Ready to make a simple strawberry sorbet in your Ninja Creami? It only requires two ingredients – fresh or frozen strawberries and canned pears.
To take this sorbet to the next level, I’ve added a secret ninja twist – Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar.
It’s strawberry season when I’m writing this post, and there’s nothing as delicious as a fresh, ripe strawberry! But don’t worry, you can make this recipe with frozen berries as well.
I love this sorbet because it’s sweetened with canned pears, which contribute to its silky smooth texture, but doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the strawberries.
Remember, cooking is all about experimenting and having fun in the process. So try different fruit, extracts, or balsamic vinegar in this recipe to make it your own.
Do I Need Fresh Strawberries to Make this Sorbet?
You don’t need them, but if they are in season I recommend using fresh for the best flavor.
But frozen works and if that’s what you have I can be on team frozen strawberries with you!
Can I Make this Recipe with Frozen Strawberries?
You sure can! Just either thaw the strawberries so you mash them in the pint or keep them frozen and put in the blender with the pears with juice, and balsamic to blend.
Be sure to taste before you freeze as frozen strawberries can be less sweet and you may need to add extra balsamic or pears to balance that out.
Do I Need a Ninja Creami to Make This Recipe?
I want to say a loud yes, but you can make a variation by freezing the mixture in ice cube trays, letting them sit out for 10 – 15 minutes to soften, and blend in a high speed blender.
It won’t create the perfectly scoopable mixture that the Ninja Creami ice cream maker does, but it will do in a pinch.
What Do I Need to Make This Ninja Creami Strawberry Sorbet Recipe?
Besides your Ninja Creami ice cream maker, you’ll need just three ingredients to make your go-to summer dessert.
I used balsamic, which pairs perfectly with strawberries, and this is a chance to get out the fancy flavors you aren’t always sure where to use.
- Frozen or fresh strawberries, fresh tend to be sweeter
- Canned pears in juice to add bulk and as our main sweetener
- Elderberry balsamic vinegar to give an amazing flavor
Other balsamic flavors that would work great are:
- or other fruit flavors
Step-by-Step Guide to Making this Homemade Strawberry Sorbet Recipe
- Clean and hull your fresh strawberries. Mash in a Ninja Creami pint container with an avocado masher.
Note: For frozen berries, either thaw them or you can just blend them with the pears frozen.
- Blend the canned pears with the juice in a blender until smooth. If using frozen strawberries add to the pear mixture with the balsamic and blend again.
- Add the blended pears and balsamic to the mashed strawberries and mix well.
- Freeze for 24 hours.
- After freezing, choose the sorbet setting on your Ninja Creami and let it do its magic.
- Serve immediately, and freeze any leftovers in your Creami pint.
My Ice Cream Isn’t Creamy After the First Spin – Help!
Take a deep zen breath. It happens to all of us and actually isn’t a big deal at all. Just put the pint back into the outer container, pop on the outer lid again, and use the respin setting.
You pint may be extra cold, or have less liquid, or many other reasons. But in this case you don’t have to fix the reason.
Still not smooth after the first respin? Add a tablespoon or two of water and respin again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use canned pears in this recipe?
Canned pears are an excellent addition to this recipe as they add sweetness and contribute to a smoother texture in your sorbet. They act as a natural sweetener, eliminating the need for additional sugars.
Can I use a different type of vinegar?
Absolutely! While I used Elderberry Balsamic Vinegar for its unique, sweet, and tart flavor, feel free to experiment with other flavored balsamic vinegar. Raspberry or fig balsamic vinegar could also lend a lovely note to this sorbet. Remember, this is an optional ingredient, so the sorbet will still taste delightful without it.
How can I store the leftover sorbet?
Level off the leftovers in the Ninja Creami Pint container and put its lid on and stick it back into the freezer. Spin on sorbet again when you are ready to have a creamy treat.
Can I use other fruits instead of strawberries?
Yes, this recipe is super flexible. You can replace strawberries with other fruits like mango, peach, or raspberry. Just make sure to adjust the amount of natural sweetener (like the canned pears) according to the sweetness of your fruit.
Frozen fruit tends to be less sweet than ripe, fresh fruit, so keep that in mind.
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The Best Ninja Creami Strawberry Sorbet No Refined Sugar
- 1 1/4 cups strawberries fresh or frozen (I used fresh )
- 3/4 cup ripe pears canned, fresh, or frozen
- 1 teaspoon elderberry white balsamic vinegar
For the Pint
- Blend all the ingredients together. Taste and adjust sweetener if needed.
- Pour the mixture into a Ninja Creami pint.
- Freeze for 24 hours.
For the Spin
- Level off the pint if you have a hump or volcano.
- Spin on the sorbet setting.
- If not creamy, spin again on respin.
- Still not smooth? Add 2 tablespoons water and respin again.