Let the good times roll! It’s summer. The weekends are lazy and relaxed. And, the watermelon is sweet. If you’ve got some melon on hand, try this watermelon granita recipe. It’s healthy, easy and very tasty.
Who can resist sitting on the porch and savoring summer with this sweet concoction. It’s good for your too! So, you don’t actually have to resist it. Watermelon packs lycopene and offers other health benefits. Dr. Oz says so!
Watermelon Granita Step-by-Step
As a matter of full disclosure, the pictures below are for a half batch of this recipe. I had about 2 cups of perfectly ripe watermelon on hand after writing about the fancy salad with shaved fennel, feta, watermelon and candied pecans. We had our fill of watermelon. But, I couldn’t let it go to waste. Now, we have watermelon granita to enjoy at leisure. 🙂
Cut the watermelon into cubes and add them along with some sugar and lime juice to a blender and puree until smooth. I used a stevia blend!
I missed a big step here: purchasing the perfect watermelon and cutting it into cubes. Confession: I often buy watermelon already cut in half and sometimes even cubed. As much as I LOVE watermelon, I like to see what it looks like on the inside before I commit. But, sometimes you need a lot of watermelon. How to Pick a Superstar Watermelon by Fiften Spatulas has some great tips on selecting and cutting watermelon into cubes.
Pour the puree into a shallow baking dish so that it is a thin layer that will freeze quickly. The mixture pictured is about 3/4 inch thick.
After about two hours, rake the mixture with a fork and then put it back in the freezer for at least another hour. You can play around with the timing a bit. That is, freeze one hour, then for two or rake every hour. But, “three” seems to be the magic number.
While you’re waiting, kick back and enjoy the scenery. This owl appeared out of nowhere one evening while I was waiting for some watermelon granita to freeze. Really!
- 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
- ½ cup sugar (I used a stevia blend)
- 1 Tablespoon lime juice
- Puree all of the ingredients in a blender.
- Pour pureed mixture into a shallow baking dish.
- Place baking dish in freezer for 2 hours.
- Rake partially frozen watermelon with a fork.
- Return baking dish to the freezer for another hour.
- Rake watermelon mixture with a fork.
- Serve immediately or return to freezer until ready to serve.
- Rake with fork just before serving.