Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

Fresh and Fruity Watermelon Granita from Canned-Time.com  #healthyicecreams #veganfrozendesserts #watermelonicecream #nondairyfruit #healthyfruitsnacks

So sorry to see those 90 degree summer humid as soup days go away………..NOT!!

I will miss my fresh juicy watermelon though.

I had to come up with a way to prolong that sweet fruity taste a little longer into the year.

Fresh and Fruity Watermelon Granita from Canned-Time.com  #healthyicecreams #veganfrozendesserts #watermelonicecream #nondairyfruit #healthyfruitsnacks

The recipe for for this lovely, lite summer treat couldn’t be more simpler.  Just 4 ingredients and a few hours in the freezer.
Watermelon Granita
8 cups of Well Ripened Seedless Watermelon cut into large pieces
1 Cup of Organic Sugar
1/2 Cup of Vanilla flavored Nut Milk  ( I used Coconut)
Juice of 1 Lime
Combine all ingredients in a blender.  You may need to add the watermelon pieces in batches.  Blend until smooth.
Pour the blended mixture onto a cookie sheet or large cake pan.  Cover and freeze for a few hours or overnight.
Scrape the frozen watermelon with the tongs of a fork to loosen icy flakes of granita.  I’ve been scraping off just what I need for each serving and leaving the rest solid.  If you don’t have room for a big pan to sit flat in your freezer you can use a deeper pan.  Just freeze it for a longer time.  Keep covered for long time storage.
Fresh and Fruity Watermelon Granita from Canned-Time.com  #healthyicecreams #veganfrozendesserts #watermelonicecream #nondairyfruit #healthyfruitsnacks
Just 1 cup of watermelon provides 20% of your daily recommended vitamin C.  But watermelons real health benefit comes from the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects on your blood.  Such a wonderfully tasting treat can also be great for your body…love that!
Phenolic compounds in watermelon—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits. If you had to pick a single nutrient from this anti-inflammatory and antioxidant category that has put watermelon on the map, that nutrient would be lycopene. Alongside of pink grapefruit and guava, watermelon is an unusually concentrated source of this carotenoid. Whereas most fruits get their reddish color from anthocyanin flavonoids, watermelon gets it reddish-pink shades primarily from lycopene. The lycopene content of watermelons increases along with ripening, so to get the best lycopene benefits from watermelon, make sure that your melon is optimally ripe. 
source:  WHFoods
Fresh and Fruity Watermelon Granita from Canned-Time.com  #healthyicecreams #veganfrozendesserts #watermelonicecream #nondairyfruit #healthyfruitsnacks
An almost guilt free delicious treat anytime.  Fancy enough for guests.  Quick and easy enough for every day.
More MoFo to come folks.
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13 thoughts on “Fresh & Fruity Watermelon Granita

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      Sorry about your weather. I would have thought you’d be cooling down by now in Seattle? This one is crazy good and stores well (unlike nasty dairy gummy ice cream) Use any fruit you have locally really but watermelon is so tasty in the summer I had to try it out first. Loving your MoFo BTW. 🙂

    1. Angela @ Canned Time Post author

      I saw your beautiful homegrown babies and was so envious of your garden. This one here set me back $7 at a local market! But it makes a whole lot a granita…
      Use a little less sugar if you try it. I left my melon in my car for a few days to make sure it was Mucho ripe and with the sugar it was just a touch too much. The trick is to taste the slurry before freezing next time before adding sugar I guess. Wonder if Stevia would work?

  1. narf77

    Red indeed! A good start and I have to admit here that I haven’t ever made granita. I found a fantastic chocolate granita recipe and tucked it away where it promptly got lost before summer came around but this one is going to be bookmarked for the first day that summer forces me to get out of my winter gear.

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