Roasted Cherries with Cocoa-Mocha Granita

cherries-cocoa-mocha-granita Photo: Jonathan Kantor


  • Cherries:
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) sweet cherries, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Granita:
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups hot coffee
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract


1. Place a rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Mist a 9-inch square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Stir cherries, 2 Tbsp. sugar, kirsch and juice in baking dish to combine. Roast until bubbly and juices have thickened, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and let cool completely.

2. Mix cocoa and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Whisk in coffee until sugar and cocoa have dissolved. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in milk and extracts; pour into another 9-inch square baking dish. Freeze until completely frozen, about 1 hour, scraping frozen crystals from edge of pan with a fork every 15 minutes.

3. When ready to serve, scrape granita into chilled glasses, breaking up any large pieces with a fork. Top with cherries.

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  • Yield: Serves: 4 (serving size: 3/4 cup granita, 1/4 of cherries)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 237
Fat per serving: 3g
Saturated fat per serving: 2g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.0g
Protein per serving: 5g
Carbohydrate per serving: 51g
Fiber per serving: 5g
Cholesterol per serving: 6mg
Iron per serving: 2mg
Sodium per serving: 29mg
Calcium per serving: 81mg

Good to Know

Cherries are rich in anthocyanins, antioxidant pigments that help fight cancer and cardiovascular disease.