Watermelon Granita Recipe

A white bowl filled with a watermelon fruit granita shaved ice

This watermelon granita recipe is easy to make.  It’s a healthy, frozen dessert option.  Granita is a fruity shaved ice that’s healthier than a snow cone.

A white bowl filled with a watermelon fruit granita shaved ice

Watermelon Granita Recipe

I love a good granita recipe.  It’s so easy to make, it’s fruit packed and it makes a fantastic summer dessert.  My watermelon granita has a little bit of fresh, pitted cherries in the mix along with a splash of fresh squeezed navel orange juice; yum, yum!

This fruity, shaved ice is a healthy summer treat for the kids and a fantastic substitute for a sugary snow cone.


Here is the recipe to dice, pit, squeeze, blend and freeze….

Watermelon Granita Recipe

A white bowl filled with a watermelon fruit granita shaved ice


  • 3 cups of diced watermelon
  • 1 cup pitted fresh cherries
  • 1 navel orange
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Simply add the diced watermelon and pitted cherries to a blender.

Cut the navel orange in half.  Squeeze the juice from both halves of the orange into the blender.  Add in the honey and vanilla extract.   Blend all of the ingredients together until it’s mixed well.

Pour the juiced mixture into an 8 x 8 glass-baking dish and freeze overnight.  Before serving, simply take a large serving fork and shave the iced mixture in different directions
until it’s all shaved.  Scoop and serve frozen.

More on Making this Recipe:

Watermelon: You can save time and purchase pre-diced watermelon, sliced watermelon and pieces of watermelon already removed from the rind in the produce section of your local Price Chopper and/or Market 32 Supermarkets.

Little hands: Young children can dice the watermelon using a plastic knife. Watermelon is a great fruit to help develop and strengthen motor skills, knife control and knife safety.

Pitting the Cherries: It’s simpler to pit the cherries with an actual cherry pitter. If you don’t have one you can simply remove the stem and poke the pit through the cherry and out the other side using a chopstick, toothpick, straw or even a thin tipped pastry tip.

 Leftovers: If there’s any frozen fruit shavings, simply put them in an airtight freezer container and freeze for another day.

Alternative: Granita recipes are a perfect afternoon snack that’s fruit packed. It’s a great alternative to a snow cone treat.

Cooking with Kids: Every recipe is filled with life skills that encourage a child’s confidence in the kitchen. Here are a few to focus on when making this recipe;

  • Dicing and knife safety
  • Pitting cherries
  • Extracting juice
  • Measuring ingredients
  • Following directions
  • Blending and blender safety
  • Freezing

More Frozen Fun:  Want more fresh frozen fun?  Check out my Frozen Blueberry Limeade.  It’s perfect for a summer cool down treat.  It’s light, it’s refreshing, it’s fruit packed, it’s a healthier option with honey replacing the sugar and I use less!  Follow the link below to give it a try.

Fresh Frozen Blueberry Limeade served in glass jars with colorful rainbow paper straws and fresh fruit.

Frozen Blueberry Limeade

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