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Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream

This ice cream is unbelievably easy to make.

chocolate coconut ice cream in a small white bowl

It’s a good thing, too, since it doesn’t seem to last long in our freezer.

Using only a handful of ingredients, including coconut milk as the base, this chocolate ice cream is a great alternative for those of you looking for a cold and creamy treat, but would rather avoid the traditional dairy version. The result is just as decadent-tasting as the real thing, but lighter on your digestion.

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You don’t even need an ice cream maker to prepare it!

Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream
makes 4 servings

Inspired by this recipe

Ingredients:

1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk (<– this brand is BPA-free)
1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup, for vegans)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. (Originally, I tried whisking them together in a bowl, but the blender was much more effective!)

mixing chocolate coconut ice cream in a bowlAdjust the flavor to your taste, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Place in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until firm.

Note: Alternatively, you could use an ice-cream maker at this point, which will freeze your ice cream in about 20 minutes. Simply follow the manufacturer’s directions.

chocolate coconut milk ice creamIf your ice cream gets too firm in the freezer, allow it to thaw at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.

chocolate coconut milk ice cream in a small bowl

4.76 from 45 votes
Chocolate Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Using only a handful of ingredients, including coconut milk as the base, this chocolate ice cream is a great alternative for those of you looking for a cold and creamy treat, but would rather avoid traditional dairy versions. The result is just as decadent-tasting as the real thing, but lighter on your digestion. You don't even need an ice cream maker to prepare it!

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4
Calories: 288 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 1 14 oz . can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey (or maple syrup, for vegans)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth and creamy. (Originally, I tried whisking them together in a bowl, but the blender was much more effective!)
  2. Adjust the flavor to your taste, then transfer to a freezer-safe container. Place in the freezer for 4-6 hours, or until firm.
  3. If your ice cream gets too firm in the freezer, allow it to thaw at room temperature for 15-20 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

Alternatively, you could use an ice-cream maker, which will freeze your ice cream in about 20 minutes. Simply follow the manufacturer's directions.

Enjoy!

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chocolate-covered katie

I love how you turned it into ice cream! Definitely trying that now :).

Christina

Love coconut ice cream! Would stevia as a sweetener work out ok in this recipe?

    Megan

    Yes, I think it would work just fine!

      Gina

      Hello, your recipe was amazing! Would low fat coconut milk work too as the full fat milk gives me a stomachache? Thank you.

Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness

I want this!!! Chocolate and coconut are my favorites and the fact that this only has 4 ingredients makes it that much better! Pinning for sure!

Cadie

This looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it. I love coconut milk ice cream, so now I have to try making my own! Do you think raw cacao powder would work in the recipe?

    Megan

    Yes, I used raw cocoa powder myself. 🙂

      laura

      what is the difference between cocoa powder, cacao powder and raw cacao powder? Is cocoa made from the cacao bean, therefore leading to ‘cocoa’ and ‘cacao’ interchangeable? How does ‘raw’ associate with cocoa? Is all cocoa raw since the powder of cacao? Thanks!

        laura

        I just found my answer below! I love your recipes! Everything tried is great!!

Cadie

Awesome! I have a half gallon carton of unsweetened coconut milk (So Delicious brand) in the fridge now…I wonder if that would work, or if it needs to be the canned variety?

    Megan

    I feel like that type of coconut milk has a different consistency than the canned stuff, but let me know if you try it! I’d love to hear how it goes.

      Cadie

      I think you’re right, but I can give it a try and report back! 🙂

      Karan Sims

      “Ice Cream” needs the fat of the canned coconut milk to taste rich. Using the lower fat coconut milk from a carton will make a frozen ice rather than cream.

    carsen

    Add 4 or 5 egg yolks into the mix and your So Delicious coconut milk should work fine. I still prefer the canned coconut milk, but adding the egg yolks will allow you to still approximate the texture with the carton milk.

Jen @ ExistentialEvolution.com

Megan this sounds amazing. Great alternative to banana ice cream! I made a twist on your Grain Free Shortbread cookies that I’ll be posting later this week.

jeanne

In this heat, I am so addicted to your peanut butter banana ice cream…but this will be a nice change, I’m going to make tonight!!

Jeann Haralson

Isn’t cocoa powder something different than cacao powder?

    Megan

    Cacao is simply the raw, unprocessed version of the bean from the cacao tree, while “cocoa” is what it’s typically called after it’s been cleaned and roasted. I prefer to use the raw version in my recipes, which is why I link to the brand I use, but many people are more familiar with the term cocoa powder, and it can be used interchangeably with very little difference in flavor.

