Island Ice Cream {Roasted Coconut Greek Yogurt}

raw coconut halve

The runner-up title for this post was Lesson in Futility Part 2: Coconut. (Remember this?)

The coconut has won the Futility award.  Not only did I have to ask the Hubs to crack this thing open with a mallet, it took me forever to scrape claw stab cut the flesh out rendering a measly half cup. Clearly I do not have the tools nor the patience for this sort of fruit.  I do have the patience for beaches, however, so maybe the coconut and I can work out our issues.

raw coconut 1

{Roasted Coconut Greek Yogurt}

1 raw coconut (you will need 2-3 T freshly roasted coconut)

1 t agave nectar

1 banana, sliced & frozen

1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut

3/4 c vanilla honey Greek yogurt (such as this)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Whack at the coconut with a mallet until it starts to leak.  Catch the coconut water in a dish, and pry open the fruit.  Claw at it with a knife until you get a decent amount of flesh to work with.  [This was probably not the most scientific, pretty, or efficient way to get to the edible parts, but it worked… eventually.]

Toss raw coconut in agave nectar spread out on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Roast and watch.  I think I roasted mine for 25 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes and watching closely.

Add frozen bananas to food processor.  Process until you have smaller bits of banana, but do not over process.  Add yogurt, freshly roasted coconut, and shredded coconut to the processor.  Blend until smooth and combined.

Pour ‘ice cream’ into a small freezer safe bowl.  Freeze for about 30 minutes, stirring every 5-10 minutes.

raw coconut

Does anyone know a better way to get the flesh out?

coconut water ice cubes

I caught the coconut water in a bowl and somehow managed to keep the dirt contamination to a minimum.  If you look closely, you can see some specks from the shell.  This went into the freezer to use in smoothies instead of ice.

roasted coconut

I like most things burnt, hence the mega-roasted caramel-colored coconut chunks.  I liked the coconut after it was roasted.  It tastes, well, like coconut, but it definitely isn’t sweet.  Next time (if I should ever have a day with nothing better to do), I’d want the flesh shaved a lot thinner.  Maybe Santa will bring me a coconut shaver for Christmas.  I’m certain those exist.

greek yogurt coconut ice cream 1

The end result was a creamy cup of frozen Greek yogurt with tiny bits of coconut throughout.  It was tasty, but I don’t think it was worth all the effort!



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