Spicy Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Heyo! If you are anything like me, you totally waited too long for this whole Valentine’s Day thing. Oops! I mean let’s be honest gifts really aren’t my thing. In fact, giving gifts, gives yours truly major anxiety! There have definitely been times in my life when I should have given gifts, like it was expected (i.e. an ex-boyfriends Christmas gift, my sister’s 25th birthday), you know major times, but the stress got me and I just gave up. Seriously. I stress and stress and wonder if it’s the right thing? Is it too little? Too much? Am I too much? Ah! So then I usually just scratch the whole thing and decide to put myself in charge of making a cake, making a dinner reservation or hosting a get together. That is way more my style. Cooking, planning, making… all that I can handle. Giving an actual gift? Totally lose it. Creating an experience? That is something I love! That is something I like to do for my friends and family and those people near and dear to my little heart.

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Coconut Mojito Granita

Coconut Mojito Granita_Natalie Paramore3This Italian inspired ice is somewhere between a sorbet and a snocone, perfect to beat the hot, hot heat in Texas this summer! Just a few ingredients and no fancy tools required. You can switch up the flavor combinations and make your own all summer long!

 

Ingredients:

13 oz of coconut milk (or about 1 1/2 cups of fresh fruit)

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

1/3 cup fresh mint

1 lime

Fresh mint for garnish

 

Directions:

Mint Simple Syrup:

Bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to boil

Stir and let sugar dissolve completely

Pour sugar water over fresh chopped mint leave

Cover and let steep until it comes to room temperature

 

Coconut Mojito Granita:

Blend coconut milk and simple syrup until smooth

Pour into shallow dish

Ever 30-45 minutes, grate over mixture with a fork creating fluffy ice crystals

Repeat this step 3-4 times

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Now you have a gorgeous granita! Make you own flavor combinations or even add a splash of rum to make turn this granita into an adult friendly summer beverage. You know that’s what I will be doing!Coconut Mojito Granita_Natalie Paramore2

 

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