Granita is an icy dessert typically made with sugar, liquid and the seasonings of your choice.

In this version, I took a spicy spin, using lime, cayenne and some mango (although, you can easily swap in watermelon or pitted cherries, both of which are equally delicious) to offer a unique balance of flavor. I also gave a range of sugar—the amount you need will depend on the sweetness of your fruit and, well, your sweet tooth. In fact, if you have super-ripe produce, you can probably omit the added sugar entirely.

Pro tip: If you’re using frozen fruit (2 cups = roughly a 10-ounce bag), you can puree until smooth and enjoy right away. The consistency will be less icy than a traditional granita, but just as tasty. It’s (fiery) hot and cold all at once…and insanely refreshing.

For more chilly treats, try my Superfood Ice Pops and Frozen Piña Colada.

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Chili-Limeade Granita

I took a spicy spin, using lime, cayenne and some mango to offer a unique balance of flavor.
Servings: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 cups fresh diced mango, or diced watermelon, or pitted sweet cherries
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons granulated sugar, or to taste
  • teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste


  • Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until smooth. If your fruit isn’t very juicy, you can add a little water to get to a pourable consistency.
  • Transfer into a baking dish and freeze for 4 hours, scraping up the ice crystals with a fork every 45 minutes. You’ll end up with a baking dish of beautiful (and flavorful) ice crystals.


Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D

Nutrition Information per serving

Serving Size: 0.5cupCalories: 60Carbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gTotal Fat: 0g— Unsaturated Fat: 0g— Saturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgFiber: 2gTotal Sugar: 14g— Natural Sugar: 11g— Added Sugar: 3g
Nutrition information is calculated using a leading industry software. That being said, brands can vary, and there may be slight fluctuations in the numbers.
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