There’s nothing like digging into an ice-cold treat on a sizzling hot summer day.  As the days get longer and the weather gets hotter, we find ourselves craving all things light and refreshing.  We decided to create the most thirst-quenching dessert we could think of and ended up with a tangy and fruity lime granita!  A granita is a simple dessert, similar to Italian ice, which includes minimal ingredients and as an obvious bonus, requires no oven time!

This recipe is not only cold and refreshing, but also naturally dairy and fat free, making it the perfect guilt free dessert.  We chose to make ours lime flavored, but really any fruit would work.  We have tried this same recipe using both mango and pineapple, but using a puree instead of juice.  We made our lime granita more on the tart side, so if you enjoy a sweeter dessert add more sugar than the recipe calls for.  This dessert is a perfect end to summer picnics, barbeques, or just whenever you feel like it.  Make sure you make this dessert a day ahead of time since it needs to freeze over night.  This can be made in a large batch and stored in the freezer for anytime the craving strikes!



1 ¼ cup water

⅓ cup organic cane sugar

pinch of salt

⅔ cup fresh lime juice (~8 limes)

½ tsp. lime zest + additional zest for serving



Place the water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Continuously stir the mixture until the sugar has dissolved.  As soon as the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the salt.  Let cool to room temperature.  Place a bowl large enough to hold the mixture into the freezer.

Stir in lime juice and lime zest and pour into the chilled bowl.  Cover in plastic wrap and place in the freezer.  Every hour for the first 3 hours take the bowl out of the freezer and scrape down the ice crystals that form and stir them into the mixture.  You can either keep doing this until it is the right consistency or you can leave it in the freezer over night.  When you are ready to serve let it stand at room temperature for a couple of minutes to make it easier to scoop.  Serve in glasses or bowls and top with additional lime zest!

Makes 2-3 servings.

Imagery by Alexandra Eberts
Additional imagery via Pinterest
Recipe and words by Alexandra Eberts,