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Watermelon Basil Granita

I’m so sad summer has come to an end. This means watermelon seasons’ days are numbered as well. And I love watermelon dearly.

It’s bright, juicy, and delicious! Packed with nutrients! Filled with over 90% water, it’s a perfectly refreshing treat! Sometimes the best thing, is just eating it in it’s pure form.

However, I can think of a million things to do with Watermelon. So, today I’m showing you how to make Watermelon Basil Granita. And honestly it’s so easy to do!

It’s blended and frozen until icy. Like a fancy snow cone! It’s also super versatile because you can pretty much use whatever fruit you want. This recipe will star watermelon with a hint of basil!

Watermelon Basil Granita

You’ll want to start with a seedless watermelon, the size depends on how much Granita you want. A medium watermelon will do just fine. I ended up buying a large watermelon and used some of my puree to make Watermelon Daiquiris

Take your watermelon and cut it in half. Next, cut it away from the rind and cut the watermelon into cubes. Place the watermelon cubes into a blender. Then just to sweeten it up a little bit, add 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Finally, add 2 tablespoons of chopped basil and a squeeze of lime. Blend well.

Pour your mixture through a strainer to weed out any seeds that were left behind (mainly the little white seeds that you could eat if you wanted, but would mess with the texture), you’re also getting rid of the pulp.

After straining it pour your mixture into a loaf pan. Place the pan in the freezer for about 6 hours.

It’s ready when it reaches your desired texture, it should be firmer than slush, but easy to scoop using an ice cream scoop. Granita is the perfect after dinner treat for your next get together!


Watermelon Basil Granita

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Serves: 6


  • 1 Medium Seedless Watermelon
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp Basil (chopped)
  • Squeeze of Lime



Cut your watermelon in half & cut it away from the rind.


Next, cut the watermelon into cubes.


Place the cubes into a blender.


Add 1/2 a cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract, a squeeze of lime, and 2 tablespoons of chopped basil.


Blend well.


Pour your mixture through a strainer.


After straining it pour your mixture into a loaf pan.


Place the pan in the freezer for about 4-6 hours.


Once it's firm and solid it is ready to serve, use an ice cream scoop to portion!



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  • Reply
    Alicia Ortman
    September 11, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Looks delicious and refreshing!

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    September 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Watermelon is my very favorite! What a great idea to make it into a granita. I often wish I could make Watermelon into ice cream but it’s high water content make than problematic. Granita would be great.

  • Reply
    September 11, 2018 at 3:37 pm

    That looks so delicious! I too wish summer didn’t have to end! I am not ready for the cold weather. I will definitely be trying this out before the watermelons are gone!

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    September 11, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    Wow! This sounds amazing!
    It’s funny because I just blended some watermelon for my first time the other day! The kids didn’t eat it for some reason and I didn’t want it to go to waste. Just drinking it straight was awesome so I know this will be delicious!!! Thank you!!

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