Coffee Granita

by inspiredrd on August 21, 2011

Coffee granita

Do you like coffee?  I have a bit of an obsession with the stuff.  I don’t care if it’s 100 degrees at eight in the morning, I want a hot cup of coffee!  In the afternoons though, iced coffee is the way to go.  Throw a little soy or coconut milk in there, mix it with some ice, and I am set.

When I found out the theme of this month’s Recipe ReDux challenge, I was stumped for a minute.  I don’t think I’ve ever made a frozen dessert, unless you count ice cream cookie sandwiches.  What in the world was I going to make?  Then I remembered seeing Ina Garten make some kind of a coffee dessert where she kept pulling it out of the freezer to stir it with a fork.  What was that?  Oh yeah, a coffee granita.  I can do that!

Ingredients for coffee granita recipe

The recipe is very simple.  Start by brewing 2 cups of double-strength coffee or espresso.

turbinado sugar

Mix in 1/2 cup of sugar and about a teaspoon of cinnamon.  I used turbinado sugar because I prefer the flavor and the fact that it is less processed than table sugar.

granita recipe

Let the mixture sit until it has cooled off to room temperature.  Pour into an 8-inch glass baking dish, cover with plastic wrap and set in the freezer.

whisking coffee granita

Every 30 minutes, pull the coffee mixture out of the freezer and stir to break up the ice crystals that are forming.

Continue doing this for 2-3 hours until the mixture is hard enough that you need to use a fork to break up the ice.  Once the granita is frozen to the correct consistency, you can either serve right away or let it sit in the freezer overnight.

Granita with whipped cream

Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.  Serve in a chilled glass.

After taking the photos, I quickly grabbed a spoon and gave it a taste.  If you are a coffee freak lover like I am, you will adore this recipe.  Cool, refreshing, and bursting with coffee flavor.

We made our own whipped cream using heavy whipping cream using these directions.  If you are dairy-free, you could always make whipped cream out of coconut milk.  Click here to watch a video on how to do it.


Be sure to check out the rest of the Recipe ReDux recipes below for more frozen desserts!

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Kat Lynch – Eating The Week
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Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer
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Rebecca Scritchfield – MeFirst
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Emily Greenfield – The Nutriscientist
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Liz Marr – Liz On Food
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Elizabeth Jarrard- Don’t (White) Sugar-Coat It
Adult Popsicles: Frozen Boozy Treats

Regan – The Professional Palate
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Liz Weiss & Janice Newell Bissex – Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen
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Kristen Bourque- Swanky Dietitian
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EA Stewart-The Spicy RD
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Danielle Omar – Food Confidence RD
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Katie Caputo- East Meats West
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Alysa Bajenaru – Inspired RD
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Kara Lydon – Peace, Love, and Food
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Nicole Ferring Holovach – Whole Health RD
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Lisa @ Healthful Sense
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Jackie Mills – Delicious Diabetes Cooking
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Audra Losey – Nutrition Know How
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Kristina LaRue – Love and Zest
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