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Apple Mint Granita

Apple Mint Granita


Apple Mint Granita

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.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 3 cups

kitchen gear

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


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


  • Put the juice and maple syrup, honey, or sugar in the pan and mix until combined.
  • Carefully put the pan in the freezer.
  • 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.



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