Coffee Granita

Be Healthy, Desserts, Gluten-Free, Recipe ReDux, Recipes August 21, 2011
How to make a 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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  • Reply Liz Marr, MS, RD August 21, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Maybe we could start a coffee recipe redux! I’m a coffee lover, too. Your recipe looks delicious and very refreshing.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      Liz, count me in! Anything with coffee and I’m there.

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  • Reply EA-The Spicy RD August 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Oh, I want some right now! I could definitely use a coffee pick me up right now. I’ll have to wait though since I’m one of those sensitive people who can’t consume coffee after noon, unless I want to be up all night. My husband can drink an espresso before bed and go right to sleep. Great recipe!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      EA, I used to be able to drink coffee until bedtime with no problem. Not anymore! I had a cup the other night right after dinner and couldn’t go to sleep!

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  • Reply gretchen August 21, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    love the idea. coffee is an ever-present ingredient in my kitchen. we, too, have a little bit of an addiction problem with the stuff at our house. and love the whipped cream from coconut milk link… thanks for sharing.

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Gretchen, I am so excited to try the coconut whipped cream. I was going to use it for this recipe but had trouble finding the cans on short notice.

  • Reply Alexandra Caspero August 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I’m with you- I love coffee and really enjoy the flavor. This granita looks great and not too difficult to make!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks Alexandra! It was really very easy to make and we enjoyed it for a few days.

  • Reply Serena August 22, 2011 at 9:17 am

    Love the step-by-step photos. I know it sounds crazy, but I’m never sure if I’m doing the “scrape with the tongs of a fork” step in a granita recipe correctly. I’ve tried them before and they don’t seem to work right. I’m going to have to try your YUMMY version…esp with the real whipped cream. Cool Whip is not allowed in my house!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Serena, that is exactly why we made our own whipped cream. I was NOT buying Cool Whip! I hope the photos help you!

  • Reply Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian August 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I definitely think I would love this treat! I need my coffee daily, but I have been loving it iced.
    The perfect summer dessert!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:45 pm

      Perfect for a beat-the-heat pick-me-up!

  • Reply Liz - Meal Makeover Mom August 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

    I’m with you. I can’t start my day without a cup of coffee (a homemade latte in my case). In fact, I look forward to waking up just so I can have my one soothing cup (no matter how hot it is outside). I really enjoyed your post. The recipe looks perfect for summer and so refreshing!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks Liz! I make lattes sometimes too either with vanilla soy or vanilla coconut milk.

  • Reply Kara August 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Mmmm what a refreshing treat! Great idea!

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  • Reply Regan @ The Professional Palate August 29, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Just got a new coffee maker and can’t wait to brew a little extra for this!

    • Reply inspiredrd August 29, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      Yay! Let me know how you like it!

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