Fresh strawberry granita is a frozen dessert made with just 3 ingredients; fresh strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. It’s one of my favorite summer frozen dessert recipes, and healthier, because you can control the amount of sugar in it!
One of the hard things about cutting back on sweets is that I am constantly thinking about the sweets I cannot have! Like these cookies and this pie. I mean, sometimes I have food on the brain for hours. Not helpful while on the treadmill like a hamster on a wheel. But, what I do try to have from time to time is granita, or what my kids like to call “fruit slushies”.
I bought 4 pints of beautiful strawberries at the farmer’s market Saturday and when I got home, I noticed that I picked particularly ripe ones. Sensing they were at their peak, I got out the blender and got to work.
Making the granita couldn’t be any easier!
Clean the strawberries and remove the stems. Then slice the berries and place 3 cups of them into the blender. Pulse until smooth.
Add the sugar and lemon juice to the hot water and stir until dissolved.
Combine the sugar water with the strawberries and puree until smooth and combined.
Add the mixture to a 13″ x 9″ x 2″ non-stick pan, cover with plastic and freeze. Every 30 minutes or so, scrape around from the sides with a fork. Put the scraped granita in an airtight container.
Give yourself a few hours to let the fresh strawberry granita freeze before you eat it. Different freezers vary, but this took me 2 hours. It was perfect last night after a particularly long and sweaty workout at the gym. A bowl of frozen strawberry granita was nice to come home and “chill out” to. ????
You may be wondering if fresh strawberry granita can be adapted for “adult consumption”? Why yes, it can!
Not that I do this often, but feel free to throw in a few shots of your favorite clear alcohol. I use strawberry vodka and yes, it’s good. Just make sure you warn your guests to keep their kids away from it. I use different containers to mark the child friendly granita.
This is so quick and easy to make. I also make this with mixed berries, peaches, mangoes, and blueberries. There are so many possibilities!