Watermelon Granita Recipe

Watermelon Granita

This easy dessert is a simple take on a summertime staple. Watermelon packs vitamins C and A and lycopene, a potent antioxidant. It’s also a great food for weight control. A single one-cup serving can satisfy a sweet tooth with just 49 calories, making it one of the fruits least concentrated in sugar and calories.

Watermelon Granita

Ingredients:

  • 2 limes
  • 2 tsp. sugar, divided
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. cubed seedless watermelon
  • Mint leaves for garnish, if desired

Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 70 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrate, 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein, 0 mg sodium.

Directions

  • Using fine grater, scrape outer green part of limes’ skin (the “zest”). In small bowl, combine zest, 1 teaspoon of sugar and 1/4 cup of juice from limes. In small saucepan, combine remaining sugar with 1/3 cup water. Bring mixture to boil. When sugar is dissolved, add zest mixture. Remove from heat, stir and cool to room temperature.
  • In blender or food processor, puree melon to make 3 cups liquid. Place in 9″x 9″ metal pan. Blend in syrup. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer. Freeze until slightly hard, 6-8 hours; stir. Before serving, scrape well with fork and scoop into serving bowls.
  • Garnish with mint if desired and serve immediately.
    Makes 4 servings.

Per Serving: 70 calories, 0 g total fat, 0 g saturated fat, 19 g carbohydrate, 0 g dietary fiber, 1 g protein, 0 mg sodium.

Courtesy of aicr.org.

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