What to Make When It’s 104 Degrees Outside (And You Are Avoiding Gluten)

Can’t think of turning on the oven? Too hot for the crockpot? Try making a granita! What is a granita? It is Italian for “little old grandma.” I’m lying, it’s not. Granitas are icy, semi-sweet desserts. This treat can be enjoyed any time of the day, but I am digging it for breakfast! This recipe is gluten free and full of healthy stuff. Take a peek!

Almonds: Low in saturated fat, high in Vitamin E, calcium and magnesium, all cancer haters

Chocolate Almond Milk: full of calcium, vitamins A, D & E

Dates: Contain fiber, antioxidants, vitamin A, beta-carotene, iron and potassium

Cocoa Powder: serious antioxidant power (more than acai, blueberries, red wine or green tea)

You could easily keep blending your granita until the chunks of ice are more like specs. I had one kid asleep while I made this and opted for a shorter blender time.

Ok, so you see how the glass in the photo is a big 16 ouncer? You could easily split this shake/icy treat/chunky meal into two servings. You teeny-tiny chicks out there might want to. One Chocolate Almond Granita is 538 calories, which is definitely a meal. I don’t think 500 calories spent on a fulfilling breakfast is awful, as long as you keep the rest of the day in check. I’d be willing to bet a shot or two of espresso might bump this recipe up a notch too!

Here’s the other part that may of may not freak you out. This has 39 grams of fat. WAIT, wait! Don’t leave yet. 36 grams are unsaturated, they are your healthy fats you find in avocados and salmon. Just a not for extra measure, fat doesn’t make you fat. In fact, it makes you full!

I should note that this was inspired by Celiacchicks.com who do an unchocolate? version!
Here’s what ya do.

Blend together –

  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 2 cups ice
Blend, blend and keep blending. Grab a spoon, a straw and a good book. Then email me and tell me how much you loved this treat!
Or, if you just want to go all-out, big-mama-crazy, you could try this:
It is called “The Kitchen Sink” (see the pipes?) and can be found at a local ice cream shop, San Francisco Creamery.
Look at the ultimate man-piggy attempt to finish one of these bad boys in under an hour. Enjoy and I’ll be chattin’ with you soon!

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