Vegan Frozen Coconut Lime Bars
Inspired by frozen Key lime pie, this simple summertime treat is for vegans and dairy-lovers alike. The no-bake graham cracker crust gets topped with softened store-bought, dairy-free ice cream mixed with shredded coconut and fresh lime juice for a dessert that’s as easy to put together as it is delicious. Be sure to use unsweetened, finely shredded (also called desiccated) coconut for this recipe; regular shredded or flaked coconut will be too coarse.
- Serves: 9 persons
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 ½cups/180 grams graham cracker crumbs (from about 12 graham cracker sheets)
- 2tablespoons granulated sugar
- ¼teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
- ½cup/45 grams unsweetened, desiccated coconut
- ⅓cup plus 1 tablespoon/95 milliliters coconut oil, at room temperature
- 2pints/1 liter coconut or vanilla flavored non-dairy ice cream (preferably a brand made with coconut milk)
- 2limes, zested, plus 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
Step 1Spray a 9-by-9-inch pan with cooking spray and line with two overlapping sheets of parchment paper to create overhang on all sides.
Step 2Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and salt in a medium bowl. Place the shredded coconut in a small skillet and toast over medium heat for about 3 minutes, tossing often, until light golden brown. Add half the coconut to the bowl with the graham cracker crumbs, reserving the other half for later.
Step 3Add the coconut oil to the graham cracker crumb mixture and toss with your hands until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Transfer to the prepared pan and press into an even layer, packing the crust lightly with the bottom of a measuring cup. Freeze for 30 to 45 minutes, until the crust is firm to the touch.
Step 4Meanwhile, allow the ice cream to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly softened. Spoon the ice cream into a large mixing bowl and add the zest of 1 lime, the lime juice, the reserved toasted shredded coconut and a pinch of salt. Working quickly, mix with a spatula until combined and smooth.
Step 5Scrape the mixture onto the frozen crust and spread into an even layer using an offset spatula.
Step 6Cover the pan with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours, or overnight.
Step 7To serve, lift the overhanging parchment paper to remove the bars and place on a cutting board. Zest the remaining lime over the bars, cut into squares and serve immediately.