the answer to our teething days! {cantaloupe and mint granita}

Oh, the days of ocean puddles of drool, a case of the grumpies and chewing on anything that doesn’t move. Yes, we have reached the nasty days of teething. Mia has two molars coming in at once and I am desperate for a big towel to soak up all of this drool and anything that will help her get through this (ahh, so that’s what the ShamWow is for).

Since I can’t rally give her an ice-cube to chew on I made granita for the little bear and it was a success! It’s an easy recipe that can be made with any fruit or vegetable puree, fruit juice, or yogurt! I’m using cantaloupe and mint for this recipe. Just make sure that with whatever fruit, juice or yogurt you use that your baby has had it before and has had no adverse reactions.

Cantaloupe And Mint Granita For A Teething Baby

  • 1 ripe cantaloupe (if it smells like a cantaloupe and isn’t rock hard than it’s ready)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

Slice cantaloupe in half. With a spoon, scoop out seeds and discard.

Scoop out the meat with a spoon from both halves and place the “meat” in a food processor or blender. Squeeze any juice remaining in the shell into the food processor.

Coarsely chop mint and place in the food processor with the cantaloupe.

Puree until very smooth.

Pour into an 8″x8″ dish and place flat in the freezer.

Every 30 minutes take the puree out of the freezer and scrape with a fork. Drag the fork in rows in one direction of the entire dish. Return to the freezer. Repeat process until the puree has reached a icy flakey consistency (about 3 or so hours depending on your freezer).

Makes about 3 cups depending on the size of the cantaloupe. Store remaining granita in the freezer in a freezer safe container. The texture will remain but might have to be grated with a fork to break up any clumps that might have formed while in storage.

It seriously works! Any puree that freezes well is perfect. Try honeydew and applesauce, pea puree and mint, blueberry puree and mint, blueberry puree and applesauce, carrot puree and applesauce and any of your child’s favorite juices or yogurt. Just follow the freezing and grating instructions. Hope this works for you as well as it has for us. Enjoy and good luck!

… pour a little white rum and a bit of honey over a bowl of cantaloupe and mint granita and you’ve got a little treat for mom. I’m just saying.

    Comments

  • Jenna


    Mmm, that looks delicious. I always found Hyland’s teething tablets to be a huge help during teething.

    • in sock monkey slippers


      I liked the idea of the teething tablets but MIa did not. She won’t use teethers either. Only books! lol

  • Kyra


    I am definitely pinning this link on one of my pinterest boards. I am a new mother of a 4 month old so we’re not at the teething stage yet. Does this concoction just help in soothing their gums? and i like the idea of the honeydew and applesauce…what would the measurements and directions be for this?

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      Thanks for the pin! We all enjoy granita here even after my daughter’s teething days. One of my favorite adult versions is a grapefruit and rosemary (with a splash of vodka) http://www.insockmonkeyslippers.com/grapefruit-and-rosemary-granita For a honeydew and applesauce granita try 1 honeydew peeled and seeded plus 1/2 cup of applesauce and follow the directions. This will take a little longer to freeze because of the applesauce. Hope this helps and congrats on the new mom gig!

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