Refreshing summer treat with a hint of elegance

By Diane Umansky

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"Granita is an Italian ice," says Brendan Brazier, author of Thrive Foods: 200 Plant-Based Recipes for Peak Health (Da Capo Press, 2011) and creator of this easy, yet elegant, recipe. "It's very refreshing."

Time 4 hours | Serves 4


4 cups watermelon flesh, seeds removed
1/2 tsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp agave nectar (or you can use white stevia, to taste)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Puree until mostly smooth.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a shallow bowl or pan and cover it. Place the blend directly in the freezer.
  3. About once an hour, use a fork to break frozen chunks into a fluffy snow.
  4. Repeat until entirely frozen, about 4 hours.
  5. Serve immediately.

If desired, garnish your granita with a sprig of mint and plate of watermelon slices.

Per Serving 62 calories, 1 g protein, 16 g carbohydrates, 1 g fiber, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 g cholesterol, 2 mg sodium

Adapted from our sister publication Diabetes Focus (Summer 2012).

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Published: 19 Apr 2012

Last Modified: 25 Mar 2015