Acai Berry Cranberry Tea Sherbet

Acai Berry Cranberry Tea Sherbet

I’m a big tea lover! I drink a cup of tea almost everyday. Right now while I write this post I’m drinking lychee white tea and it’s so good! I believe there is nothing better than enjoying a comforting and tasty cup of tea. I also like to use tea in a variety of different recipes to add wonderful flavor and fantastic health benefits to my recipes.


The dairy-free sherbet recipe I’m sharing today is made with Zhena’s Gypsy Acai Berry tea which is one of my favorite teas. This caffeine-free red tea is a delectable organic blend of Rooibos, rosehip, hibiscus, orange peel, lemongrass, Sambazon acai berry, essential oil of mandarin, and peach. This tea is an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.


All of Zhena’s Gypsy teas are certified organic, certified fair-trade, eco-friendly teas. Zhena’s Gypsy Tea produces hand-crafted, premium quality, all natural and organic healthy infusions which stimulate the palate and delight the senses.  All of  the teas are nurtured, cultivated and hand processed by tea artisans and are available in loose leaf or in couture tea sachets made from hemp or 100% biodegradable GMO-free corn silk.


All of Zhena’s Gypsy tea products are made fresh with expertly blended organic leaves, herbs, fruits, flowers, spices, and essential oils. Their blends are also certified GMO and allergen free, 100% natural and do not contain petrochemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances or preservatives.


I had the pleasure of meeting the founder Zhena at a WOTGG event and she is truly passionate about sourcing the best for her artisan tea blends. Her company provides fair wages, healthcare, guaranteed maternity leave, childcare, literacy, better working conditions, and autonomy for all of her tea growers. I recommend you support this fantastic company and try all of their different varieties and decide which ones are your favorites.


For this sherbet recipe I steeped the acai berry sachets in organic hot coconut milk blended with vanilla bean and cinnamon which infuses the creamy milk with a lush berry floral flavor. This tea infusion gets blended with tart red cranberries, banana, and essential orange oil for an unforgettable sweet-tart taste sensation! This tasty, creamy sherbet is in my new cookbook “Deliciously Holistic” which will be released in April 2013.


Enjoy this vibrant-colored delectable sherbet anytime you want a healthy dessert that will satisfy your sweet tooth without any guilt.


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Acai Berry Cranberry Tea Sherbet

Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian

Makes around 2 pints

2½ cups organic coconut milk

Seeds and pod from 1 vanilla bean

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea Acai Berry—use 2 tea sachets

1¼ cups raw coconut nectar or coconut sugar

4 drops orange essential oil–optional

3 cups fresh cranberries

1 small banana—organic or fair-trade


1. In medium saucepan add coconut milk, pod and seeds from 1 vanilla bean, and cinnamon and stir to combine.  Bring mixture to a low simmer on medium heat. Once milk is hot add the tea sachets and stir. Turn heat to low and let tea steep for 3–5 minutes. Remove vanilla pod and tea sachets from coconut milk and stir in coconut nectar  or coconut sugar and orange oil.  Cool tea infused milk for around 10 minutes.

2. Add cooled milk into blender container with cranberries and banana. Blend sherbet until smooth. Taste and add more agave or coconut nectar if you like the sherbet sweeter. Strain sherbet thru fine-mesh strainer to remove any cranberry skin. Chill sherbet for at least 4 hours or overnight. Pour chilled sherbet into a chilled ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer’s directions. Enjoy immediately.

3. If you don’t own an ice cream maker, chill the tea infused coconut milk and use frozen cranberries and banana. Blend ingredients in blender until smooth and sherbet can be consumed immediately after blending. It will have the consistency of soft-serve ice cream. If you like it firmer, place in airtight containers and freeze until firm. If you store the sherbet in the freezer, make sure you place in refrigerator for 15 minutes to soften before eating because sherbet will become very hard in the freezer. Sherbet lasts for 3 weeks covered in the freezer.


