Coffee granita in a small glass, with a spoon and another glass of granita in the background
5 from 9 votes

Easy Coffee Granita

3-ingredient coffee granita made with coffee, (coconut) sugar and water - that's it! A light and refreshing dessert that will be your favorite pick-me-up this spring and summer. Naturally vegan, paleo and dairy free.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword granita recipe, italian granita, summer dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Freezing time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 65 kcal


  • 1/3 cup instant coffee powder use 1/4 cup for a light coffee and up to 1/2 cup for a strong coffee - see notes to use brewed coffee
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar, honey and maple syrup
  • 3 cups water

To serve (optional)

  • whipped cream coconut whipped cream to keep it vegan + paleo


  1. Boil water in a kettle or on the stove.

  2. In a large bowl, add instant coffee and sugar. Pour water and mix well. Taste and add sweetener to taste if needed. 

  3. Transfer coffee mixture to a large baking dish suitable for freezing, let it cool completely and place in the freezer. If possible, use a big (to make sure the liquid is as spread out as possible) + metal pan. This will speed up the freezing process. 

  4. Freeze for about 1/2 hour or until icy at the edges. Using a fork, scrape ice crystals from the edges. Stir mixture well, breaking all icy chunks, and put back in the freezer.

  5. Repeat every half hour for about 3 hours (exact time will depend on your freezer). Granita is ready when granular but still slushy (see picture #6 above)

  6. Scrape granita into glasses or small bowls, top with whipped cream if using and serve immediately.

  7. Make ahead / Leftovers: If you have leftovers or want to make this ahead, keep in the freezer covered and when you're ready to eat, let it sit on the counter for a few minutes (exact time will vary depending on the quantity you have) until it softens and you can scrape it again and break the icy chunks. Place it back in the freezer for a final freezer for about 15-30 minutes before serving.

Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Easy Coffee Granita
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 65
% Daily Value*
Sodium 45mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Sugars 13g
Calcium 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.