Delicious cancer-busting ice-creams and sorbets for summer

Published: 07 Aug 2019

In many parts of the world at this time of year the weather is hot outside – and when you're fighting cancer or undergoing chemo treatment, the heat is not always welcome.  
If you are finding things a little bit sticky at the moment, cool down with a delicious ice-cream, bowl of sorbet or a fruity granita.  If you’re appetite isn’t what it normally is, or you are finding it difficult to swallow or keep food down because of your treatment, these treats are a soothing way to help get your vitamins and calories intake up.

We’ve searched the web and found some great recipe ideas you may like to try.  There were so many delicious combinations that it was hard to choose from – so if these ones don’t appeal search for some more.

A family favorite to make as well as eat.  Have some fun: get the kids to help you design and create your very own family signature ice-cream recipe!!  And if you create something amazing, or have your own special favorite, please join and share in the Facebook Chemotherapy Support Group Facebook.

Do I need an ice-cream maker?

You don’t necessarily need an ice cream maker to make homemade ice cream or sorbets. There are a few ways to make homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker. You can make ice cream using the granita method and freeze your ice cream base and stirring it occasionally to distribute the ice crystals until it is completely frozen. You can also try out a no-churn ice cream recipe that uses whipped cream or egg whites to incorporate air into the mix. 

However, an ice cream maker is easier, faster and you’ll get better results – so if you love your ice-cream it might be worth investing. 

Cherry Sorbet with wine! (or apple juice if you prefer)

Here's a mouth-watering and decadent sorbet recipe that you can make with or without an ice-cream maker. There is an alcohol and non-alcoholic version – whatever takes your fancy.   And if that’s not enough to entice you – cherries are great for your health. There is strong evidence that cherries help people maintain an active lifestyle by countering painful inflammation, they’re beneficial in reducing the risk of colon cancer and are rich in phenolic compounds which may even help protect against neurodegenerative conditions such as senile dementia, and perhaps even Alzheimer’s. 

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Fresh Strawberry Granita

This is as cool and tasty as ice cream, but much lighter, more refreshing, bursting with fruity loveliness, and a lot easier to make. Perfect for cooling you down on a hot summer day. All berries, but particularly strawberries and raspberries, are rich in ellagic acid - this phytochemical has the ability to prevent cancers of the skin, bladder, lung, esophagus and breast.  So, what more reason do you need to give this recipe a go?

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‘Choose Your Own Flavour’ no-churn ice-cream

This one is courtesy of the UK's ‘national treasure' – tv chef Mary Berry. She's come up with an easy, fail-proof ice-cream, which involves a combination of whisking and folding to create the perfect ice-cream. Mary has given us a few of her ideas to flavor the base ice-cream – but please feel free to get creative and choose your own. Let us know if you whisk-up something amazing!

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Easy No-Cook Chocolate Ice Cream

You can't have a list of ice-cream recipes without an achingly indulgent chocolate one - and we love this one simply because it is so easy. We do know that flavanols in cocoa beans, an ingredient in chocolate, are antioxidants, meaning that they may reduce damage to cells – and it’s the damaged cells that can lead to cancer developing.  Although we don’t know to what extent chocolate itself has an effect, we love it anyway – so when nothing but chocolate will do, try this one.

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Homemade Snickers Ice-cream in under 15 mins!

Try out this one – our taste buds are salivating!  If you’re not feeling too energetic this one is on the ‘Cooking4Students’ YouTube channel - so easy even students can do it😉.  It has an easy-to-follow video so you simply can’t go wrong!  Swap the snickers for your favorite candy, chocolate bar or cookie if you prefer, and enjoy! Although there are no cancer-busting properties here – apart from the very important fact it will put a smile on your face.

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Matcha Green Tea Sorbet

This light, refreshing sorbet contains little to no fat without sacrificing any flavor. Not only is the sorbet tasty and refreshing, but this recipe harnesses the healthy goodness of Japanese matcha, which is the finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. Recent research has shown that drinking matcha green tea has the potential to stop the spread of breast cancer stem cells. Further research and clinical trials are ongoing – but it definitely won’t do you any harm and may do you a lot of good!

This recipe takes just minutes to make and can be made without the aid of either a blender or an ice cream maker - a treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth without all the heavy sugars.

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Beets & Vanilla Sorbet

And now for something a little more unusual. It may sound weird but the sublime combination of the sweet flavour of beets (beetroot in uk) and the velvety softness of vanilla work amazingly well together.

The sweet earthy beet flavor isn't masked in this sorbet, rather it shines alongside the vanilla. Beets are an excellent source of folate, a B vitamin that is heart healthy. They also play a role in producing and repairing DNA, so seem to be part of our anti-cancer arsenal, too. 

Prep time:    10 mins

Cook time:    30 mins

Serves:         4-6




Please bear in mind any allergies you have - and always check with your doctor to see if any of the recipe contents could conflict with your treatment or other medication.

Hope you find something here to your taste. If you do, please join the Chemotherapy Support Group on Facebook and share your pics or one of your own recipes with thousands of members. It's a fantastic community of people, all helping and supporting each other. 

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