Blueberry basil granita

Jun 27, 2013 at 10:45 a.m. ET

This quick and easy vegan blueberry basil granita dessert recipe is perfect for a summer barbecue. A granita is a great way to make a frozen treat when you don't have an ice cream maker or ice pop molds.

Blueberry Basil Granita

I started to make granitas as a summer party food offering after a friend's son came down with serious food allergies. No dairy, nuts, wheat or chocolate, but I wanted to make something that all the kids could eat, without making him feel excluded with a separate dessert. With or without the basil, with various mixtures of fruit, served in fun cups with cute spoons, this recipes is easy to throw together and always a hit.

Blueberry basil granita recipe

Serves 6-8


  • 3/4 cup very hot water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 6 basil leaves, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime


  1. Put the very hot water in a small bowl or measuring cup. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves (microwave for 30 seconds if the sugar doesn't dissolve).
  2. Add the sugar water, blueberries, basil and lime juice to a blender or food processor. Process until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into a glass baking dish (7 x 11 inches or 9 x 13 inches will work well) and place in the freezer.
  4. Stir every 30 minutes, combining the frozen edges into the center. Once the granita is mostly frozen, rake the surface with a fork to create a flaky mound. Cover and freeze until ready to serve.

More frozen summer treats

Vegan cherry coconut ice cream
Frozen banana bites
Mojito poptails