How to make healthy choices every day

Apple Spice Sorbet


Before I begin, I just want to say how incredibly touched I was by your comments from the last post. It feels really amazing being supported by so many friends out there that I haven’t even met. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for embracing my humanness. It also sounds like many of you were relieved to hear my story – that I am not in fact, the perfect person you thought I was – so I suppose that bit of honesty went a long way. It made me realize that we need to remember we are all just people on a journey, and the more authentic we can be with one another, the better off we all are. I know after sharing what I did, I feel allowed to be authentically me in this space, and that is pretty darn special.

So with your support, I got back on the kitchen horse again. This time, in celebration of six (six!!!) years of My New Roots, I thought I’d share this sweet recipe for Apple Spice Sorbet. Since the beginning of my pregnancy, ice cream has been a serious obsession. I’ll admit to paying a visit to the local, organic ice cream parlor every so often this past summer (here’s to more honesty!), but the real fun started when I admitted to my mania and borrowed my in-laws professional ice cream machine. Hel-lo! What fun it is to concoct all manner of healthy frozen treats. I swear the nut-based ice creams have been absolutely amazing and totally satisfying in their richness – and have even fooled some very dairy-lovin’ people in the process.

This sorbet, on the other hand, is light, refreshing, and the perfect way to welcome the fall season. I wanted to make something vegan as well, so I used coconut milk as a base, and blended in the most deliciously spiced apples, maple syrup and toasted hazelnuts. What I’ve ended up with is like a frozen apple pie! Not such a bad thing if I do say so myself.

Although it is not necessary to use a high-speed blender for this recipe (such as a Vitamix), I do recommend it to create an absolutely smooth final product. One piece of equipment you will need however, is an ice cream maker. Like I mentioned, I borrowed mine, but after all this fun intend to pick up a second-hand one next time I’m at the flea market. When you can make ice cream healthy, who wouldn’t want to have one of these contraptions?!


How do ya like them Apples?
It’s really beautiful to take a walk around any natural landscape here in Denmark these days, as apples are literally falling off the trees. I’ve been a bit of a wild munching forager lately, finding apples in parks and along roadsides, enjoying the autumn bounty. It’s fun to go out and find so many different varieties – far more than you’d ever discover inside your grocery store. And there is nothing like biting into a freshly picked apple. So crisp and tangy – a miraculous treat!

But are apples all they are cracked up to be? Well, of course they are. They are high in fiber, especially when eaten whole with the skin on, containing around 3.5 grams each (that is nearly 17% of your RDI). This amount is substantial enough to contribute to colon health if eaten on a daily basis. Apples in fact, have a positive effect on all levels of digestive health, including the prevention of acid reflux, intestinal infections, colon inflammation, and provide relief from diarrhea.

Aside from their high fiber content, apples contain a special phytonutrient, called pectin. It is apples’ pectin content, a type of soluble fiber, that helps detoxify the body and even help lower cholesterol levels.

Key nutrients in apples include vitamin C, A, and B6, potassium, calcium, magnesium, beta-carotene, quercetin, pectin, and chlorophyll.

Remember that apples are at the top of the Dirty Dozen list, meaning that they are one of the most sprayed crops and have a high pesticide residue. It is therefore in your best interest to purchase organic apples whenever possible. If cost or availability is an issue, make sure to peel the apples before enjoying them.


Because this sorbet is relatively high in water from the apples, I found it hard to scoop until it was quite defrosted. I recommend taking it out of the freezer at least 15-20 minutes before serving. This would be delicious on the side of some pumpkin pie or even with stewed fruits, like plums or pears.


Here’s to six years of blogging, cooking, kitchen successes and less-than-successes, and feeling loved enough to share it all with you. Thank you for your ongoing support and enthusiasm for discovering that health and deliciousness can exist in the same universe. I promise to keep up my end of the bargain, and continue to provide as much inspiration as I can, if you promise to keep playing in your kitchens and making food with love for yourself and the blessed ones around you.

In love, light, and gratitude,
Sarah B + sprout

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One more thing to celebrate today is the release of The Kinfolk Table, a stunning cookbook that I had the privilege of contributing to.
To find out more information, or to order a copy, please visit the Kinfolk website, here.


