No-Churn Mango, Lime, and Cream Cheese Sherbet: A Refreshing Treat on a Hot Day (Dairy-Free Option)

Let’s talk about ice cream. Or sherbet, more specifically.

A closeup of a food processor container full of Mango, Lime, and Cream Cheese Sherbet.

I’m really digging this stuff. I made it a couple weekends ago and it sat in my freezer untouched for a whole week because I couldn’t find the time to take pictures of it. And even after all that time in the freezer, it scooped like a dream.

Top-down view of a batch of fresh mango chunks in a food processor.

Even though I was totally using a tablespoon to dish it out because our housemate moved out and took his scoopy device with him… someone please buy one for me. Please?

A closeup of fresh mango chunks.

Mango is a really creamy fruit in general, so I would even venture to say that the cream cheese in this recipe is optional. I actually used a vegan substitute to make this recipe dairy-free. It might not scoop as nicely or have that subtle sweet cheese flavor if you leave it out, but it will still be delicious (more like a sorbet).

A cup of mango, lime, and cream cheese sherbet with two loaf pans full of the same in the background.

And if you’re super into the lime flavor, add another tablespoon or two of lime juice. AJ isn’t so hot on lime-flavored stuff, so I kept it to a minimum.

A closeup of an earthenware cup full of mango-lime and cream cheese sherbet.

But yeah. Once the photos were taken and we were allowed to dig in, we definitely polished off a good half of the batch in one night. Aren’t I supposed to try to lose weight for our wedding? This might become a problem…

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A close up view of a mango lime and cream cheese sherbet in a small stoneware bowl.

Mango, Lime, and Cream Cheese Sherbet (With a Vegan, Dairy-Free Version)

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


A super simple and easy recipe for mango lime sherbet! Sweet mango pairs with tangy lime for an all-out party in your mouth. The addition of cream cheese (vegan or otherwise!) makes it super creamy and smooth. Scoopable right out of the freezer, it really is the perfect frozen treat.


  • 1 1/2 lbs (about 4 1/2 cups) frozen mango
  • 1/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cream cheese, vegan or otherwise*
  • 2/3 cup almond milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 23 Tbsp fresh lime juice


  1. Combine everything in a food processor and process until smooth. It may take a while. Add a bit more almond milk if needed.
  2. Spread into a freezer-safe container, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze for a few hours until solid. It should be pretty scoopable when fully frozen, but if not, let it sit out for 5-10 minutes before serving.


*I used Tofutti “Better Than Cream Cheese.”

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Freezer
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Keywords: Sherbet, Mango, Lime, Ice Cream, Frozen Treat, Frozen Dessert

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A collage of pictures showing a mango and lime sherbet recipe.

Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on July 9th, 2014. Last updated: July 20, 2021 at 10:33 am. 

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

10 thoughts on “No-Churn Mango, Lime, and Cream Cheese Sherbet: A Refreshing Treat on a Hot Day (Dairy-Free Option)”

  1. The title of this recipe includes lime, yet the ingredients list does not mention lime juice….what gives??? How much lime juice is added???

  2. Congrats on the new job – those are fantastic news indeed!! This sherbet looks so delicious! I’m sure that both cream cheese and lime juice make it super yummy indeed! 😉

  3. Wow this looks amazing! I just made mango ice cream the other night and only added almond milk to my food processor. I never thought to add cream cheese before. I definitely want to try this. Thanks for the yummy recipe 🙂

  4. Congrats on the new job! I can imagine it being tough to leave your dog at home alone but I’m sure you will both get used to it! The sherbet looks fantastic – mango is my favorite fruit and I’m always looking for new ways to eat it!


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