Nothing beats a homemade granita on a hot summer day! This recipe for Watermelon Granita with Mint Lime Sugar is a healthy, refreshing dessert.
There is nothing more refreshing than an icy, frozen treat on a hot summer day.
Granitas always hits the spot and are super easy to make at home.
One of my favorite granitas is this Watermelon Granita.
A granita is a semi-frozen dessert that is typically made with water, sugars and flavorings or some sort.
Instead of using water, I love to make my granita with Watermelon juice–which is oh so refreshing.
The watermelon granita alone, is a perfect light frozen dessert, but when finished with a mint lime sugar, this easy granita recipe turns into something spectacular.
- Fresh Watermelon
- Fresh Limes
- Honey–feel free to use simple syrup or maple syrup in place of honey
- Mint–for optional topping
- Sugar–for optional topping
How to Make Watermelon Granitas
Step One: Blend up Watermelon
- Place watermelon chunks, lime juice and honey in blender.
- Blend until smooth.
Step Two: Strain Juice
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a shallow freezer safe dish.– (I use a 9×9 square baking pan.)
- Pour the blended watermelon through the mesh sieve, to remove any seeds or chunks from your finished granita.
Step Three: Freeze Granita
- Cover your dish.
- Place the mixture to the freezer for 2-3 hours.
- You can wait until the granita is frozen solid to do any scraping, but that is much more of a workout than just scraping every hour or so.
Step Four: Scrape Granitas
- After 2-3 hours, remove granita from freezer.
- Using a fork, scrape the mixture.
- Once you get to the less frozen parts, stop scraping and return to the freezer for at least 2 more hours.
- Repeat process up to three times.
Step Five: Make Mint Sugar
- Mix together fresh lime zest, freshly minced mint, and sugar together with a dash of a salt.
- This mint sugar is optional but elevates this simple watermelon granita into something spectacular!
Step Six: Serve Granita
- Scoop up the watermelon granita into serving bowls and sprinkle with the mint lime sugar.
- Granita will stay in the beautiful icy consistency as long as you like in the freezer–no need to rush and eat all at once.
More Frozen Treats
- 4 cups Seedless Watermelon Cut Into Chunks
- 2 whole Limes juiced and zested
- 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1 tablespoons sugar
- dash sea salt
- Freeze the watermelon juice for two or three hours, then begin the process of lightly scraping the top frozen layer with a fork. Return pan to freezer with the shaved ice on top; remove a couple of hours later and continue scraping. Repeat the occasional scraping process until the entire mixture is shaved.
Mint Lime Sugar
- Mince the lime zest and mint leaves very finely. Toss with the sugar and a dash of salt.
- Scoop out granita into serving dish and sprinkle with a teaspoon of Mint Lime Sugar.