Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream

this orange granita does take a few hours, but the process is so hands off that you won’t even notice until your crunchy, citrusy dessert is ready! 

i love ice. if you give me ice, i can almost guarantee i’ll be a happier person. i take my friends’ cups when they’re done with their drinks, and hoard all that ice. at least, i did until my dentist called me out for chewing ice.

but it was inevitable that i’d post granita on here, because i still love ice. granita is basically flavored ice, the coarse italian version of shaved ice. the base of this orange granita is juice: pour storebought orange juice into a shallow container, stick in the freezer, and you’re almost there. every 30 minutes or so, aka whenever you get bored and wander into the kitchen for snacks or tea, run a fork through the granita to scrape up the ice crystals and make sure that they don’t freeze together into one big ice block. after 3 hours, you have granita!

i’ve layered this orange granita into champagne glasses; definitely not necessary, but we’re treating ourselves, we’re living our lives. (i also don’t care for champagne, so i wouldn’t use these glasses otherwise). a cloud of almond-flavored whipped cream (slice of summery peach on top optional) doesn’t hurt either. the crunchy, citrus-y granita goes so well with a little bit of almond-y decadent cream, like classy ice your dentist won’t be as mad at you for chomping on.

This orange granita with almond whipped cream is only 3 ingredients: orange juice, almond extract and heavy cream. #orange #orangejuice #granita #summertime

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5 from 1 vote
Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Freeze Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins
 

It's like a classy creamsicle! Fruity orange granita with dreamy almond whipped cream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almond extract, dessert, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, granita, heavy cream, italian, juice, no-bake, orange, summer, vegetarian, whipped cream
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 107 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream cold
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Pour the juice into a 9x13" pan and freeze for 2-3 hours. Depending on the size of your pan, the granita will freeze at a different speed (ie a bigger pan means the juice will freeze faster). Every 20-30 minutes, using a fork, scrape the ice (all of it, not just the top layer), to make sure that the juice doesn't freeze into one block.
  2. In a medium bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the almond extract, then mix until combined.
  3. Divide the granita between 6 champagne glasses, then top with the whipped cream. Serve immediately.

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5 Replies to “Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream”

  1. wow, what a wonderful flavor combination! Pretty pictures, too!

  2. Mmmm creamsicles are the BEST!!! I bet the addition of almond flavor makes these just to die for! Perfect for summer!!

  3. What a refreshing idea for summer! I love that you added almond extract to your cream, it’s so tasty!

  4. that does sound good. I read somewhere that chewing on ice signals that you have some type of vitamin deficiency. Also bad for your teeth.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

  5. I totally love the combination of orange and almonds 🙂 totally drooling over this.

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