Fresh Berry Granita

Fresh Berry Granita

Serves 8 to 10

For a refreshingly simple dessert, it's hard to beat this Italian ice treat. Strawberries and raspberries pack a flavor punch when combined with orange juice and zest (freshly squeezed orange juice yields the best results). Clear some space in your freezer -- no ice cream maker is required.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 6 tablespoons agave nectar or honey, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 3 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 pound fresh raspberries
  • Mint sprigs for garnish, (optional)
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Method: 

In a blender, combine orange juice, 3/4 cup water, agave nectar, sugar, zest and half of the strawberries and raspberries and purée until almost smooth. Add remaining berries and purée until completely smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness with additional agave nectar, if needed.

Pour berry mixture into a 9x13-inch baking dish and freeze until edges become icy and center is slushy, about 1 hour. Using a fork, stir the icy edges into the middle of the pan, repeating this step every 30 minutes until granita is completely frozen, about 3 hours.

Using a fork, scrape granita down the length of the pan, forming flaky ice crystals. Spoon into bowls, garnish with mint and serve or cover tightly and freeze for up to 24 hours.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:110 calories (5 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (4g dietary fiber, 23g sugar), 1g protein
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