Chocolate, cherry & coconut ice cream

Chocolate, cherry & coconut ice cream

Nordic Light
10 mins
Cooking time
8 mins
Simon Bajada

The Cherry Ripe is my favourite chocolate bar, which is odd considering I don’t like glacé cherries. With these chocolate bars unavailable in the Nordic countries, this recipe was born. It’s quick, easy and delicious.


Quantity Ingredient
35g desiccated coconut
50g chopped pistachios
200ml coconut cream
2 bananas, frozen, (unpeeled or peeled and stored in a sealed bag)
500g frozen stoned cherries
3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
50g dark chocolate, broken or chopped into bits
55g toasted coconut flakes, to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. Spread the desiccated coconut out on one baking tray and the pistachios on another and bake for 8 minutes, or until lightly golden. Watch carefully as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
  2. Pour the coconut cream into a shallow container, transfer to the freezer and freeze for 2–3 hours, or until solid.
  3. Remove the bananas and coconut cream from the freezer and leave to sit at room temperature for 10 minutes to thaw slightly, then remove the cherries from the freezer. Break up the coconut cream into small pieces by thumping it with a rolling pin (it should slide out of the container after being thumped and having melted a little). Peel and quarter the bananas.
  4. Place the toasted desiccated coconut and coconut cream in a food processor. Whiz together until the coconut cream pieces are no more than half the size of what you started with, then add the fruit, honey or maple syrup and whiz together again, stopping the machine and scraping down the sides occasionally as you go to ensure everything is combined (this is important because you don’t want to make a soup of the cherries which break down faster than the coconut). Add the chocolate pieces and pulse together briefly, then spoon the ice cream into bowls and top with the toasted pistachios and coconut flakes.
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