Desserts

Watermelon Granita

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It is starting to feel like summer outside and my kids ask for ice cream or a Popsicle everyday. I came up with a healthier option of an icy treat for them, Granita!! It was a huge success as even my pickiest kid loved it and asked for more!

This is perfect refreshment on a hot summer day. Granita is a Sicilian semi-frozen dessert, made from pureeing the fruits, and has the texture of a sorbet, slushie or “sno-cone” as my kids like to call it.

My husband had made a fruit basket out of a whole watermelon few days back so I had some watermelon scrapings in my refrigerator that I have used to make this granita. You can use any fruit you like. This is a great way to use the over ripe berries. Just freeze them and use them later to make granita!!

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Recipe                                                  Servings: 8                              Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 cups seedless watermelon chunks
  • ½ cup cane sugar
  • 1 lime, juice
  • ¼ cup mint leaves

Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a 9×13-inch glass or metal baking dish.
  3. Keep uncovered in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Take the pan out and lightly scrape with a fork to break up large ice clumps; return to freezer.
  5. Continue with this process every 30 minutes for about 3 hours.
  6. Store into an airtight container to freeze for up to a week.
  7. Serve garnished with mint or plain!

Notes

  • Watermelons can vary in flavor, so taste the mixture before freezing and add more honey or lime if desired.
  • You can strain the liquid through a mesh strainer before freezing it if you like.
  • You can use 2 tbsp. of honey instead of sugar.

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