Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream that Makes Being Dairy-Free Easy

22

This fantastic dairy-free vanilla coconut ice cream recipe is made with pure vanilla extract and real vanilla beans for a double dose of that warm sweet flavor. It’s a very simple vegan formula that doesn’t require heating or chilling before churning, and it’s perfect for vanilla fanatics (like me!). I’m sure it will become your basic go-to ice cream, and it’s the perfect dairy-free way to celebrate National Vanilla Ice Cream Day!

Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-free and Vegan). Easy (no cooking or pre-chilling) with several variations (Orange Sherbet, Stracciatella, Coconut, Ice Milk). Also soy-free and gluten-free.y-Free Easy

Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream that Makes Being Dairy-Free Easy

This basic recipe is delicious and oh-so versatile. Which is why I’m giving the post a big update today with some new variations – I originally shared this recipe back in 2006! Here are some ways you can customize this vanilla coconut ice cream to your taste or dietary needs.

Purely Coconut – You can reduce the vanilla or leave out the vanilla bean and add some shredded coconut or toasted coconut as it churns. For a bigger tropical infusion, you can even add a little coconut extract. It’s quite scrumptious!

Orange Sherbet – Omit the vanilla, but add 1 tablespoon of orange oil and some orange zest. If you make a batch of this and a batch of the vanilla, you can serve both for a creamsicle-inspired dessert.

Stracciatella – When it is almost done churning, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of shaved dairy-free chocolate. The shavings amplify the melt in your mouth experience.

Cookie Cream – Use organic brown sugar in place of the cane sugar for a richer flavor. If you’re paleo, you can use coconut sugar! It will be a little less sweet and have more of a malted flavor.

Vanilla Ice Milk – If you can’t do coconut, or need a coconut break, you can substitute your favorite unsweetened dairy-free milk beverage. It will be a touch icier, but also delicious and refreshing. The consistency will look more like these scoops.

Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-free and Vegan). Easy (no cooking or pre-chilling) with several variations (Orange Sherbet, Stracciatella, Coconut, Ice Milk). Also soy-free and gluten-free.y-Free Easy

Special Diet Notes: Basic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Make it paleo with honey or coconut sugar or keto with your favorite low-carb sweetener.

5.0 from 1 reviews
Classic Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)
 
Prep time
Total time
 
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.
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1½ quarts
Ingredients
  • 4 cups full-fat canned coconut milk
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean (optional)*
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch fine sea salt
Instructions
  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.
Notes
*You can put the leftover vanilla bean pod in a jar with some sugar. It will become infused with the vanilla flavor.

For More of My Dairy-Free Recipes, Get Go Dairy Free!

Go Dairy Free - The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance and Casein-Free Living

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

22 Comments

  1. Pingback: Thai Ice Cream Recipe (Dairy-Free & Nut-Free)

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

  3. Pingback: Dairy free ice cream recipes! | Well Balanced Blog

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

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

Leave A Reply

Rate this recipe: