Citrus Granita

Healthier than ice cream, this tangy citrus granita is just as tasty. Choose lemon, lime, or orange, and enjoy this healthy frozen dessert!

Citrus Granita
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
15 mins
Freeze Time:
6 hrs
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
6 hrs 25 mins


  • ¾ cup orange juice

  • 2 tablespoon sugar*

  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice or lime juice

  • ½ of a medium orange, peeled, sectioned, and finely chopped

  • ½ of a small lemon or lime, peeled, sectioned, and finely chopped

  • Lemon, lime, and/or orange wedges (optional)

  • Fresh mint sprigs (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine orange juice and sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice.

  2. Pour into a 4-cup freezer container. Stir in chopped orange and chopped lemon. Freeze, uncovered, for 2 hours, stirring and scraping frozen mixture from sides of container every 20 minutes. Cover with foil and freeze, without stirring, about 4 hours or until firm.

  3. To serve, let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Using a metal spoon, scrape across surface; spoon into dessert dishes. If desired, serve with lemon wedges and/or fresh mint sprigs.

*Sugar Substitutes:

Choose from Splenda granular, Equal Spoonful or packets, or Sweet 'N Low bulk or packets. Follow package directions to use product amount equivalent to 2 tablespoons sugar.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
30g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Protein 1g

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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