dessert, ice cream/sorbet

Blueberry-Buttermilk Sherbet

Blueberry-buttermilk sherbet is a refreshing creation of sweet blueberries and slightly tart buttermilk for a different twist on homemade ice cream!
One of my very favorite childhood books was Blueberries for Sal  by Robert McCloskey. Written in 1948, it’s about a little girl who goes out to pick blueberries with her mother. At the same time, a bear cub goes into the same field with his mother to eat blueberries. Cub and child get mixed up and follow the wrong parent around the patch of berries, both blissfully unaware of their mistake. Now that I think about it, it’s sort of a horrifying plot line, but in the vein of sweet, fictional, happily-ever-after children’s books, of course, everything works out in the end for both Sal and the bear cub.

Blueberry-buttermilk sherbet is a refreshing creation of sweet blueberries and slightly tart buttermilk for a different twist on homemade ice cream!
I think blueberries are a happily-ever-after fruit. They’re great with oatmeal and granola, in smoothies, salsas or salads, with dinner or dessert. And in my mind, there’s no better snack than a handful of huge, sweet blueberries. One of nature’s candies for sure!

But blueberry-buttermilk sherbet? Does it sound a little weird? I admit, I first was wondering if this combo would work. But here’s the thing. Blueberries are sweet, juicy and amazing. Buttermilk is a bit tart and slightly yogurty. Swirl them together, and deliciousness is born! Literally, as we made this recipe, we couldn’t spoon it out of the ice cream maker and to our mouths fast enough. It’s that good! And it’s a fun twist on ice cream when you want to be a little unique. Just a word of caution: Once it’s frozen, let it sit and soften for a bit before serving. This is one frozen treat that’s better when it’s slightly melty around the edges.

Blueberry-buttermilk sherbet is a refreshing creation of sweet blueberries and slightly tart buttermilk for a different twist on homemade ice cream!
Blueberries for Sal? YES, PLEASE! And for David, Henry, Kristen, Jen, Carol, Tom…………

Blueberry-Buttermilk Sherbet

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-15


  • 6 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 quart buttermilk
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Coarsely mash berries by hand or in blender.
  2. Add all ingredients to ice cream mixer.
  3. Stir well, until sugar is incorporated.
  4. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions.


*This sherbet tastes best when it has been slightly thawed. Take it out of the freezer 15 minutes before serving to let it soften.

*We've said it before, but we highly recommend using the old-fashioned type of ice cream maker. The traditional rock-salt-and-ice method works so much better than anything else! We absolutely LOVE our White Mountain ice cream maker and would highly recommend it. It's a bit of an investment, but it's a workhorse that will last for years!

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  • Reply Sara August 8, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    this looks amazing!! And seems fairly simple 🙂 I can’t wait to try it!

    • Reply Sarah August 8, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      Sara, That’s the best part…SO yummy but simple too. Enjoy!

  • Reply Sarah Bruso August 8, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    This definitely appealed to the sherbet lover in me. Would love to try this with watermelon, even.

    • Reply Sarah August 9, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      Sarah, LOVE the idea of using watermelon! I’m going to try that, too. Awesome idea:)

  • Reply Louisa August 8, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    This looks so so good! I need to try to recipe soonest!

    • Reply Sarah August 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

      Louisa, let us know what you think! Hope you love it.

  • Reply Jessica Lam August 8, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Omg, this looks sooo delicious and it’s so quick. Definitely going to try this out soon!

    • Reply Sarah August 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

      Jessica, we think it’s super tasty. Hope you love it!

  • Reply Maggie Unzueta August 9, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Mmmm… this looks so yummy and so easy to make. Pinning for later!

    • Reply Sarah August 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Maggie, it is so easy! Hope you love it.

  • Reply Liz August 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Huh, I’m with you – I wouldn’t have thought to put buttermilk and blueberries together, but it looks delicious! Pinning for later 🙂

    • Reply Sarah August 10, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks for pinning Liz! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply Breanna August 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    This looks amazing!!!!!! Want to try it for my girls!

    • Reply Elizabeth August 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Breanna, hope you and your girls love this one. It’s a little unique, but our family laps it up every time I make it. Have fun!

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