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Roasted Cherries with Cocoa-Mocha Granita

Health JUNE 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup granita, 1/4 of cherries)
  • Prep time:15 Minutes
  • Bake:15 Minutes
  • Freeze:1 Hour


  • Cherries:
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Granita:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1. Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Mist a 9-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Stir cherries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, kirsch and juice in baking dish to combine. Roast until bubbly and juices have thickened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

2. Mix cocoa and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Whisk in coffee until sugar and cocoa have dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in milk and extracts; pour into another 9-inch square baking dish. Freeze until completely frozen, about 1 hour, scraping frozen crystals from edge of pan with a fork every 15 minutes.

3. When ready to serve, scrape granita into chilled glasses, breaking up any large pieces with a fork. Top with cherries.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 237
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrate: 51g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Sodium: 29mg
  • Calcium: 81mg

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