When it gets super hot out, the last thing we want to do is spend a bunch of time in the kitchen baking a dessert. But what if dessert didn’t have to involve a bunch of tedious mixing, beating, pre-heating, and cooking? Some of the best summer time desserts don’t require any cooking at all. Giada de Laurentiis knows this, and she just shared a 2-ingredient no-bake dessert recipe on her blog The Giadzy that we’re already drooling over — strawberry lemonade granita.
Granita is a frosty, frozen dessert that’s popular in Italy. You don’t need an ice cream machine to make it, just a blender or food processor, a freezer, and patience.
In Giada’s recipe, you simply blend frozen strawberries and lemonade together until smooth. Then, pour the tangy berry-lemon mixture into a freezer-safe container. Freeze it for three hours, then use a fork to scrape the mixture up into a fluffy texture. Freeze for another hour, mix it up again using your fork, and voila — dessert is ready to be served.
Our favorite thing about this 2-ingredient dessert recipe is how versatile it is. De Laurentiis says you can use any frozen berry you have on hand, but we can also see it working with frozen fruit like mango, pineapple, or a combination of both. You could also swap out the lemonade for limeade, or orange juice, or even add a splash of prosecco to the mix.
And speaking of prosecco…imagine a refreshing cocktail involving a scoop of granita at the bottom of a Champagne flute, topped with some cold bubbly. Now that would really hit the spot when the weather gets hot.
Before you go, check out some of Giada’s best pasta recipes below: