Lemon Basil Granita and a Food Blogging Class

lemon basil granita

I don’t know about you guys but I’m not ready to let go of summer yet. I’m not ready to start busting out pumpkin and butternut squash recipes. I’m not ready to start my morning runs while it’s still dark out, and speaking of dark, I’m not ready to dye my hair darker and get rid of my blonde highlights, either. I want to drag out the happiest season of the year, and with the help of this Lemon Basil Granita, I think I could. (PS – it’s going into my mouth, not into my hair.)

This is a lovely refreshing treat, and it’s light and healthy, too.

And by light and healthy, I don’t mean this in a “hey it has zucchini and carrots? it’s a salad” or “it has oatmeal and almond butter? let’s eat it for breakfast” or “it’s mini? let’s roll the sides in bacon” kinda way.

This is LEGIT.

The three main ingredients are fresh lemon juice, basil, and honey.

lemonschopped basil

See? FRESH and LIGHT. It’s like Mother Nature herself came up with the idea.

(In reality, it’s Dan from The Food in My Beard who gave me the exact idea… and  he’s not exactly a tree-hugging goddess.)

The only other things we need are water, some lemon zest, a little sugar, and a pinch of salt. And some patience, too, because you’ll need to place this in the freezer and check every 45 minutes or so to move the ice crystals around – that’s how you make a granita. Place the mixture in the freezer in a flat shallow container, freeze until the edges turn icy, scrape and stir the icy portions into the middle, and repeat. Here’s another good granita flavor: Strawberries and Cream.

And here’s an unnecessary photo of my new manicure:

manicurelemon granita close up

As for the FOOD BLOGGING CLASS, I’m teaching one next month!!

I’ll be one of three bloggers heading up the Food Blogging: Basics and Beyond class at the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) on Sept. 23, 2014. It’ll be a one and a half hour class and discussion with me, Melanie from A Beautiful Bite, and Debbie from A Little Bit About a Lot of Things.

If you’re in the Boston area and are interested in learning more about food blogging basics, I’d love to see you there. You can find more details here.

lemon basil honey granita

I can’t promise you though that we’ll only be talking about light and healthy things during class, but I can promise you that this Lemon Basil Granita is delicious. Really bright and tart, with the perfect amount of sweetness.

I’m not going to mess with this healthy dessert by suggesting that you guys drizzle a little cucumber vodka on top. Or St-Germain. Or serve it with a sweet riesling. I’m not going to do that at all.

Yield: serves 4

Lemon Basil Granita


1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 cup water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/2 cup honey
2 tablespoons sugar
pinch of salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in a flat baking pan or any other freezer-safe container.
  2. Place in freezer and freeze until icy around edges, about 30 minutes. Using a fork, stir icy portions into middle of pan. Place back in freezer, stirring frozen edges into center every 30-45 minutes, for about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Scrape the granita into flaky crystals using a fork. Transfer into serving glasses and serve immediately. This can be made a day or two ahead, just keep it frozen.

lemon basil honey granita bowl

Thank you to everyone who entered my Lindt giveaway last week. Congrats to Nicole D! I’ll email you shortly :)


44 Responses to “Lemon Basil Granita and a Food Blogging Class”

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    Christina Orso posted August 25, 2014 at 9:46 am

    I have that class bookmarked on my calendar. I hope I can make it! If I don’t have a work event that day, I’ll be there!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 9:53 am

      Yayyy!! Crossing my fingers you’ll be free that day! xo

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    Sarah@RunningOnBrie posted August 25, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I’m with you on extending summer as long as possible! There’s just no better time of year in my opinion. And this lemon basil granita looks like the perfect way to keep the summer vibe going…love it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! The weather this week seems to be cooperating with our wishes :)

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    Monica posted August 25, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Your class sounds like fun, Bianca. Good luck and have fun!
    And this granita – love it. This summer went by too quick and I don’t want to let go either. Time to sit back and enjoy as many icy treats as possible!!

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    Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com posted August 25, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Lovely recipe!! Healthy and fresh! YUMMY And light! Win-win! :) also, random… but I LOVE your nails!! So pretty!!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted August 25, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Love this granita and would really love your class! Wish I could be there – sounds great! Great photos too :)

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    Alessandra // the foodie teen posted August 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    That looks absolutely fantastic! And I’m super excited about that food blogging class – go you! Wish I could be there!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you, Alessandra. I appreciate that!

