Raw Coconut Slice (Vegan, Paleo)

This raw coconut slice recipe will show you how to make a healthy, sweet treat perfect for kids lunchboxes and snacking. This rough slice is made with shredded coconut, cacao, dates and coconut cream and is a high-energy snack that is vegan, paleo, gluten-free and tree-nut free.

Shredded Coconut Slice Recipe (Vegan, Raw, Paleo, Vegan, Nut-Free)

Today, I have a guest recipe from Bianca Slade at Wholefood Simply. Bianca’s whole food recipes, and in particular her sweet treats and desserts, are well known for their simplicity and ease to prepare, without sacrificing the flavour. She is sharing her lovely and easy coconut rough slice recipe, which is a great lunch box slice for kids as it doesn’t contain any tree nuts and is so easy to transport. I am sure that adults will enjoy it just as much.

As you will see, it takes little to no time to make and only requires 4 ingredients.



Shredded coconut – also known as desiccated coconut, it is used as the bulk of the recipe and gives this slice that rough texture. Make sure to use unsweetened shredded coconut! 

Cacao – you can use cacao or cocoa powder for this recipe; only a little bit is used to give it a hint of chocolate flavour. Raw cacao powder has more health benefits (antioxidants, magnesium) so it’s preferred but is not essential.

Dates – Medjool dates are used for a little sweetness. They also add that lovely caramel flavour to this slice. 

Coconut cream – this is the thickened part of the coconut milk from a can. You can also buy ready coconut cream but if you’re using coconut milk, simply put the can in the fridge for an hour or so and the cream will set at the top. Open the can without shaking it! Coconut cream adds some moisture and helps to bind the mixture.

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Coconut Rough Recipe (Paleo, Vegan, Nut-Free)

Rough Coconut Slice (Vegan, Raw, Paleo)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Author: Bianca Slade
Servings: 6 slices
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Australian
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Calories: 315kcal
This simple, healthy coconut slice is made with shredded coconut, cacao, dates and coconut cream. It's tree nut-free, raw, vegan and paleo-friendly. Perfect for lunchboxes and as a little treat.


  • 2 cups desiccated coconut unsweetened!
  • 1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder cocoa/carob work as well
  • 10 Medjool dates seeds removed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream


  • Place all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor.
  • Blend until well combined - this may take a little while.
  • Press the mixture into a loaf tin lined with baking paper, place the mixture into the freezer to set, slice and enjoy!


Store this slice in a Tupperware container in the fridge for 7-10 days.


Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
Keywords: Coconut, Dessert, Raw food, Slice, Sweets, Vegan
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Shredded Coconut Slice (Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-free)

About Bianca

In Bianca’s words, her aim is to make things a little easier for those who are embarking on the real foods paths. She wants to help families who live with dietary restrictions and she hopes to put fun and simplicity into what can be a daunting experience. Ultimately, she want to share delicious food. Check out Wholefood Simply website and Facebook page for more recipes and ideas for the whole family. Here is a little interview with Bianca.

Wholefood Simply is…My space to ramble and share the simple and fun foods that we love.

I cook the way I cook because…I enjoy it. I enjoy the creating, the eating, the sharing and the way my choices sit with my body and mind.

My must-have ingredients in the kitchen are…I had difficulty narrowing this down to four but I will run with these – Medjool dates, tahini, coconut and bananas.

My must-have kitchen utensils and gadgets are… A high-speed food processor or blender

One piece of advice I would give to mums with fussy eaters...In my experience, the best thing was to accept it and let it pass. Keep ‘food’ relaxed and try not to worry about it. Set good examples and soon enough your little one will hopefully want to join in. I also started making a lot of simple green smoothies which my fussy child (and my not fussy child) enjoy. The smoothies put my mind at ease knowing that even if he does not want to eat he is still getting a variety of nutrients.

My kids favourite foods that I cook are…My daughters current favourite is the raspberry cheesecake and my son, who is still at home with me and is my number one taste tester loves the baked banana custard.

Most popular recipe on my site is…. our banana bread.

My favourite recipe is… I change my answer to this one every week, today I shall run with the caramel slice.

Typical dinner in Wholefood Simply household…we go through phases but everyone is loving the pistachio and apricot chicken at the moment.

I shop at…our local supermarket and the somewhat local organic food co-op.

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  1. These look delicious! And, i love coconut. Do you use pre shredded coconut? Is this coconut milk or coconut manna/butter? Thank you.

    1. Hi Rae, by the looks of it and from how I’ve used shredded coconut, you will need desiccated coconut which is usually much finer than shredded. You could probably use either but the desiccated coconut makes it compact batter as it’s more like almond flour almost. I would also look for unsweetened version.
      If your food processor is really good, you can probably use shredded and it will get further ground and incorporated during the processing. Coconut cream is usually the thickened part at the top of the coconut cream or coconut milk can/jar (separated from the watery liquid) but you could experiment and use some coconut butter instead.

  2. Can this recipe be done with a substitute for the dates (or without them altogether). We aren’t huge fans of dates in this household.


    1. Hi Amy, I would say that having some kind of dried fruit that’s a little sticky is what helps to bind the mixture but it doesn’t have to be dates. You could try using dried apricots, figs, mango or even cranberries or a combination of fruits. Even some sultanas could work.

  3. These are delicious. I ran out of desiccated coconut so used some shredded as well. A big hit with kids and workmates. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I’m on the Keto plan and don’t have fruit so could I use guar gum instead, if so how much would I need? Thank you.

    1. Do you mean you can’t find coconut cream or you can’t have it due to allergies? If you can’t find coconut cream specifically, get full-fat coconut milk and put it in the fridge. Open the can without shaking it and use the thickened part of the milk, that’s the cream.

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