Robin

We had ou first taste of coconut milk ice cream. We made it with peanut butter… so delicious! I used light coconut milk. If you want to check it out: http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com/2012/06/vegan-peanut-butter-ice-cream-with-hint.html

    Megan

    Peanut butter sounds like a delicious addition! I bet my husband would love that. 😉

      Robin

      There are just some things that go best together… like chocolate and peanut butter! 🙂

Alexys

I also have the “So Delicious” brand Coconut milk in my fridge to use up within the next couple days, so this is a perfect! Its in the freezer now, so I will also report back to let you know how it turns out, but in the liquid state it tastes delicious enough to just drink!

Thank you for all these amazing recipes!

    Megan

    I can’t wait to hear about your results! I’m sure it’ll be delicious, regardless. 😉

A

Can you use canned light coconut milk? What about Chocolate Almond Breeze almondmilk?

    Robin

    I used canned light coconut milk and it worked just fine! I’ve also made ice cream with almond milk, so you’re good to go.

Kibby

Thanks for the recommendation on the BPA-free coconut milk from Amazon.com. I have two cans left and will look to ordering this one you mentioned. Recipe looks great! Easy and quick. I’m trying to cut back on banana consumption and this will take care of my ice cream fix. Thanks!

Susan

oh my…i made this last night and it is sooooo ood, i used agave instead of honey and made it in my ice cream maker….delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Susan

And by ood….. I mean good* lol

Jamie

Make sure the coconut mik you use contains no crap like carrageenan. Carrageenan will cause huge health problems.

Clare

I just finished making this and wooow.. SO GOOD! I actually used coconut cream in place of milk, and made it into like a mousse that I could eat straight away, seriously delicious.. thanks so much for the recipe!

    Megan

    The faster you can eat it, the better. 😉 Glad you enjoyed it!

Lisa

Can you use coconut cream?

    Megan

    If you’re referring to Trader Joe’s Coconut Cream, I tried using that and it worked just fine!

Lisa

Great, thanks – I will give it a go! I live in Australia and don’t have a TJ’s….

Tiffany

I’ve been making coconut milk ice cream for a while now. My husband’s favorite flavor is peanut Butter. It’s the exact same recipe as this post, however, instead of cocoa powder, I use peanut butter. Sometimes we add homemade hot fudge as well. We both agree that it’s the best ice cream we’ve ever had. Ever.

    Megan

    I’d love to hear about your recipe for homemade hot fudge! 🙂

Cadie

How do you get yours to stay creamy? I made this and it has lots of ice crystals in it.

    Megan

    I think if you let it thaw on the counter for 15 minutes or so, it gets creamier as it thaws. When it’s frozen solid, it is a little icier.

    JC

    Hi Cadie,

    Did you use the carton of coconut milk that you were referencing above? If so, that’s why it got icy. The lower fat content is what can make vegan ice creams icy. Same goes for if you use a can of low fat coconut milk. It’s best to use the full fat versions.

    Also, someone above was asking about the ‘coconut creme’ from Trader Joes. That’s just TJ’s marketing but it’s really just plain ol’ full fat coconut milk so you’re fine.

    If you want to double up on this recipe or others, you can use one can of full fat coconut milk & one can of low fat and you’ll be fine. Or you can use soy creamer in place of the low fat coconut milk if you want less of a coconut flavor.

    Just remember, it’s all about your fat content. Also, a small amount of vodka has worked well for people as it prevents that icy texture. In any case, you may find that letting the ice cream sit out before serving (10-15 mins as stated above) is a helpful addition.

    🙂

      Karan Sims

      Actually, the Trader Joe Coconut cream is a full can of the cream, rather than mostly or partially cream. If you put it in the refrigerator to chill and separate, you won’t have any watery part–just cream.

Desiree

I made this last night and I’m enjoying it as I type. A nice creamy, chocolatey treat. I think I might add chopped almonds next time.

Karen

This is amazing, thanks! Just too good 🙂 I made with liquid stevia, about 20 drops, and its lovely and sweet. Have to try not to eat it all in one go!

Jen

Just tried this recipe and it is AMAZING! I really love your website Megan, can’t wait to try out all of the other recipes, especially cauliflower pizza crust!

    Megan

    Thanks, Jen! I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

Mellie

Could you make this into vanilla coconut milk ice cream by omitting the cacao powder?

Holli Ohngren

How many servings is this recipe? I have a family of six and need to have enough for all of them…

    Megan

    This provided us with 4 large servings– I’d probably double the recipe to serve more, since you can always enjoy any leftovers later! 🙂

Holli Ohngren

Im such A dork! I just noticed at the top of the instructions where it says servings! I swear I looked everywhere. Don’t mind me, I’m just being blind;-) thanks a bunch! I can’t wait to make it.

Paula

Wow! This recipe tastes amazing! I made it in my Cuisinart ice cream maker and in minutes, pure delicacy! My boyfriend and I killed it in 2 really large servings. 🙂 Thank you for the post and I look forward to trying your other recipes!

