The Perfect Summer Mango Granita
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The Perfect Summer Mango Granita

This naturally sweetened summer mango granita is the perfect way to end a backyard dinner. This Italian dessert is a must try for any summer party.

Mangoes and summer are like toast and butter. They go hand in hand. So many delicious ways to enjoy this exotic fruit. We love all the varieties that we can get during the summertime too. The summer mango granita is one easy, delicious, and refreshing way of using mangoes.

The Ingredients for Summer Mango Granita

Three ingredients are all it takes and you will have people asking for more. My kids love this recipe and I make it quite a bit during the summer months.

Ingredients for mango granita

The Ingredients List for the Italian Dessert

  • 2 large ripe mangoes (about 2 cups worth)
  • 1 lime (about 4 tablespoons)
  • the rind of one lime (about 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (or to taste)
  • 1 cup water
  • pinch of salt

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Preparing the Mango

To make this simple, yet delicious dessert, we will need to blend the fruit. Wash and dry the fruit. Peel the mango and discard the skin. Cut the fruit away from the pit and discard the pit. Chop it into small chunks. The idea is to get the mango into chunks small enough so that when blended we get a smooth pulp.

granita ready for the freezer

Blending the Mango for the Mango Dessert

Place the chunks into a food processor or blender. Wash the lime properly and dry it. Using a nutmeg grater or any other small grater, scrape all the rind of the lime and place it into the blender as well. Cut the lime into half and squeeze all the juice out of it into the blender. Now we can add the water and salt and blend everything together until you get a smooth pulpy mixture.

Freezing the Italian Dessert

Pour the pulpy mixture into a freezer proof container and cover it. Place the container into the freezer for about 1 hr or until the mixture has just started to freeze.

First scraping for granita

Remove it from the freezer and using a fork, scrape the semi frozen pulp. Mix it up so that it’s evenly distributed again in the container. This helps give the dessert that flaky look and taste. Put it back into the freezer for another hour or so and remove and scrape again. This time the mixture will be a little more frozen. Place it back in the freezer for a third time.

Ready to serve granita

Remove from the freezer after another hour or so of freezing and using a fork scrape again. This time, you will have this delicious frozen Italian ice or Granita. Once it’s all scraped, you can use an ice cream scoop or a serving spoon to serve it into individual bowls and enjoy. Serve it immediately after removing it from the freezer or it will melt and not taste too good.

The perfect summer mango granita

Serving Suggestions:

Enjoy as a dessert on any given day at the end of a back yard barbecue. Try it once on your friends and you’re guaranteed, repeat visitors.

  • My son loves to add a little condensed milk on top for added creaminess and sweetness.
  • Keep it vegan by adding coconut milk to the top for added creaminess.
  • I love to add a dollop of vanilla ice cream to this. I find it makes it taste like a mango fudgesicle.

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The Perfect Summer Mango Granita

Course: DessertCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

8

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Freezing time

3

hours 
Calories

59

kcal
Total time

3

hours 

10

minutes

This naturally sweetened summer mango granita is the perfect way to end a backyard dinner. This Italian dessert is a must try for any summer party.

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe mangoes (about 2 cups worth)

  • 1 lime (about 4 tablespoons)

  • the rind of one lime

  • 6 tablespoons of maple syrup (or to taste)

  • 1 cup water

  • pinch of salt

Directions

  • Wash and dry the mango. Peel the mango and discard the skin.
  • Cut the mango away from the pit and discard the pit. Chop it into small chunks. Place the chunks into a food processor or blender.
  • Using a nutmeg grater, get the rind off the lime and add it to the blender.
  • Cut the lime into half and squeeze all the juice into the blender as well.
  • Add the water and salt to the blender.
  • Blend everything so that it’s finely pureed.
  • Place the blended mango into a freezer safe container and cover it with a lid. Place the container into the freezer and let it freeze for about an hour.
  • Remove it from the freezer and using a fork, scrape the semi frozen mango. Once all of it has been scraped, place it back into the freezer for another hour or so.
  • Repeat step 8 twice more.
  • Serve the frozen mango granita as a dessert on a hot summer day and enjoy it frozen.

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