Red White & Blue Granita

Red White & Blue Granita Dessert (Perfect for July 4th, Labor Day & Memorial Day)

  • by Robin Frey
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A fresh and natural take on the red, white, and blue popsicles from our youth, this granita dessert is perfect for any patriotic American holiday.

Yield 12 oz
Calories 85 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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Time

Prep Time
02:14:00
Juice Time
06:00
Total Time
02:20:00

Looking for a  dessert to celebrate a patriotic American holiday?

This red, white and blue granita recipe doesn't just taste amazing. It's also made with real, whole foods and no added sugar or sweetener, making it a healthy option to satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Click here to jump straight to the recipe. Read on to learn why we love it.

Why We Love This Red White & Blue Granita Dessert Recipe

Sweet, natural and fresh — those are the words that will pop into your head when you taste this red, white and blue granita.

Here is what expert chef Ari Sexner, the creator of this recipe, had to say about it:

"My favorite childhood memories of 4th of July involve BBQs, fireworks, and those red, white, and blue popsicles!

Typically frozen sugar water, the popsicles had maybe a hint of lemon and possibly the mysterious and elusive blue raspberry. We wanted to come up with something fun that is a little more natural and fresh for the holiday.

When you freeze juice, sometimes it might change or dull the color. So for the red we use mostly watermelon and a small touch of red beet for the vibrant color (don't worry -- you won't taste the beet).

For the white we experimented with something like pear juice but when frozen it didn't look right due to oxidation, so we went with coconut milk, when it freezes it looks white rather than clear.

To make the blue we decided to use butterfly pea flowers instead of the traditional blue spirulina (but you can use that instead if you prefer)."

Plus, because this recipe is made with only natural ingredients, there are actual health benefits thanks mainly to the coconut and watermelon.

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That's right, a dessert with health benefits. Hold your applause while we list them:

  • Rich in vitamins. Watermelon has vitamin C and vitamin K. Coconut meat has loads of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6-folate.
  • Reduces inflammation. Watermelon and coconut meat have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Antioxidant rich. Again, that's thanks to the dynamic duo of watermelon and coconut. 
  • Contains variety of electrolytes. Coconut water has sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium (source).

Granita Ingredient Notes

For the best flavor, we recommend using coconut water and coconut meat from young coconuts. If they are not available, you can use pre-mixed or store prepared coconut water and coconut meat.

Butterfly pea flowers can be purchased on Amazon (link).

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Pro tip: This recipe is best made in larger batches, so we suggest multiplying the ingredient amounts based on the size of your group (or appetite).

Health Benefits

  • hydrating
  • antioxidant
  • reduces inflammation

Ingredients

  • watermelon (peeled)
    13.68 oz
    2 1/2 cups cubed watermelon
  • red beet
    0.45 oz
    1/10 beet
  • coconut water
    23 oz
    2 3/4 cups
  • coconut meat
    1 oz
    2 tablespoons
  • butterfly pea flower
    0.1 oz
    about 25 flower buds

Directions

For the Red:

  1. Peel the watermelon, then weigh.

  2. Juice the watermelon and the beet together.

  3. Pour into a shallow container and place in the freezer.

For the Blue and White:

  1. Place the coconut meat into a blender and add only enough coconut water to cover, and start blending on low, slowly adding in the rest of the coconut water.

  2. Pour half into a shallow container and place in the freezer.

  3. Pour the other half into a bowl with the butterfly pea flowers, let steep in the fridge for about an hour or until desired color is achieved. Drain, and pour into a shallow container and place in the freezer

To Serve:

  1. An hour before ready to serve, place the containers in the fridge. Scrape with a fork or metal spoon, scoop and serve.

Pro Tips

  • This recipe is best made in larger batches, so we suggest multiplying the ingredient amounts based on the size of your group (or appetite).

  • For the best flavor, we recommend using coconut water and coconut meat from young coconuts. If they are not available, you can use pre-mixed or store prepared coconut water and coconut meat.

  • Not sure where to get Butterfly pea flowers? Not to worry, they can be purchased on Amazon, or you can substitute blue spirulina to make the blue color.

 

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