Sugar Free Coconut Ice – Raw and Vegan Goodness

Healthy, low carb and sugar free coconut ice treats for the occasional keto friendly snack you and your kids will love...

Do you have fond memories of coconut ice, but can’t imagine eating anything with so much sugar ever again?

Yeah me too.

As a child I didn’t like coconut, but I enjoyed coconut ice. Go figure! It must have been the condense milk and all the sugar with which the traditional treat is made.

Today I enjoy coconut, but my body can no longer tolerate sickening sweet snacks.

Fortunately it is easy to make this delicious snack without all the sugars and the carbs.

Enjoy this low carb coconut ice recipe but, like me, you’d probably still want to limit how many snacks you eat when you follow a keto lifestyle.

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Coconut Ice Recipe

Low carb sugar free treat

​What you need

For the White Layer

The Pink Layer

  • 2 ½ cups of unsweetened desiccated coconut 
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut cream 
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of stevia powder
  • 1 tablespoon of beet juice

​What you Do

  • To make the white layer - add 2 cups coconut to your food processor.
  • Blend it until it becomes liquid. This may take 5 to 6 minutes unless you have a very powerful blender.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients including the last ½ cup of coconut.
  • Mix briefly until combined.
  • plus
    Press the mixture into a lined 9” tray.
  • Place the tray in the refrigerator whilst you make the pink layer.
  • For the pink layer, repeat the steps you followed to make the white layer and add the beet juice for the pink color.
  • When all the ingredients have been combined press the pink mixture over the top of the white layer and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Slice and enjoy...

This recipe makes 28 servings and can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Note that I list this recipe as 1 gram of net carbs per portion. These are for small blocks. The big blocks in the picture are 2 portions and 2 grams each.

Your net carbs will also be dependent on how much coconut you use as well as the make and type and whether it contains added sugar or not. 

Always double check your ingredients and calculate your own macros using a tool like MyFitnesssPal.

Watch us make it now...

If you do include snacking on your ketogenic diet, this is a delicious high fat low carb snack to keep around.

I like that it is raw, vegan and child friendly. Your children wouldn't know the difference and for that matter neither would your non-keto friends.

Nutritional Value

The macros for one serving is as follows...

  • Calories - 133 
  • Net Carbs  -  1 gram 
  • Fat  -  13 grams
  • indent
    Protein  -  1 gram

Variations and Tips

You need a strong food processor to turn the shredded coconut into a liquid.

If you find this hard to do then replace ½ a cup of coconut for each layer with 4 table spoons of organic coconut butter. If you do this then add 1 ½ cup of coconut into the food processor and 4 table spoons of the butter. 

You still want to keep ½ a cup of the desiccated flesh to the side to add with the secondary ingredients as you need this for the crunch.

The other thing is that sometimes the flakes can be drier. Maybe it is older, or it could be the brand. So if you need a little more fluid, add more cream or oil.

If in addition to the pink color, you also want a “pink flavor”, then add strawberry extract.

If you don’t like stevia, then replace it with two to three table spoons of erythritol.

Now here you’ll have to experiment. Readers often complain that my recipes are not sweet enough. Personally I already find coconut sweet. But if you know you like you sweet snacks sweeter, go for more.

You can also do a taste test. I find that sweeteners become less sweet when they are baked or cooked, but with a raw snack like this - let your taste buds do the talking for you.

If you are not making this for a party and are worried about the temptation of a sweet snack in your fridge, then you can easily just half all the ingredients.

In that case, you’ll want to use a smaller pan as the coconut ice will be too thin otherwise.

We process these two layers separately because it is easier to work with 2 cups of coconut at a time and it gives the white layer time to settle and harden enough for the two layers not to mingle. 

But if you’d prefer to do it all together, then blend it all (except for the red coloring) together as above.

Once it is all blended, press half the mixture into your pan and refrigerate. Then add the coloring to the other half and mix gently until the mixture is pink. 

Once your white layer has hardened add the pink layer to the top.

Coconut Ice - sugar free and low carb

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Noline is a chartered accountant and therapeutic reflexologist who converted to the keto lifestyle after losing 55 pounds without counting calories or starving herself. She is a student of Professor Tim Noakes and the Nutrition Network and feels compelled to share the low carb lifestyle with as many people as possible. She does this at Essential Keto where she shares resources, recipes and her experiences, whilst working on losing that last 10 pounds.

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Terri - February 16, 2019

Hi Noline, I want to make this Coconut Ice, I have never even tried this before but it looks good. Question I have is can I use regular unsweetened coconut flakes or is this desiccated unsweetened coconut what I really need? I have never heard of desiccated coconut.
Thank You,

    Noline - February 18, 2019

    Hi Terri, you are probably familiar with the term shredded coconut.

    As long as the coconut you use can be blended into a liquid, it shouldn’t matter which form you use. The blending may just take a little longer.

    Let us know how you liked it…


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