• Healthy Coconut Ice

by Buffy Ellen 0 Comments

If you made my one-step Coconut Butter from last week, then this Healthy Coconut Ice will be a cinch. Actually even if you didn't make it, it will still be a cinch. I think my recipes have become progressively simpler and possibly even more pink as my pregnancy has gone on. Any coincidence? Possibly..

Back to the ice. Coconut Ice is one of those wicked little treats you no doubt had as a child, but probably fell off the menu once you reached adulthood. The traditional recipe as per my trusty Edmonds Cook Book (first published in New Zealand in 1955, and a staple in most Kiwi households), combines icing sugar, cow's milk, butter, salt, coconut and red food colouring.

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My version instead swaps out the icing sugar, dairy, and artificial colouring for natural organic coconut milk, pure vanilla extract, himalayan sea salt, a dash of unrefined low GI coconut nectar or sugar and grated beetroot or berries for colouring. 

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Vanilla Ice Ice Baby

Seeing as we spoke about the benefits of coconut last week (you can read about that here), this week I'm tackling vanilla for you. Segway to 1989 before reading on...

Pure and natural vanilla extract contains numerous antioxidants, including vanillic acid and vanillin. As you no doubt know, antioxidants protect our bodies from damage from the increasing number of harmful free radicals and toxins in our environment. Make sure you source an organic fairly traded pure vanilla. This ensures not only optimal taste-factor, but also that the growers receive a fair wage from its production. After travelling through numerous countries I know all too well how little some of these communities live on - in many cases $1 per day is the standard income, when even just one meal out might cost $3.

My absolute favourite brand of vanilla is Heilala, based here in New Zealand and sourcing their vanilla from the beautiful island of Tonga. The company follow organic growing principles, growing in organic virgin soil on natural coconut husk frames, with the vanilla hand pollinated and dried in the sun. Their Tonga plantation provides employment for the local village, and has enabled running water, housing and childhood education facilities. Plus their vanilla powder is one of the only I've found that doesn't contain a bunch of added sugar and preservatives - it's just 100% pure ground vanilla bean.

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I made my Coconut Ice only very mildly sweet, so do taste as you go and feel free to add a bit more coconut nectar if you like (*don't add too much, especially if you're using coconut sugar, as it will start to make it go a bit brown). In fact I checked the Edmonds recipe and my version uses only 8% of the sugar of the original! And don't worry if the beetroot or berries in your pink layer are not completely blended. I think it looks quite rustic with a few blood-stained blotches and smears running down the white layer as you slice. Finally, feel free to add more or less of your red-coloured ingredient to change the pinkness as you like (are you a pale ballet pink kind of guy/gal, or more of a bright fuschia 80's child?).

Would love to see your Vanilla Ice Ice Babies on Instagram - tag your shots @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics, as I'll be sharing the best images on my IG and Facebook pages. By the way, I'm now 41 weeks and 2 days, so this will certainly be the last time I write to you as a single body! I'm pretty excited to meet our little girl now, I'm hoping she likes Coconut Ice?

x Buffy-Ellen

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Healthy Coconut Ice

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Makes 12 squares

Make with

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5c desiccated coconut (around 350g)
1/3 cup coconut cream (18% fat)
2 tsp vanilla extract
4 tbsp coconut nectar OR coconut sugar* (or more to your taste)
pinch of sea salt
3 tbsp grated beetroot, goji berries, 6 tbsp raspberries OR 1 tbsp beetroot powder**

Desiccated coconut for sprinkling

c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon

*If your coconut sugar is quite dark, you might want to use a light coconut nectar instead - this will make sure you keep a nice white colour to the base and crisp pink to the topping.

**The beets will make your top layer more pink, the goji's more red, and the raspberries more purple - the photos I've taken here are with the beetroot option.

How to
  1. Blend 4 cups of desiccated coconut in a food processor until a silky smooth butter forms (save the last cup to add at the end for texture). This may take anywhere from one minute in a Thermomix (my beast of choice), to five to ten minutes in a standard food processor. Scrape down the sides each minute as you go to get a super creamy result. It should end up being a pourable liquid rather than a gritty paste (and slightly warm from blending).
  2. Add the remaining ingredients except the beetroot/goji berries/berries and final cup of coconut, and blend again until completely combined. Now add the last cup of coconut and pulse to mix (don't blend, you want to retain the texture).
  3. Pour half the mixture into a tray lined with baking paper (should be around 1 cm thick), smooth down with a spatula until completely flat, and put in the freezer.
  4. Now add your red coloured ingredient to the remaining mixture and blend again until combined.
  5. Remove your tray from the freezer, and once it's relatively firm (but not rock hard), pour the pink layer on top and flatten down again with your spatula.
  6. Sprinkle desiccated coconut on top while it's still wet so it sticks, then put back in the freezer for an hour to firm.
  7. Slice into squares, and keep in the fridge for immediate consumption. They can also be stored in the freezer in a sealed container for a few months.

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    Buffy Ellen
    Buffy Ellen


    Buffy is the founder of Be Good Organics, and loves creating delicious yet simple plant-based whole foods recipes. Buffy also oversees our Be Good Organics online store, full of plant based goodies that she personally uses and loves. Sign up for our newsletter below to be the first to receive her weekly recipes.

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