Zobo (Hibiscus) Granita

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Eku heat wave oh.. lol. I love the Yoruba culture, there is greeting for everything that you can possibly think of. It’s crazy hot in most parts of the world, all thanks to global warming. I am constantly trying to be healthy and not blow my lifestyle, but it’s so much more difficult when it’s hot outside; I swear I just want to eat ice-cream all day long.

Anyways, thank goodness for self-control. I introduced the world to Iced-zobo lemonade last summer and it was an instant hit, so popular it even made it to buzzfeed. I also showed the ease of Popsicle making on Instagram about 6 weeks ago, Popsicles are an excellent way to cool down when it’s hot outside and you really don’t need any fancy equipment, ice-cube trays and disposable cups work just fine.

Today, I have another zobo (Hibiscus) inspired recipe using only 2 ingredients. It’s amazingly refreshing and extremely healthy too (talk about a win win). No sugar or artificial sweeteners required. It’s so healthy you can eat the entire bucket (but don’t 🙁 , there is love in sharing).

I used bananas primarily as a sweetener, you can use any other ripe fruit you have at hand. Pineapple, cashew, agbalumo, mango, guava, rose apple and papaya will all work great in this recipe.

Zobo (Hibiscus) Granita

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Serves: 4

So is it a Granita? shaved ice? slush? slushy? whatever you choose to call this icy refreshment doesn't really matter, just sit back and enjoy it.
  • 2 bananas (or any sweet fruit of choice)
  • 1 cup dried hibiscus sepal (zobo)
  1. Wash leaves. Place in a blender with the bananas and add 6 cups of water. Blend until almost smooth.
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  3. Pour pureed mixture through a sieve to collect juice. Discard resulting chaff. Scoop and discard some of the foam covering the juice.
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  7. Pour mixture into a flat pan and place carefully in the freezer. Freeze for 2 hours.
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  9. Remove frozen mixture from the freezer and scrape and smash with a fork to loosen the ice.
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  11. Freeze for another 45 minutes and scrape again. Repeat step 3-4 times until fluffy
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  13. Serve cold.
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By |July 3rd, 2015|11 Comments


  1. Victoria July 15, 2015 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    Really nice…
    Will try this

  2. ayoola nikeoluwa July 15, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    wow tis is interesting

  3. dedoyin July 14, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    wow so cool please can you make an avenue of downloading recipe so one can have it on the phone

  4. Posh July 10, 2015 at 6:57 am - Reply

    hello there. i like your recipe, however have you tried boiling the leaves with a sizeable amount of water? when you put the sepals in a pot, add water. the peeled bark of pineapples or ginger, once boiled pour out the zobo , add another jug of water , same quantity as before boil again , sieve and mix with blended pineapples or any fruit you had planned to flavour it with earlier. if you are not so much of a fit fam, you can use granulated sugar or syrup, even aunty jemimas syrup for pancakes, or even Hersheys flavoured syrup. This (Boiling) method gives you a REDDER ZOBO and increases the quantity of the zobo especially if you have kids or a baby sibling who keeps wanting more.

  5. ChiO July 7, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    lovely! i love the colors 🙂

  6. Lopè Ariyo July 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    oooooooh! I must make this! great recipe!

  7. Star July 3, 2015 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    This is so wow!!!
    I’m so excited when I see healthy easy and delicious recipes.
    Thumbs up.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie July 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Thanks much, do let us know how it turns out.

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