Stewed Cherries with Almond Granita

Cherry season is almost over so this is a must-make-now (or-regret-for-the-rest-of-the-year) recipe. Sure, you can enjoy almond granita anytime but it just goes so well with cherries that it would almost be a crime not to make them together.

Okay, let’s reconsider. I think you’ll still enjoy the almond granita with any other fruit or even on its own. It’s such a light and refreshing dessert. Barely 50 calories or so per serving. Enjoy, my friends.



Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 MIN



For the cherries

2 cups cherries, stemmed

2 tablespoons agave syrup

2 tablespoons water

1 small cinnamon stick

¼ teaspoon almond extract


For the granita

2 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk

3 tablespoons agave syrup

1/8 teaspoon almond extract


To make the stewed cherries, place all the ingredients for
the cherries in a medium saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the cherries are soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Let cool and refrigerate until serving

Combine the almond milk, agave syrup and almond extract in a
rectangular plastic container fitted with a tight lid. Freeze for 2 hours.
Remove from the freezer and crush with a fork. Cover with the lid and freeze again for at least 2 hours.

At serving time, place the cherries in the bottom of a glass
or bowl. Using a fork, crush the granita, making long vigorous raking motions. Spoon the crushed granita over the cherries. Enjoy right away.


2 Responses to “Stewed Cherries with Almond Granita”

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    Eha — 09/13/2013 @ 10:28 pm

    For a non-dessert gal this is so different and appetizing: obviously both go well together, but I am looking past that to using the granita in differing ways. This surely has been put on my ‘summer-to-do’ list immediately!

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    Dana — 09/15/2013 @ 5:10 pm

    Gorgeous! What a understated but elegant dessert!

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