Clementine Granita

Desserts, Gluten-Free, Ice Cream, Vegan / Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008


The clementines are finally in!

I was so excited to see them that I picked up my little wooden box from the grocery, slid it into the fridge and completely forgot about them–what with all the cookies, layer cakes and cheese balls roaming around–until today, when I remembered I had five pounds of clementines that needed to be eaten ASAP. Five sweet, easy to peel, practically seedless pounds of orangey potential.

The perfect opportunity to try a Clementine Granita.

Yes, I know it’s cold outside, snowy even, but hang with me. All this dessert requires is clementine juice, sugar, maybe a little rum, and four to six hours in the freezer. Every few hours, you rake a fork through the mixture. That’s it. But this simple dessert is so light, so cold and so packed with magical clementine flavor … It could shake up a brunch, soothe a sore throat or be the perfect non-gut-busting ending to a heavy winter meal.

Clementine Granita

Adapted from Emeril Lagasse (Food Network)

Serves 6

  • 3 cups fresh clementine juice, pulp removed (about 12 to 14 large clementines, juiced)
  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar, or to taste depending on sweetness of clementines
  • 2 tablespoons light rum, optional
  1. Combine clementine juice, sugar and rum, if desired, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Adjust the sweetness with more sugar, if needed.
  2. Pour mixture into a 9-inch square pan or dish. Freeze, stirring and crushing lumps with a fork every few hours. Serve in hollowed out clementine rounds, if desired.

Nutritional Info (Per Serving, w/o rum) – calories: 96.7, fat: 0.3g, carbs: 23.5g, fiber: 0.3g, protein: 1g, PP+ = 3

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16 thoughts on “Clementine Granita

  1. Hi! I stumbled on your blog via The photo is great, and the recipe seems delicious but it was totally the blog name that got me here. Nicely done!

  2. this photo is amazing! and this sounds so refreshing, definitely will be a welcome change from all the rich and heavy desserts i’ve been eating during the holiday season :)

  3. Gretchen Noelle: I couldn’t believe how easy this was to make. Might have to freeze some slices and/or juice for summer in the states.

    Laura: I needed something without chocolate! I’ve eaten enough bourbon balls, my blood is probably 40 proof.

    Tami: Hope your throat’s feeling better!

    Erin: It DOES remind me of snow. And we’re in the 70s right now in Tennessee, so granita doesn’t seem like such an anomaly.

    Greg: Welcome! Glad you like the blog name. I couldn’t believe it was free.

    Megan: Amen, Sister, on the rich foods. Any more cheese, and I’ll grow a third buttock.

    Shari: Isn’t it cute in the clementines? Emeril has the best ideas sometimes.

    Summer: You and me both, Sister. Happy Holidays to you!

    Jacque: It’s been dark and dreary here for two or three weeks, which should be illegal. Needed those clementines to pep me up.

  4. I can’t tell you how many pounds of clementines I’ve eaten in the past month or so. I lost count of the boxes at 7… and that was a few weeks ago. The granita sounds wonderful!

  5. Cat: They are sooooo good. I keep meaning to make a clementine cake, but that seems like a waste of freshness. I’ve read that you can freeze the slices, though. Might have to look into that before they’re gone.

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