RecipeChili-Limeade Granita

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 60
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Total Fat: 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate: 16 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2 g
  • Total Sugar: 14 g
    • Natural Sugar: 11 g
    • Added Sugar: 3 g
  • Sodium: 0 mg

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.

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This recipe makes 2 cups
  • • 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
  • • ⅛ 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 per ½ cup


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


Nutrition analysis courtesy of Genesis® R&D