Raspberry Water Kefir Granita


Water kefir is one of the most refreshing beverages for the hot summer. There are a variety of ways to flavor it to turn it into a carbonated, fruity, probiotic-rich beverage.

But imagine it frozen into an icy granita. A granita is an icy sweet treat usually made by combining fruit, liquid, and sweetener and freezing it with periodic breaks for scraping down the ice crystals with a fork.

This technique creates something akin to an Italian Ice covered in fruity syrup. Except, with this recipe, you get the goodness of water kefir.


Raspberry Kefir Granita


  • 2 cups water kefir
  • 1+ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries


  1. Add the lemon juice to the water kefir and mix well.
  2. Puree the raspberries and strain them into the water kefir mixture. If they are very soft, you can simply force them through the strainer.
  3. Stir the mixture to fully incorporate the raspberry puree.
  4. Place the mixture in a 9×13-inch Pyrex-style baking dish. Place the container in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  5. Ice will begin to form along the edges where the mixture meets the pan. Using a fork, stir the icy portions into the center of the pan.  Repeat this process every 20 to 30 minutes until the mixture is frozen (generally about 3 to 4 hours).
  6. Using a fork, scrape the frozen granita into flakey crystals. Cover tightly and freeze.

Can be served with fresh berries or a sprig of mint.


Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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