Basic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan, Soy-Free, Gluten-Free)


This fantastic ice cream recipe was adapted from How Cooking Works by blogger “Needleroozer

Yield: 1.5 quarts


  • 4 cups coconut milk (full fat)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise, and scraped* (optional)


Stir the coconut milk and sugar together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the salt and vanilla and freeze in an electric or hand operated ice cream freezer.

*throw all of your scraped beans into a jar, and fill it with sugar. Vanilla sugar is wonderful to bake/cook with.


  • For more of a coconut flavor, lessen the vanilla or leave out the bean, and add some coconut.
  • For orange sherbet, instead of vanilla, add 1 TBSP of orangel oil, and some orange zest. If you make a batch of this, and a batch of vanilla, you have the makings for a Creamsickle! THe kids love this combo.
  • You could also use lemon oil and zest, throw in berries, etc.


About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Can I use Almond Fresh instead of coconut milk? looks great! I have not eaten ice cream for ages because of the dairy allergies!

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  3. Do the cans of coconut milk need to be refrigerated then separated like when making coconut cream whipped cream?

  4. This looks so easy. Do you think it would work with a sugar subsitute like Swerve. It measures and tastes like regular sugar.

  5. I made this last night with both coconut cream and milk and diced mango pieces. WOW! So yummy! It is rich but that’s good, I would eat the whole thing in one sitting if it wasn’t!

  6. Can you use this with Coconut cream? I was just wondering if it would be any creamier before I go to the store 🙂 This recipe sounds great!! BTW~ Agree with the Vanilla sugar, it’s great to have in the house

  7. I tried this with vanilla almond milk and it worked wonderfully!! So excited to be able to eat ice cream again (:

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