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  • Makes 4 cups

Lightly sweet and totally refreshing, this frozen dessert has a coarser, slushier texture than sorbet. This easy granita recipe requires only five ingredients and takes just 10 minutes to prepare. The hardest part is waiting to dig in until it’s fully chilled.


  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 cups fresh or frozen pineapple cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise. Using the tip of a small sharp knife, scrape out the seeds.
  2. In a heavy-duty blender or food processor combine vanilla seeds or vanilla extract, pineapple, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a shallow freezer container. Cover and freeze 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Break mixture into small chunks and place in blender or food processor. Cover and pulse just until slushy. Top servings with fresh mint.

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Susan Tidey11 months ago
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This is actually very good and very fast and easy to make. Thanks!

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Darshana Thacker Wendel

Darshana Thacker Wendel is a vegan chef specializing in whole-food, plant-based cuisine. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of the Forks Over Knives: Flavor! cookbook, recipe author for the book Forks Over Knives Family, and recipe contributor to The New York Times best-selling book The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives magazine, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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