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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. These days, I'm in a new phase of life, and this website is no longer updated.

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Sugar-Free Berry Sorbet (gluten free, vegan, ACD, raw)

I'm working on a big post about my recent trip to New York, so check back soon! In the meantime, here's a tasty summer treat.

This is such a wonderfully simple and healthy summer dessert.  One thing though - you need a Vitamix or another high-power blender like a Blendtech to make it with this method.  These blenders have the ability to make frozen fruit into creamy fruit sorbets and sherbets in an instant because they have such a powerful motor. Regular blenders will just make it chunky and you'll have to add a lot of liquid and will end up with more of a smoothie.

Interested in getting a Vitamix of your own?  I am a Vitamix associate!  I can get you FREE shipping on an online order of a Vitamix!  To get free shipping place an order through this link, or use my associate code (06-004943) at the time of checkout, and shipping costs will be deducted from your order.  That's a savings of $25 ($35 Canada).  Click here to read more about my Vitamix story and the awesome things a Vitamix can do.

The most affordable way to purchase a Vitamix is to purchase a factory reconditioned Vitamix, which is a $565 value for only $379, and you still get the 7-year warrantee and recipe books. This is what I did and I'm so happy with it. Check the Special Deals section for any offers on factory reconditioned Vitamix blenders, and make sure to use my associate code (06-004943) at checkout to get your free shipping!  They offer great payment plans to make it more affordable and spread out the cost.

Happy summer. :)

Sugar-Free Berry Sorbet

yield: about 4 cups

If possible, use organic blueberries and raspberries, which are both treated heavily with pesticides in conventional farms. 

2 cups frozen blueberries
2 cups frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cups water or non-dairy milk
10 drops stevia, or other natural sweetener, to taste
optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Place all ingredients in a VitaMix with the tamper inserted in the top.  Turn on "low" with the variable adjustment at lowest setting, then quickly adjust variable knob to the highest setting and then switch to "high", smashing berries down into the blades with the tamper. Once fully blended and smooth, turn off. Serve immediately. 

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Reader Comments (10)

This looks so good and refreshing! :)

I would love a Vitamix... *sigh*

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMo

I love frozen healthy sorbets. Try one with mango and banana...

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteryali

Oh how beautiful and refreshing this looks ! I am so happy to hear that you are back home , sure hope all went well for you , I am looking forward to your other posts about your trip but only after you've given yourself a chance to catch your breath and get a bit of a break , please be careful so that you don't end up pushing yourself too hard . I am really excited to read about the vitamix and what it can do since what I eat is such a resticted diet , I am never sure if I'd use it much . So I am going to go back and read what you have written about it , just was so excited when I stoped by to see you were home ( So glad you are back ) thank you so much for sharing this beautiful Summer treat with all us you :) Stay cool , BYE

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I love my vita-mix sorbets!!!

This method is fab with frozen plums and grapes :)

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Amazing that just a few drops of stevia can sweeten cranberries! I always see the liquid form in recipes. Do you have any idea how this equates to pure stevia extract in powdered form?

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

Oooooh yum! I hope I can try this soon :) (Before I eat all the berries I have... haha)

~Aubree Cherie

July 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAubree Cherie

I love sorbets and this looks so delicious. The vibrant red color must be something special to behold in real life because it looks totally amazing on my computer screen!

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Thank you everyone for your supportive and enthusiastic comments! My heart is full of warmth :)

Alisa, here is a good stevia conversion basic chart from the http://www.candida-cure-recipes.com/stevia-conversion-chart.html

Granulated Sugar........Dry Ground Whole Leaf Stevia Measurement
1 teaspoon..............1/8 teaspoon
1 tablespoon............3/8 teaspoon
1/4 cup.................1 1/2 teaspoons
1/2 cup.................1 tablespoon
1 cup...................2 tablespoons

Granulated Sugar........White Stevia Extract Powder
1 teaspoon..............n/a
2 teaspoon..............n/a
1 tablespoon............n/a
1 cup...................1/3 to 1/2 tsp
2 cup...................2/3 - 1 tsp

Granulated Sugar........Clear Liquid Extract
1 teaspoon..............4-6 drops
1 tablespoon............8-12 drops
1/4 cup.................1/8 tsp
1/2 cup.................1 Tbsp
1 cup...................2 Tbsp

July 20, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim
what is the difference between stevia extract and splenda.
August 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterlindsay
Splenda is a sucralose-based artificial sweetener derived from sugar. While it is zero-calorie, it is heavily processed and contains the bulking agents maltodextrin or dextrose, which are generally derived from corn. Sucralose is kind of controversial - many people say it can be toxic and cause negative reactions, other seem to think it is just fine. I think it tastes dreadful and I avoid dextrose and maltodextrine, so I steer clear.

Stevia extract powder is the refined powder from the stevia herb, which is dried and processed into a concentrated white powder. Stevia is also made into liquid form, and can also be puchased as whole dried ground leaf, which is a white powder. Check out my stevia conversions page for how to use each one. I like SweetLeaf and Now brand stevias. you can find stevia almost anywhere these days, most grocery stores have it, as well as food co-ops, whole foods, etc, and it is everywhere online. there are different blends out there now that use stevia in combination with other things as well.
August 23, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim
Sorry, no comments/questions allowed right now.
Hi reader! My schedule as full-time grad student with two part-time jobs doesn't allow me the time to manage comments. I hope you enjoy what you find and can figure out answers to any questions you may have. xo