Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream

Who knew that three ingredients could turn into an insanely delicious ice cream?  I didn’t (at least not until now).

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This is my first time working with canned coconut milk before.  With it being a new year and all, I figured that this was as good a time as any to try it.  I’ve seen it used in so many ways that I decided to give it a shot.  In fact when I bought it I had originally intended to make chia pudding with it (something else I’ve never tried).  You’ll note that this is not a post about chia pudding.  I changed my mind because I’m not convinced I’ll like chia in pudding.  I’ll get to trying it one day, just not today.

Anyway, I turned to the fabulous interwebs and found this ice cream recipe.  Yes, I’m posting an ice cream recipe in the middle of winter.  I have no qualms eating it 365 days a year.  🙂  However, this isn’t your standard issue ice cream…  It’s dairy free!

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To be honest with you, I had low expectations for this recipe.  Since I’m used to eating the real deal ice cream I didn’t think that I’d care for this.  I was totally wrong!  To my surprise, I absolutely love this ice cream!  It’s got awesome chocolate flavor with a hint of coconut.

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DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT make the same mistake I did.  I left the metal ice cream scooper in the bowl I’d used to freeze it and popped them both in the freezer.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  I’m almost embarrassed to share this with you!

After scooping ice cream into my bowl, I didn’t want to waste one single bit of it so I licked the cold metal ice cream scoop.  To imagine the result, simply picture what happens in all the movies when tongues get near metal in the winter.  Yeah, it stuck to my tongue and bottom lip.  Not just a little stuck, like full on “oh crap” stuck.  My immediate panic caused all logical thought to leave my brain and to try to solve the reason for the panic, I simply pried it away while calling out to my husband for help.  “Why didn’t you wait for the scoop to warm up before pulling it away from you?” my husband asked me, after the damage was done.  In his defense I’d already torn it off before asking him, so I can’t really be upset that I failed to follow his advice.  I ended up with a bloody lip, a bloody tongue, and a fervent wish that I hadn’t done that, but at least I got a kick butt bowl of dairy free homemade ice cream out of the deal.

Go me for trying something new… and for being an idiot!

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Dairy Free Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream Recipe
(Makes about 2 cups)


  • 1 (14 ounces) can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • (optional) shredded coconut sprinkled on top of your bowl of ice cream


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, sugar, and cocoa powder until well combined.
  2. Pour the mixture into your ice cream machine bowl and follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Freeze the ice cream immediately after churning.

Source:  Savory Sweet Life via PBS



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  1. Tina, your coconut ice cream is gorgeous. Perfect for me as I cannot eat dairy. I do not have an ice-cream maker but you are sure swaying me into looking into one. Pinning and sharing of course. Gorgeous photos as always!!!

    1. Tina says:

      Bam, I didn’t know that you don’t eat dairy! I’ll be honest…I was hesitant to share a recipe that required an ice cream maker because I know that it’s not a common kitchen gadget. However, I thought that perhaps those with dairy free or vegan diets might have one since it might be easier to make than to find one in the stores. Personally, I think it’s worth the investment. 🙂

  2. Victoria Cooke says:

    Delicious! I could go for some right now.

    1. Tina says:

      Thanks! 🙂

  3. Love how you topped it with even more coconut! And love your spoon! Yay for vegan ice cream 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Thank you! I love trying new thing and super excited to have found an awesome tasting vegan dessert. 🙂

  4. Josefine says:

    Ouch, that must hurt the thing with your tongue 🙁 I’m sorry to hear that. But anything for ice cream right? 😉
    This looks great. I love such simple recipes

    1. Tina says:

      Simple recipes rock!

  5. Ashley says:

    haha oh my gosh!! Your poor tongue!!

    This looks absolutely delicious – I started making coconut milk ice cream this year and was so surprised at just how much I loved it!

    1. Tina says:

      I remember your cherry flavored one! TDF!!

  6. I love making ice cream with coconut milk. It is so delicious! I’ve made several varieties – I can only think of pumpkin and vanilla right now! Definitely trying this soon 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oh yum! Pumpkin and vanilla sounds amazing! I’m definitely going to experiment with coconut milk ice cream and I’ll have to keep that in mind. 🙂

  7. Monica says:

    Tina – I’m so glad I saw this because I’ve got to try it! Chocolate with a hint of coconut flavor sounds amazing – and with just 2 tbsp. of cocoa! I’m not a huge coconut person per se but I really love coconut milk so I love the sound of this. And you know, I can relate to your story. I once ate a super icy red bean popsicle and that thing was glued to me and I had bloody lips to prove it! Yikes.

    1. Tina says:

      Oh no! My husband thought I was kidding when I said I was stuck to the ice cream but I had the bloody lips and tongue to prove it…lol.

  8. We have all had those moments. I made homemade caramel sauce and thought my sugar mixture was burnt, but to check it out, I decided to dip my finger into the hot, boiling sugar to give it a try… Instant crystallization on my finger with an immediate blister… At least your ice cream came out perfect! 🙂

    1. Tina says:

      Oh my, that sounds terrible! