Orange-Basil Ice

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Out of all the orange juices to choose from at the grocery store, we prefer Valencia varieties for this recipe. It has a rich, vibrant color. Regular orange juice will work, but expect a greenish tint.

Yield:

Makes 6 servings (3 cups)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 15 Minutes
Freeze: 6 Hours
Stand: 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 68
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 16.5 g
Fiber 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.1 mg
Sodium 13 mg
Calcium 3 mg

Ingredients

3 cups Valencia orange juice
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon honey*
Garnish: fresh basil leaves

Preparation

1. Process 1/2 cup orange juice and basil leaves in a blender or food processor 10 seconds. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; add remaining 2 1/2 cups orange juice. Stir in honey.

2. Divide mixture between 2 zip-top plastic freezer bags. Place bags on a jelly-roll pan. Freeze 6 hours or until firm. Remove bags from freezer, and let stand 10 minutes. Break mixture into small chunks using hands.

3. Process chunks, in batches, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Serve immediately. Garnish, if desired.

*1 Tbsp. (3 packets) no-calorie sweetener, such as Splenda, may be substituted.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Tropicana Pure Valencia Orange Juice.

Pineapple-Basil Ice: Substitute pineapple juice for Valencia orange juice. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Per serving: Calories 77; Fat 0.2g (sat 0g, mono 0 g, poly 0.1g); Protein 0.5g; Carb 19g; Fiber 0.3g; Chol 0mg; Iron 0.5mg; Sodium 3mg; Calc 19mg.

Fresh Orange-Basil Ice: Substitute fresh orange juice for Valencia orange juice. Omit honey. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Per serving: Calories 56; Fat 0.3g (sat 0g, mono 0.1 g, poly 0.1g); Protein 0.9g; Carb 13g; Fiber 0.3g; Chol 0mg; Iron 0.3mg; Sodium 1mg; Calc 16mg.

White Grape-Mint Ice: Substitute white grape juice for orange juice and fresh mint leaves for basil leaves. Omit honey. Proceed with recipe as directed.

Per serving: Calories 50; Fat 0.1g (sat 0g, mono 0 g, poly 0g); Protein 0.7g; Carb 11.7g; Fiber 0.4g; Chol 0mg; Iron 0.7mg; Sodium 2mg; Calc 19mg.

Note:

May 2009
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