Eric thinks I’m getting senile.
I would have to agree…when it comes to certain things. Like limes.
We were unloading groceries the other day when he came across a huge stash of limes buried deep in the crisper.
"Why on earth are you hoarding limes?" he asked holding up this huge bag of limes as evidence.
I looked over, puzzled yet guilty at the same time, watching as he tried to insert new produce into the crisper like a Tetris game. There was no way he was going to win this round.
"No wonder why I can’t fit any produce in here…” the bag of limes dropped on the counter with a thud.
It was rather amusing.
Do you think I could remember why I thought it was a good idea to buy a mammoth bag of limes? Of course not. Who buys 15 limes and forgets about them for weeks? I’m guessing it was for a planned recipe, but what that recipe was I just don’t know. I may never know. Recipe ideas turn over at a rapid pace in this kitchen. Since January, I’ve filled a 200 page notebook – front and back – full of recipe trials. Scary. I guess it’s only natural that some ideas never make it to the notebook…or in long-term memory. :)
So now I have some limes on my hands, it seems. If worst comes to worst I will juice the remaining limes and freeze it into ice cube trays so I can forget about them for months, until they get so much freezer burn Eric gets annoyed all over again.
Strawberry lime granita sounds like even more fun than annoying Eric, mind you, but as it turns out I can do both at the same time. More on that below…
Summer Fever Strawberry Lime Granita
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If you’ve ever been afraid of making granita, fear not. It’s incredibly easy and the outcome is surprisingly gourmet. It’s also the perfect solution for summer fruit on its last legs. Strawberries, raspberries, peaches, apricots, cherries, etc should all work well. I fell in love with this strawberry lime flavour and I encourage you to try this out too. I used agave nectar in an effort to forgo sugar and I was really pleased with the outcome.
Yield: 6 servings
- 1 pound/450 grams fresh strawberries, hulled
- 5-6 tbsp fresh lime juice, to taste
- 1/3 cup agave nectar
- 1/2 cup water
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients and process until smooth. Adjust agave or lime juice to taste.
2. Pour mixture into a 9-inch square pan (or equivalent non-stick pan) and place into freezer for a couple hours, uncovered is fine. After a couple hours, scrape the mixture with a spoon or fork to break it up a little. You can repeat this process in another hour. It should be ready after 4-5 hours of freezing, but this may vary based on your freezer.
3. When it’s firm enough, scrape/shave it with a fork or spoon and serve it all fancy in a parfait glass – or my favourite way – straight from the pan! It’s the best when it gets a bit melty and gooey. Oh man…watch out! Cover and freeze leftovers in the freezer until ready to enjoy. I didn’t bother covering it because I don’t plan on it lasting long.
Nutritional info: (per serving, serves 6): 86 cals, 0 grams fat, 1 gram sodium, 22 grams carbs, 19 grams sugar, 1 gram protein.
I have now found a way to do three things:
1) save money on gelato trips by making granita
2) Repurpose the bowls and spoons I’ve been hoarding from the gelato place…
3) Drive Eric crazy with the sound of scraping granita.
I learned last night that he cannot STAND the sound of the fork scraping the ice. This is clearly payback for all the times he sharpens knives within a 500 foot radius of me (shudder…) The sound a knife being sharpened is my ultimate cringe factor. I just about shrivel up and die.
Despite the fact that a few of you on Instagram think this picture looks like ground beef (I would have to agree!) I hope you do try out this recipe. I think you will be surprised at how easy it is to make and how little it tastes like ground beef.
PS- The header is now CLICKABLE at long last!
Not having a food processor, would it be ok to use a blender instead?
I cant see why not!
This is awesome timing! I just bought a whole bag of limes!
Ooh these look amazing! I keep forgetting that over there in Toronto you guys are actually HAVING a summer lol. It’s so miserable here in Vancouver it’s not even funny. But I have faith the weather will improve, and this recipe will be on standby for when it does!
knife on knife?!! aaauuuggghh! my teeth!
This is perfect for a warm summers day!
I love that you included the Nutritional info! Thank you! I’m counting calories these days on the Gunnar Challenge so it really helps me out :) Love those cute bowls by the way. They rock for summer!
Angela, this recipe is perfect I can already picture myself enjoying this by the pool!
Great recipe! This sounds so, so good – love strawberry and lime together! Also, I do things like that all the time. I find all kinds of crazy stuff in my fridge (especially in the crisper!) and have no idea what my plan was. Unfortunately, more often than not, I don’t find them before they’ve gone bad… whoops. :P
Yum that look fantastic!
The sound of a knife on styrofome or touching other styrofome is shutter worthy!
Oh thank you for this recipe!! I’m always looking for ideas for my last minute berries – this sounds so refreshing for summer :)
Oh Angela you crack me up! I hoard produce too! A couple weeks back, ripe organic bananas were on sale for 50 cents per pound, in a huge five pound bag. So, even though I HAD bananas on my counter, I couldn’t pass up a deal like that on great bananas that were perfectly ripe to freeze or use for baking! My husband just smirked at me and said, “So, you got enough bananas?” LOL.
This granita looks delish! I also discovered last night my hubby CAN’T STAND THE SOUND OF ICE SCRAPING EITHER! I made some blackberry-coconut “ice cream” (inspired by ChocolateCoveredKatie) and while I was eating it, Paul kept shuddering and saying, “It SOUNDS soooo cold!!” Made me giggle. :)
haha that’s exactly what Eric says! He gets shivers over his entire body.
Love, love, love the bright colors! Your pictures are spot on. Cannot wait to give this recipe a try. An added bonus is the fact that this will be a little payback for my hubby too. He hates loud sounds coming from the kitchen, but always appreciates the results :)
Wow, what a gorgeous color! I bet this tastes delicious :D I was hoarding limes for a couple weeks(although I only had 7-8 before I realized) But I am an awful peanut butter hoarder. We quite literally have enough for the next year but I keep buying more, LOL.
yum, I’ve made gelato, ice cream, sorbet… Never granita!
Ha! Annoying husbands can be so much friggin’ fun sometimes!!! Seriously! I love how you horde those little cups, and I am going to have to start doing that myself! It’s such a great idea! I also love how beautiful your pictures are (yes, the last one absolutely looks like ground beef), and the colors are just so bright and vibrant! Love it!
haha thank you Amber!
Loved this! At least my version — frozen strawberries worked great, I had excess lemons instead of limes, and I used plain old sugar (1/2 cup). Easy, fabulous, not too unhealthy (well, I did serve w/ cookies). Thanks.
Would you be able to use frozen fruit for this tasty treat??
Would have to agree that the last picture looks like ground beef…however in the little pots they look really tempting and tasty. Nice simple recipe!
This does look delicious. And I’m sure it tastes great too since I tried something similar and just got so adicted: 1 cup frozen strawberries, juice of 1 lemon, sugar/sweetener of your choice, blend it well and you got strawberry sorbet! (and yes it is very little liquid to a lot of strawberry but that’s what makes it creamy an delicious)