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3-ingredient watermelon sorbet is super sweet, delicious, refreshing, healthy, and is made without an ice cream maker. It has a perfectly smooth texture and is easily scoopable.

This watermelon sorbet is loaded with naturally hydrating and refreshing flavors of watermelon, enhanced honey sweetness, and tanginess from fresh lime juice. It has all things to make it a pick-me-up healthy summer treat.

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This is a perfect rehydrating treat on a hot summer day, or any other day when you want to revitalize your body.

With a blender or a food processor, and frozen watermelon, 5 minutes is all you need to whip up this quick and easy watermelon sorbet.

Unlike traditional recipes, no cooking or making sugar syrup is involved here. The only time taking part in making this watermelon sorbet would be cutting watermelon. 

Now you can imagine how simple and easy this sorbet cooking is. Plus, it is vegetarian, gluten-free, and also suitable for paleo diets.

Watermelon is one of such fruits which is loved by many people. And why not? It has everything to make us fall in love. It is red, sweet, juicy, tasty, and filler. What else can you ask for in a fruit? 

4 watermelon sorbet bowls kept on a gray metal tray along with mint sprigs and watermelon slices

Besides eating watermelon alone, sometimes I like to sprinkle it with lemon juice and chaat masala, and other times a sprinkle of salt and pepper is good enough to carry the day forward. A tiny sprinkle of spices can really elevate the flavors of this mighty fruit watermelon.

I love to eat watermelon plain, but at the same time, I also like to add it to the recipes I make. Some of my watermelon favorite recipes are watermelon juice, watermelon Smoothie, watermelon onion yogurt chip dip, watermelon salsa, juicy watermelon pizza, watermelon rind stir fry, watermelon cucumber feta salad, watermelon lemonade, green tea watermelon detox smoothie, and watermelon sorbet. 

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In the traditional sorbet recipe, you need to make fruit puree and sugar syrup separately. Then chilled sugar syrup is mixed with the fruit puree and then it goes in the freezer to set. Cooking simple sugar syrup and cooling it down takes a bit of time.

But with this watermelon sorbet recipe, you get a healthified and quicker version of watermelon sorbet. You just need to freeze watermelon cubes and then blend them with honey and lemon juice. Then you freeze it for 2-4 hours and your scoopable sorbet is ready. Simple, isn’t it?

Just give this blender watermelon sorbet recipe a try and you will get the beautiful, smooth, and scoopable sorbet.

What is Sorbet?

Sorbet is a very delicious and flavourful Italian frozen treat which is generally made with fruit puree (or juice), sugar/honey, and sometimes flavorings. There is also an adult version of sorbet where you can add wine, rum, vodka, or any other liqueur of your choice.

Sorbet is often confused with sherbet. Sherbet is a chilled drink, whereas sorbet is an icy treat. Sorbets are made without dairy, and sherbets sometimes may contain dairy.

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What is Watermelon Sorbet?

Watermelon sorbet is a watermelon flavored frozen treat that is healthy and delicious. It is very simple to make and tastes incredibly good. Plus, it is absolutely no-cook and needs only 5 minutes of your time. Sorbet can’t get any simpler than this. 

What are the features of watermelon sorbet?

This watermelon sorbet:

✓ is made with 3 simple and natural ingredients

✓ has a gorgeous color and vibrant flavor

✓ is super easy to make

✓ is no-cook and ready under 5 minutes

✓ is delicious, refreshing, and healthy

✓ is a perfect way to relief from the scorching heat 

✓ can be made throughout the year with frozen watermelon

✓ makes a perfect scoopable sorbet

✓ is not overly sweet like traditional sorbets

✓ is also suitable for paleo and clean eating diets

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When should you make watermelon sorbet?

You can make this sorbet when:

  • you are craving for something icy cold and healthy.

  • you want to incorporate more fruit into your diet.

  • you want to rehydrate your body from the heat of summer.

  • you don’t want to eat watermelon as it is.

What are the ingredients needed for the watermelon sorbet recipe?

This watermelon sorbet needs only three simple and easily available natural ingredients: They are:

  • Frozen watermelon chunks

  • Lemon juice

  • Honey

2 watermelon sorbet scoops in a transparent bowl and 3 bowls in the background

Is this sorbet really made in 5-minutes?

Yes, it can be made in 5 minutes when you are using frozen watermelon chunks. You only need to blend and freeze ingredients and that won’t take more than 5 minutes of your time. So yes, it is a 5 minutes recipe.

How to make watermelon sorbet without an Ice cream maker?

For many people it is hard to believe that sorbet can actually be made without an ice cream maker. But the fact is that making watermelon sorbet without an ice cream maker is very easy. You only need a heavy duty  blender or food processor.

This is how it is done in 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Remove rind, and cut into chunks.

Step 2: Arrange watermelon chunks in an even layer and freeze.

Step 3: Blend/process frozen watermelon chunks, lime juice, and honey.

Step 4: Transfer smooth sorbet into a freezer-safe dish. Cover & freeze.

