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Coconut Ice Cream

A creamy, dairy free coconut ice cream recipe you can make at home, no ice cream maker required!

Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

This coconut ice cream has just FOUR ingredients:

Coconut Milk

Vanilla

Sweetener

Pinch of Salt

In just a few steps, a bowl of luxurious homemade coconut ice cream—with many different flavor options!—can be all yours.

Also try this Keto Ice Cream – Reader Favorite Recipe

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Coconut Ice Cream Flavors:

  • Coffee Ice Cream: Use the basic coconut ice cream recipe below, adding 2 tsp regular or decaf instant coffee to the liquid ingredients.
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Stir 1/4 cup peanut butter into the liquid ingredients, and add some mini chocolate chips if desired.
  • Cookie Dough Ice Cream: Use the basic ice cream recipe, and stir in spoonfuls of this Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip or pieces of your favorite eggless cookie dough (or the dough from any of my healthy cookies recipes) into the ice cream after blending.
  • Strawberry Ice Cream: Add 1 cup strawberries, stems removed, to the basic recipe before blending and omit the extra 1/2 cup milk of choice.
  • Salted Caramel Ice Cream: Swirl in homemade Coconut Caramel and add a quick sprinkle of sea salt—and maybe some shaved chocolate!—to the top of each serving.

Above – Watch the video how to make coconut ice cream!

How To Use A Can Of Coconut Milk

You can make Healthy Pumpkin Pie or my Healthy Chocolate Pudding, you can use it for homemade Vegan Magic Bars, or you can even turn it into Chocolate Frosting Shots – readers especially love those!

Canned coconut milk is one of my favorite ingredients to use in recipes; it’s a fantastic substitute for heavy cream in both sweet and savory dishes such as smoothies, milkshakes, pies, puddings, soups, or curries.

Especially with statistics listing over 60-75% of the world’s population as being lactose intolerant, my guess is that in the coming years, we will start to see more and more products on the market being made with coconut milk instead of dairy.

Extra Coconut Milk? Make Coconut Whipped Cream!

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But can you make ice cream with coconut milk?

Yes, you absolutely can! If you have dairy allergies or are vegan, or even if you just want to  try something new and delicious, coconut milk is the perfect ingredient to make rich and creamy ice cream without any actual cream.

Many big brands–such as Haagen Dazs, So Delicious, Ben & Jerry’s, and Halo Top–are even getting on the dairy free coconut ice cream bandwagon.

However, by making your own ice cream at home, not only do you control what ingredients go in (less sugar, and no corn syrup, gums, or preservatives), you also get to choose what flavors to make! You can even make multiple flavors from the same base. Have fun experimenting!

*Side Note: If you want a lower-fat ice cream alternative that is also dairy free and vegan, check out the following recipe: Banana Ice Cream – 10 Different Flavors!

The Best Easy Coconut Ice Cream Recipe

The recipe was adapted from this Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream.

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Coconut Ice Cream

A creamy and dairy free coconut ice cream recipe you can make at home, no ice cream maker required!
4.95/5 (75)
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 4 – 5 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup additional coconut milk OR milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup sweetener of choice, such as sugar or pure maple syrup
  • pinch stevia or 1 additional tbsp sweetener of choice
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional ingredients for desired flavor

Instructions

  • *Be sure to use full-fat canned coconut milk, not lite or coconutmilk beverage. Sweeteners that work include pure maple syrup, regular sugar, coconut sugar, honey, agave, brown sugar, or xylitol for a sugar-free ice cream.
    Stir all ingredients (minus optional add-ins) together in a bowl. If you have an ice cream maker, simply transfer the mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer’s directions for your specific machine. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can freeze the mixture in ice cube trays, then blend the frozen ice cubes in a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix. Either eat the ice cream straight from the machine or freeze a few hours for a firmer texture. While homemade ice cream is best the day it is made, you can technically keep it frozen for up to a few weeks and thaw before eating.
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Notes

For a coconut-free version, try this Oat Milk Ice Cream Recipe.
 

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Published on May 15, 2017

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  1. Beth says

    I made this today. I don’t have ice cube trays so I put it in Tupperware hoping it still freezes (I’m sure it will take longer than the cubes) going to have it with your keto brownies I made today!

  2. Vern says

    Hi! Is there anything I can do to prevent the ice cream from solidifying too much? I find it very hard to scoop after taking it out from the freezer!

  3. Mari says

    I am a new to the art to make ice screen and would love to make a fabulous recipe for my guest on Saturday.
    I make a mean coconut cream and lime ice cream. Will share later. If anybody is interested.
    I would love to get a coconut/or other fruit receipe . Some ice screams tend to be very hard and taje a looong time to soften

  4. Mari Nel says

    Help help please. Any other ice creams and frozen yougurt.
    Thanks for your hwlp. Lioking forward to hear from you.
    Mari

  5. Dale says

    Freezing cubes and using Vitamix doesn’t work. Period. Had to add a bout a cup of almond milk just to get the blender going and even then it was a struggle. Was this method even tested?

    • CCK Media Team says

      Of course it was tested. It’s even shown in the video on this page, and there are over 100 positive reviews. Did you use a real Vitamix? If so, I would tell the company that it is broken, as even on their own website it shows similar recipes that work. Now on the other hand, if you didn’t use an actual Vitamix then yes, it’s not surprising yours wouldn’t blend.

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