Delicious Watermelon Basil Granita is a light and refreshing dessert with only 3 ingredients, no added sugar and requires no special equipment. It’s perfect for lazy summer days! (vegan, gluten-free)
Have you ever had granita? If not, you’re seriously missing out. It’s a light and refreshing Italian dessert that has a texture somewhere between a sorbet and a snow cone. It’s so delicious on hot days! What’s great about granita is that it requires not special equipment to make. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, popsicle molds, or any other various kitchen gadgets, you can still make a delightful frozen dessert with minimal tools and very few ingredients!
Traditional granita is typically made by combining a simple syrup of water and sugar with various flavorings or fruit. But for this watermelon basil granita, I decided to simplify it and make it extra light and healthy by using just watermelon! Watermelon has the perfect amount of water and natural sweetness on its own, making it the perfect granita fruit without extra sugar or water. So simple, and so perfect!
All you have to do is blend the ingredients in a blender or NutriBullet, pour into a shallow container, and freeze! I added basil and a touch of olive oil for a richer, more complex taste, but feel free to use just watermelon if you’d like! To make the delicious light texture of granita, you simply take a fork and stir every 30 minutes, making a raking motion as it gets more frozen. Eventually, you’ll end up with a slightly icy dessert that’s more smooth than a snow cone, but not quite as solid as a sorbet – watermelon basil granita!
If you decide to go the olive oil and basil route, try topping your granita with a touch of balsamic vinegar to give it a nice rich taste. Or enjoy on its own straight from the freezer!
Delicious Watermelon Basil Granita is a light and refreshing dessert with only 3 ingredients, no added sugar and requires no special equipment. It's perfect for lazy summer days! (vegan, gluten-free)
- 4 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
- 4 basil leaves
- 1/2 tsp olive oil
- Pinch sea salt
- Blend watermelon, basil, salt and oil in a blender or food processor until smooth.
- Pour mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 3 hours, raking with a fork every 30 minutes until it resembles the texture of a snow cone.
- Scoop out and enjoy!
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