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Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice

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Healthy Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)
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Healthy desserts. Is there really such a thing?

It’s sort of a oxymoron, don’t you think? Like a “friendly argument” or “jumbo shrimp” a healthy dessert sounds like a “clearly misunderstood” concept.

When I think of dessert, I think of excess, decadence, fat, carbs, sugar. I think of rich chocolate and silky cream. However, healthy is not on the radar when I ponder dessert.

Making Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)

Our friends that long for healthy desserts, aren’t trying to ruin the party for everyone else. The “greater minority” simply want to treat themselves without being burdened by guilt.

Although I rarely have guilt after eating something sweet, I can appreciate that train of thought.

So today’s Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice recipe (AKA dairy free sorbet) is for you, healthy dessert eaters. You deserve a chance to indulge while staying trim.

How To: Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)

I’ve combined Meyer Lemons and Black Peppercorns for a delightful Italian Ice. Sound strange? Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons and have a slight floral essence. This, paired with a touch of peppery heat in the back of your throat, makes a tantalizing treat.

Plus, it’s healthy. Black pepper is thought to help with digestion, provide powerful antioxidants, and even break down fat cells.

How to Make Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)

Above being a great source of vitamin C, lemons also aid digestion and are know to “cure” all sorts of ailments including canker sores, eczema, and reduce fevers.

(What’s a little white processed sugar in comparison to all these benefits?)

Simple Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)

If that weren’t enough to close the sale, this Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice is perhaps the easiest recipe ever.

If you can use a zester and boil water, you can make Italian Ice. Although you could put this in your ice cream maker to speed up the freeze time, no special equipment is required. You are 6 ingredients away from a light, yet blissful, reward.

If you can’t find Meyer Lemons, substitute regular lemons. Either way, it’s “terribly good!” *wink*

6-Ingredient Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)

Looking for more healthy dessert ideas? Try these…

Grapefruit Basil Sorbet

Mexican Chile Pops

Strawberry Basil Ice

Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe (Dairy Free Sorbet!)
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Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Awesome Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice Recipe, perfect for spring and summer treats. This simple frozen dairy free sorbet is easy on the hips!
Servings: 6


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed (6-8 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch salt


  • Boil 3 cups of water and add the sugar to the pan. Stir until the sugar in completely dissolved and remove from heat.
  • Add the Meyer lemon zest and juice, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Stir well.
  • Pour into small 4-6 serving cups and freeze.
  • When ready to serve, place on the counter for 10 minutes to soften. (You could also pour it into one larger container to freeze. Then shave it with a spoon into serve dishing later.)


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 138kcal, Carbohydrates: 36g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 7mg, Potassium: 44mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin C: 13.8mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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67 comments on “Meyer Lemon and Peppercorn Italian Ice”

  1. Loved this!

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  11. My husband would absolutely love this, he loves a little kick to everything he eats. I would never have thought of adding lemon and peppercorns for a dessert. Awesome!

  12. I love this combination of of citrus and pepper. I am now figuring out when I can make it.


  13. 81 degrees right now. I’m ready for some lemon Italian ice. Bring it on!

  14. This sounds so intriguing! YUM! I feel like this recipe totally lives up to your name, a spicy “perspective” on italian ice. :) P.s… I LOVE those little cups, where did you get them!?

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  16. I like the idea of adding peppercorn! Very creative!

  17. What a great shot; I love the peppercorns scattered about! –Also love any individual desserts, especially when they are guilt free!

  18. So unique Sommer! You recipes put me to shame. You really are one talented chef!

  19. Oooooh meyer lemons with peppercorns….this sounds gooooood! I love Italian Ice – I will print this right now because I think it’s going to become the ‘go to’ summer treat when I need to lose a few elbees, but I also need to get my dessert fix!

  20. That looks lovely. I love italian ice. I would never think of adding peppercorns.

  21. Yum! Love the flavor combination and it looks so easy. Great post.

  22. This may be your most interesting pairing yet! I would’ve never thought to combine lemon and pepper in a dessert! It looks perfect for summer :)

  23. This looks delicious! Perfect for a North Carolina summer day… although in the Triangle, it feels more like winter than summer! URG! Anyhow… amazing pictures and beautiful looking dessert!

  24. This looks mighty yummy, Sommer.

  25. What a wonderful flavor contrast. I love pepper – probably more than I should and these sound to die for. (they look awfully pretty as well!)

  26. A recipe which is going to save me from summer heat! This is so simple and yet so healthy with the peppercorns in it. Very exciting recipe, indeed, Sommer.

  27. To be honest I fall under the first category. The richer the sweet the more I love it! I am of the eopinion that if I will sin, I will do it all the way, no regrets, no tears! With your photos you succeeded in making this so to say “light sweet” very tempting even for my standards.

  28. More of the Italian ice, that is…I hope that came out right.

  29. I love the photos. You really presented this unique dessert in a great fashion. Healthy or not, you would have everyone hungry for more.

