Watermelon Basile Granite: Paleo Reset by Lizzy Marsh

Typically granita is a semi-frozen dessert made from sugar, water and various flavourings, but Lizzy likes to make hers from nothing but real fruit. This recipe is basically three ingredients, and they are all fresh. No additives, no added sugars, just fruit.

When Lizzy is at her local farmers market, she stocks up on cheap, in-season fruit, watermelon and peaches being her favourite. She then dices them up and freezes them until she is ready to make granita. It’s a quick and healthy version that won’t be making you take that trip to the freezer every half hour to stir up the ice crystals.

It’s a nice little recipe that will inspire you to try out all different variations, and a taste of how amazing, simple and clean Lizzy’s Paleo recipes are.

I can’t wait for the warmer months here in the southern hemisphere so I can try this out with a range of summer fruits, including mango!

I blitzed up some basil leaves with a pinch of salt and some lime juice and added it to the top of my dessert – yum.


Watermelon Basil Granite

Serves 2


2 cups pre-frozen, cubed watermelon
½ small red chilli or ½ tsp. chilli flakes (optional)
5 basil leaves, plus extra for serving


In a food processor, slowly pulse all ingredients to slowly break up the frozen watermelon. Over-process, and you will end up with fancy watermelon juice!

Just as it reaches a sorbet-like consistency, scoop out into small bowls and top with some basil sprigs.

Tip: At your next trip to the Farmer’s market, stock up on cheap, in-season fruit like watermelon or peaches. Peel, dice and freeze in sealed bags or containers for a quick and easy dessert like this one.

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  • Reply Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen August 28, 2014 at 8:37 am

    This granita recipe is just so incredibly clever! Simple, quick to make, and full of flavor. Love your addition of the basil topping.

  • Reply Pang @circahappy August 29, 2014 at 2:23 am

    This is the loveliest Granite I have ever seen!!!! I love the spice with watermelon; I might just make it even in Fall. <3 <3 <3

  • Reply Lail | With A Spin August 29, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Stunning photography. Love them. The heat from the chili must make this granita divine.

  • Reply Linda August 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    What a lovely photo and of course a delicious looking Watermelon Basil Granite. This makes me want to try this. Thanks for the recipe. I’m trying it later today.

    • Reply Rachel September 7, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Sure is a great recipe for summer. Super simple and you can make with left over watermelon!

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