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Granita is a semi-frozen Italian dessert that originated in Sicily.  It falls somewhere between a sorbet and italian ice.  Light, refreshing and healthy.  You can make this simple and easy treat with any flavored 100% juice.  So, go ahead and customize your own signature granita flavor.  This flavor is excellent and packed with antioxidants. If you have a power juicer, this would be a great time to use it.

Kids will love this dessert too.  Top with fruit, and you instantly have a healthy snack for all ages!

serves 6

  • 4 cups CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE, 100% juice
  • 1/3 cup SUGAR (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 LEMON, FRESH, JUICE AND ZEST
  • 3 cups MIXED BERRIES, fresh or frozen, thawed (optional)
  • 1 tsp SUGAR, (optional)

1. In a saucepan heat pomegrante juice, lemon juice, zest and 1/3 cup sugar, over medium heat, until dissolved.

2. Pour mixture into a shallow, 9×13″ rectangle dish. Let cool to room temp and place in freezer. Scrap with a fork, every hour, for up to 3 hours until slushy.

3. Berry topping (optional): Sprinkle 1 tsp sugar (optional too) over berries and let sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes, to macerate and become juicy. Scoop even amounts into six bowls and serve plain or topped with 1/2 cup prepared berries.  Store granita in an air tight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.

VARIATIONS: Use any 100% juice (apple, pineapple-coconut, lemonade, orange, grape, etc.). Top with nuts, coconut, light whip cream, lowfat yogurt or frozen yogurt. Add a crispy cookie or graham cracker to the side for a real treat!

NUTRITION INFO PER SERVING (includes 1/2 cup berries): 160 calories, 0g fat, 38g carb, 3g fiber, 30g sugar

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