No-Sugar-Added Watermelon Granita

No-Sugar-Added Watermelon Granita {The Reluctant HIppie}

This sweet, fluffy concoction is perfect for a sultry summer afternoon. The kids call it a watermelon slushie, which is pretty accurate. Serve it with spoon or a straw.

If you have a huge watermelon and don’t need to feed a crowd, this is a terrific way to use up the fruit before it spoils. And even if you don’t have a bunch of extra watermelon to get rid of, this is a terrific dish.

The traditional recipe for watermelon granita calls for watermelons, lime juice, and sugar. It’s super sweet. Almost painfully so. This version cuts down on the lime juice a little so that the watermelon’s sweetness can really shine. I promise that you won’t miss that extra sugar.


  • 6 cups of watermelon chunks (with any extra juice, if you’ve got it)*
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice


  1. Process the watermelon and lime juice in the blender or a food processor until it’s nice and smooth.
  2. Freeze in a shallow dish or pan.
  3. Use a fork to scrape the top of the watermelon mix to create fluffy ice shavings. Work quickly so that it doesn’t melt too much.
  4. Pop the shaved ice back into the freezer until it’s time to serve.

*The amounts depend on how big your watermelon is. You want a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of lime juice for every three cups of watermelon chunks.


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