24 Jul Recipe Redux: Still delicious, now more nutritious, Cherry Sorbet Sandwiches
When summer sizzles and temperatures soar, nothing cools you off like sinking your teeth into an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich. And what a treat it is with rich, creamy vanilla ice cream nestled between chocolate sandwich cookies.
With swimsuit season still in full swing, though, it sure wouldn’t hurt to take that ice cream sandwich to the chopping block and lighten it up a bit, which is exactly what we did for you in this month’s Recipe Redux: Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious feature, creating Cherry Sorbet Sandwiches that are good and good for you.
Fat-free cherry sorbet made with a simple stevia syrup stands in as a slimmer substitute for ice cream made with heavy cream and sugar while chocolate cookie covers which can be chock-full of sugar and preservatives are traded for freshly baked wholesome Almond Oatmeal Cookies.
Whipping up cherry sorbet is as easy as pouring your simple stevia syrup over pitted cherries in the blender to puree before pouring the mixture into a shallow pan and freezing for a few hours, giving you plenty of time to bake the Almond Oatmeal Cookies whose heart-healthy ingredients include almonds, almond flour and oatmeal.
Starring natural ingredients with no preservatives that do their best to provide benefits to your body including preventing heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimers, we give you this month’s Recipe Redux: Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious, Cherry Sorbet Sandwiches. Enjoy!
Healthy highlights of this month’s Recipe Redux: Cherry Sorbet Sandwiches include:
· Cherries- fat-free, low in calories and high in dietary fiber, these ruby-red beauties are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals and may prevent heart disease and cancer and even slow the aging process. Please pass the cherries!
· Truvia- natural zero-calorie sweeter made from leaves of the stevia plant.
· Almonds- help to lower LDL (or bad cholesterol) levels in your body thereby helping to prevent heart disease and heart attacks.
· Oatmeal- a good source of soluble fiber, helps reduce cholesterol levels in your body
· Butter with canola- lower in saturated fat than butter.
· Egg whites- fat-free and rich in protein, substituting egg whites for whole eggs can lower your cholesterol.
· Almond flour- gluten free flour rich in vitamin E which has been shown to lower cholesterol, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and heart disease.
Recipe and food photography by Sydne George.
Recipe Redux: Cherry Sorbet Sandwiches (serves eight) Cherry Sorbet (makes a 9 x 13 inch pan of sorbet) Make simple syrup: 2 cups water 3 teaspoons Truvia 1 teaspoon almond extract 2 tablespoons lemon juice Red food coloring, to desired shade of red Heat water in medium saucepan over medium high heat until simmering. Remove from heat and stir in Truvia and almond extract. 4-5 cups cherries, pitted Place pitted cherries in blender and pour simple syrup over. Blend on high until pureed. Stir in lemon juice and red food coloring. Pour into 9 x 13 inch pan and freeze until firm, several hours or overnight. Almond Oatmeal Cookies (Makes about 3 dozen 3-inch cookies) ¾ cup butter with canola oil ¼ cup Truvia 1 cup almond flour ½ cup oatmeal 2 egg whites 1 teaspoon almond extract 1 ¾ cup flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ cup sliced almonds Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using electric mixer, cream butter and Truvia. Mix in almond flour and oatmeal. Beat in egg whites. Stir together flour, baking soda and almonds and mix into batter. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet.
Flatten with bottom of glass dipped in almond flour. Bake in preheated oven for 9-11 minutes until golden brown on edges. Let cool briefly on baking sheet. Remove to cooling rack to cool completely. To assemble: Scoop sorbet onto cooled Almond Oatmeal Cookie and top with another cookie. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Comparison of 1 cup (4 fluid ounces) of vanilla ice cream made with cream and sugar with 1 cup (4 fluid ounces) of cherry sorbet made with stevia syrup and cherries.
Vanilla ice cream
7 grams total fat
4.5 grams saturated fat
29 grams cholesterol
Cherry sorbet made with stevia syrup and cherries
0 grams total fat
0 grams saturated fat
0 grams cholesterol
Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . Sydne’s recipes from “Recipe Redux: Still Delicious, Now More Nutritious” are archived at http://sydnegeorge.com/blog/.