Mango-Coconut Sherbet

Can I tell you guys a secret? I’m really not a Monday person. Without fail, sometime mid-afternoon every Sunday I start getting the blues, seriously wishing the weekend never had to end. Monday always comes way too quickly in my opinion!

But this week is an exception; believe it or not, I’m crazy excited about this Monday. Why? Because I’m teaming up with some of my blogging friends to have a party, and a really good one. It’s a Frozen Treats Blog Party! That’s one sure way to get the week off on the right foot, wouldn’t you agree?

Frozen Treats Blog Party with Buns In My Oven, Completely Delicious, Mountain Mama Cooks, Sweet Treats and More, Taste and Tell and Tracey's Culinary Adventures

I was at Target over the weekend and all of the school supplies were out, I couldn’t believe it. I know schools in some places start in early August, but kids here don’t go back until after Labor Day. Can we enjoy summer for just a few more weeks please?

One of my favorite things about summer is frozen treats; on those 90-degree days, I always find myself reaching into the freezer for a popsicle or the carton of ice cream. As I’ve mentioned a million times, we’ve been churning a ton of homemade ice cream lately. And it’s all been pretty darn indulgent – lots of egg yolks, heavy cream, etc – you get the picture. Every once in a while it’s nice to lighten things up just a little bit with a fruity sherbet or sorbet. This mango-coconut sherbet is a new favorite and one I wish I’d discovered a long time ago.

Mango-Coconut Sherbet

You’re going to love the simplicity of this recipe. Throw some mango, sugar, fresh lime juice and coconut milk in your food processor or blender and give it a whirl. Once it’s pureed and smooth, you’re ready to churn! The combination of the mango and coconut milk gives the sherbet a tropical flavor, you’ll swear you’ve been transported to a white-sand beach somewhere in the Caribbean :) I’ve been obsessed with coconut milk lately, and it works so well here. The sorbet is wonderfully refreshing, and I just adore the vibrant color! Topped with some toasted coconut for added texture, this mango-coconut sherbet is summer in a bowl.

Mango-Coconut Sherbet

Mango-Coconut Sherbet
barely adapted from Cooking Light, June 2011

{Note: this sherbet will freeze pretty solid – remove from the freezer 5-10 minute before serving to let it warm up slightly and make it easier to scoop.}

1/4 cup unsweetened flaked coconut
2 cups cubed mango (peeled)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 (13.5 oz) can light coconut milk

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the coconut in an even layer on the baking sheet. Bake for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the coconut is golden brown. Don’t walk away, it can burn *very* quickly. Remove the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the coconut cool while you prepare the rest of the recipe.

In the bowl of your food processor (or blender), combine the mango, sugar, lime juice, and coconut milk. Process until the mixture is completely smooth. If desired, transfer to your refrigerator and chill for a few hours (this isn’t strictly necessary, but I always like to get the mixture very cold before churning).

Freeze in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and store in your freezer. You’ll want to give it a few hours to firm up before serving. Sprinkle some of the toasted coconut on top of each serving.

Makes about 1 quart

You won’t want to miss these desserts my friends made for the Frozen Treats Blog Party! Each one would be perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day so go check them out!

Peanut Butter Fudge Ripple Ice Cream by Buns in My OvenPeanut Butter Fudge Ripple Ice Cream by Buns in My Oven

Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Completely DeliciousOatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Sandwiches by Completely Delicious

Caramel Kit Kat Ice Cream by Mountain Mama CooksCaramel Kit Kat Ice Cream by Mountain Mama Cooks

Raspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sweet Treats and MoreRaspberry Greek Yogurt Ice Cream Sandwiches by Sweet Treats and More

Root Beer Float Ice Cream Cake by Taste and TellRoot Beer Float Ice Cream Cake by Taste and Tell