77 thoughts on “Apple Spice Sorbet”

  • Hi. This beautiful photo has been eye candy for over a year but now I plan to make the sorbet for Thanksgiving. Is there a particular type of apple you used or would recommend? Thanks.

  • This recipe looks delicious! I have to try and make it! Just discovered your blog and it’s incredible! Love the recipes and your photography is beautiful! <3 Michaela x

  • Hello,
    Sarah – thank you sooo much for sharing your lovely and wonderful recipes!!! Belayed happy 6th anniversary and all the best for your little family!!! <3 and Congrats! for the The Kinfolk Table !!

    I do have a question: I´d really love to cook by following your recipe but I don´t have a ice cream maker does anyone or you Sarah has a tip for making this gorgeous recipe without an ice maker?

  • Hello! I actually found your blog quite backwards… through the Kinfolk book that I was given as a gift from my very best friend for Christmas. I was so inspired by what was written about you, as well as the lentil stew recipe, that I just had to check out your blog. You are such an inspiration! And congratulations on your new little boy!

  • Good to know. I adore loaf of bread.
    I truly do desire that a majority of persons understood of which grain fights in glucose,
    which can be promptly refined. It’s actually a very wholesome issue to eat (though this can be better and then light breaks),
    in small amounts it truly is tasty!

  • Hello, I made the apple spice sorbet recipe tonight, and just loved the flavors. Thank you for all that you have done over the years for all of us who follow you. I can’t wait for your book :)). Giggling with excitement :))

  • Love this recipe – so delicious! As I was out of maple syrup, I substituted rice malt syrup and it came out beautifully. Now to hide the leftovers from my husband haha

  • Hi Sarah!
    I remember a while back you posted your due date- we are due on the same day. It’s getting close! I, too, have had a Serious ice cream obsession my whole pregnancy. I’m not sure how available concord grapes are in Denmark, but if you can get your hands on them with your machine, try it! It’s amazing! To make the grape base, stew it with a bit of water as if you were going to make jam until the grapes are soft; run the juicey-pulpy mix through a food mill to get rid of the seeds and skins; add sugar, cream/almond milk/etc and stir to dissolve; chill overnight; process in an ice cream maker the next day. It’s amaze-balls! I wish you a safe delivery, with a happy, healthy baby:)

  • Did you try adding some locust bean gum to your sorbet? It’s supposed to break the crystalline ice structure and make ice-cream more creamy. And it’s made from carob seeds – totally vegan.
    Thank you for continuing this blog. I find it a huge source of inspiration. The raw brownies became a staple at our house, I’m afraid I’m contributing to global warming, what with all the raw cocoa powder I’m buying!

  • Dear Sarah!
    I’m one of your “blind” readers (those people who visit your website daily for updates but haven’t posted any comments) and I just wanted to say keep doing what you doing today… I mean keep blogging! You inspire people! Honestly, when I’m in the kitchen testing a new recipe (yours rock this world!) I just feel so relaxed inside that makes me playing with food almost every day whether my family likes it or not! =)
    I’m dreaming that one day I will be skyping you or just e-mailing to share new recipes or just say hello to your family AND your sprout “face to face” or “screen to screen” =)….but I know it will never come true…. seriously, I just can’t realise that you are a real person…sorry!!! =)
    So I wish you all the best!!!…especially, I wish you and your sprout a healthy living!!! (oh my…it’s pretty hard nowadays!)
    Yours faithfully,

    P.S. I’m from Russia… so excuses for my English mistakes …hehe!
    P.P.S. ” =) ” this means the smile…in case you’ll be wondering =)

  • Hi! I am new to your site but a friend told me about your recipe for the “life changing loaf of bread”. Yum! I have made it every week for about four weeks. Thanks! I just made this sorbet a few nights ago. (We had our ice cream maker on Craigslist thinking it was funny for vegans to have one…glad it didn’t sell!) I love the spice combination in this recipe. So creative and tasty! Our sorbet is super hard though. It takes over an hour to soften enough for us to chisel out. Once we can it tastes nice. Currently, I am in the “two week wait” to take a pregmancy test. Here’s hoping I will be craving more ice cream! Thanks for your recipes. I am looking forward to making many more! All the best!

