12 Amazing Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipes

Chai coconut milk ice cream with caramel sauce!

“No. Not Dairy.”

These were the words I breathed out in fear when I found out that dairy was my main food intolerance. On the way to the doctor’s office, I had told my husband that I was hoping my food intolerance was “anything but dairy”.

The first couple years of my life consisted of lots of yogurt and dairy, and a couple crackers thrown in. The rest of my growing up years consisted of grilled cheese and tomato soup, loads of milk, ice cream, cream cheese, and still more yogurt.

I loved dairy.

But it turns out that some of my biggest gastrointestinal complaints were related to the fact that my body didn’t love dairy as much as I thought. Since then, it has been a journey of finding out how to eat lovely food without it (though, I do still enjoy occasional goat and sheep dairy products).

Enter coconut milk ice cream. I was in heaven when I tried my first coconut milk ice cream! It is so creamy and delicious; I don’t even miss the dairy for once.

You could say I’m a big fan! I have a lot of coconut milk or coconut milk optioned homemade ice cream recipes here, so I thought it would be fun to gather them all up into one place.


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Notes on ingredients and equipment:

12 amazing coconut milk based ice cream recipes that are dairy-free and paleo friendly

Coconut Milk Ice Cream Recipes

Homemade Cinnamon Ice Cream with Candied Cashews (paleo, vegan, dairy free, egg free)

1. Cinnamon Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Candied Cashews: Perfect by itself or served with pies and cobblers

2. Coffee Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans: Use the coconut milk recipe, and make sure you use dairy-free coffee beans if needed

This Creamy Strawberry Ice Cream is so delicious no one will ever miss the dairy. It's made with coconut milk for it's richness, and sweetened with pure maple syrup or honey. The maple syrup version is so good! -- The Nourishing Gourmet

3. Strawberry Ice Cream: One of the best strawberry ice creams I’ve ever tasted!

4. Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Sauce: Need we say more? This is perfect for fall!


5. Mexican Chocolate Ice Cream:This version using Mexican chocolate and a traditional egg-custard base is incredibly creamy.

6. Chai Coconut Milk Ice Cream: The spices used in chai are a perfect match with coconut milk, making this a delicious personal favorite.

7. Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream: This was one of the first variations I tried out when making coconut milk ice cream. If you love pumpkin pie, you will love this!

Creamy coconut milk is naturally sweetened, flavored with mint, and studded with dark chocolate chunks for an AMAZING dairy free and egg free ice cream! A beloved favorite ice cream flavor, that's paleo and vegan too! --- The Nourishing Gourmet

8. Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: Because mint and chocolate belong together.

9. Vanilla Ice Cream: What’s plain about vanilla? Especially when so many toppings go perfectly with it!

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream (made with unrefined sweeteners, gluten- and grain-free and almost dairy-free. It uses butter)

10. Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream: My eight-year-old requests this the most often, and for good reason. It does contain browned butter, though, so if you are strictly dairy-free, leave that part out.

11. Chocolate Ice Cream: Happy, happy days are a head with this simple, lightly sweetened recipe!

12. Roasted Banana Ice Cream: Bananas are delicious already, but when you roast them? Wow! It produces a wonderful, sweeter, roasted fruit and makes an ultra creamy ice cream.

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