Living With Diabetes Diabetic Recipes: Melon & Apple Granita, LaVonne
|Recipe Title:: Melon & Apple Granita|
Contributed By: LaVonne
Additional Credits for The Recipe
|This granita uses sweet ripe melon for flavor, apple juice instead of sugar and a touch of lime juice to perk up the flavors. Berries look beautiful on top; or if you can find fresh figs, add them. For a vibrant look, make with an orange-fleshed melon, such as cantaloupe, Charentais or orange honeydew.|
"I make this with watermelon, and add minced chocolate mint leaves. (There is a mint plant called "chocolate mint" that I grow on my balcony.) "
List of Ingredients:
4 cups cubed ripe melon
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
Fresh mint leaves, for garnish
Combine melon, apple juice and lime juice in a blender; puree until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass or metal pan.
Place the pan on a level surface in your freezer. Freeze, stirring and scraping with a fork every 30 minutes, moving the frozen edges in toward the slushy center and crushing any lumps, until the granita is firm but not frozen solid, 3 to 4 hours.
Remove from the freezer; use a metal spatula or large spoon to break up the frozen ice into small slivers. Pack into an airtight plastic container and freeze for at least 1 hour more.
Remove from the freezer about 20 minutes before serving to soften slightly. Use a wide spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the granita into shallow bowls. Sprinkle blueberries and raspberries over each portion and garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
Tips & Notes
Make Ahead Tip: Freeze for up to 1 week. Remove about 20 minutes before serving to soften slightly
Cooking Time and Temperature:
|Active Time: 10 minutes|
Total Time: 4 1/2 hours (including freezing time)
Number of Servings: 8 servings, about 3/4 cup granita & 1/4 cup fruit each
Nutritional Analysis: Per serving: 66 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 17 mg sodium; 277 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (40% daily value). Carbohydrate Servings: 1 Exchanges: 1 fruit
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According to the CDC Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in children and adolescents; about 151,000 people below the age of 20 years have diabetes. When diabetes strikes during childhood, it is routinely assumed to be type 1, or juvenile-onset diabetes. However, in the last 2 decades, type 2 diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) has been reported among U.S. children and adolescents with increasing frequency.