This delicious homemade ice cream recipe is just two ingredients and super easy for kids to make! Dairy-free Coconut Ice Cream is refreshing, flavorful and the perfect recipe to have on hand for hot summer days.
Dairy-Free Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
I love making our own homemade ice cream, but so far all of our recipes have used heavy whipping cream and/or sweetened condensed milk. Most of our recipes also require whipping the cream for up to five minutes, making them possible for kids to help with – but often the kids get bored or complain of “tired arms” after about one minute of using the mixer.
This Coconut Nice Cream is a great alternative! No mixer, no dairy – just delicious soft-serve coconut vanilla ice cream that takes less than 5 minutes from start to finish.
It’s a great recipe to have on hand if you have dairy-free friends like we do, but even dairy-lovers like us will enjoy the soft, creamy texture and refreshing flavor.
Also, unlike most ice cream recipes, I don’t find myself thirsty after enjoying a scoop of this coconut ice cream.
Another awesome aspect of this recipe is you can switch up the flavors in a variety of ways:
- Cinnamon Coconut Ice Cream
- Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream by adding cocoa powder
- Coffee Nice Cream by adding a couple teaspoons of instant espresso powder
- Peanut Butter Ice Cream by adding a couple tablespoons of smooth peanut butter
- Add some crushed or chopped fruit for a pineapple, mango or apple ice cream.
- Or add sprinkles for a colorful unicorn ice cream!
Does it matter if I use cream of coconut or coconut cream? For this recipe, no, but keep in mind that some cream of coconut varieties contain added sugar. We’ve experimented heavily with different coconut creams/cream of coconut options and the ones that we found to have the best out-of-the-can consistency and flavor were Thai Kitchens Coconut Cream or Kosa Coconut Cream.
How long can I store this coconut ice cream? We usually finish it up within a day or two, but it can be kept in a sealed, airtight freezer container for up to two weeks without any texture or flavor loss. (This set of freezer containers is a crazy bargain.)
Check Out These Other Delicious Nice Cream Recipes
- Mango Nice Cream from The Pretty Bee
- Strawberry Nice Cream from The Kitchn
- Snickers Nice Cream from Cook It Real Good
- Banana Papaya Ice Cream from the Unconventional Baker
Vegan Coconut Ice Cream Ingredients
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: experiment by adding different mix-ins like peanut butter, cinnamon, cocoa powder or chopped fruit to make new varieties of this ice cream recipe.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups
- Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
- Freezer container with lid or loaf pan
How to Make Coconut Ice Cream
Chill the coconut cream as long as possible – preferably overnight.
Place the coconut cream in a large bowl and whip with an electric mixer for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy.
Measure out 1/2 cup of the coconut cream and reserve the rest for other delicious recipes.
Carefully stir together the cool whip and coconut cream and then fold out into a loaf pan.
Freeze for 2 hours or overnight.
The ice cream will have a soft texture and when allowed to come to room temperature, it will have the same texture as cool whip!
Grab your free printable for our coconut nice cream recipe:
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 0gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
This refreshing coconut nice cream is a delicious treat and perfect if you or your guests need to enjoy dairy-free desserts. No one has to compromise with this easy and delicious ice cream!