Last Updated on October 12, 2021 by Anne-Marie
Try this homemade sugar-free coffee granita recipe that’s dairy free and flavored with chocolate or cinnamon.
Why this recipe works
This Easy Sugar Free Coffee Granita recipe is sugar free and dairy free.
It's the ideal dessert if you're looking for something healthy, low in calories, and vegan.
Best of all, it's easy to make, tasty and perfect for warm summer evenings.
Why you should make a sugar free coffee granita
Due to my food sensitivities to milk as well as a desire to make healthier desserts, I experimented with various frozen treats.
While I do have a ice cream maker, I wanted to try out some simpler recipes for popsicles, paletas and granitas first.
That’s why I came up with this homemade sugar free granita recipe using coffee.
There’s nothing like having a dessert that’s low in calories, dairy free, and that’s easy to make.
What is coffee granita?
Granita is the Sicilian version of sorbet, but more course and crystalline.
It's sort of a shaved ice with grownup flavors, like coffee, chocolate and cinnamon.
According to Wikipedia, it’s served in Italy more like an ICEE with a straw, unlike how I made it – more frozen and served in a bowl with a spoon.
Two ways to make an this easy recipe for coffee granita
I came up with two versions of a coffee-flavored granitas – one with cinnamon and one with chocolate – using a dark roast coffee.
The lighter granita is cinnamon and the darker one is made with chocolate.
Both taste like iced coffee to me and are a terrific substitute for high calorie coffee ice cream, one of my favorite fattening treats.
Just a note of warning! This is a highly caffeinated dessert, so be careful feeding it to the kids or treating yourself to a big bowl after dinner.
Unless you all want to be bouncing off the walls that is! Weeeeeeeeeeeee.
Make dairy free coffee granita
Instead of regular cow’s milk I used unsweetened light coconut milk to make this easy coffee granita recipe dairy free.
You can also use almond milk or soy milk.
Chocolate dairy free milk combined with the cinnamon would be yummy, too!
What type of sweetener?
I sweetened my sugar free coffee granita recipe with monk fruit sweetener so it’s lower in calories.
I like monk fruit since it’s a natural no calorie sweetener. However, you can use any no calorie sweetener you like, like Swerve Sweetener.
What type of coffee
I used a dark roast coffee. You can use a flavored coffee, which will give the coffee granita recipe a fun flavor!
If you aren’t into dark or French roasts and prefer something milder, a breakfast roast coffee is fine to use.
You can even use instant espresso powder like Cafe Bustelo, if you like.
Brew and use whatever you have on hand!
Just remember that the stronger the coffee, the more sweetener and coconut milk you may have to use.
Can I over freeze the granita?
Yes, but there’s a way to fix that. So no problem!
If you leave your homemade granita recipe in the freezer too long and it has frozen solid, leave it out on the counter for a while to soften up before scraping.
Or you can break up the block of granita in your food processor.
Just return it to the pan and freeze for 30 minutes to firm up. Then scrape, flake and serve.
Need to avoid caffeine?
Worried about the caffeine? Use a decaf coffee.
Or you can use a coffee substitute like Crio Brü.
Love coffee? Check out these coffee based recipes
If you love coffee, you may like these recipes:
● Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe with Dulce de Leche Frosting uses espresso powder in the cupcakes.
● DIY Coffee Scrub helps leaves your face and body nice and smooth.
● This Coffee Smoothie Recipe uses cold brew coffee.
- 2 cups hot dark roast coffee
- 1/2 cup monk fruit powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a 9x9x2 metal baking pan and stir until well combined. Place pan in the freezer for 90 minutes.
- Remove pan from the freezer and stir, mashing any frozen parts with the back of a fork. Cover and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more.
- Remove pan from the freezer. Using a fork, scrape granita vigorously to form ice flakes. Divide granita among bowls or sundae glasses and serve.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 247Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 40mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 23g
Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.