15 Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipes for a Dairy-Free Treat
If you're not already stocking up on cans of coconut milk, let me tell you why you should be. This shelf-stable milk will easily become a pantry staple that can be used to give rice flavor, give soup a creamy texture, and most importantly, make vegan, dairy-free ice cream (otherwise known as nice cream). And before you think coconut milk ice cream is just a subpar supplement for those who can't have dairy, think again. It's every bit as creamy as regular ice cream, and the coconut gives it a sweet, tropical flavor. Looking for ice cream recipes that use coconut milk? Keep reading for 15 of our best and most creative coconut milk ice cream recipes.
Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Cut down on refined sugar and enjoy a classic ice cream flavor with this simple recipe. "I made this recipe exactly as is and it was great. My son has milk allergies and I have tried many other recipes for non-dairy ice cream but this was by far the best tasting and easiest to make," says reviewer cbsb4. "The whole family loved it! I will definitely be making it again."
Banana Mud Ice Cream
"I thoroughly enjoyed this 'ice cream'. I threw everything together into my Vitamix not bothering to blend the frozen banana and coconut milk first," says reviewer Yoly. "It worked out perfectly fine. I did place it in the freezer for about 15 minutes just for it to set. Thanks for the recipe!" This protein-packed ice cream is made with peanut butter and protein powder for an energy boost.
Mocha Coconut Ice Cream
"This was a great tasting recipe but I highly recommend eating the ice cream after it's freshly churned, otherwise it freezes very hard and becomes more icy despite it being properly stored," says reviewer House of Aqua. "The ice cream was very smooth and creamy when it was freshly churned. It makes a lot so you may want to consider cutting the recipe in half." Dark chocolate and strong brewed coffee give this ice cream a classic mocha flavor.
Vegan Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream
Recipe creator Nattonori says, "Easy, vegan, sugar-free, no-cook delectable blueberry ice cream. Who said treat food can't be healthy? Serve immediately or freeze until firm. If it's thoroughly frozen, transfer to the refrigerator 30 minutes before serving for easier scooping, or divide with a thin, sharp knife."
Coconut Lime Ice Cream - Automatic Ice Cream Maker Recipe
Use an automatic ice cream maker (like this best seller from Cuisinart) to create this tropical-flavored treat. Reviewer remittancegirl describes it as, "Half-way between an ice cream and a sorbet."
Decadent Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream
Using coconut cream in addition to coconut milk gives this vegan ice cream a creamy texture. Recipe creator Sean Larson says, "You end up with a delicious, rich, velvety chocolate ice cream that will have people wondering if it really is vegan or not."
Blueberry Coconut Ice Cream
Put fresh blueberries on display with light-bodied, refreshing ice cream. Recipe creator suggests using a blender before transferring this ice cream to an ice cream maker.
Carob Ice Cream - The Winning Try
Carob powder is an alternative to cocoa powder, made from dried, roasted carob tree pods. Recipe creator Michelle says, "Carob-coconut ice cream is about the closest to a Wendy's® Frosty that I've been able to get. Serve immediately as a soft serve or put in the freezer to thicken. Shouldn't freeze solid, but remain scoopable."
Golden Milk Nice Cream
Recipe creator Buckwheat Queen says, "Coconut milk and coconut cream are mixed with fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, honey, and toasted spices and churned into a cold and creamy summer treat. Use a plant-based syrup instead of honey to make it vegan."
Dairy-Free Coconut Ice Cream
All you need to make this simple ice cream is shredded coconut, coconut milk, sugar, and egg yolks. Reviewer Buckwheat Queen says, "A bit laborious as a recipe but in the end you get a rich and creamy ice cream that is hard to believe is dairy free."
Boozy Horchata Ice Cream
"Dairy-free, paleo, and low-carb options make this horchata ice cream even better than the beloved drink." With or without the addition of spiced rum, this is a treat you'll want to indulge in all summer long.
No-Egg Blueberry and Lavender Ice Cream
Blueberry lavender jam is churned with coconut ice cream until you have a beautiful result with a lavender hue. "A wonderful alternative to regular ice cream, especially during the summer months when you can gather your own lavender and blueberries," says recipe creator geneviever.
Almond and Strawberry Tahini Ice Cream
This unlikely combination of sweet and savory comes together to create a flavor that's so refreshing and sophisticated. Recipe creator Angela Sackett Superhotmama says, "If you have never tried tahini ice cream, you are in for a taste treat that is right on trend."
Vegan Horchata Ice Cream
"Flavorful rice milk is mixed with coconut milk and coconut cream then churned to give you a frozen version of the Mexican drink horchata," says recipe creator Buckwheat Queen. "An optional splash of dark rum adds a slight kick. This makes approximately 1 quart of frozen dessert."
Grape-Nuts(R) Coconut Ice Cream
Wheat and barley cereal gives an added crunch to an otherwise fruity ice cream. Recipe creator Nattonori describes this as, "Vegan, sugar-free, no-cook, easy, delicious and nutritious! A creamy crunchy pleasure."