Coconut Milk Ice Cream

If you’re looking for a keto-approved ice cream dessert then look no further than this coconut milk ice cream recipe. It’s a perfect blend of creamy sweetness in every frozen bite and you only need 4 ingredients to make it. This recipe is vegan, keto, paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and soy-free.

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

With coconut ice cream you can enjoy a delicious bowl of your favorite dessert without the dairy, fats, or processed sugars. Instead, it’s naturally sweetened with some maple syrup and made rich and creamy thanks to some coconut milk. This coconut milk ice cream is sure to become your new go-to recipe all summer long. 

Homemade Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Made with only 4 ingredients you will see just how easy it is to whip up your very own batch of vegan coconut ice cream

Making and preparing this ice cream is not difficult or hard, but it can require a little bit of patience as you wait for your ice cream maker to do its job and for the keto coconut ice cream to chill in your freezer before scooping and serving.

I recommend making the coconut icecream in the morning so it’s ready to eat by that afternoon or evening.

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Ingredients you’ll need for Coconut Milk Ice Cream:

  • Coconut milk
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla extract
  • Salt

For the exact amounts needed, please see the recipe card below.

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How to Make Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Use a stand mixer to combine the coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt until well whipped and fluffy.

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Use an ice cream maker and then freeze the ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

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This ice cream is best served immediately as a soft-serve but it can be frozen in an airtight container, just allow it to thaw for about 15 minutes to make it easier to scoop and serve.

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Recipe Tips

If you freeze the bowl of your ice cream maker ahead of time, you can help your ice cream to set faster and more efficiently. 

To store your coconut ice cream after it has been run through the ice cream maker, pour the mixture into a freezer pan, airtight container, or even a bread pan, and then cover the top with a lid or plastic wrap. Your ice cream will last in the freezer this way for about 2 weeks (assuming you don’t eat it all first).

For a delicious and indulgent dessert try serving your homemade ice cream over the top of a Fudgy Vegan Mug Brownie, or a Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookie. Either experience is sure to one to remember.

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For a fun flavor twist, you can make your coconut ice cream go from vanilla to chocolate by simply adding in 2-3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Or, you can make your ice cream taste like a nice chocolate mocha by adding in 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of instant coffee.

Of course, add-ins are also great for changing things up a bit. For some fun add-ins to your ice cream consider:

  • Crushed up candy bars or M&Ms
  • Fresh berries or fruits like peaches and cherries
  • Swirling in some hot fudge or caramel
  • Chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
  • Crushed cookies like Oreos, graham crackers, or homemade cookies
  • Nuts like pecans, almonds, peanuts, and pralines are also great seasonal choices

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Is coconut milk allowed on keto?

Coconut milk is one of the most commonly used keto staple ingredients because it is very low in carbs making it perfect for your diet. Please note that unsweetened coconut milk is fine for keto diets but sweetened coconut milk is not.

Do I need an ice cream maker?

Using an ice cream maker will help you out significantly when it comes to making this recipe but you can make ice cream without one. To do this, make your ice cream base as directed and then spread it out onto a baking sheet before placing it in the freezer. Once the ice cream has frozen solid, break it into chunks and toss it into the food processor or blender until smooth and creamy (roughly 10 minutes). After that, you can place it into your loaf pan and freeze it until ready to serve. While the end results aren’t identical, it does work in a pinch.

Can I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?

You should be able to make this ice cream using coconut cream. Coconut cream is high in fat and low in carbs keeping it keto-compliant. The end result should be a creamy frozen dessert that has a similar texture and thickness to that of gelato.

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Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 can coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Using a stand mixer, whip coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and salt until fluffy
  2. Use an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions
  3. Best served immediately as soft serve, however it can be frozen in an airtight container; allow to thaw 15 minutes before scooping
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 108mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 3g

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Author: Nicole V L Durham

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