Needed

1 Cup of Agave Nectar

6 Sunkist® Oranges

1/2 Cup of Lemon Juice

1 Cup of Water

Begin by cutting each Sunkist® orange in half. To remove the flesh from the shell, cut around the rind with a sharp knife and slice down the center as shown above. Then slide the knife between the rind and the flesh and cut to remove one side. Use a spoon to remove the remaining flesh leaving a cleaned out shell. Be sure to do this over a container to catch all the fresh juices – You can place all the orange flesh right in the same container as well, and sit aside. If you are using Valencia oranges, remove any seed that you may find. To prepare the shells for the sorbet, rinse them under running water to remove any sticky residue and sit to dry.

In a saucepan, bring the agave nectar and water to a boil on low heat. Agave Nectar can be found in most grocery stores by the sugar.

While you are waiting for the mixture to boil, place the cut orange flesh and juices into a blender and puree. I like to use every part of the flesh blended into liquid form, however if you prefer to just use the juice you can do that as well.

Once the agave and water is boiling, stir in the lemon juice and orange.

Pour the mixture into a shallow dish and freeze for 4 hours.

Remove from the freezer and spoon into a food processor or blender and process the mixture until it is smooth.

Place the mixture in a bowl and put back into the freezer for at least 1 hour, or until you are ready to use.

Scoop out the sorbet and serve in the orange shells.

If you are making these for a dinner party, once you have the sorbet scooped in the shells you can simply place them back into the freezer until you are ready to serve. This is one tasty treat and the presentation in the shells always is a winner.

Did you know there are many ways to incorporate citrus fruit into any meal? You can find some fabulous, additional Sunkist citrus recipes right on the Sunkist® website. Take a peek, I’m sure you’ll be surprise at some of the innovative ways this healthy fruit can enhance your diet.

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  1. Not only does it sound refreshing but you’ve platted it so beautiful! Great idea to serve on the peels.

  2. Awesome! I love oranges-what a fun treat for the kids to enjoy. Love a recipe using agave, too.

  3. This sounds really yummy, it is funny but in Australia oranges are also in season now- they are a winter fruit here! Navels now and Valencias later towards spring, by summer they taste funny.

  4. OMGosh, this looks yummy, cooling and refreshing as well. Just what I need in our triple digit temps. here in Louisiana Ü Thanks for sharing this.

  5. I love real orange anything. I have yet to try the agave nectar. I will make this next week. Yum.

  6. This dish is one of our all time favourite summer treats is homemade orange sorbet. This deliciously refreshing treat is a sure way to cool off on those warm summer days.

  7. Oh my gosh! Every time I find a nummy ice cream or sorbet recipe it always requires an ice cream machine which I don’t have. I was beginning to think homemade iced desserts were not a possibility. I can’t wait to try this recipe!


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