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This recipe was shared on Allergy Free Wednesdays at Gluten Freely Frugal Blog
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  1. Hi Shelley,

    I’ve never heard of Zhena’s Gypsy teas. Sounds like excellent products.

    I will try to make this. I tried one of your smoothies and I really enjoyed it. Your photo looks so good, I can eat it.

    Take care!

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Evelyn, Zhena’s Gypsy teas are so great! I really love the wonderful flavor and health benefits this tea adds to the sherbet. Thank you for all your kind words about my recipes, they are much appreciated! I have to read your post on how you ended your affair with chocolate chip cookies!!

  2. One of my friends made this and it was delish!!! Hers did not look as beautifully presented, but that did not matter. I am a big tea fan, so I am definitely putting this recipe in my favs.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Nile, From one tea fan to another try this recipe and you will love it! Zhena’s Gypsy tea is so good and the flavors blend beautifully with the fruit and coconut milk. Enjoy 🙂

  3. Nathalie Villeneuve

    This looks like the most delectable sherbet recipe. I wonder where I can find the Zhena’s Gypsy teas. I don’t know very much about tea but I would love to learn. I like cranberry and citrus flavored tea and I prefer tea to coffee. Do you have a simple ice tea recipe for beginners…LOL

    Have a great weekend Shelley

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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Nathalie, thanks for the kind words! You know I have a good recipe for ice tea..LOL You can find Zhena’s Gypsy Tea at most food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts Market. You can also buy her teas online at Zhena’s Gypsy Tea website. I hope this helps 🙂

  4. Sounds VERY yummy! I’ll have to come over and have some at your place Shelley. I don’t feel like making it, but would LOVE to eat it. Your blog is beautiful, love all the images, looks very yummy too.

    bye for now, Julieanne
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Julieanne, I am so glad you like the recipe and my blog. If you lived in Los Angeles I would make it for you but I hope you change your mind and try the recipe because it is yummy and easy to do.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! This sherbet looks delicious and I love the addition of orange oil to it. Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Laura, You are welcome! Thanks for hosting Allergy-Free Wednesdays, there are so many wonderful recipes featured. I hope you make the sherbet recipe. 🙂

  6. I will be featuring your lovely recipe this week on Allergy-Free Wednesdays!

  7. Hello Shelly!

    I am so happy I found your blog! First because I am a huge tea lover and second because I am vegan and it’s hard to find recipes as tasty as the one you posted. Thank you!

    I have to say I’ve never heard of Zhena’s Gypsy tea but it sounds interesting and I am a great fan of Acai tea! I drink it regularly, as it is quite healthy! It is a great weight loss tea, it helps prevent cancer, improves your cardiovascular health and boosts the immune system! What’s not to like?!?

    And what about the one you were drinking? Lychee white tea? Is it also from Zhena’s? I love white tea, it’s so delicate, but I’ve never tried that blend before. It seems quite good!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Mafalda, I’m happy to have you visit my blog and share your thoughts on Acai tea and my recipe. Thank you! The Lychee white tea was not from Zhena but her teas are organic, sustainable, and they all taste amazing. Please go to Zhena’s website to find out more.

      • Hello Shelley!

        I will visit her website. If you have more recipes, especially vegan ones please post! I’ll be glad to try them 🙂
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        • Shelley Alexander says:

          Mafalda, You won’t be disappointed with her teas. I will be posting more vegan recipes over the next months so check back or sign up for my email updates and the recipes will be delivered to your inbox whenever I post them on the blog. Thanks for stopping by again!

  8. I love tea too. I love a citrus-y black tea, either iced or hot every day. I also love cranberries, so this recipe is great for me. Being from the south, I am not quite used to drinking milk in my tea. It changed when I was visiting India, but I am still kind of getting used to the idea of anything milky in my tea.. I will have to give it a try though. Thanks!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Kristen, The combination of coconut milk with the tea and fruit adds a necessary creaminess to the sherbet along with a hint of coconut that pairs well with the cranberries and acai berry. I hope you enjoy it!

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