{Healthier} Coconut Berry Punch

I made this Healthier Coconut Berry Punch for the baby shower I hosted last weekend.  I was dissatisfied with all the punch recipes I kept finding that were full of soda pop, extra sugar, and unnecessary ingredients.  So, I set out to make a healthier version.  The result was so deliciously frothy, creamy, and fruity.  It tasted too good to be true!

The first step was to create the frozen punch ring.  This was made from only a few ingredients.  First was coconut ice cream.  This brand, Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, is made from organic coconut milk, organic agave syrup, organic coconut cream, organic vanilla extract, and organic vanilla beans. The second and third ingredients were frozen strawberries and frozen red raspberries.

Allow the coconut ice cream to soften slightly and then beat together with thawed strawberries and raspberries.

Beat till smooth and berries are broken down.  If you need to save time, you could even pop all of this in the blender.

Pour into a pretty cake ring pan and freeze overnight or till solid.

Warm ring until loosened and then flip into a punch bowl.  Add cranberry juice, orange juice, and plain seltzer water.  Allow to melt slightly and then serve and enjoy.

Healthier Coconut Berry Punch – makes full bowl of punch – about 15 – 20 servings

1. Prepare frozen punch ring: in a mixing stand or blender (for finer texture) combine 1 cup defrosted frozen red raspberries, 1 lb defrosted frozen strawberries, 1 pint softened coconut non-dairy vanilla flavored ice cream.  Blend or mix until well combined.  Pour into cake ring pan.  Freeze overnight or till hardened.

2. Remove punch ring from freezer and allow to soften.  Flip ring upside down and into punch bowl.  Add 4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice, 4 cups unsweetened orange juice, and 4 cups seltzer water.  Allow to bubble and melt for a few minutes before serving.

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