If there are any ‘80s children reading this, you’re sure to remember the coconut ice of days gone by. After all, it was a bit of a school fair favourite. I’ve taken the old classic and given it a healthful twist in this easy recipe that is fun to make, looks stunning and comes with a brain boosting bonus.

There are a couple of healthy tricks to this recipe. I swapped a huge amount of refined white sugar for Monk Fruit Extract, which is actually 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar, but contains zero calories and won’t spike blood sugar levels. I ditched the food colouring and obtained a beautiful purple hue by blending in  Arepa Nootropic Smoothie Powder, which supports brain and immune health with powerful polyphenols (NZ Pine Bark and Neuroberry Blackcurrants). This Coconut Ice is also rich in good fats from coconuts and has a sweet, creamy flavour with a fruity tang. The perfect afternoon pick-me-up for little ones and big kids wanting to take a (healthier!) trip down memory lane.



  1. Add desiccated coconut, coconut oil, coconut cream, sweetener and vanilla to a high-speed blender and blend until the coconut has turned into a paste.
  2. Transfer half of the mixture to a clean bowl and add the Arepa powder to the remaining mix in the blender. Blend a few more times until Arepa powder is well incorporated and mix becomes purple.
  3. In a lined 20x20 cm dish, spread the white coconut mix in the bottom and gently flatten with a spatula, top with the Arepa mix spreading it evenly over the white layer. Pop into the freezer for 10-15 minutes to set.

  4. Once set, cut into bite-size pieces before serving. Keep refrigerated.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Set Time: 15 minutes

Nutritional information*

  • Servings: 24

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 134
  • Total Fat: 14g
  • Total Carbohydrate: 4g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Net Carbs: 4g
  • Protein: 1g

* Nutritional information is based on approximate calculations by My Fitness Pal

Dietaries: Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Low Carb

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