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February 16, 2015

AVOCADO COCONUT AND LIME GRANITA

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A refreshing avocado, coconut, and lime granita. A healthy desserts that's easy to make.

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It's a brutal winter here in New England: the days are short, the storms are frequent, the snow is incessant. This refreshing granita is something that helps me think of happier times long, long ago when the sun was bright, the air was warm, the butterflies fluttered, the trees were green, and the days were long. I think our ancestors called it.......uhmmm.....summer. Do I miss those days! They seem so long ago and so far away as I sit here in my frozen tundra, buried under 100+ inches of recently fallen snow.  
Okay, now that I have gotten that out of my system, I will stop whining. Thanks for bearing with me!




Eating this granita takes me away and makes me think of warm days and fun in the sun. The icy concoction of avocado, lime, and coconut is cold and refreshing, and I can't help but conjure up images of tropical breeze, palm trees, and lazy days. Want to be there too? (And if you are already there, don't leave)! Let this fabulous granita send you on your way!



AVOCADO COCONUT AND LIME GRANITA



INGREDIENTS:

1 avocado, peeled and seeded
2 limes, juiced (about 1/3 cup)
1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
1/4 cup agave nectar
2 tsp. Stevia White Powder *
2 tbsp. sugar 


INSTRUCTIONS:

Place avocado and lime juice in a food processor and puree. Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth. Place in a shallow container large enough so that the granita is no thicker than 1/2" deep. Freeze for 3 hours. Scrape the frozen areas with a fork and moving them towards the center. Return to freezer and scrape approximately every 3 hours. If you can't scrape every 3 hours, it is okay. This granita is forgiving and you can scrape it just before serving. Granita should be ready to eat in about 10 hours (to reduce freezing time, use a larger container to reduce thickness of the granita and scrape the ice more frequently).  Makes about six 1/2-cup servings.


*Stevia White Powder is much sweeter than regular sugar, therefore is only needed in small amount. I use the NuNaturals NuStevia brand. It's my personal favorite. I get mine at Swanson Health Products because it has the best price. Neither product nor vendor is a paid endorsement. If you want to use an alternative sugar substitute, adjust quantity to suit your taste (I have not tried this recipe with any other sugar substitute). I don't recommend using all refine sugar as it requires 1/2 cup to sweeten this recipe. I found that using this amount affects the consistency and freezing point of the granita. It will not crystallize optimally and be somewhat mushy. It will also increase freezer time by at least 50%.



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17 comments:

  1. Now this is a frozen treat I'd love to have right now. I love coconut and lime!

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  2. I feel so bad for all of you New Englanders -- that's so much snow! This granita looks so healthy and refreshing!

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    1. Thank you Marcie. We are thankful that there is no structural damage or power outage.

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  3. Looks light, heatlthy and perfect for warmer summer days. I found your recipe over at the Two Cup Tuesday link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1DCiOtl. Have a wonderful day!

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  4. I'm in Boston. . .so I can totally sympathize with you. I was stranded on my way home from Photography class on Saturday. . .it was horrible. But your granita sure looks like it could put me in a tropical state of mind. I love anything flavored with coconut and lime. http://www.theroadtohoney.com

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    1. My husband and I were just talking about how difficult it must be to live in the city this time of year...the street parking alone must be a nightmare. To make it even worse, the recent problems with the T...I feel for you too! Thanks for stopping by, Lynn.

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  5. Ah ... this is just what I need!! You and I are in the sammeeeee boat... (ah man I WISH we were in a boat.)- I haven't heard the word summer in so long,thank you for reminding me what it is! I love this granita- it's so creative and makes me think of warmer days!

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    1. I second that motion, Stephanie. And boat, plane, train, automobile...I don't care as long as I'm in it and it's heading south! Ha ha!! So glad you like the granita. It's really good!

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  6. Yum, I love the coconut part!
    I would love if you would share on my Friday Favorites linkup!

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  7. This sounds lovely and refreshing. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!!

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    1. It is, Laura. I will be making it a lot in the summer. Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. This looks delicious and healthy. Thanks for sharing this one. I have been looking for recipes to try which is both delicious and healthy. I think this is worth the try.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer. I am glad to hear you like it. I hope you will give it a try!

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