No Bake Fruity Vegan coconut ice squares! This tasty coconut ice recipe is easy to make, doesn’t need cooking, and is quick to put together. All it takes is five ingredients and a bit of time in the fridge. Plus it’s food dye free, healthier that the classic coconut ice candy, gluten free, and perfect for summer!
Raise your hand if you grew up with Vanilla Ice. The pop singer/artist that is. No? Then you’re too young. But you will still love this no bake vegan coconut ice recipe.
And that’s my way of ending a week with a song stuck in your head and a new addicting SUMMER no bake recipe to add to your “Must Make” list. Check and Check!
Actually, this coconut ice square recipe has nothing to do with Vanilla Ice other than the fact that “vanilla ice ice baby” came to mind when I was making it. Are you laughing yet? Good!
Now… about this frozen treat. Um… it’s another Cotter Creation inspired by my New Zealand dwelling Kiwi husband.
You see, growing up in New Zealand, he didn’t really have the normal American summer treats. Sure there was ice cream and frozen custard. Heck, his uncle owned an ice cream trailer, but that’s not what I am referring to really. I’m talking about coconut ice, coconut ice slice, er… frozen coconut ice dessert bars? Gosh, I don’t know what to really call it. All I know is this treat was a favorite treat for the young kiwi.
So you can imagine my confusion when I first saw it. To be honest, it looked like rice and dye to me. Haha, oh how little did I know. It’s like the first time I tried a “Hawaiian” sushi roll while living in Kona, only to find out that there was Spam inside. I’m naive. Or clueless. Or both.
See doesn’t it look like rice? Haha.
But I digress.
Back to Coconut Ice. Yes, I made it for the Kiwi. Why? Because that’s what an American wife does for his homesick foreigner husband. And then I try to butcher it a bit and make it healthy (healthier er) and gluten free of course. Can you blame me?
What’s in coconut ice? Well, the REAL version includes sweetened coconut shredded coconut flakes, sugar, sugar, sugar, dye, flavoring, and condensed milk. Then you layer it all together, freeze in a square pan, and then cut into squares. Every sweet tooth person’s dream’ basically!
My version… it’s legit. I promise. And it only requires 5 ingredients as well! Tried and tested by a dozen friends. But they were all Americans and all had no clue what coconut ice was either. Except the husband of course.
This recipe is made dye free and vegan. Ya’ll, I did it! I made an allergy friendly homemade version of this kiwi inspired treat! While still tasting like the real deal too. No dyes needed. No condensed milk needed. In order to make this vegan all you have to do use a homemade vegan condensed milk. This recipe is basically identical to my vegan dulce de leche sauce but without vanilla. And you can use liquid sweetener or coconut sugar. Just Cook on low a bit longer until thicker until sauce is formed. EASY PEASY. Here’s another good vegan condensed milk recipe to try as well.
In order to make dye-free I just used freeze dried berries (like I did in this strawberry bite recipe) and apricot jam. Along with some other fresh fruit. See, FRUITY-LICIOUS!
That being said, if you want to use regular condensed milk, as in the original recipes, that still works too! Just personal preference.
Nutrition Stats per slice –> Semi healthy.. ish. You get it my point. But see below for SUGAR FREE options.
Calories 135 ; Total Fat 6.7g Saturated Fat 5g Carbohydrate 16.5g Fiber 1.7g Sugars 14g Protein 1.5g
Oh and for sugar free folk –> Highly recommend Swerve confectioner sugar!
So yes, this is what we’ve been snack on these days. Trust me, it’s a goodie! Perfect for summer because it’s bloody hot here already. A great frozen refreshment for post workout, run, etc. Naturally sugars, healthy fats, fruit sweetened.
The only bad thing? Well, they are gone too fast and you will have to keep the vegan version in freezer or fridge. They last at room temp just fine but not NEARLY as delicious as frozen and oh so chewy. Capeesh?
Have you ever tried coconut ice? I know you Britt’s and Aussie’s have! What’s your childhood summer treat?
Corny Cotter Checking out. Have a COOL weekend. Ice Ice Baby! —> see what I did there?