Guess what!! You can have fun with your food whilst keeping it clean and healthy. Why is it that vegans have such stunning Instagram accounts with beautiful food photographed with flowers and gorgeous colours and Paleo folk post is just plain old food!! Are we just more serious than vegans, naaahhhh can’t be?
It certainly cannot be the food because these gorgeous unicorn coconut ice bites are super delicious yet remain well within the Paleo paradigm, actually they can also be keto if you leave out the maple syrup. Granted vegans do eat more fruit than us, but the amount of berries that it takes to make something pretty is not that much and actually rather important for a balanced diet to contribute much needed antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamin C and antibacterial compounds.
I often find that many followers of Paleo are terrified to eat any fruit at all, certainly the high end sugary fruits should be avoided (pineapple, mango, grapes) but berries and low sugar fruit are important and add great flavour to smoothies and drinks without a massive sugar overload.
About these bad boys, I have actually ended up with two recipes. I made the first batch but then I felt that whilst the flavour may appeal to some, it might not to others. Which then got me thinking that I could use alternate ingredients for those who battle with getting hold of ingredients that are not readily available in the supermarkets, I know this can really put someone off making a recipe.
The colours, really simple, they don’t need to be there as they add no flavour at all, just a huge load of fun. Although more importantly they might just get little one’s to have taste, after all what we want is for them to just start to taste and explore. So, don’t be put off the recipe because you don’t have berry powder in your baking tin, it’s great to have but not essential.
Gemma discovered that even Jack loves it….
- 2 x 200g packets of creamed coconut - not to be confused with coconut cream
- 1/3 cup coconut oil - softened or melted
- 3 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup good quality maple syrup , raw honey or xylitol - optional
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and the zest of the lemon
- 160 ml coconut cream - I use waitrose organic range
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- Yellow - 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
- Purple - 1 1/2 tsp blueberry arctic berry powder
- Green - 1 tsp macha green powder
- Pink - 1 1/2 tsp cranberry arctic berry powder
- Combine all the ingredients except the colours and blend in a food processor until well mixed.
- Separate equal quantities into 4 bowls - about 1 cup each.
- Line a plastic Tupperware container with parchment - make sure it not too big as you don't want the layers to be thin.
- Mix in the first colour (either back in the the food processor or by hand) and spread it over the bottom of the container - place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Clean the processor and mix the next colour.
- Add the next layer of colour and return to the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Repeat until all the colours are complete.
- Then, place in the fridge for 30min.
- Cut into squares and enjoy, keep in the fridge if the weather is warm.
- Simply mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate until set.
To separate the cream from tinned coconut milk - Turn the tin upside down and place it in the fridge overnight. Take it out and turn it the right way up, open and remove the separated water, scoop out the cream and use.
These are utterly, utterly beautiful and ridiculously healthy! Well done AGAIN Donna ???
Thanks so much Izabella, I love it when you say it’s healthy because I really respect your nutritional opinion, means I’ve nailed it!!
Just stunning!!! By chance my son’s nutritionist said he needs to eat more coconut as caprylic acid is so good for gut healing. Will definitely add this to my list of things to make. Well done! X
How fantastic! Please let us know how it goes down with him, you might need to tweak it to suit his tastes?
Wow this looks like a dream!
A good dream I hope? Thanks for popping past my website Caroline xx
Gosh, Donna, these are so beautiful! Love them. Agree that berries are hugely important, always keep a few bags in the freezer! Great work xx
I really want to make these for my kids as they are perfect princess snacks!! 😉 Great to have a snack that I can also eat without feeling bad about it too!!
Oh my goodness! I don’t recall seeing anything like this – you are very inspirational. Great recipes and wonderful photography!
Darryl I take that as the ultimate compliment! Thank you so much!
Edible colours, I love them!! Just so pleasing to look at. I get a twitching eye from artificial colours when they shout at you so hard. I feel sorry for all those kids who get those kind of treats. This will make a lovely birthday party piece. Thanks.
Oh I hear you Razana! It’s terrible how our kids are flooded with artificial colours and flavours. Some have no idea how a real grape tastes because they have only ever tasted artificial flavours. It’s just so sad and we can only hope that things change for our kids in the future.
I love the colors on this! It really looks very delicious outside!
Thank you so much Lyn, definitely a family favourite!
I tried this yesterday and I so love it! Thanks a lot for sharing this recipe!
Woohoo! Thank you so much for letting me know XXD
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