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June 7, 2007

Strawberry Granita

Strawberry Granita

Sometimes it's nice to have a cool treat that is light and fruity, without the dairy and big calorie content. Coming in at about 65 calories a servings, Granita is just the thing! It's a basic, easy, relatively healthy little dessert. I made up a strawberry batch since we've got tons of them right now in the garden. It's cold, fruity and delicious!

What You'll Need:
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
3 cups of strawberries

In a medium sized pot cook water and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove simple syrup from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Place strawberries in a food processor or blender and process until smooth. Add simple syrup and process or blend until mixed.

Pour mixture into an 8 X 8 glass dish and place in the freezer. Check every 20-30 minutes and scrape with a fork. The sides tend to freeze first so scrape them toward the center. Repeat this step until completely frozen (1-4 hours depending on your freezer).

This can be made several days in advance of when you want to use it or the same day. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 8 servings.

Notes: You could use pretty much any fruit you like. Orange juice would work, so would pineapple, or blueberry, or well you get the point. This mixture would also make excellent popsicles. Just pour the liquid into the popsicle mold and freeze. For an adult treat stir in 1/4 to 1/2 cup of light or coconut rum.

Posted by Dianne at June 7, 2007 8:04 AM

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so it is kind of like sorbet, only with the fiber in it?

Posted by: katherine at June 7, 2007 12:32 PM

I don't know. I've never had sorbet truth be told. In taste it reminds me of the frozen fruit bars Alexis eats, but as far as consistency, I'm not sure how it would mesh with sorbet.

Posted by: Dianne at June 7, 2007 12:43 PM

I love granita!

Posted by: rachel at June 13, 2007 3:08 PM

I had never had it before, but I must say it definitely hits the spot! My blueberries are just beginning to ripen...I think I may have to make a blueberry batch soon! Or maybe lime...or maybe both! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 13, 2007 6:20 PM

Love that color! This has to be very refreshing. :-)


Posted by: gfe-gluten free easily at May 1, 2009 9:45 PM

Great idea! I never knew granitas were so simple. My strawberries aren't ripe yet, but soon!

Posted by: Gina (Gluten-free Gourmand) at May 1, 2009 9:46 PM

I want to make some with watermelon this summer...Or maybe lime...Oh why not both? ;oP

Posted by: Dianne at May 6, 2009 2:40 PM

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