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Creamy Melon Granita - An easier (and more delicious) way to make granita!

Granitas are perfect refreshing summertime desserts – and they are a delicious way to enjoy summer’s abundance of melon and other fruits!

Our Creamy Melon Granita is also one of the easiest ways to make a granita!  While most granita recipes require you to frequently scrape the mixture with a fork during the freezing process to get a shaved ice texture – this recipe is so much simpler!

Creamy Melon Granita - An easier (and more delicious) way to make granita!

Instead of using sugar like most granita recipes do, we’ve added sweetened condensed milk to the pureed melon which helps sweeten this wonderful dessert – as well as giving it a slightly creamier consistency that doesn’t need the constant scraping during the freezing process.  (We used a fat-free sweetened condensed milk to make this granita a little on the lighter side too!)

Just freeze the melon puree, and once it has hardened, scrape the mixture with a fork to create your sweet, flavorful shaved ice!  Scoop or spoon the creamy melon granita into your serving dish – and this delicious summer dessert is ready!

Creamy Melon Granita - An easier (and more delicious) way to make granita!

We used a mix of cantaloupe and watermelon for the recipe shown here – but you can follow this recipe using any melon you choose.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

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Creamy Melon Granita - A Family Feast

Creamy Melon Granita

  • Prep Time: 4 hours 5 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups cantaloupe, cut into large chunks
  • 4 cups seedless watermelon, cut into large chunks
  • 1/3 cup non-fat sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup lemon or lime juice (we used a mix of the two in our recipe)
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse kosher salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor (or blender) and process until completely pureed.
  2. Pour the puree into a flat baking dish (8×8-inches or 12×7-inches). Freeze until firm. (At this point, you can also put your serving dishes into the refrigerator to chill if you’d like.)
  3. Right before serving, scrape the frozen granita with a fork until you have a bowl of shaved ice.
  4. Spoon or scoop into bowls and serve immediately.

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  • Valerie | From Valerie’s Kitchen wrote:

    What a great idea to add sweetened condensed milk! I also love the combo of melons. I want to try this!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Valerie! Both melons and the sweetened condensed milk really change up the typical granita!

  • Stephanie Manley wrote:

    Looks so refreshing and perfect for summer!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Stephanie!

  • Tom @ Raise Your Garden wrote:

    You’re right, this is a simpler way to make a granita. It’s a hot day in Buffalo, NY and I’m ready to make this! Thanks.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you like the recipe Tom!

  • Kathy wrote:

    This looks delicious! And oh so easy! These are two fruits I always have in my house during the summer! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Kathy!

  • Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen wrote:

    This granita looks very refreshing! I’ll have to try it with the sweetened condensed milk, I’ve never used that in a granita before.

    • Martha wrote:

      Hope you enjoy it Sherri!

  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets wrote:

    Yum. I’ve made granita before but never with sweetened condensed milk!! Definitely trying this!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thanks Aimee! It’s definitely different than the standard granita recipe! Hope you enjoy it!

  • Betsy | wrote:

    This looks so simple to make!! MUST TRY!

    • Martha wrote:

      I hope you enjoy it Betsy!

  • Medeja wrote:

    It really looks like a perfect summer dessert!

    • Martha wrote:

      Thank you Medeja!

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