This 3 Ingredient Cherry Coconut Sorbet makes a refreshing and delicious summer dessert! This is a no-churn recipe but is best enjoyed the day it’s made. This easy vegan cherry ice cream is totally fruit sweetened – a healthy summer treat.
Cherry “Nice Cream”
Desserts like this sorbet are one of my favorite sweet treats. Since I first discovered “nice cream,” I’ve been all about making variations.
Just a few weeks ago, I posted a “breakfast” version using raspberries. This Cherry Coconut Sorbet recipe is also healthy enough to eat for breakfast, if you feel inspired to do so!
This is a fruit based recipe, so it does have naturally occurring sugars from the bananas and cherries. If you’re looking for a sugar free keto sorbet recipe, check this one out!
Cherries are my absolute favorite fruit. Honestly. I’ve never used them in recipes on my blog before this year, because I eat them too fast! This year, I bought 5 pounds of cherries when they first came out, and managed to use them for this recipe (several times!), and for my Mid Summer Dream Salad.
Part of that was also that I’ve never had a pitter. I didn’t think I minded spitting out the pits (I obviously didn’t mind too much, considering I’ve been known to finish a pound of cherries in a single sitting!), but pitted cherries are just nice! Of course, necessary to use in recipes like this, but I’ve also started pitting cherries just for snacking for Xander and I.
I wasn’t sure how cherries would work in “nice cream,” but I’ve heard you can use only frozen cherries to make a sorbet. I decided to make it richer and add a bit of sweetness using bananas and coconut milk. Bananas and coconut milk make EVERYTHING better!
An Easy No Churn Ice Cream
This is a quick recipe, but it does require a little pre-planning. You’ll need to:
- Pit your cherries
- Peel bananas
- Freeze your fruit
Simple enough for the hottest of summer days. Once your fruit is fully frozen (I like to freeze overnight – if you have a deep freeze, it’s possible to freeze in 3-4 hours).
I like this best right out of the blender — it has a great soft serve consistency. If you’d like to serve this and make “scoops” like I did for the photos, it needs to go in the freezer for 2-3 hours prior to serving. Any longer than that, and this freezes too hard to enjoy.
If you’d like to serve this at the end of a summer dinner, just make it before you start making dinner, put it in the freezer, and it will be scoopable by the time you’re ready for it!
Tips for 3-Ingredient Cherry Coconut Sorbet
- Freeze cherries and bananas overnight so they are solid enough to make a nice thick sorbet. If these are frozen enough, you can enjoy it right out of the blender.
- This sorbet recipe requires either a high speed blender (like a Vitamix) or a powerful food processor.
- For the Family: I don’t add any additional sweetener to this recipe, but cherries aren’t actually that sweet, so if your kids are used to regular ice cream, this may lack the sweetness they are wanting! Feel free to add 1-2 tablespoons of honey, maple syrup, or date syrup to sweeten to taste.
Other Healthy Frozen Treat Recipes:
- Sugar Free Keto Sorbet, by Wholesome Yum
- Healthy Breakfast Sundaes, by Sunkissed Kitchen
- Mango Cloud, by Sunkissed Kitchen
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Cherry Coconut Sorbet
- 2 cups cherries frozen
- 1-2 bananas frozen
- 1 cup coconut milk full fat
- Pit cherries, and peel bananas. Freeze overnight for the best results.Add cherries, banana, and coconut milk to a high speed blender or good quality food processor bowl, and process until soft-serve consistency.We love this unsweetened. and serve it with a sprinkle or coconut or some dark chocolate shavings on top. If you prefer sweeter desserts. sweeten with 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup, honey, or date syrup. A non-caloric sweetener like stevia would also work.
Recommended for this Recipe
If you love cherries like I do, you need to make the small investment in a cherry pitter! I don’t know why I waited so long. You can get them cheaper, but I love OXO and know their products are like little kitchen luxuries, so I opted for that one.
You’ll need one for this recipe, and also for my Mid Summer Dream Salad. I have two more cherry recipes to post this summer if I don’t eat all the cherries first!
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
O that sounds wonderful! Cherries (okay, and watermelon) are my all time favorite summer fruit 🙂
Cherries and watermelon are definitely my two favs as well!
Denisse Salinas says
This sounds so delicious and refreshing! It is beautiful to look at and I love that it is easy and healthy. Paleo ice creams, as you call nice cream, is something I am really into these days. Why buy a pint when you can make it at home with much better ingredients! Your instructions and tips are clear and helpful. I look forward to making this soon!
Wow, thanks Denisse! It is delicious, refreshing, and actually healthy! My son loves nice cream– thinks that’s what ice cream is!
Great healthy and simple recipe for the summer. I am sure my sons will love it without any added sugar. Cherries here are very sweet.
Where is here Laura? I had always thought cherries were sweet before I tried them in this recipe and it’s a bit less sweet than just using bananas.
South of France, but I must say, I always half the sugar on recipes so it might just be me
It’s amazing all the amazing frozen treats that you can make with frozen bananas. I love the cherries in this!
The cherries are amazing! Yes, banana ice cream is so fun. When my son asks for ice cream, he points to my Vitamix 🙂 Do you make it?
Veena Azmanov says
I love how simple and easy this is..!! Just three ingredients. Sounds so delicious and refreshing
William Behnke says
I am in a contest making any type of food with cranberries in it. What is the best recipe of how To use red berries. Please email some good recipes with cranberries in it. Thank you
That sounds like an interesting contest William! I actually think I only have 1 recipe on the blog with cranberries and that’s an energy bar.
Such an easy and delicious recipe! My folks and teen loved it!! Keep up the awesome work:)
Great to hear from you Angela! We’ve made this so many times this summer. My 2 year old points to my Vitamix and asks for ice cream– love that!
Tiago S. says
This sorbet on a hot day, is very good. The mixture is also very tasty. 🙂
It is a delicious recipe!
Is that canned coconut milk?
Yes! You will need it to be thick for this recipe.
Tania Sheff says
Absolutely scrumptious! This sorbet is just perfect for the hot sunny days and I love that it has no dairy and no sugar added. Kid approved!
Can you make this using a small ice cream maker (I have a small Cuisinart )~ This sound wonderful! My daughter is dairy/egg free and we are trying to find ice cream recipes for her~
I imagine you could, but you would still need to blend together the bananas and cherries along with the coconut milk until it’s smooth, and then add it to the ice cream maker. I have a small cuisinart also and love it — the other recipes I have right now all have yogurt, but you could use a coconut or soy yogurt.
My girlfriend absolutely loves this sorbet, it’s one of her favorites that I make. But with becoming a chef through the CulinaryLab School, California, I can’t wait to wow her even more with recipes like this! I have always loved food and for me, it became a career choice early on in life. I am learning new recipes and techniques every day. She is going to love what I am cooking for her tonight!