Lemon-Mint Granita

This tart granita is a perfect after-dinner treat
lemon  mint

Frozen Paleo

"Granitas are like sorbets’ messier cousins. They aren’t as refined (smooth and silky). Their ice crystals are jagged and lumpy and they can look a little strange sometimes. But you can’t deny how refreshing they are, or their strong flavor. They’re made very similarly to sorbets except you skip the machine part and rough them up every hour with a fork, so they’re also easy to make. You may not think that lemon and mint go together, but they do. This tart granita is a perfect after-dinner treat. The mint is subtle in this one—you will taste it after the cold, refreshing ice crystals have melted on your tongue. I also like to serve this as a palate cleanser if I’m serving a big meal."- Pamela Braun

Recipe excerpted with permission from FFrozen Paleo: Dairy-Free Ice Cream, Pops, Pies, Granitas, Sorbets, and More by Pamela Braun. To purchase your own copy, click here.

6
Servings
98
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaces
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 3-4 lemons)

Directions

Pour the water and honey into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, and heat over medium heat until honey has dissolved into the water. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the mint leaves and zest and cover the pan. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Strain out the mint and lemon zest and add lemon juice to the syrup. Stir to make sure that everything is thoroughly combined.

Pour the mixture into an 8 x 8 x 2-inch (20.32 x 20.32 x 5.08-centimeter) pan and freeze it for 1 hour.

Bring the pan out of the freezer and use a fork to scrape whatever bits of it have frozen.

Return it to the freezer for another hour. Again use a fork to scrape whatever bits have frozen—you’re creating ice crystals. You may need to do this 1 or 2 more times until you get the consistency you like. It really depends on how cold your freezer is.

Scrape again before serving.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
10g
8%
Protein
6g
13%
Vitamin A, RAE
44µg
6%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Calcium, Ca
28mg
3%
Choline, total
2mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
17µg
4%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
10mg
3%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
84mg
12%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
21mg
1%
Water
45g
2%

Lemon Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Lemon Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.