Apple Mint Granita

Granita (pronounced gruh-NEE-ta) is a lot like a slushee—and you don’t need an ice cream maker to make it! Just your freezer. And some patience. Kids Advisory Board member Hailey Fullenkamp recommends making it with apple cider and adding a squeeze of lemon for tartness.

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 135   |    Makes: 3 cups

KITCHEN GEAR

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Measuring cups
Measuring spoons
Shallow metal pan
Spoon
Fork

INGREDIENTS

3 cup apple juice or apple cider
1⁄4 cup maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar
2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, finely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the juice and maple syrup, honey, or sugar in the pan and mix until combined.
  2. Carefully put the pan in the freezer.
  3. Scrape and stir with a fork every 15 minutes until frozen, 1 to 2 hours. Serve, or cover and freeze in individual portions for up to 2 weeks.

WHERE IN THE WORLD?

The Italian word granita shares the same root as granular because the frozen dessert has a grainy texture, like granulated sugar or slushy snow.