Girish

Lovely recipe, thanks

Rose Lucht

We just made this, ooh my , so DELISH!!!
For the two extra tablespoons of cocoa I used Hershey’s special dark cocoa, and also raw honey for the sweetner,very very nice. Whipped it up in minutes in my Kitchenaide icecream maker.
Thank you !

Lorelei

Oh my gosh this is so tasty! I am going to a vegan dinner in a few days, and I think this will be perfect. I quadrupled it, and it is in the ice cream maker right now.

Michele

This is very good. I did find it quite hard- not soft and creamy like ice cream. This does make great ice pops- tastes like fudge sickles.

Oriella

Hi, do you think this recipe will also work with Silk Coconut Milk? I couldn’t find the canned anywhere!

    Megan

    I don’t think Silk Coconut Milk has the same texture or fat content as canned coconut milk– you need that fat content to create a creamy, rather than icy texture. The canned version can be found in most grocery stores where you’d find Thai curry paste and spices.

meeper

this was so good i changed it only slightly i swaped the vanilla for pepermint and added a little stevia as well was so yummy

Yoli

Hello, I just tried making this but just with Coconut full fat milk, vanilla, honey and a little Xylitol. I also added 2 tsp or Arrowroot powder. I churned it for over an hour and it didn’t do anything. It stayed liquid the whole time. I did put the mixture in the fridge for 2 hours before putting in the frozen ice cream maker. It is in the freezer, I went to stir it after30 minutes and it was not frozen anywhere. Can you help me please??

Thank you so much,

Yoli

    Megan

    I would try placing the mixture in the freezer for an hour, then try churning it again in the frozen bowl. Personally, I’ve never gotten my ice cream maker to thicken any non-dairy recipe, which is why I usually skip that part and stick it directly in the freezer to firm up. It will harden, but if you allow it to thaw for 20 minutes or so before serving, it becomes scoop-able. Best of luck to you!

Yoli

Hi Megan, thanks for getting back to me so quickly, I know you must be busy trying to answer everyone!!
I would like to try an add strawberries but I only have Frozen ones. Can I use and how would I use them? and how many? Thanks, don’t mean to be a bother.

Yoli

Judy Taylor

My 12 year old grandson made this ice cream today using organic maple syrup for the sweetener. Wow! Absolutely delicious and very satisfying because the cocoa powder gave it a flavor of very dark chocolate. We will definitely make it again. Thanks, Megan – your recipes are fabulous.

Autumn

I LOVE this recipe! I have an unreal addiction to iced mochas, and that stinks when you’re trying to go paleo. I froze this recipe in ice cube trays, so I can pop a couple out, toss it in the blender with my coffee (or just in a cup of coffee if I’m in a hurry). Ta-da! Paleo mocha breakfast smoothie!

    Kelly

    Best. Idea. Ever.

Sandra

Let me echo the praises of others, this is delicious. I used maple syrup for the sweetener. Tastes like a luxury ice cream!

Jim Munch

What percent fat do you use in your full fat coconut milk?

Yohanna

Just made a batch and the initial liquid tastes too sweet but once it froze up it was absolutely perfect! I didn’t have a whole can of coconut milk on hand so I subbed the rest (about half) with soy milk.turned out great 🙂

Debbie

I tried this recipe and substituted 1/2 Maple and 1/2 DAte syrup for the sweetener and it ROCKS! Great recipe!

Nancy P

This ice cream is amazing! I have a Krups ice cream freezer, so mixing this in my blender, pouring it in there, and in about 15 minutes, having deliciousness to enjoy, perfect! I use King Arthur Flour’s Double Dutch Dark cocoa, too- so this is deep, dark, and healthy with all the dark chocolate benefits. Thanks so much for this recipe, and I will try more of yours, since I found your site!

Kelly

Just made this with my ice cream maker. I let it churn for 30 minutes at it had a wonderful soft-serve texture. I used 1/4 cup carob and 2 T raw cacao, and filled my 1/4 cup measure with part honey, agave, and maple syrup. Delicious!

Faigy

Hi Megan!
I see I’m a little late in commenting on this recipe, but I just found it and tried it last night.
I can’t eat sugar or dairy (or grain) and its been years since I ate ice cream.
OMG! This never even made if to the freezer!! After 25 mins in the Ice cream maker, it was a firm soft serve consistency. My husband and I knocked it off straight out of the machine! My kids (I have seven, thank G-d) said it tasted better than Friendly’s ice cream!!
Thank you for how you bring food normalcy back into the lives of people who are so restricted in what they can eat.
Good luck with your pregnancy and enjoy your little miracle when he/she arrives.
Faigy

    Faigy

    BTW I subbed xylitol for the honey.

Nick

OMG I LOVE YOU MEGAN!!!

lol!

we have made so many of your recipes this week… unreal!! you have given us a new perspective on paleo living!! wow you are awesome!!

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