2 ingredients watermelon granita

Fresh, light and thirst-quenching, the watermelon granita is the perfect dessert to keep in the freezer during summer! A fresh watermelon granita is what it takes with these days of heat! All you need are only 2 ingredients and a few hours of rest in freezer: you too can enjoy a thirst-quenching and delicious watermelon granita. Watermelon granita is a recipe suitable for everyone, because you do not need special tools: it only requires a blender (or a mixer) and some ice trays.

Watermelon is one of the best refreshing fruit, especially when it’s so warm; the watermelon lends itself well to be processed in granita, due to its juiciness and natural sweetness. 

Watermelon granita is made only with two ingredients, as I said: watermelon and sugar (the quantity can change according to taste). For example, if the watermelon is very sweet, you can decrease the amount of sugar to 4 o 5 tablespoons. However, taste the mixture before putting it in the freezer and if necessary add more sugar and blend it for a few more seconds.

Watermelon granita can be kept in the freezer for several days, and blended in the quantities you prefer whenever you want.  A dessert ready to serve in the freezer is always handy!

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  • DifficultyVery easy
  • CostVery cheap
  • Preparation time15 Minutes
  • Rest time4 Hours
  • Serving4 servings
  • Cooking methodNo cooking
  • CuisineItalian
  • SeasonalitySummer

Ingredients for 4 glasses of watermelon granita

28 oz watermelon (weighed without peel – 790 g)
1/3 cup sugar (aprox. – 70 g/2,5 oz)
100,20 Kcal
calories per serving
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  • Power 100,20 (Kcal)
  • Carbohydrates 25,60 (g) of which sugars 25,60 (g)
  • Proteins 0,79 (g)
  • Fat 0,00 (g) of which saturated 0,00 (g)of which unsaturated 0,00 (g)
  • Fibers 0,40 (g)
  • Sodium 6,10 (mg)

Indicative values for a portion of 200 g processed in an automated way starting from the nutritional information available on the CREA* and FoodData Central** databases. It is not food and / or nutritional advice.

* CREATES Food and Nutrition Research Center: https://www.crea.gov.it/alimenti-e-nutrizione https://www.alimentinutrizione.it ** U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. FoodData Central, 2019. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov


1 Bowl
1 Knife
1 Blender
4 Ice Cube Trays
4 Glasses

How to make the 2 ingredients watermelon granita

For a perfect watermelon granita, let’s start by cutting the watermelon pulp. Weigh 28 oz of it and remove the seeds. Cut it into cubes and put it in a blender or a mixer.

cut the watermelon in cubes for the granita

Add the sugar and blend it for a few seconds, until you get a well-mixed and liquid mixture. Taste it and add a tablespoon or two of sugar if it seems too little sweet. In this case, blend the watermelon granita for a few more seconds.

blend watermelon and sugar for the watermelon granita

Spread the mixture into the ice trays. Four ice trays should be enough, but it depends on their capacity. Place them in the freezer for at least 4-5 hours. Times may vary depending on the freezer, so always check  they are properly frozen before removing them from the freezer.

put the watermelon juice in the ice cube tray

The last step to prepare the watermelon granita must be done just before serving it: put the watermelon ice-cubes in the mixer or blender and blend for 10-15 seconds, until you get a smooth watermelon granita.

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Serve the watermelon granita at once; finally, you can add some whipped cream or waffles.

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Tips for a perfect watermelon granita

Once blended, the watermelon granita can be stored in the freezer no longer than an hour before losing the right consistence. For this reason the best thing is blending it just before serving. However, if you have some granita left over and you realize that it has completely frozen in the freezer, just keep it at room temperature for 15-20 minutes. Then fluff it with a fork.

Some original ideas for parties and aperitifs

If you choose to serve the watermelon granita for a party, why not turn it into a delicious long drink? Blend the watermelon ice-cubes with a couple of chilled vodka shots!

Translation by Giacomo Meucci

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