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    Ashley Cote posted August 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    That is so cool that you are teaching a food blogging class! I’m not ready for summer to end yet either but I could use a little relief from the hot weather. And this lemon basil granita looks like the perfect refreshing treat!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks so much Ashley! This granita is so perfect for this week’s warm temps!

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    Megan posted August 25, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    You know I’d be drizzling St-Germain on top! Gorgeous nails!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:06 pm

      I always think about our St-Germain party! We should do another one :)

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    Bri | Bites of Bri posted August 25, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Omg…St Germain is my favorite! I’d love to eat this with some drizzled on top. Congrats on teaching a class…that’s a big deal! Good luck.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:07 pm

      Thanks so much, Bri! I’m definitely planning on making this granita again with some St Germain :) Have a great week ahead!

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    Meghan posted August 25, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    That granita sounds amazing! And I will be right with you hanging on to summer until the last possible second. (I might keep the blond year-round!)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

      Thanks, Meghan! I’m tempted to keep the blonde highlights, too :)

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    El posted August 25, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Beautiful granita. I’m with you. There’s one month of summer left and I plan to enjoy it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 25, 2014 at 10:26 pm

      Thank you, El! Looks like we can enjoy some nice summery weather this week – I should probably make another batch of granita soon :)

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    Choc Chip Uru posted August 26, 2014 at 7:39 am

    Can we please have granita making time all summer long? I couldn’t get enough of your recipes like this :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Yes to granita all summer long! Thanks, friend!

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    Joanne posted August 26, 2014 at 7:41 am

    I’ve never granita-ed before, but I really want to try! This sounds so refreshing. Let’s not let go of summer just yet!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      Definitely start granita-ing soon!

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    Shashi @ RunninSrilankan posted August 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    CONGRATS on your upcoming teaching gig! How exciting for you!
    As for this granita – its like a spoon of sunshine indeed – am gonna make it when we are in the middle of winter and pretend it’s summer! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 26, 2014 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks, Shashi! GREAT IDEA to make this in the winter too :)

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    Michelle Lahey posted August 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    This looks so refreshing! And congrats on the class!!

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted August 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Congratulations on teaching your class! Sounds like so much fun!
    This granita looks deliciously refreshing! I love all that basil.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 27, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks Cindy! I think this was the first time I used basil in dessert – definitely won’t be my last :)

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    Jennifer Farley posted August 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    This looks so refreshing!

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    Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen posted August 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    This looks wonderful and so refreshing! I am not ready to get rid of summer either! It is already so chilly here! It rains here alll winter and I am a huge chicken for raining in the rain (never learned the ‘charm’ of it that some runners claim there is!)

    Congrats on your teaching gig!!! I am so happy for you :D

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 28, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      Thanks, Ceara! I only like rain if I’m staying inside at home wearing yoga pants and drinking hot chocolate :)

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    Medha @ Whisk & Shout posted August 28, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    That sounds fun and this summery granita looks to die for :)

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    Melanie @ bon appet'eat posted August 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Oh my god Bianca, that is great! Your own class, that is such a great thing in a blogger’s life! Well done!
    All the best!

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    PassTheKnife posted August 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    I am totally with you, I am NOT ready for summer to end, as much as I love fall! This summer has been particularly beautiful and fast! This granita will keep me in the summer spirit a bit longer!

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted August 31, 2014 at 2:04 am

    I do understand your reluctance to give up summer, truly I do. However, have a thought to those of us who’ve just gone through winter and would like to have summer back. If you don’t mind. :)

    It won’t be long until this granita lives in my too-hot kitchen.

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    Chris @ Shared Appetite posted August 31, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    How cool that you are leading a class!!! That’s awesome! Congrats :) And this granita is summer perfection! Pinning!

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    Sharon posted September 3, 2014 at 8:36 am

    So excited for your class, I saved it! It sounds aweeeesome! Hope to see you there! :D

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      Bianca Garcia posted September 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      Yay thanks Sharon! Hope to see you there!

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    grace posted September 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    of all the refreshing granitas in all the world, this one must rank pretty highly. what a unique (and delicious) flavor combination!

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    Molly Galler posted September 10, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Congrats on the blogging class at BCAE! What fun!

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