Is there a homemade dessert that is easier than granita? I've never met one. All you have to do to make this Italian ice, is make a smoothie and then freeze it, poking and scraping it with a fork every thirty minutes to keep it from freezing in the shape of a brick. Done! That's the unsweetened version anyway, if you want to make a more traditional granita you need to either make a sugar syrup first, or just let your fruit macerate with sugar for a while. David Lebovitz, whose recipes never let me down, explains how to make it and shares a recipe here. If you want to go with a less traditional unsweetened granita like mine, omit the sugar and skip steps one and two. You can also use coconut water or some sort of fruit juice that wouldn't clash with the strawberries instead of plain water, and of course granita can be made with other fruits too. Peach and pineapple are particularly lovely flavors! By the way, Strawberry Granita tastes absolutely heavenly with a nice scoop of fresh mint-chip ice cream. Good ol' vanilla ice cream will do too!
And now, as it is customary around here, I will leave you with a picture of something cute. This Uinta Ground Squirrel was squeaking something or another at us in Yellowstone National Park a few months ago. We never knew what it was saying, but it sounded pretty hostile. Happy Vegan MoFo! Are you participating?