Watermelon Granita (GF)

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Makes: 8 large servings

Granita is a great way of keeping everyone hydrated over the warm Summer months and naturally gluten-free. I chose to make it using watermelon, but if mango and vanilla is your thing or strawberry and mint floats your boat, the flavour combinations are endless.


50g / 2oz caster sugar
115ml / 4fl oz water
1 medium watermelon, diced and de-seeded
1 lime, juiced and zested


1. Pour the caster sugar and water into a medium saucepan, then heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer for 5 minutes to make a sugar syrup, then leave on one side to cool.

2. Halve the melon, scoop out the flesh and discard the seeds. Place in a food processor and pulse until smooth, then add the sugar syrup, lime juice and zest and pulse several more times until evenly blended.

3. Pour into a freezer-proof container, then cover and freeze for 2 hours or until crystals start to form around the edges. Using a fork, stir the edges into the centre, then return to the freezer until crystals form again. Repeat this process every hour until the granita is frozen all over. This should take approximately 3 hours.

4. Using a fork, scrape the granita into bowls to serve.

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    Heather July 10, 2015 (12:36 pm)

    Oooh yum! Looks really summery and refreshing. Could be good with a splash of gin

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      Kate Hardie July 10, 2015 (12:38 pm)

      Now that sounds like a plan Heather 😉

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    Kyra @ Vie De La Vegan July 10, 2015 (1:09 pm)

    This looks delicious! I love those alternative flavour suggestions too – mango and vanilla, mmm that sounds good! Can’t wait for summer to get here (it’s freezing down here in Australia 🙁 )

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      Kate Hardie July 10, 2015 (3:32 pm)

      Thanks Kyra…hope Summer comes round super speedy for you! 🙂

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    Vicki Montague - The Free From Fairy July 10, 2015 (6:09 pm)

    I love granita. My mum makes a delicious one with the loganberries from her garden…alas on my current diet I can’t eat it. Thanks for linking with #freefromfridays. I hope you are well?

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      Kate Hardie July 10, 2015 (6:21 pm)

      Hi Vicki. Thanks for sharing my super quick Summer recipe. Loganberry granita sounds beautiful! We are well…currently experimenting with lots of recipes in Portugal. Have a great Summer. x

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    International Elf Service July 10, 2015 (8:11 pm)

    This just looks so lovely and fresh!!!! The kids would LOVE this too 🙂

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      Kate Hardie July 10, 2015 (8:22 pm)

      Thank you Emily! It is really refreshing and great for Summer “get togethers” for ALL ages 🙂