This sugar free, refreshing frozen watermelon sorbet is low calorie, easy to make and only takes 4 ingredients. It’s the perfect refreshment for the hot summer months (or any time of year).
Welcome to the summer where the average temps are above 90 and the humidity feels like it’s about 1000% every day. If you’re suffering from the heat, like I am, you’re going to thank me for this refreshing, uber easy recipe for sugar free watermelon sorbet!
I honestly don’t know whether to consider this recipe a dessert or a snack. The sweetness of the watermelon places it in the dessert category, but the fact that it counts as zero points on the Weight Watchers Purple plan means that I can have it for a snack pretty much anytime I’m feeling hungry.
I’m pretty sure that I’m helping to keep my local produce stand in business with all of the watermelon purchases that I’m making this summer. We’re in the thick of watermelon season right now, but thanks to the ability to be able to get watermelon at my local grocery store anytime of year, I look forward to enjoying this during the winter months as well!
I have a family cookout coming up before school starts back, where I plan to serve the sorbet. I have no doubt that this will be a hit!
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST WATERMELON
I’ve never had a watermelon that I didn’t love, but there are tricks to selecting the sweetest, most juicy ones:
- Look for a melon with a large yellow spot on the outside. This spot is known as the field or ground spot and is an indicator that the melon has lain on the ground to ripen. The longer the melon is on the vine, the sweeter it will be.
- Give the watermelon a thump to make sure that it sounds hollow inside. You’ll be able to distinguish what that sounds like by thumping a few watermelons at a time.
- Select a watermelon that is dull on the outside, not shiny. Being shiny is an indication that the melon isn’t fully ripe.
- Make sure that the watermelon is good and heavy for its size. A heavy melon means that the water content is high, which you want.
- Unless you’re having a seed-spitting contest (who didn’t have those as a kid???), I recommend purchasing a seedless watermelon.
THE EASIEST WAY TO CUT A WATERMELON INTO CHUNKS
Assuming that you’re buying a whole watermelon, here’s the easiest way to cut it into chunks:
- Cut the watermelon in half, lengthwise.
- Then cut each half into another half, lengthwise, so that you are left with four quarters.
- In each quarter, use a knife to cut roughly 1″ wide sliced sections from the top of the wedge down to close to the rind, but still in the pink meat part.
- From the side, make cuts from end to end on the wedge that are also roughly 1″. You’re basically cutting a crosshatch pattern into the watermelon wedge that will result in individual cubes.
- Now, run the knife along the bottom close to the rind, with out cutting into the rind. The cubes will fall out very easily.
I love to cut the entire watermelon into chunks while I’m at it and then store any leftovers in a large baggie or bowl in the refrigerator for easy to grab snacks. The leftovers should keep in the refrigerator for about a week.
If you’re a watermelon lover, you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try. Let me walk you through the recipe.
HOW TO MAKE SUGAR FREE WATERMELON SORBET
There are no fancy or complicated steps to making this recipe, plus it only has four ingredients (and one of those is water), so it’s super easy and inexpensive to put make!
Following the steps above, cut the melon into chunks. The size of the chunks doesn’t matter, but it may be easier to process chunks no larger than about 2″ in the food processer/blender.
Puree the chunks by themselves, then add the rest of the ingredients and continue processing until the entire mixture is nice and smooth.
Transfer the mix to a freezer safe container and freeze for 90 minutes. Then remove from the freezer and stir to break up any frozen pieces.
Return to the freezer until firm. Allow the sorbet to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to allow it to become smooth for serving.
Sugar Free Watermelon Sorbet
- 3 cup watermelon , seeds removed and cut into chunks
- 1 tblsp fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup Stevia , or artificial sweetener of your choice
- 1/2 cup water
- Puree watermelon in blender or food processor for 1 minute.
- Add remaining ingredients and continue processing until all ingredients are fully pureed.
- Transfer mix to freezer container and freeze for 90 minutes. Remove from freezer and stir/mix sorbet to break up any chunks. Place back into freezer and freeze until firm.
- Allow sorbet to sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes to allow it to become smooth for serving.