Coconut Ice Cream - 5 New Recipes! (2024)

This creamy coconut ice cream recipe is a vegan and dairy free dessert you can make at home, with no ice cream maker required!

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You can make this coconut ice cream with just FOUR ingredients:

Coconut milk

Vanilla extract

Sweetener of choice

A pinch of salt

In just a few easy steps, and with many different flavor options, a luxurious bowl of rich homemade coconut milk ice cream can be all yours!

For a low carb version, try this Keto Ice Cream

Above – Watch the video how to make coconut ice cream

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

To turn the vanilla version below into chocolate coconut milk ice cream instead, simply add one fourth cup of cocoa powder at the very beginning.

Or make Nutella coconut ice cream by stirring three to four tablespoons of chocolate hazelnut spread or this Homemade Nutella Recipe into the chocolate base.

You can use regular unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch process cocoa, raw cacao powder, or powdered hot chocolate mix for the chocolate ice cream.

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Coconut Ice Cream Flavors

  • Coffee Ice Cream: Use the basic coconut ice cream recipe below. Add two teaspoons of regular or decaf instant coffee to the liquid ingredients.
  • Peanut Butter Ice Cream: Stir one fourth 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. Stir in small spoonfuls of this Chickpea Cookie Dough Dipor 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 one cup strawberries, stems removed, to the basic recipe before blending. Omit the extra half cup milk of choice.
  • Salted Caramel Ice Cream: Swirl in homemade Coconut Caramel and add a quick sprinkle of sea salt, and shaved chocolate if desired, to the top of each serving.
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How to use a can of coconut milk

Canned coconut milk is one of my favorite ingredients to use in recipes.

It is a fantastic substitute for heavy cream in both sweet and savory dishes such as smoothies, milkshakes, pies, puddings, soups, or curries.

You can make Coconut Curry or my homemade Chocolate Truffles.

You can use it for Coconut Whipped Cream. Or you can even add coconut milk instead of cow’s milk to this reader favorite dessert recipe for Chocolate Banana Bread.

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 Vegan Chocolate Mousse

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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 asHaagen 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 healthy recipe for Banana Ice Cream

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Recipe tips and tricks

Be sure to use full fat canned coconut milk for the recipe, not lite coconut milk.

And do not substitute a carton of refrigerated coconutmilk beverage, because this is not the same product and doesn’t contain enough fat to yield a creamy ice cream.

Culinary coconut milk usually comes in a can. Some popular brands of coconut milk include Thai Kitchen, Whole Foods, Goya, Chaokoh, or Native Forest.

Due to the lack of preservatives and gums, homemade ice cream is best the day it is made. This is when it will have the creamiest texture.

However, if you don’t mind a bit of an icy texture, you can technically store leftovers frozen in a covered container for up to a few weeks, thawing before eating.

For that rounded classic ice cream appearance, I like to scoop out the frozen dessert with an ice cream scoop instead of a spoon.

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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!

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Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 10 minutes minutes

Yield 4 – 5 servings

5 from 378 votes


  • 1 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup additional coconut milk, or milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup sweetener of choice, such as sugar or pure maple syrup
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional ingredients for different flavors (see flavor ideas above)


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

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How to make coconut ice cream in Dreamlight Valley? ›

To cook the Coconut Ice Cream recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
  1. 1 Coconut.
  2. 1 Sugarcane.
  3. 1 Slush Ice.
  4. 1 Milk. Once you've gathered the required ingredients, head to a cooking station and place the above items into the pot - you'll need one piece of coal to start the cooking process.
Jan 24, 2023

What are the ingredients in so delicious coconut ice cream? ›

Organic Coconutmilk (Filtered Water, Organic Coconut), Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Pea Protein, Locust Bean Gum, Guar Gum, Natural Flavor, Vanilla Bean Specks.

Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk for ice cream? ›

I also recently retested to include the option to use coconut cream instead of coconut milk, and agave for up to half the cane sugar. These changes are reflected in the current recipe. *If you don't own an ice cream maker, you can add chilled mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze.

What to make with coconut in Dreamlight Valley? ›

Coconut Cake are a four-star Dessert in Disney Dreamlight Valley. This Coconut Cake guide details the exact ingredients needed to cook the recipe and find all the required ingredients, such as learning how to obtain Coconuts.

How do you get Slush Ice in Dreamlight Valley? ›

Partway through the quest, you'll need to collect 15 Snowballs from the Frozen Heights region and bring them to a Crafting Station (alongside the Purified Night Shard Potion that you created earlier in the quest) to create Ice Slush.

How to make ice cream 6 steps? ›

How to Make Ice Cream
  1. Step 1: Ingredients. whole milk. ...
  2. Step 2: Mixing. mix 1 cup of whole milk with 3/4 of a cup of sugar in a big bowl. ...
  3. Step 3: Mixing (part 2) ...
  4. Step 4: Machine Mixing. ...
  5. Step 5: Scooping and Putting the Ice Cream Away. ...
  6. Step 6: Enjoy!

Why is my coconut ice cream so hard? ›

Air keeps ice cream soft. So the less there is, the harder your ice cream. It can also be caused by low fat or sugar content. Fat doesn't freeze.

Is coconut ice cream better for you than regular ice cream? ›

While great for creating creamy frozen treats, coconut's high saturated fat count may elevate harmful LDL cholesterol levels, increasing risk for heart disease. Some coconut-based brands can have up to 250 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat and 20-plus grams of sugar per 1/2-cup serving.

How do you thicken coconut milk for ice cream? ›

Stir in the cornstarch to the reserved ½ cup coconut milk until well combined. Add cornstarch/coconut milk mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the cornstarch is completely cooked and ice cream base has thickened.

What happens if you use coconut milk instead of coconut cream? ›

Coconut milk and cream are mostly interchangeable in recipes such as curries and soups. If you prefer a richer flavour and texture, try coconut cream or vice versa. However, be careful when substituting coconut milk and cream in baked goods.

Is coconut milk or coconut cream better for ice cream? ›

Coconut Milk – full fat coconut milk is a must here for the best texture, or go all out with coconut cream for the creamiest texture. Coconut milk overall makes a lower-fat ice cream than traditional dairy. So you don't want to go with low-fat coconut milk because it will make a much icier texture.

Is almond milk or coconut milk better for ice cream? ›

If you are concerned about any of the above, consider reaching for a frozen confection made with a different type of plant-based milk. Pints made with milk from almond, soy, cashew, or other nuts tend to be lower in saturated fat and calories than those made with coconut cream or milk.

Can you make ice cream in Dreamlight Valley? ›

To make Dream Ice Cream, gather these three vital ingredients and throw them into the pot; Dreamlight Fruit, Slush Ice, and Milk. The first two are connected to some characters' Friendship Quests in Disney Dreamlight Valley, so players might need to increase their Friendship level before attempting to make this recipe.

How do you melt big ice in Dreamlight Valley? ›

The Ice Blocks in Elsa's Ice Cavern are fairly large, and to remove them, you will need to upgrade your Pickaxe. Else suggests using a special spell-infused concoction called the Cold of Winter Potion so that the Pickaxe can easily remove the Ice Blocks.

Who makes coconut almond fudge ice cream? ›

Cook's Farm Dairy > Products > Cook's Farm Dairy Coconut Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

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