Although most recipes call for sugar or sweetened syrups, this recipe for Chunky Cantapple Granita is sugar-free. A semi-frozen blend of cantaloupe, unsweetened apple juice and lime juice, Chunky Cantapple Granita has a mild, yet deliciously unexpected flavor combination. Enjoy!
Combine the cantaloupe, apple juice and lime juice in a blender or food processor; puree until only small chunks are left. Pour the mixture into a 9-by-13-inch glass or metal pan.
Place the pan on a level surface in your freezer. Freeze, stirring and scraping with a fork or spoon every 30 minutes or so, moving the frozen edges in toward the slushy center and crushing any large lumps. Repeat until the granita is firm, but not frozen solid, approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Remove from the freezer. Using a metal spatula or large spoon, break up the frozen ice into small chunks. Place in an airtight plastic container and freeze for at least one additional hour.
Remove from the freezer about 15 to 20 minutes before serving to soften slightly. Use an oversized spoon or ice cream scoop to scrape the granita into bowls. Garnish with fresh berries and herbs, if desired.