The homemade chocolate granita is a fresh and creamy Italian dessert (very popular especially in Sicily) that you can prepare at home with a few simple ingredients and – following this simple recipe – either with or without using a n ice-cream maker. The Sicilian granita is a dessert that you must try in its countless variations, especially if you are enjoying a holiday on this beautiful island: almond, coffee, lemon, mulberry…almost always accompanied by a delicious brioche.
But if you cannot visit Sicily for the time being, you can at least prepare an excellent homemade chocolate granita, with all the creaminess and scents of the artisanal one. If you have an ice-cream maker, you will get a chocolate granita with a perfect texture in just a few simple steps.
Otherwise, with a little patience, you can make a great chocolate granita even without an ice cream maker, using only a plastic tray and a spoon or a fork. Below I show you both methods – with and without an ice cream maker – for making a delicious homemade chocolate granita!
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- CostVery cheap
- Preparation time40 Minutes
- Rest time5 Hours
- Serving4 servings
- Cooking methodNo cooking
- CuisineItalian regional
Ingredients for about 4 cups of chocolate granita
To prepare the gluten-free chocolate granita you must check that the unsweetened cocoa and chocolate chips have the words “gluten-free” on the label.
For the chocolate granita
- Power 360,19 (Kcal)
- Carbohydrates 81,80 (g) of which sugars 71,40 (g)
- Proteins 3,98 (g)
- Fat 7,33 (g) of which saturated 3,19 (g)of which unsaturated 1,25 (g)
- Fibers 5,68 (g)
- Sodium 16,62 (mg)
Indicative values for a portion of 150 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.
* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: https://www.crea.gov.it/alimenti-e-nutrizione https://www.alimentinutrizione.it ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov
How to prepare the chocolate granita with or without an ice-cream make
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A. Prepare the cocoa and chocolate blend
To prepare the homemade chocolate granita start by preparing the blend, which must first cool at room temperature and then in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours if you use the ice cream maker.
For now, you only need to add enough water to dissolve the sugar and cocoa. Mix thoroughly with a whisk or fork to dissolve any lumps. Add the chocolate chips.
Now follow procedure B1 to make the granita with an ice cream maker or B2 to make it without an ice cream maker.
B.1 Prepare homemade chocolate granita with an ice cream maker
There is nothing simpler than preparing a chocolate granita with an ice cream maker. When the mixture is warm enough to be placed in the refrigerator, cover the bowl with a sheet of cling film and place it in the coldest part of the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
If not, keep running the ice cream maker until you get the desired consistency. Otherwise, your chocolate granita is ready to enjoy! You can serve it straight up or garnished with whipped cream or even chopped pistachio.
B.2 Prepare chocolate granita without an ice cream maker
If you don’t have an ice cream maker, let the mixture cool to room temperature and then pour it into a plastic or steel container (low and wide is best).
Cover it with a lid or a sheet of cling film and place it in the freezer for 30 minutes, after which scrape it with a tablespoon or a fork to break up the ice crystals. Cover the container again and place it back in the freezer.
How to store the homemade chocolate granita
The homemade chocolate granita keep the right texture for 4 or 5 hours, beyond that it may freeze. If it happens you can leave it about ten minutes at room temperature, just long enough to break it into large pieces; then transfer it into a blender and grind it briefly until you get the right texture.
Tips and variations
Cinnamon is a spice widely used in Sicilian granita, but not everyone likes it. If you do not like it you can omit it.
Not all chocolate granita recipes call for chocolate; often only cocoa is used: chocolate in my opinion gives a creamier texture to the granita, but if you prefer you can omit it and use another 1/2 cup (60 grams) of unsweetened cocoa powder instead. If you use chocolate, still choose one with a cocoa percentage of at least 70 percent.
The amount of sugar can be slightly decreased or increased. Once the blend is ready, taste it and adjust accordingly, without going below 1 cup (200 grams) or exceeding 1 e 1/2 cup (300 grams).
Translation by Giacomo Meucci