Coconut Ice recipe – Two Ingredients!

coconut ice picTwo Ingredient Coconut Ice

This recipe for coconut ice with just two ingredients is so simple to make, and so delicious! The kids love getting one in their lunchbox, and I am happy to give them one, for a boost of good fats and no added sugar.  It is the perfect addition to a Valentine’s Day themed lunchbox!

coconut ice logo

In August our second child turned 5.  Turning five is a real milestone birthday, as in New Zealand children often start school on the day of their 5th birthday.  Even if that is a Thursday mid way through the term.  Crazy huh!

When this little miss had her birthday party we decided that we didn’t see the point in taking a step backwards with all the work we were doing on our gut health at that stage by providing your typical party food.  So instead we set about providing nourishing party food, that still looked girly, pink and fun!

This entire party contained no dairy, no gluten, no refined sugar, and look at it:

fit for a princess

Homemade marshmellow, cupcakes with kumara (sweet potato) frosting coloured with beetroot juice, veggie platter with dip, fruit platter, popcorn, truffles and of course cake:

5th bday cake

This raw cheesecake was the birthday cake, and little miss 5 was very definite on how she wanted her cake to look, right down to the flowers, macadamia nuts and goji berries (I added the cacao nibs)!

I devised this super simple coconut ice recipe for the party, and it was such a success that we have made it many times since.

coconut ice hand

You do need a food processor or high-speed blender for this.  The trick is to stop before you have made coconut butter – you want it to set firm and still have texture.

Coconut Ice recipe - Two Ingredients!
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A simple recipe using just two ingredients that is my healthy take on a kiwi favourite.
Recipe type: Snacks; Children; Lunchbox; Party Food
Serves: 16
  • 2-3 cups of desiccated coconut
  • 1 T freeze dried strawberries (I used Fresh As brand)
  • You will also need a food processor or high-speed blender
  1. Place the desiccated coconut in the food processor and process until just before getting runny. You will need to stop and scrape down the edges several times.
  2. Spoon half the mixture out in to molds.
  3. Place in the fridge or freezer to firm up while you do the next step.
  4. Add the freeze dried strawberries to the food processor and pulse to combine with the remaining coconut mixture.
  5. Spoon the pink layer on top of the white in the molds and place them back in the fridge to set.
  6. Store in the fridge.



15 thoughts on “Coconut Ice recipe – Two Ingredients!

  1. Heather
    12/03/2014 at 8:27 pm

    Do you have to use freeze dried berry’s? Can you use fresh or frozen? Or where can you buy freeze dried berries?

    1. Bronwyn
      13/03/2014 at 5:16 am

      Hi Heather. You can use fresh or frozen berries if you prefer, the flavour is just not quite as intense. Freeze dried berries in NZ I use Fresh-As brand, which I got at Nosh.

      1. Heather
        13/03/2014 at 4:16 pm

        ok thanks for that. I will check out Nosh 🙂 I’m also wondering, how bad is gelatin for you? I have found a ‘healthy’ lolly recipe but the only ingredient I’m not sure about is the gelatin.

        1. Bronwyn
          13/03/2014 at 4:47 pm

          Hi Heather. Pure grass fed gelatin can be quite healing to the gut, and a great option for making healthy lollies. I have used it to make pure fruit jelly, and natural marshmellows for birthday parties. Great Lakes is a good brand, available here:

  2. Heather
    13/03/2014 at 4:53 pm

    Oh ok. Thanks. I’ll let you know how they turn out & pass on the recipe if I can make them work!!! 😛

  3. Denise
    28/04/2014 at 2:36 pm

    Hi – I tried making this today but after 30 minutes of processing I admitted defeat. I have a good food processor but I am not sure what I have done wrong. How long do you process the coconut for?

    1. 26/05/2014 at 10:19 am

      Hi Denise, can you tell me what had happened to the coconut? You need to stop processing just before the coconut becomes liquid, and then it will set firm again in the fridge or freezer. Shouldn’t take any more than 10 mins.

      1. Denise
        26/05/2014 at 10:42 am

        Hi – it didn’t get anywhere the liquid stage. I am wondering if I should try again maybe using the stick blender? It still tasted great – my children loved it sprinkled on their cereal!

        1. 08/09/2014 at 1:38 pm

          Denise I think it may be the coconut! I just tried making my first batch of coconut ice over in the UK, same food-processor but different coconut and it also didn’t get anywhere near liquid. It seemed quite a dry coconut, the organic coconut I bought in NZ was much oilier…

          1. Denise
            08/09/2014 at 6:55 pm

            Hi Bronwyn – thanks for that, I will get some organic coconut and try it with that. I’m really enjoying hearing about your adventures in England – thanks for sharing.

  4. Emma
    24/08/2014 at 9:03 am

    I love the photo of the party food you did for your daughter’s 5th birthday! Our daughter was diagnosed with Coeliacs earlier this year, so it is inspiring to know that a little girls party food can still be delicious and look fantastic – all GF! Look forward to trying the coconut ice hearts for my girls.

    1. 24/08/2014 at 9:10 pm

      Thanks Emma, it absolutely can be delicious, fun, girly and gluten-free! In fact that party was entirely free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar!
      I look forward to inspiring you some more x x

  5. Jemima
    16/03/2017 at 12:02 pm

    Looks fab Bronwyn. Inspiring. Hope she had a fab day.

    1. 25/06/2017 at 12:37 am

      Thanks Jemima – she did indeed!

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