Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)
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Please note that the Prep time is hands on time only. Allow time for churning and chilling. And make sure you have pre-frozen your ice cream maker insert if directed by the manufacturer. If you don't have an ice cream maker, we have a post on How to Make Vegan Ice Cream without an Ice Cream Maker.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1½ quarts
  • 4 cups full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean (optional)*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt
  1. Pour the coconut milk and sugar into a large bowl or your blender, and stir or blend until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Split the vanilla bean, if using, and scrape the seeds into the coconut mixture. Add the vanilla extract and salt and stir or blend to combine.
  3. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions.
  4. Pack the soft serve ice cream into a freezer-safe container, and freeze for 4 hours, or until solid.
*You can put the leftover vanilla bean pod in a jar with some sugar. It will become infused with the vanilla flavor.
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