Have you ever had a refreshing granita? They are a traditional Italian treat, and they are so easy to make low carb! It originates in Sicily and is usually made with sugar, water and a variety of flavorings.
Mine is made with a fruit smoothie and coconut water. I did not add sweetener to this one because the fruit was sweet enough. But I would suggest that you taste your handiwork and decide how much and if you wish to add anything to it!
At my recent trip to the farmers market, I picked up some lychee fruit. I had never actually eaten them, so the sales person let me taste one. You pinch and peel off the skin to reveal this cloudy white sweet fruit with a large pit inside of it. I would describe its flavor to be a cross between a grape, a rose and a pear.
The whole recipe is 5 carbs per cup of granita. And it’s such a lovely and refreshing treat to enjoy in the hot summer months. And if you use a little imagination, you can make it with anything from berries to black coffee.
1 cup lychee (fresh)
1 cup honeydew
4 cherries (or any red fruit that will turn your granita pink)
1/2 cup coconut water
1 tbsp rose water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
(Sweetener is optional and to taste, depending on the natural sweetness of your fruit & your personal preference.)
Make a smoothie!!! Toss all of your ingredients into a blender and smooth it all out! Pour into a freezer safe container.
This will take 5-6 hours to totally freeze up. Every 30 minutes, you will take a fork and scrape the sides into the center to help coax the grainy texture.
When it is frozen, you can scrape it with an ice cream scoop or large spoon. To make it a little easier on yourself, you can wait 20 minutes if you need to.
It is such a delightful treat! Serve it with a sprinkle of edible rose petals and a sprig of mint.