Watermelon, strawberry and mint granita

Watermelon, strawberry and mint granita

Preparation time: 30 minutes + freezing time

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 15

INGREDIENTS

2 punnets (500g) fresh strawberries, hulled 300g caster sugar
Juice of a lime
1.2kg watermelon, rind and seeds removed and cut into chunks
1⁄4 cup mint leaves

METHOD

  1. Place the strawberries in a liquidiser or food processor and blend to a puree. Pour puree into a saucepan with sugar and juice, place over a medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, strain strawberry mixture through a sieve into a jug and allow to cool completely.
  2. Place watermelon and mint together in a liquidiser or food processor and blend to a puree. Strain watermelon mixture through a sieve and combine with strawberry mixture, stirring until well combined.
  3. Pour watermelon mixture into two shallow metal baking trays and place in freezer for 2 hours or until the mixture begins to freeze around the edge. Remove from freezer and using a fork drag the frozen edges into the middle. Return tray to the freezer and repeat process 3-4 times, every 30 minutes or until mixture resembles coarse ice crystals.

Nutrition Information

Original recipe – 15 serves; one serve = 135g 438.9kJ, 0.6g protein, 0.2g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 25.3g carbohydrate, 25.2g sugars, 2.1mg sodium, 1.3g bre

No added sugar version – 15 serves; one serve = 115g, 119kJ, 0.6g protein, 0.6g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 5.3g carbohydrate, 5.2g sugars, 2.1mg sodium, 1.3g fibre

From the dietitian

Granitas are a semi-frozen Italian dessert traditionally made from sugar, water and various flavourings. Given its high sugar content, it’s a dessert for special occasions. Smaller serves (15 instead of 8) reduces the sugar from 47g (11 teaspoons) to 25g (6 teaspoons) per serve.

Alternatively, try this no added sugar version which can be enjoyed more often as a refreshing frozen fruity dessert on those hot summer days! Replace recipe step 1 with this modi ed step: Place the strawberries and lime juice in a liquidizer or food processor and blend to a puree. Strain the strawberry mixture through a sieve into a jug. Then complete steps 2 and 3 as per the recipe.

One serve of this no added sugar version provides 5.2g (just over 1 teaspoon) of sugar, which comes from the natural sugar present in the fruit.

 

 

Recipes and Food Styling by Fiona Roberts.
Photography by David Sievers.
Consultant Dietitian: Julie-Anne McWhinnie – Accredited Practicing Dietitian.

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