Pineapple Granita Recipe

Icy granita is a just-right treat on hot summer days.

Pineapple Granita
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall
Active Time:
20 mins
Freeze Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
8 serves

Looking for a special dessert that won't require you to turn on the oven? Try this tangy, melt-in-your-mouth pineapple granita. Most granita recipes require scraping the frozen mixture with a fork every 30 minutes, but this version is more hands-off and still produces fluffy ice crystals. Garnish each serving with pineapple leaves and wedges and lime zest curls for a fancy finish.


  • 5 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple (about 30 oz.)

  • 1 1/4 cups bottled coconut water (such as Vita Coco)

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Key lime zest plus 2 Tbsp. fresh juice (from 1 lime)

  • Lime zest, for garnish


  1. Process first 4 ingredients in a food processor until completely smooth, about 2 minutes. Pour mixture into a 13- x 9-inch dish. Freeze, uncovered, until just set but not completely frozen, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

  2. Rake through granita using a fork, breaking up any large chunks. Return mixture to freezer; freeze until completely set and frozen, 2 to 3 hours. Rake through granita until it is completely broken up and no large chunks remain.

  3. Transfer granita to an airtight container. Freeze up to 2 weeks. Sprinkle servings with lime zest.

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