Tropical mango-pineapple sherbet is as easy as it is healthful

Easy, flavorful sherbet that employs a variety of fruits and tangy buttermilk — this is summer in a bowl. It’s light, refreshing, sweet and made with beautiful tropical fruits, including mango, pineapple, strawberries and peaches. And the best part? It’s very simple to make.

I leave my ice cream canister in my freezer during the summer months for quick and easy desserts, so if you’re looking for a way to cool down quickly and get your dessert fix, this is the way to go.


My trick to cutting prep time is buying a bag of frozen tropical fruits from the store, and by the time I get home they are completely thawed and ready for a whirl in the food processor.

This sherbet has a buttermilk-like tangy note mixed with flavors of the tropics, and the taste is truly exceptional. Though it’s difficult to be patient while it freezes, it’s always worth the wait.


Tropical buttermilk sherbet recipe

Serves 6

Prep time: 10 minutes | Inactive time: 5 hours | Total time: 5 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 bag (2 cups) frozen, chopped mixed fruits such as mangoes, pineapple, strawberries, and peaches, thawed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 cups whole buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice


  1. Combine fruits and honey in a food processor; process until smooth.
  2. Add buttermilk and continue to process until well blended.
  3. Add vanilla and lemon juice; pulse to combine.
  4. Place mixture in the fridge for 1 hour.
  5. Pour the mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  6. Transfer mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze until firm.

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