Step 5: Scoop and enjoy! 

For a full list of Watermelon Sorbet recipe ingredients and step-by-step photo and video instructions, please see the recipe box on this page.

Is Watermelon Sorbet Healthy?

Yes, this watermelon sorbet is healthy. In fact, it is healthier than the sorbet you get from the ice cream stores.  This is because it is only made with natural ingredients. Plus, it is entirely refined sugar-free and doesn’t contain any processed ingredients.

How to pick sweet and ripe watermelon for Watermelon Sorbet?

For making the best tasting watermelon sorbet all you need is to buy the sweetest watermelon possible. Buying sweet and ripe watermelon is really important when you are making watermelon dishes. To check if a watermelon is ripe, you need to check for the weight, color, and sound. 

Below are some tips on how to buy sweet and ripe watermelon:

  1. A ripe watermelon should always feel heavy for its size. 

  2. It would have a creamy yellow splotch at the place where it rests on the ground. 

  3. Another test is to tap or knock the watermelon and if it sounds hollow and deep then it is ripe and juicy. If you hear a dull sound, then don’t buy that watermelon.

4 watermelon sorbet bowls kept on a gray metal tray

What are the pro tips, tricks, and variations to make Watermelon Sorbet?

Following are some important tips and tricks:

Tip 1. If you prefer the smooth texture of sorbet, you can serve it straight from the blender. But if you want a classic icy sorbet texture, then freeze it for up to 2-4 hours or until firm.

Tip 2. Cutting watermelon is the only thing that takes time in this recipe. To cut down the time, you always cut and freeze watermelon in advance. You can also use readymade frozen watermelon cubes for this recipe.

Tip 3. I used lime juice in this watermelon sorbet, but you can also use lemon juice. 

Tip 4. To make this watermelon sorbet vegan, replace honey with maple syrup.

Tip 5. The amount of honey depends on the sweetness of the watermelon. If your watermelon is not very sweet, then feel free to increase the amount of honey to sweeten things up.

Tip 6. Make sure to use the sweetest watermelon for this watermelon sorbet recipe. This is because the taste and sweetness will depend on the watermelon you have used. 

Tip 7. I didn’t add any water while blending because my food processor has the ability to blend frozen watermelon chunks smoothly even without adding any liquid. However, you may need to add 3-4 tablespoons of liquid (preferably warm water) if your blender/processor is not able to puree frozen fruit. Add water little by little to avoid it turning too liquidy.

Tip 8. For making watermelon sorbet, you can use a food processor or a blender. I personally prefer a food processor because it comes with a wide jar that makes pureeing frozen watermelon easier. However, you can use any high-powder blender which is suitable for frozen fruits.

Tip 9. If you want a creamy and milky texture in watermelon sorbet then you can also add some frozen banana and coconut cream to make it creamy watermelon sorbet. This would taste delightful just like ice cream.


Watermelon Sorbet [Recipe]

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3-ingredient watermelon sorbet is super sweet, delicious, refreshing, healthy, and is made without an ice cream maker. It is easily scoopable.
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(Rating: 4.9 from 7 reviews)

Prep time 🕐 Cook time 🕐 Total time 🕐
6 hours 5 mins
Category ☶ Cuisine ♨ Serves ☺
Dessert International 6
Nutrition Info ⊛ Serving size ⊚
30 calories 1

INGREDIENTS

For Watermelon Sorbet
  • Half watermelon (about 700 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons honey or as per taste
  • 2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice

INSTRUCTIONS:

How to make Watermelon Sorbet
  1. Slice watermelon, remove the rind and cut into cubes. This would be about 4 cups (about 616 grams).
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  2. Arrange watermelon cubes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking tray.
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  3. Freeze watermelon chunks for 4 hours or overnight.
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  4. Add frozen watermelon chunks to the food processor or a high-power blender.
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  5. Also add lime juice, and honey to it and puree until smooth. If watermelon is not hard without liquid, then you can add 2-3 tablespoons of warm water and press down with a spatula.
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  6. Once done, add pureed watermelon to a freezer-safe container.
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  7. Smooth out the top and cover with plastic wrap.
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  8. Freeze for 2-4 hours or until firm and scoopable.
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  9. Scoop sorbet into serving dishes and serve immediately.
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NOTES:

  1. If you prefer the smooth texture of sorbet, you can serve it straight from the blender. But if you want a classic icy sorbet texture, then freeze it for up to 2-4 hours or until firm.
  2. Cutting watermelon is the only thing that takes time in this recipe. To cut down the time, you always cut and freeze watermelon in advance. You can also use readymade frozen watermelon cubes for this recipe.
  3. I used lime juice in this watermelon sorbet, but you can also use lemon juice.
  4. To make this watermelon sorbet vegan, replace honey with maple syrup.
  5. The amount of honey depends on the sweetness of the watermelon. If your watermelon is not very sweet, then feel free to increase the amount of honey to sweeten things up.

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