Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream

This orange granita feels like the convenience store slushie's older, fancier cousin. #orange #orangejuice #granita #summertime

this orange granita does take a few hours, but the process is so hands off that you won’t even notice until your crunchy, citrusy dessert is ready! 

i love ice. if you give me ice, i can almost guarantee i’ll be a happier person. i take my friends’ cups when they’re done with their drinks, and hoard all that ice. at least, i did until my dentist called me out for chewing ice.

but it was inevitable that i’d post granita on here, because i still love ice. granita is basically flavored ice, the coarse italian version of shaved ice. the base of this orange granita is juice: pour storebought orange juice into a shallow container, stick in the freezer, and you’re almost there. every 30 minutes or so, aka whenever you get bored and wander into the kitchen for snacks or tea, run a fork through the granita to scrape up the ice crystals and make sure that they don’t freeze together into one big ice block. after 3 hours, you have granita!

i’ve layered this orange granita into champagne glasses; definitely not necessary, but we’re treating ourselves, we’re living our lives. (i also don’t care for champagne, so i wouldn’t use these glasses otherwise). a cloud of almond-flavored whipped cream (slice of summery peach on top optional) doesn’t hurt either. the crunchy, citrus-y granita goes so well with a little bit of almond-y decadent cream, like classy ice your dentist won’t be as mad at you for chomping on.

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5 from 2 votes
This orange granita feels like the convenience store slushie's older, fancier cousin. #orange #orangejuice #granita #summertime
Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Freeze Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

It's like a classy creamsicle! Fruity orange granita with dreamy almond whipped cream.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: almond extract, dessert, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, granita, heavy cream, italian, juice, no-bake, orange, summer, vegetarian, whipped cream
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 107 kcal
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream cold
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  1. Pour the juice into a 9x13" pan and freeze for 2-3 hours. Depending on the size of your pan, the granita will freeze at a different speed (ie a bigger pan means the juice will freeze faster). Every 20-30 minutes, using a fork, scrape the ice (all of it, not just the top layer), to make sure that the juice doesn't freeze into one block.
  2. In a medium bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form. Add the almond extract, then mix until combined.
  3. Divide the granita between 6 champagne glasses, then top with the whipped cream. Serve immediately.

other frozen treats besides orange granita

apricot melon basil popsicles

coconut, blueberry and five spice popsicles with sesame seeds

10 Replies to “Orange Granita with Almond Whipped Cream”

  1. wow, what a wonderful flavor combination! Pretty pictures, too!

  2. Mmmm creamsicles are the BEST!!! I bet the addition of almond flavor makes these just to die for! Perfect for summer!!

  3. What a refreshing idea for summer! I love that you added almond extract to your cream, it’s so tasty!

  4. that does sound good. I read somewhere that chewing on ice signals that you have some type of vitamin deficiency. Also bad for your teeth.

    best… mae at

  5. I totally love the combination of orange and almonds 🙂 totally drooling over this.5 stars

  6. Your dessert reminds me of an adult creamsicle. 🙂

  7. Granitas are always the best summer treat in my opinion. It is so easy, flavorful, guilt free and uses the best that the season has to offer!! I totally love the whipped cream topping which makes it a elegant dessert!5 stars

  8. Oh wow, It looks so yummy I love orange juice with a combination of almond.

  9. this looks so pretty! i do love an orange-flavoured dessert. i love that you’ve just used juice for the granita and not added any other syrups etc. so it’s good for you too:) cheers sherry

  10. So pretty and I bet refreshing too such a great idea.

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