sugar free lemon sorbet

Simple Diabetic Friendly Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet Recipe

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This easy to make Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet recipe is perfect all by itself or added to your favourite diabetic dessert on the side. Of all the SugarFree Sorbets I have made, I think this lemon one is the easiest.

sugar free lemon sorbet
Simple Diabetic Friendly Lemon Sorbet

I believe that this is the best Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet there is! It has a strong and tangy lemon flavour, a beautiful yellow colour and is super low in calories and carbs. If you like lemon sorbet but don’t want a strong lemon taste, check out our tips below to tame the flavour.

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How to Make Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet

Ingredients List

In this recipe, we use a 2-quart Cuisinart Ice Cream maker. I recommend using an ice cream or sorbet maker for the best results. If you don’t have one but still want to make this recipe, instructions are provided below.

ingredients for sugar free lemon sorbet
Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet Ingredients

Expert Tips for the Best Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet

Temperature is important!

When using an ice cream maker like the Cuisinart Pure Indulgence, make sure the ingredients are cold before adding them to the frozen freezer bowl. I made this mistake too many times to count. If it is possible, make your liquid up the day before, and let it chill overnight.

The biggest indicator that the ingredients are not cold enough is a buildup of ice on the inner wall of the freezer bowl. The buildup will get thick and cause the churning to stop. If it goes too long, the paddle will freeze into the container, which is a nightmare to remove.

Can I use Bottled Lemon Juice?

For the best results use the juice from freshly squeezed lemons. The flavour from bottled lemon juice does not produce the best sorbet. It can be used but I don’t recommend it.

Alternatives to Jordan’s Skinny Simple Syrup

If you want to make sugar free simple syrup, you will need to do it far enough in advance for it to chill before using.

To make the sugar free simple syrup mix one cup of water with 1 cup of Splenda Granulated sweetener (or sweetener of your choice) together. Bring it to a boil and then remove it from the heat. Store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator.

sugar free lemon sorbet
Diabetic Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet

How to Make this recipe without an Ice Cream/Sorbet Maker

Mix the ingredients as stated in the recipe.

Pour the mixture into an airtight ice cream container or similar container and place it in the freezer. In approximately 1 hour, give it a good stirring and then every hour after that until it thickens up.

Best Ice Cream Container for Making Homemade Sorbet – When choosing an ice cream container, choose a long shallow one, instead of a bucket style. As the sorbet begins to thicken and freeze, stirring is easier in the long shallow style. When thawing to serve the long shallow style thaws more consistently than the bucket style which remains hard in the middle.

Storing Instructions

For best results, place a layer of plastic wrap onto the surface of the sorbet and then place the lid on. This method limits the air exposure to the top of the sorbet, which can cause it to dry out or get sticky. Store in the freezer, well covered for up to one month.

Thawing to Serve.

The time to that will vary depending on the type of container you use and the temperature of the freezer. Typically 10 to 15 minutes before serving is adequate to make the sorbet scoopable.

How to Make Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet

ingredients for sugar free lemon sorbet
Making Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet

Freeze your freezer bowl according to the machine instructions

Prepare the ingtredients

  • Zest the lemons
  • Squeeze the lemons to make 3/4 cup of fresh juice.
  • Measure the water

Whisk all of the recipe ingredients together and chill thoroughly. The mixture needs to be cold before adding them to the freezer bowl.

Assemble your Ice Cream maker

Add the cold ingredients.

Churn until the mixture is the consistency of sorbet. ( usually 20-25 minutes)

instructions to make sugar free lemon sorbet

Scoop and Serve or pour into a freezer container and free.

If you are freezing, remove it from the freezer at least 1/2 hours before serving as the sorbet freezes hard.


Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet Recipe

sugar free lemon sorbet

Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet Recipe

Simple to make diabetic friendly recipe for refreshing Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Diabetic Lemon Sorbet, Sugar Free Lemon Sorbet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Ice Cream Maker Churn Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 5kcal
Author: The Naked Diabetic
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  • Cuisinart 2 qt Ice Cream Maker



  • In a large mixing bowl or pitcher, mix all of the ingredients.
  • Whisk very well, until combined.
  • The ingredient mixture must be cold. Chill for 12 to 24 hours if possible.
  • Remove the ingredient mixture from the refrigerator when cold.
  • Start your ice cream maker.
  • Add ingredients while churning.
  • When fully thickened, scoop and serve or fill a freezer container and freeze.


Calories: 5kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 0.1g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0.3mg | Potassium: 25mg | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.03mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is automatically calculated using an online nutrition calculator. We encourage you to calculate nutrition data with your specific brand ingredients as nutritional information can vary between brands

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