This watermelon granita recipe is one for keeps. Simple to make, and majorly refreshing, find out why this easy to make treat is a summer must-have.
If you are in the mood for dessert, then check out my Easy Peach Cobbler recipe, next!
Watermelon Granita Recipe
Summer to me means all-things cool and easy to make and this watermelon granita recipe fits the bill.
Made with only four ingredients, this treat needs to be part of your summer recipe repertoire.
Why This Recipe Works
- Simple ingredients – What I love about this watermelon granita is that the ingredients list is short and sweet (pun intended).
- Customizable – Some like their granita extra sweet, and others rely on sweetness of the fruit. Whichever way you choose, you can adjust the sweetness level to your choosing.
What is Granita?
If you haven’t tried granita before, it’s an Italian semi-frozen dessert made with fruit, sugar, and lemon or lime juice.
This dessert can be made with practically any type of fruit and it makes for a great frozen, icy treat especially if you don’t have an ice cream machine handy or don’t want a milk-based frozen dessert.
If you think this sounds a lot like sorbet, it does! The main difference is that sorbet is made by machine and the texture of granita is flaky and coarse.
Ingredients to Make Watermelon Granita
Four ingredients, does it get any better than that?
Here’s what you will need:
- Watermelon – You will need 1½ pounds for this recipe.
- Peach – This recipe calls for ½ pound, but feel free to swap it for more watermelon or a different fruit.
- Sugar – The recipe calls for 1½ tablespoons but adjust the sweetness to your liking or if the fruit isn’t as sweet, add more sugar.
- Lime – Just a little acidity to balance out the sweetness.
How to Make Watermelon Granita
This watermelon recipe is pretty simple. The only variance you will have is in how much sugar you decide to use as the sweetness of fruit and also your personal preference will determine how much or little sugar you will add.
Another thing to note–this watermelon granita also calls for using peaches, which I feel gives it a nice twist in flavor. If you’re not feeling it, simply substitute more watermelon for peaches.
Now let’s get into the how-to:
- Blend the fruit – Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until a fine puree.
- First Freeze – Pour into an 11 x 8 baking dish and place in the freezer for 40 minutes. Remove from the freezer and scrape with a fork, breaking up any ice crystals that may have formed.
- Repeat Until Done – Place in the freezer again for 30 minutes and repeat the process. Do this for a total of two hours or until the mixture is coarse and flaky after forking.
- Enjoy! – Serve immediately in a bowl.
What Else Can You Add To Granita For Flavor?
The possibilities are endless. Feel free to substitute your favorite fruit for peaches and if you are up to add, herbs like mint or basil.
Regardless of the combo, you’ll end up a refreshing treat.
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Watermelon Granita Recipe
- Blender or food processor
- 11 x 8 baking dish
- 1½ pounds watermelon, sliced
- ½ pound peaches, peeled and sliced
- 1½ tablespoons sugar
- 2½ teaspoons lime juice
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until a fine puree.
- Pour into an 11 x 8 baking dish and place in the freezer for 40 minutes. Remove from the freezer and scrape with a fork, breaking up any ice crystals that may have formed.
- Place in the freezer again for 30 minutes and repeat the process. Do this for a total of two hours or until the mixture is coarse and flaky after forking.
- Serve immediately in a bowl.