Stone Fruit Granita

Choose your favorite stone fruit, and enjoy an icy treat! Perfect for a summer day, this sweet granita recipe can be made with peaches, nectarines, plums, and cherries.

Stone Fruit Granita
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
22 mins
Stand Time:
5 mins
Freeze Time:
8 hrs
Total Time:
8 hrs 27 mins
6 cups


  • 1 ½ pound very ripe peaches, nectarines, or plums, coarsely chopped, or 2 lb. sweet cherries, halved

  • ½ cup water

  • cup sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)*


  1. In a medium saucepan combine fruit, the water, and sugar. Bring just to boiling over high heat; reduce heat to medium-high. Cook and stir 2 minutes or until fruit is tender; remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients; cool slightly.

  2. Transfer mixture to a blender; cover and blend until smooth. Press through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl; discard pulp.

  3. Pour fruit puree into a 2-qt. square baking dish. Freeze 2 hours, stirring and scraping frozen mixture off bottom and sides every 30 minutes. Cover and freeze, without stirring, 6 hours more or until firm.

  4. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Scrape surface of granita and spoon into dishes.


Only add the almond extract if you're making the granita with cherries. (Almond naturally enhances cherry flavor.)

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

48 Calories
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 48
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 4.8mg 24%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0.2mg 1%
Potassium 123mg 3%
Folate, total 2.9mcg

*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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