  • Congrats on six big years Sarah! Love your blog to bits – it has certainly influenced my diet and eating habits for the better. I look forward to your cookbook! Much gratitude xxx

  • Hi Sarah,
    i was so happy to see your previous post. I was looking for a healthy nut-ella recipe since i saw a video of you making it.
    I haven’t had nutella in years, but couple of months ago when i was pregnant i craved it.I’m vegetarian since i was 4 years old and i cook for myself from the age of 13.
    I usually never follow anyones recipes, i always feel like creating new flavours…new recipes…you know the drift.
    By an accident i found your blog the other day, i find it so interesting.
    I love the way you write about nutrients in ingredients, it’s so inspiring.
    This is the only blog i view and i even tried some of your recipes.;) Yummy
    I always thought i eat healthy, but i realized that i could eat even more healthier and actually know more about the ingredients i use and not only think “it’s healthy” but know why.
    It’s amazing to think that i can cook up a meal and know the benefits of ingredients in it.
    At the moment i’m doing more research about the super foods and healthy benefits of food that the mother nature gave us.
    You inspired me, so thank you!!
    Anyway,i think you must heard all of this all the time.
    I just had a question to ask you, what food processor do you recommend and use?
    I wish you lots and lots of happy and strong energy for the birth!
    It such a big experience, i just had my second girl 10 weeks ago 😉
    Anyway thank you, for sharing your knowledge.
    Lots of love,sunshine and happiness

    and here is something for a smile…

    In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replies, “why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later. “Nonsense,” says the other. “There is no life after delivery. What would that life be?” “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths.” The other says “This is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eat with our mouths? Ridiculous. The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded. The umbilical cord is too short.” “I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here.” the other replies, “No one has ever come back from there. Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery it is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere.” “Well, I don’t know,” says the other, “but certainly we will see mother and she will take care of us.” “Mother??” You believe in mother? Where is she now? “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her there would not be this world.” “I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist.” To which the other replied, “sometimes when you’re in silence you can hear her, you can perceive her.” I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality….

  • I recently re fell in love with your page! I had seen it before and saved some recipes and then I had to search all through my favorited sites to find yours! It was well worth it. By now I have gone through all your posts! They are so interesting and I tried to incorporate all the knowledge into my everyday life now! I think what you do on this site is amazing and this is exactly what I am looking for! Congrats! I can’t wait to read more posts and try more recipes! xxx

  • Wishing you a very Happy 6th Anniversary and to many more years of happy cooking ahead! We have switched to coconut milk ice cream at home over 2 years now and we are trying new recipes every Sunday for our official family ice cream day. Your apple spiced sorbet looks like a winner especially with the abundance of crispy and juicy apples right now. THANK YOU for continuing to inspire me and everyone via your amazing blog lovely Sarah!!! Big hug to you and gentle rub to the little sprout. 🙂

  • Yummmm! One if my fondest memories in Denmark involves chomping into an apple to find the flesh to be PINk! Life is always full of surprises eh? Love to you beautiful Sarah + sprout!! 🙂

  • Sarah, I love you and your posts! You are such a huge inspiration in every sense I can think of. Much love from Germany

  • Six years is a really long time. Congrats to that, Sarah! {AND on the Kinfolk cookbook. I can’t wait to get a copy.} This little space of yours is a constant source of inspiration and knowledge, delicious & healthy recipes ,and lovely pictures. Thank you for putting so much energy and time into this community you have created.

    Apple spice sorbet? I’m totally in! Autumn deliciousness is what I would call it. Now I only need to get an ice cream maker (it’s been on my wish list for such a long time).

  • I love everything about your blog, and find it oh so inspirational. earlier in the week I made your rice paper samosas, the blueberry basil smoothies is nearly a daily ritual, and tonight I jumped right on the apple spice sorbet for a dinner party dessert. In my eagerness, the “Let cool slightly.” instruction wasn’t heeded quite enough, as the 15 minute or so break of cooling meant I poured a still lukewarm apple mixture into my ice cream maker (, which was a big unfreezable flop. For other eager churners with similar ice cream makers, I’d suggest chilling the mix completely (maybe 1-2 hours?) before pouring it into the maker. We served a teaser of apple spice “slushy” for dessert, but can’t wait until it firms up to truly appreciate it.

  • How yummy! I’m hoping to buy my own ice cream maker next summer and try this!

    Thanks for all the inspiration:) What an awesome Canadian shining light you are!

  • Congratulations on six amazing years. You are such an inspiration!
    The Apple Spice Sorbet looks divine!! This maybe a stupid question…. but…. is it possible to enjoy this treat without an ice-cream maker?? I have the vitamix, but not an ice-cream maker. Thank you for any suggestions.

  • Sarah,

    I want to thank you for the inspiration and life changing outlook you have given me over the past two years. I found your website while just browsing the old pinterest and I could have never imagined that my life, and health would change so drastically. So, from the very bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!! And cheers, to many more years of MNR and all other adventures you may pursue!

  • I remember being crazy obsessed with icecream when I was pregnant, although I gave in more to the Cherry Garcia and Coconut Bliss variety rather than making my own 😉 Thank you so much for all of the love and absolutely glowing positive energy you put into your blog. You’ve inspired me so much, and I’ve made numerous recipes of yours to absolutely glowing reviews from those around me. I wish I was as dedicated as you in the kitchen, it seems to just bring joy and connection and grounding to everyone around! Blessings <3.

  • Happy anniversary! 🙂

    And thank you so very much for what you do – it is just plain awsome. The genius recipes and the “failed” ones!

    Love and (much needed) sunshine!


  • This looks delish Sarah. Our apple season is coming to an end now that spring has arrived (I’m Australian) but I’m thinking this may work with fruit such as peaches too? I guess I could try when their season starts and left you know.

  • What amazing fortune that i have two tins of coconut milk and a burning desire to make ice cream. Thank you for this breathtaking recipe, truly one of my all time favourites of yours (and i haven’t even tasted it yet).

    Hope that you continue to enjoy the beauty of fall and your even more beautiful pregnancy xxx

  • I thought I was a genius when I put in coconut milk (the light kind) with passion fruit while making sorbet. It adds so much creaminess. This looks wonderful & don’t every stop doing this!!!!!!!

  • Hi Sarah! You seem like such a sweet person, I wish all the best for you! My blog is more like 6 weeks old by now, but you have been a huge inspiration for me to start my own. I also recently came up with a great sorbet recipe – I LOVE ice cream!! Your blog always leaves me with this happy peaceful feeling 🙂 Thank you!

    X Ang Moh Chick

  • I have been apple crazy lately. I’ve never been big on ice cream, but a coconut based one is a different story. Can’t wait to try this. Also Sarah B + Kinfolk sounds like the best combo I can imagine. Congrats!

  • Omigod Sarah, that sorbet looks amazing and I can just taste all the spices and maple syrup mmmm <3 I just went organic apple picking near Toronto and it was awesome to see how apples actually grow; imperfect, small, insect-bitten but still tasty & beautiful! Thanks for the gorgeous recipe lady 🙂


  • Well done congratulation! I recognized you in a little lovely picture in the last number of Kinfolk, I love the magazine, it is outstanding, and you do deserve the place there! I can’t wait to see it!

  • This recipe comes at a perfect time for me! I was recently given a large quantity of apples and proceed to make applesauce – so much applesauce that the freezer is now full of it. This looks like the perfect way to turn that applesauce into something more special. Can’t wait to try it!

  • I have recently had a ice cream maker come my way (from my in-laws as well!), and like you Sarah I’ve been absolutely LOVING experimenting and trying new things (my favourite so far has been a coconut milk based stracciatella icecream with raw cacao nibs). I can’t wait to try this recipe – spiced apples are one of my favourite things, and I love how you’ve combined them with toasted hazelnuts! Thank you, thank you x

  • Wow, I just LOVE all of your recipes. Please, why don’t you publish a book? in the mean time I’ll have to buy Kinfolk. Congratulations on these 6 wonderful years! xx

  • Wow, what a lovely recipe! It must be delicious with coconut milk and apple flavor combination. Looking forward to read your feature in Kinfolk book!

  • This is gorgeous- combines the best of ice cream and sorbet! Love the spices you’ve used too.
    Apples are something we do well in England and I’ve been trying out all kinds of varieties this season :).

  • If you think you’ve got cravings now just wait till you’re breast feeding. Holy cow the apitite I had while nursing both my little ones. Stock up on filling snacks!

  • I am pregnant too (5 months) and also obsessed with ice cream. This sweet tooth I have never had before–what to do with it! I have been using my ice cream maker every week…can’t wait to try this healthy fall treat. Thanks!

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