My best friend Julie bought me the Dessert Bullet for my birthday this year. I had not heard of the Dessert Bullet, nor seen it in action, so I put it in my cupboard and vowed to experiment with it one day soon. (If I only I knew how cool this gadget was, I would have been using it sooner!)
Fast forward a few months. The weather was turning warmer and my family’s hankering for ice cream grew strong. I looked in my cupboard and figured there was no time like the present to give this gadget a try. We already had tons of frozen fruit in our freezer (we use it to make smoothies), and it looked easy enough.
I’m going to tell you more about the awesome desserts you can make with the Dessert Bullet, but before I do that, I want to mention that is post contains affiliate links. If you have questions about how affiliate links work, please see my disclosures page.
I read the Dessert Bullet instructions, gathered some frozen fruit (that I dutifully defrosted for about 10-15 minutes prior) and then encouraged my children to each create their own frozen treat. In an instant, the Dessert Bullet magically transformed the sweet fruits into a beautiful frozen sorbet – wow!
As you can imagine, I was elated at how easy it was to make my own guilt-free and gluten-free frozen sorbet at home. I didn’t have to check ingredient labels, nor worry about what nasty ingredients – or hidden gluten – were lurking in the store-bought stuff. Plus, it tasted a million times better than the store bought stuff.
So when my fellow gluten-free bloggers suggested we create a “gluten-free frozen dessert” for this month’s It’s Gluten-Free, Pass It On recipe sharing event, I knew exactly what I was going to talk about. (At the end of this post, I’ll share some of the gluten-free frozen desserts my fellow bloggers created too.)
How the Dessert Bullet Works
It’s hard to explain exactly how the Dessert Bullet works without showing you. So I put together a short video that demonstrates exactly how I made this awesome Homemade Peach Sorbet.
I used fresh, ripe peaches from a farm in Palisade, CO, which I got at the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market. Everyone in Colorado knows about Palisade peaches because they are the BEST peaches you can find, and you can only get them for a few short weeks in July and August.
I also decided to add some fresh mint from my garden. I don’t know about you, but my garden is bursting with mint and I’m incorporating it in everything these days!
Making my own sorbet at home has been such an empowering experience for me for several reasons. For starters, it ensures my dessert is totally gluten-free and free from preservatives and artificial ingredients. I never eat gluten, and I try to avoid “sick” foods as much as possible. Clean eating is the way to be!
Also, the Dessert Bullet offers a great way for me to use all the delicious fresh fruit I buy (plus, my family can’t eat it all before it spoils). I simply freeze the ripe stuff to be used for a frozen dessert treat another night. It helps us waste less and save money.
Furthermore, I love that the Dessert Bullet enables me to enjoy a low calorie dessert when I start craving something sweet at night. Most desserts are full of sugar and white refined grains – they are no good for you. Not one bit. However, homemade sorbet is full of only natural sugars (no added sugar), fiber, and all sorts of beneficial nutrients. You can see that I use both the skin and flesh of the peaches to ensure maximum nutrient extraction.
Lastly, making homemade sorbet is fun! I love making my own creations, and most importantly, my kids love it too. This gets them eating fresh fruit vs. cakes, ice cream and packaged snack foods for dessert.
Where to Get the Dessert Bullet
If you want to buy the Dessert Bullet, the best price I’ve seen is on Amazon. After my friend tried it at my house, she went to Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart and Target stores to buy one… but she couldn’t find it in stock anywhere. She finally conceded and ordered one on Amazon. Save yourself some trouble and get it there too. Here’s a direct link to the Dessert Bullet page.
Recipe for Homemade Peach Sorbet
I don’t know about you, but when I go to the farmer’s market, I can’t help but load up on fresh fruits, especially this time of year when peaches are in full bloom. Of course, I bought too many peaches – more than my family could handle for the week.
Not to worry. I simply cut up the peaches and put them in the freezer. The peaches I cut up were super ripe – so they froze together a bit. Not to worry, they worked just fine in the Dessert Bullet.
In preparation for this recipe, I peeled a banana, wrapped it in plastic wrap, and froze it overnight. I think adding banana to any frozen sorbet concoction is a wise move. Banana gives sorbet a creamy texture – tricking your brain into thinking you’re eating ice cream.
About 15 minutes before I was ready to make my homemade peach sorbet, I took the peaches and banana out of the freezer and allowed them to thaw. While the fruits partially defrosted, I picked a handful of fresh mint leaves from my garden, washed them well, and tore them into small pieces.
I pushed the three ingredients through the Dessert Bullet, then topped the peach sorbet with crunchy freeze-dried blueberries from Honeyville (Honeyville sent me these freeze dried blueberries to create gluten-free blueberry muffins last month). The freeze-dried blueberries added a wonderful crunch and made the dessert look even more beautiful (you eat with your eyes too, right)?
By the time I went to photograph my sorbet, it was in the process of melting – boo, hiss! While a softer sorbet tastes better (in my opinion), it doesn’t photograph as well. Ah, the first world problems of a food blogger – ha! Well, I am not one to waste food, so I did my best to doctor the sorbet in order to capture a few images. I think you get the picture of how delicious this frozen dessert should look – right?
The beauty of it all is that you can put any fruit through the Dessert Bullet. Seriously, any fruit. My friend Sarah told me she froze watermelon and mint leaves, pushed them through the bullet, and thought it tasted pretty good (I have yet to try this). I’ve used cherries, raspberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple and many other fruits – all work well. If you add a touch of vanilla extract to banana, it tastes like you’re eating vanilla ice cream.
More Frozen and Gluten-Free Dessert Ideas – #PassItOnGF
As I mentioned, I’m part of an awesome group of gluten-free bloggers who participate in a gluten-free recipe challenge every month. Our group is called, It’s Gluten-Free, Pass It On (our hashtag is #PassItOnGF).
This month’s challenge is to make a gluten-free frozen dessert – hence my Homemade Peach Sorbet. If you’re looking for more ideas for refreshing, cold and completely gluten-free frozen desserts, I encourage you to check out these Frozen Lemon Bars with Almond Crust from my friend Jane at The Heritage Cook. Also, my friend Alicia at Eat Your Way Clean made these Creamy Paleo Rhubarb Coconut Popsicles – yum!
Last month, our It’s Gluten-Free, Pass It On challenge involved creating a recipe using a paleo flour of choice (I chose almond flour). I created these Three-Bite Almond Flour Cookies.
If you’re a gluten-free blogger and would like to join our monthly gluten-free recipe challenges, find our private Facebook group, It’s Gluten-Free, Pass It On and request to join.