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Like Homemade Slushies Only Better: Blackberry Granitas

I had never made granitas before and was happy to learn they are impossibly easy.  And this recipe—since I did not rely on regular sugar as a sweetener—is extremely forgiving.

To make a granita, you basically put a sweetened fruit puree into a glass dish in the freezer, and then, every hour or so, scrape it with a fork to fluff it up.  I used a juice concentrate for sweetener, which not only added tons of flavor, but kept it softer in the freezer as well.

The kids will love helping with this. You can tell them you’re making homemade shaved ice, or homemade slushies. What’s more, they’ll love them because the flavor is even more intense than something you can buy at SevenEleven.

It’s so dark and rich, you won’t ever miss the sugar or fat (or artificial colorings or flavorings). Now what could be wrong with that?

Oh, and you can make these with any fruit you want (maybe not apple). So give it a try!

Blackberry Granitas

4 cups fresh blackberries, washed
1/3 cup 100% juice concentrate (I used Welch’s Cherry White Grape Juice Concentrate)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Using a fine sieve, strain mixture into a glass baking dish. Freeze for 2-4 hours.

2. Use a fork to scrape the frozen puree. Freeze again for an hour or so more. Use a fork to rake through the mixture again. Repeat a time or two more. Serve in small dishes.

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