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glass filled with blueberry granita wih fresh blueberries and spoon on side

Blueberry Granita

Blueberry Granita is the perfect hot weather treat. Serve with a Sicilian Brioche or even a dollop of whipped cream for a true Sicilian experience!
Course Dessert
Cuisine Sicilian
Keyword granita, blueberries, blueberry granita, Sicilian recipes,
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 3 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup water


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized sauce pan and stir together. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. The mixture will have thickened slightly and the blueberries will be very soft.
  • Carefully transfer to a blender or food processor and purée. Strain the mixture using a fine mesh sieve over a bowl, discard the solids.
  • Allow the blueberry mixture to cool slightly then pour into a glass or metal bowl, cover and place in the freezer.
  • Every hour to hour and a half, scrape the ice crystals that form with the tines of a fork. Continue to do so, every hour or so, until the granita is completely frozen, about 5 hours.
  • When ready to serve, use a fork to scrape the granita and scoop into a bowl or glass. If a smoother consistency is desired, place the granita in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  • Serve as is or with a brioche and dollop of whipped cream.


Granita has an icy, crystallized texture but if you prefer a smoother texture, you can place your frozen granita in a food processor and blend until smooth.
Try making granita with other fruits that are in season such as strawberries or peaches.