Recipe: You Need To Make These Dairy-Free Coconut Ice Cream Bars

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If the words ‘coconut ice cream’ don’t get you excited, we don’t know what will! These delightful bite-sized treats are made from coconut milk, oats, nuts, tahini, dark chocolate and maple syrup which come together to create a healthier alternative to your mid-morning or evening snack thanks to the fact it’s totally free from refined sugar and dairy. Want the recipe? Keep scrolling!

RECIPE: Dairy-Free Coconut Ice Cream Bars

“There’s something magical about the combination of flavours and textures you can create in the kitchen with a recipe like this. A crumbly moreish base, a creamy coconut centre and a salted chocolate layer to top it off…” — Sarah Cooper of @scoopitup_

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Makes 6 large bars


½ cup oats
½ cup almonds
½ cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 small can coconut milk ( refrigerated overnight)
2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 block of your choice of dark chocolate (I like Alter Eco, Lindt)
large pinch rock salt


1. Line a baking tray with baking paper
2. In a blender, place all base ingredients and blend on medium for 5 seconds. Check and if needed blend again. Be careful to blend in small increments so that the mixture stays chunky, not fine into a flour like substance. Place in your baking tin and use your hands to press firmly into an even layer. Place in freezer.
3. Take your coconut milk out of the freezer and open carefully. Scrape out the thickened coconut milk (the solid white part) and leave aside the liquid (this will stop your middle layer from achieving the thick ice cream consistency)
4. Place thickened coconut milk, tahini, maple and vanilla in your blender and mix for about 1 minute until it is well combined. It should be nice and thick.
5. Remove tin from freezer and evenly spread the mix on top of the base. Place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.
6. When the coconut mixture is firm, melt your choice of chocolate carefully in a small saucepan. If it is too thick, try adding a bit of coconut oil to help it melt. Pour over your coconut layer and sprinkle with rock salt. Place in freezer to set and remove once hardened to slice. (About 3 hours)
Recipe by @scoopitup_

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