Four Grown-up Granita Recipes to Help You Cool Off

Folks keep saying summer is ending, we’re seeing tons of fall wares in the stores, but we’re still sweating! The kids might be heading back to school, but we’re hot. As it’s still too hot to think about fall recipes, we’re sharing a few more cool recipes! This week we’re sharing dessert recipes!

Granita is an Italian dessert from Sicily. It’s a lot like sorbet in that it’s vegan, frozen, lighter than ice cream and sometimes contains alcohol. But, while sorbet is churned in a machine and smooth, granita is more like shaved ice. You pour it into a shallow dish to freeze and occasionally scrape it with a fork to create icy shards that can be enjoyed from a bowl or even with a straw!

We’re huge fans of this dessert because it’s light and refreshing. Plus, it’s just less fussy to make than sorbet. And, while it’s hot outside, we don’t have the patience for fussy desserts! These recipes are all for adults as they contain alcohol or coffee. Of course, if the kids in your life like coffee and are allowed it, they can enjoy that one!

Sugar-free Blue Mermaid Vodka Granita


You’ll find many different recipes when you look up a recipe for a “Blue Mermaid” cocktail. The only thing they have in common is that they’re blue and they have vodka. So, this blue slush lives up to its name. No one on our team had heard of the drink, so we were trying to find a nautical theme to this delicious recipe. There isn’t one; it’s just a delightful summery concoction. Made from sugar-free syrups, coconut milk and vodka, it’s a cocktail you eat with a spoon as you bid goodbye to the last days of summer! A serving has 182 calories and 1.3 grams of carbs. Get the recipe.  

Sugar-free Coffee Granita


If you don’t drink, or you want an afternoon pick-me-up, this delicious treat is a sophisticated dessert. Made with dark roast, you get a bit of caffeine. You flavor this recipe with cocoa powder or cinnamon to bring out the flavor of dark roast coffee and give it more depth. Coconut milk adds a creaminess without adding dairy. As there is far more coffee than milk, you’ll still get an icy bowl of granita as opposed to vegan ice cream. A serving has 247 calories, three grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.

Sugar-free Strawberry Rosé Granita


Rosé has been the “in” drink of the past couple of summers. We think this recipe is the perfect way to showcase it. It uses just four ingredients: strawberries, lemon juice, wine and a sweetener. This is an excellent dish to enjoy with friends outside in the yard on a hot summer evening. Enjoyed outdoors, you’ll feel like you’re on vacation! A serving has 47 calories, 6.4 grams of carbs and 1.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

Boozy Watermelon Lime Granita


Watermelon is often skipped by people with blood sugar concerns. But, if you use it in a recipe, or even just enjoy it in moderation, it’s fine. This recipe can be made without alcohol; swap the rum for water. If you do that, we suggest adding mint to add a little bite to the dish. The recipe calls for a small amount of sugar. To cut out the carbs from that, use a noncaloric sweetener instead. As it’s written, it’s delicious and low-carb, but it could be lower. A serving has 109 calories, 11.5 grams of carbs and 0.5 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.

We hope these recipes help you stay cool and enjoy the last of the summer. The heat won’t stick around forever. While it’s here, enjoy cool treats and relax!

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