Mocha Granita

in Chocolate, Desserts

OMG coffee, I love you.

Raise your hand if you go to sleep dreaming about the next morning’s cup of coffee…

Raise your hand if you’re sort of a snob about coffee (and you don’t care who knows it)…

Raise your hand if you love coffee in baked goods…

If I were you, my hand would’ve been raised for all 3. What if coffee didn’t exist? What a sad thought. I was never one of those kids that didn’t like coffee. Pretty sure I was born loving it. In Latin culture it’s common to give kids a cup of café con leche early on. I think I had mine before the age of 10…and I loved it. I loved it so much that I wasn’t allowed to drink coffee at all until I was about 16. My parents didn’t want to stunt my growth. Turns their efforts were useless since I’m positive that I was destined to be the 5’1″ that I am. SADFACE!

Whatever. What’s awesome now is that I get to drink it all I want. Yay for being an adult!

In the summer I’m all about desserts that don’t require an oven. Though, can we just talk about how pie is going to have to happen soon. Cherries, peaches, nectarines are just ridiculous right now. We might even add some sort of liquor. Who knows. We’re going to do this, promise!

Back to no oven…so, granites…I love them. They’re the easiest thing in the world. No oven, just a lil’ mixing, barely any work. They’re like Italian snow cones.

This one has a little combo of coffee and chocolate. The chocolate will want to do this thing where it sits on the bottom of the casserole dish. But you’re gonna just show it who’s boss. It’s imperative that you go back at the 30 minute mark and then the hour mark and mix it all up.

That’s kind of the only thing with granitas, they definitely take a little checking up on. But it’s nothing major. And the reward of delicious, slushy, icy awesomeness is grand!

I topped mine with a dollop of whipped cream. It says optional below but I think it’s necessary.

Mocha Granita

Print this recipe!

1 cup coffee
3 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa powder
Whipped cream (optional)

1. In a French press, add the coffee and pour water–that’s just below the boiling point–atop. Mix and let steep for 3-5 minutes.

2. In a casserole dish (note: mine was 8 1/2 x 10 1/2, though, different sizes will work just fine), add the hot coffee and immediately mix in the sugar and cocoa powder, until both dissolve completely. Transfer to the freezer and at the 30 minute mark, mix slushy with a fork. Continue this process on each hour mark for the next 4 hours, and until completely frozen. Top with a dollop of whipped cream, if you like.

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks July 12, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Coffee, no bake, chocolate. I think this is perfect! Love the stainless cups you’ve got them in, too. I need to shop where you shop!


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen July 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

These look so delicious! I’m not a big coffee drinker (I’m weird and it makes me too hot) but I love it in baked goods and desserts!


Ana July 12, 2012 at 7:54 pm

I had a HUGE crack up at the beginning of this post with coffee & young latin children. Born and raised in a Cuban household, right here. Let’s just say we even occasionally dip the.pacofier in some cafe con leche or the late afternoon cafecito if the baby of the moment can’t take their eye saucers off of it. No worries, I was destined to be 5’4 😉


Alanna July 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm

By “coffee” – do you mean “coffee grounds”? Sounds so refreshing – and might be a good way to make my way back to coffee after over-indulging during vacation and making the mistake of going cold turkey to cut back.


Adrianna July 13, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Yes, this is fixed now.


Margherita July 13, 2012 at 1:57 am

That’s how people in Sicily are having breakfast everyday. Except they serve it in a so-called brioche (kind of croissant pastry) stuffed with the mocha granita.
It’s the best thing in the world!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar July 13, 2012 at 3:43 am

Yum! This sounds awesome!


Melissa {Being a Bear} July 13, 2012 at 3:47 am

I second the comment about the cups. They’re gorgeous! I’ve been forbidden to have coffee for a while for medical reasons, and it’s seriously killing me. This is top of my list for the moment that ban is lifted.


niceday4asulk July 13, 2012 at 4:21 am

Dreamy! I don’t care if it’s only 17 degrees and constantly raining in London… I’m so trying this at the weekend :-)


Adina July 13, 2012 at 4:24 am

I have been looking for the perfect post-nannying reward for myself and I think this is it. Not only do I love coffee/slushies, but the dollop of whipped cream just made it a little more perfect. I’m raising my hand for all 3 right now.


tina July 13, 2012 at 6:30 am

Yums! i dream of morning coffee like no other! pls where is that kitchen towel from? you always have the cutest kitchen items :) happy friday love!!


erin @WELLinLA July 13, 2012 at 7:28 am

I sooooo want one of these for breakfast this morning! Going to settle for a latte on the fly…


Ashley Caldwell July 13, 2012 at 7:46 am

Hi I love the little bucket/ cups these are in where can I find some?


Adrianna July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Found the at Trader Joe’s, actually. Random!


Joelle @ on a pink typewriter July 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

This looks great – I’ve never tried granita.


Maija July 13, 2012 at 8:18 am

Would you think the sugar is replaceable ~> maybe with stevia?
I know sugar itself is often necessary for the ‘science’ of cooking/baking.


Adrianna July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

That should totally work!


marla July 13, 2012 at 9:08 am

Being a coffee junkie I am so inn love with this granita!!


Margarita July 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

i have passed by so many espresso shacks that advertise granita and never knew what it was. thanks to you, i’m not ignorant anymore! :) love this… maybe i won’t have to buy granitas to try it because again, thanks to you, i can just simply make it at home!


Katie @ Blonde Ambition July 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Love those cups!


brandi July 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

coffee is basically our blood type, soo…..i need this.


NicoleD July 13, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I saw the last pic on Pinterest and should have known this was your recipe! Cuteness!


Cathy @ Noble Pig July 13, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This is brilliant…long live the java!


Heidi @ Food Doodles July 13, 2012 at 3:27 pm

I wish I had some of this right now! Yummmm!


Shelly Donahue July 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

You have my vote for Queen of the World! Can’t wait to make this.


Adrianna July 14, 2012 at 2:43 pm

I want to be queen of the world so THANK YOU!


Brittany July 14, 2012 at 8:30 pm

My hand is raised and the other is reaching for some coffee right now!!

Is it wrong to eat this for breakfast? ‘Cause I’m gonna need to do that.


Let Me Eat Cake July 16, 2012 at 9:00 pm

looks like these turned out great!


Nan V. August 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Oh luscious! I can’t wait to try this. I raised my hand to all 3 of your questions. I get depressed if I think I can’t have my iced vanilla latte every morning! Have you see the iced coffee recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website? It looks good enough to swim in. You should check it out.


Sonia Monagheddu August 15, 2013 at 4:24 am

Hi, I’m Sonia, an Italian food blogger, sorry for my bad English, I want tell you that I have included the link of this recipe in the section on my blog dedicated to “10 ways to make” (“10 Modi di Fare”) granita recipes.
The post is ‘Granita ai mirtilli’ I hope not to bother you.
Have a nice day.



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