Monday, May 20, 2013

Recipe: Pineapple Granita (Gluten, Dairy, & Sugar Free)

My son loves ice cream and gelato, but now that he's dairy free again, it's harder to find cool summer treats that aren't full of sugar or chemicals.  It's hot here in Costa Rica, and fruit is cheap, so after visiting a farmer's market and buying  ton of fruit, I decided to make some granita.  Granita is a typical Italian dessert of flavoured shaved ice.  It's super easy to make, and doesn't require any special equipment.  This recipe is granita at the most basic, but there are so many simple ways to dress it up as a fancy dessert. 

We made pineapple granita because pineapples are everywhere in Costa Rica, so we bought 2 of them for about $2.  We used one for smoothies, but the other was perfect for granita.

**This recipe doesn't call for sugar because I used ripe pineapple that was very sweet.  To choose a ripe pineapple, pull on one of the middle leaves on top.  If it comes out easily, the pineapple is ready to eat.  Check the bottom to ensure there is no mould.  Taste the pineapple before freezing.  Add a bit of sugar or honey to mix if a sweeter taste is desired.

Pineapple Granita


1 non-stick metal baking pan (cake pan or something similar with sides)
1 blender
Fork (I know, high end stuff)


1 pineapple, cleaned, cored, & chopped in pieces
1 cup water


1- Combine pineapple chunks with water in blender and mix until smooth.  Pour mixture into baking pan. 

2- Freeze mixture, stirring every 30 minutes or so with a fork because the water tends to separate.  Continue until completely frozen solid.  To serve, take the side of a fork and scrape the icy shards off the top and into a serving bowl.  Serve immediately. 

Depending on how cold your fridge's freezer is, freezing times vary.  It keeps well in the freezer covered with plastic wrap to avoid freezer burn.

1 comment :

  1. I laughed about your "fork- high end stuff" LOL This recipe sounds so easy and refreshing! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Hope your week is great!

    Cindy from