Coconut Shaved Ice @dessertfortwo

So maybe I just poured a can of (full fat) coconut milk in a dish, froze it, and scraped it at intervals.  Maybe that’s hardly a recipe.  But maybe it’s so dang good, I don’t even care.  Definitely not maybe.  Definitely a yes.

I’m vowing to always have this in the freezer all summer long.  It couldn’t be easier to make:  a can of coconut milk, your sweetener of choice, and maybe a squeeze of lime, if you like.  Ever since my wine slushies, I’ve been employing the granita scrape-and-freeze method for all of my frozen treats.  Ice cream makers are nice, yes, but maybe you don’t have one?  You can still have frozen treats with this method.  Just be sure to set a timer to ensure you scrape it every 30 minutes, ok?  If you miss just one scraping, you’ll have a coconut icicle.  Delicious, but not what we’re going for.

Let’s talk toppings.  Truth be told:  lime and coconut is my favorite flavor combination, so I usually squeeze half a lime on top.  When I get half-way through the cup, I squeeze on the other half.  I’m a citrus lover if there ever was one.  When I want to get fancy, an orange simple syrup (simple syrup boiled with 2-3 strips of orange peel) is just the thing.  However, I feel like you may prefer chocolate or caramel.  How do I know you so well?  It’s a gift, I tell ya.

Coconut Granita @dessertfortwo

If chocolate is your topping of choice, can I recommend layering the two together?  A few spoonfuls of coconut snow, a drizzle of chocolate, and so on.  Also, it would be best if you used cold chocolate sauce, not warm.

Easy Coconut Shaved Ice @dessertfortwo

This is the part where I confess my sins:  I used full-fat coconut milk for this recipe.  Errr, I used the can from Trader Joe’s that says Coconut Cream ‘extra thick and rich.’  I just couldn’t help myself.  Ever since Tracy pointed out that their coconut cream makes the best coconut whipped cream, I’ve been hoarding it.  Somebody please tell me coconut counts as one of the ‘good fats’ we should have in our diet.  Anyone?

If you make this recipe, can we work together to decide if we should call it coconut snow, coconut shaved ice, or coconut granita?  This is keeping me up at night.

I just realized this is essentially vegan ice cream.  Like, just now.

Yield: 2

Coconut Granita

Coconut Granita

yields: 2 glasses

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes


  • 1 14-oz. can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar (or honey)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lime (optional)
  • chocolate sauce for serving (optional but not)


  1. In a shallow dish (such as a 9" pie plate), pour the coconut milk.
  2. In a small microwave-safe dish, combine the sugar and water. Microwave until the water simmers and you can stir to dissolve the sugar. Let cool slightly, then add to the coconut milk. Squeeze in the juice of half a lime (optional).
  3. Place the dish in the freezer, and scrape every 30 minutes for 2 hours. Serve with chocolate sauce.


This makes 2 coconut slushies but can be doubled.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 551Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 38gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 5g

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