Summer Fever Strawberry Lime Granita…just 4-ingredients!

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on June 6, 2012

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Eric thinks I’m getting senile.

I would have to agree…when it comes to certain things. Like limes.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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

Ingredients:

  • 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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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Erica { EricaDHouse.com } June 7, 2012 at 5:29 am

With the Florida heat I’m about to suffer through this summer I will definitely be making these … a lot! I wonder how blueberry would taste?

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers June 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love this recipe!!! Nothing like a healthy frozen treat on a hot summer’s day!

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Katrina June 7, 2012 at 6:47 am

This sounds delightful! Yum!

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LizAshlee June 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

This looks so refreshing!

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R.A. June 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

This looks wonderful and all the strawberry fields in the area are in full production. My husband is diabetic so I would have to try this with Splenda as 18 grams of sugar per serving would be way too high for him. As to the sound of knife sharpening, it is funny the things that bother people, I never thought much about that sound. What I really hate are dull knives and all of you have reminded me that I need to ask my husband to sharpen the knives!

While I often wish I lived in another part of the country, when summer hits and I return home with all that wonderful bounty from the farmer’s market, then I am glad I live in California. I have the same problem many of you have…..I think they should make a refrigerator with more than two vegetable crisper drawers!

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Sabina June 7, 2012 at 7:55 am

great idea!
would it not be faster to freeze the fruit and blend the frozen fruit with ice or water?

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Ana April 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm

Freeze the fruit and blend with very little liquid of your choice (like for 1 cup strawberries use the juice of 1 lemon) and you get a creamy texture.

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Madison @ Pilates Makes You Happy June 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

Bahahaha! I am the same way with citrus fruit! There are always bags and bags of oranges, grapefruits, lemons and limes in my fridge crispers that never get used! But they have such amazing possibilities when I buy them!

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Sonal June 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

This looks soo delicious!! Definitely going to try it :) I can totally relate to Eric though – forks scratching on ice can give me goosebumps!

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meg June 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

i love you cute bowls! looks like your makin good use of them :)

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Moni Meals June 7, 2012 at 10:14 am

Now this looks so sweet and refreshing. I actually have not made this ever so thank you for the inspiration and motivation. I have all the ingredients as of today, I could possibly make it today! ;)

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Meredith June 7, 2012 at 10:15 am

Not having a food processor, would it be ok to use a blender instead?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I cant see why not!

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Lauren June 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

This is awesome timing! I just bought a whole bag of limes!

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Anna @ The Guiltless Life June 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

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!

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Stefania @ Revitalize with Stefania June 7, 2012 at 11:37 am

so refreshing!

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Tonya June 7, 2012 at 12:26 pm

knife on knife?!! aaauuuggghh! my teeth!

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Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 7, 2012 at 12:36 pm

This is perfect for a warm summers day!

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Wendy Irene June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm

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!

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Catalina @ Cake with Love June 7, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Angela, this recipe is perfect I can already picture myself enjoying this by the pool!

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Willow June 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

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

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Kamaile June 7, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Yum that look fantastic!
The sound of a knife on styrofome or touching other styrofome is shutter worthy!

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Sharla June 8, 2012 at 8:15 am

Oh thank you for this recipe!! I’m always looking for ideas for my last minute berries – this sounds so refreshing for summer :)

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Whitney @ She Lives Fit June 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

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. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 8, 2012 at 11:49 am

haha that’s exactly what Eric says! He gets shivers over his entire body.

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Lori @ Forkful of Freedom June 8, 2012 at 9:17 am

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 :)

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Heidi @ Food Doodles June 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

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.

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Stefania June 9, 2012 at 12:54 am

yum, I’ve made gelato, ice cream, sorbet… Never granita!

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Amber from Slim Pickin's Kitchen June 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) June 10, 2012 at 7:46 am

haha thank you Amber!

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Sara June 11, 2012 at 5:55 pm

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.

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Kiera June 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Would you be able to use frozen fruit for this tasty treat??

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Trini Caribbean Catering April 4, 2015 at 8:20 am

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!

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Ana April 5, 2015 at 9:52 pm

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)

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