Vegan Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream for True Brew Fans


This rich dairy-free kahlua coffee ice cream has a very grown-up flavor and creamy consistency. The coffee liqueur adds depth, and it helps to keep the ice cream a little softer for scooping. Adding more sweetener will also yield a slightly softer texture. It’s all thanks to a little frozen dessert secret: alcohol and sugar do not freeze!

Dairy-Free Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream Recipe - a grown-up vegan & gluten-free frozen dessert that can be sweetened to taste! #veganicecream #coffeeicecream

The recipe was originally shared with us by the founder of Foods Matter. We’ve adapted it slightly from their July 2007 issue, but still maintained their formula:

We used (6) shots of espresso coffee from our local coffee shop but if you have a home espresso machine you can make your own. With such low sugar the ice cream has a quite ‘adult’ taste, which you may not find sweet enough for ice cream. The flavour matures in the freezer so try to make it a bit ahead of time.

In other words, feel free to sweeten this dairy-free Kahlua coffee ice cream as desired. And keep in mind that it will taste a little less sweet once frozen.

Dairy-Free Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream Recipe - a grown-up vegan & gluten-free frozen dessert that can be sweetened to taste!

Special Diet Notes: Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, optionally nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian.

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Dairy-Free Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream
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The folks at Foods Matter use a very light hand with sweetener. If you are a sweet cream lover like us, then you might opt to increase the brown sugar until it reaches your perfect frozen dessert flavor. Please note that the Prep time does not include chilling, churning, and freezing; it is hands on time only.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: about 1¼ quarts
  • 2½ cups full-fat coconut milk
  • ⅔ cup espresso coffee
  • ⅔ cup Kahlua, Tia Maria, or other dairy-free coffee flavored liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar, or to taste
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans or ⅓ cup dairy-free mini chocolate chips (optional)
  1. Put the coconut milk, coffee, liqueur, and sugar in your blender and blend until smooth and the sugar is dissolved. Taste test, and add more sweetener if you prefer a sweeter dessert.
  2. Place the blender container in the refrigerator and let cool for 2 hours.
  3. Churn the mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's directions. If using the pecans, add them when the ice cream is getting thick, but still churning.
  4. Pack the dairy-free coffee ice cream in a freezer-safe container, and freeze. It will take about 4 hours to set up to hard-packed. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before scooping.

Key Pantry Supplies: Kahlua Coffee Ice Cream

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, 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.


  1. Where is the coconut milk note mentioned? I keep scrolling up and down but haven’t found it yet. I am allergic to coconut it turns out and wondering if any dairy free milk will work but it says full fat so i am thinking it’s unlikely?

    • Oh darn, apparently I was going to write some info and forgot to! I don’t have a direct alternative for it though. Straight milk beverage will yield very icy results. I recommend using the base of one of my coconut-free ice cream recipes, like this one -> and modifying it for the flavor. Adding coffee and Kahlua to that will yield amazing results (the Kahlua will actually help create a creamier consistency). I use a blend of milk beverage and oil, emulsified, to create that creamier consistency that you can’t get with just milk beverage.

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