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Watermelon Granita

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Watermelon Granita is a simple and healthy snack, an elegant dessert after a summer meal, a summer teatime treat, or a child-friendly snack they’ll love. It’s simple, refreshing, and oh-so-easy!

Side view of watermelon granita with wedge shaped watermelon in the background

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All it takes is a few lazy stirs and some time in the freezer. Perfect for a sweltering summer day, or a gathering in the backyard.

Watermelon and summer days belong together. This granita is an icy, cooling, bright-tasting treat you’ll love whether you’re serving a fancy dinner… or want to hang out in the shade.

What is a Granita?

A little like a popsicle, or more like a sorbet, Watermelon Granita is a frozen dessert made from puréed fruit that’s frozen and then fluffed up with a fork. It takes a few turns to break up the mixture, but the simple effort of adding volume and texture is so incredibly worth it.

Originally from Sicily, this semi-frozen dessert is served throughout Italy in various forms, but all begin with frozen pureed fruit and flavorings.

How to Make Watermelon Granita

This watermelon granita is easy to make with a blender, a fork, and time in the freezer. Here’s how to make the granita.

Watermelon Granita ingredients blended in blender

Watermelon Puree

1 Hour

2 Hours

3 Hours

  • Purée ingredients in a blender until smooth. You don’t need to strain, as any bits of watermelon provides a nice texture.
  • Pour liquid into a freezer-safe, shallow dish (the more shallow the dish, the quicker it freezes). Then freeze for one hour.
  • Using a fork, scrape the surface of the mixture and return to the freezer. Do this every hour for 3 hours. Each time, the mixture will be increasingly frozen.
  • Before serving, scrape the mixture with a fork one more time.

Watermelon Granita Storage

Because we’re using honey instead of granulated sugar, leftover granita can be frozen in an airtight, sealed container for about a month.

Side view of Watermelon Granita in a crystal glass topped with mint leaves

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Side view of watermelon granita with wedge shaped watermelon in the background

Watermelon Granita Recipe

Watermelon Granita is a simple and healthy snack, an elegant dessert after a summer meal, a summer teatime treat, or a child-friendly snack they'll love. It's simple, refreshing, and oh-so-easy!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Freezing Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 1/3 cup honey (see notes on swapping sugar)
  • 1 lemon juiced

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth.
  • Pour watermelon into a shallow pan and freeze for 1 hour.
  • Using a fork, break up the mixture and freeze for another hour. Repeat one more time for another hour– freezing for a total of 3 hours.
  • Just before serving, break up the mixture with a fork before adding it to bowls or glasses.

Notes

Honey: You can swap granulated sugar for honey for a sweeter flavor. Any leftovers will become more solid than when using honey. You will need to let it thaw a bit before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 160mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 19mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: watermelon granita

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