It’s mid winter as I write this, which means everyone I know is a health kick. (Including me) Now, I long ago gave up restrictive dieting. I try to keep things simple, concentrating on whole foods, organic when possible, and limiting sugars. What’s a girl to do when she gets a sweet tooth though? How about some grape gelato!
After the holidays I try to reign things in a bit and give my body a reset. Working on my self control we’ll call it.
But it’s winter.
And I want to eat my feelings until spring comes.
So, I found a healthy option, and it’s gooooood!
Grab grapes on sale and freeze them
If not on sale, grapes can be pricy! I try to find them when they’re at their best price, take them home, clean and freeze them for when I’m ready to make gelato! (Or just eat them frozen, because that’s also a yummy treat!)
The process couldn’t be easier!
You will need a food processor to complete the recipe. This one I snagged off Amazon last year is my favorite. It’s become a staple in my kitchen to slice, shred, mince, and puree all the things. If you have something similar, some honey, salt, and a little lemon you’re ready to make this gelato in under five minutes.
What you’ll need:
- 3 cups of grapes, color of choice. I’ve used both purple and green and they’re both delicious.
- 2 Tablespoons honey. You can add more or less to taste. Without it though, it can be very tart! It also doesn’t get as smooth.
- Dash of salt. I’m talking just a dusting.
- Squeeze of lemon juice. Fresh squeezed is always best. I love to keep a few Lemons on hand because they do so much to bring life to a dessert or dish! All you’ll want here is about two teaspoons.
That’s it! Sometimes less is more and you don’t need much to make this gelato taste gourmet.
To make this, take the grapes straight from the freezer and drop into blender. They thaw quickly, so don’t leave them on the counter for any length of time just sitting. You’ll quickly have grape juice instead of gelato.
Once grapes are in blender, add in honey, salt, and lemon. Begin pulsing the blender, scraping the sides as needed to keep it all down in the blades. Continue pulsing until it becomes a soft serve consistency. Immediately scoop into serving bowls and enjoy! Garnish with mint leaves if you have any on hand, or a bit of grated lemon peel.
Storing the gelato
This is best enjoyed right after blending. If you can’t eat right away, place back in freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. And longer and it will harden completely, and you’ll have to let sit out on your counter to thaw, or return to the blender again.
Trust me though, it’s so good you won’t have to worry about anything being left for later.
- 3 cups frozen grapes, color of choice
- 2 Tablespoons local, raw honey
- dash of salt
- squeeze of fresh lemon (about 2 teaspoons)
- In blender, add frozen grapes, and all other ingredients on top.
- Begin pulsing until everything starts to incorporate.
- Scrape sides continue pulsing until grapes take on the consistency of soft serve icecream.
- Serve immedietly. Scoop into dishes and enjoy right away.
- Can freeze for up to 7 days, but will have to let set out on counter to thaw for 30-45 minutes, or return to blender.
- Optional garnish with mint leaves and/or grated lemon peel.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 155Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 56mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 2gSugar: 36gProtein: 1g
Looking for even more sweet treats? You might enjoy the following!
Honey sore throat suckers (or enjoy just because, no sore throat needed!)