  30. I’m a MAJOR Italian ice lover with a budding Meyer lemon tree in the living room. Hope to try this when I have my own lemons! Lovely post and photos! And who’dathunk to add black pepper? :)

  31. Your post JUST appeared in my mailbox and look how late that is. I am JUST posting my FIRST experience ever with a Meyer lemon – and will link to this post for a look at abundance of Meyer lemons and a fun way to use them (AAA-CHOO) It looks like you had a blast with this dessert and I imagine it was very light bright and sparkly.

  32. This looks great and refreshing!… but I will admit that I’d probably want a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt right beside it :) Sort of like a lemon-pepper dreamsicle!

  33. What a unique combination of ingredients! I love peppercorn and citrus…I would love this. Love how it’s a healthy dessert too :-)

  34. Ooo… Sommer, I’m absolutely loving this healthy dessert. Fabulous combination for summer !
    This makes me think of hot summer days trying to lick the ice cream before it melts :)

    Loving the yellow background :)



  35. Thanks Sommer for thinking of our waistlines, especially with summer just around the corner, I could use a good healthy dessert that’s easy to make like this one. I love the addition of peppercorn here, it’s always nice to shake up traditional flavors with some added heat.

  36. What a refreshing combination…love it :)

  37. flavourful for summer looks good

  38. This is a healthy dessert I could get on board with. I have been in love with Italian ice ever since we’ve lived on the east coast and had Rita’s available. This would certainly satisfy my craving plus I can never say no to anything citrus :o)

  39. Love the combination of flavor. Healthy and delicious. Glad that I bump into your blog. Will sure pass by more often.

  40. We were looking at ice cream makers this weekend, didn’t buy one yet but will be trying this recipe soon. I love lemons and my husband loves ices. We’re set! Beautiful photos once again :)

  41. Oooh Sommer! what a tasty & well flavoured special taste aka ice cream or sorbet??

    MMMMMMM,..I adore your vibrant yellow pictures!! Another must make!! :)

  42. oh goodness a lovely spring combo, I love ices and our temps here are wuicly rising!! stunning sommer!


  43. Omg…the lemon drink is looking so tempting. I cant wait to try this version of urs…too gud !

  44. Very unique and special. I would count that as a treat :D

  45. Wonderful. The post, the recipe, the pictures!!!! Just awesome.

  46. Quite frankly, I HATE having to eat healthy desserts…fortunately being low carb for my diabetes doesn’t mean I have to be low fat ;) But this ice looks so flavourful and refreshing, I’d eat it happily!

  47. I am loving the peppercorns in this. I’ve never made Italian Ice. This looks absolutely delicious. Love the photo with all the peppercorns scattered around on the yellow.

  48. Yummy! I bet this combo is so satisfying. My mouth is watering!

  49. As much as I love decadent desserts (and shoes, BTW), this sounds both delicious and refreshing….mmmm.

  50. As good as it gets. Might try this with limes as we don’t get Meyer lemons in India. The very thought of lime and pepper is tantalizing yum! Gorgeous post!!

  51. Always on a lookout for ideas on healthy desserts, and this is sure a fabulous one! Love the combo of sweet meyer lemon and fragrant peppercorns, nice!

  52. What a unique flavor combo! Definitely going to give this one a try! =)

  53. This could be the most creative ice I have ever seen. I wish I could taste some :-))

  54. It’s healthy, sumptuous and a visual treat for your eyes! lovely recipe :)

  55. love, love the yellow props… did you buy the yellow prop background? I’m looking for new background sheets for my set up but they only have limited colors… I really like this a lot.. it lemons just pop.. and I would do anything to taste a meyer lemon.

  56. Love lemons…and italian ice!! This looks so refreshing and tasty! ;)

  57. Yum. I’m all about healthy desserts, but I’m always in need of new recipes. I love the unusual flavor combination here. Thank you for sharing with me. After a very long week, it is refreshing to return to the blogs/people that I love. Your words mean more to me than I can express. Many blessings this week!

  58. Just had to check out what you’re up to with the Meyer lemons!
    Interesting, lively flavor combination in an Italian ice;-)
    Love the pictures too, just love the yellow with the peppercorns;-)

    • Hey Patty! Bet you thought I’d never get a hold of any Meyer lemons after all my whining. Let’s just say I know a guy…. ;)

  59. Wow — how cool is this?! What a unique recipe. I love italian ice but would have never thought of adding pepper!

  60. What a special treat, so vibrant..and so different

  61. I’m with you, I think dessert should be an indulgence! Like double or nothing. I’m not fond of peppercorns in dessert (had an ice cream version once), but lemon ice is always light and refreshing.

  62. Pepper and lemon, what a great combo!! I am sure it tastes unbelievably good.
    Great pictures, Sommer!

  63. What a great idea! Love this flavor combo!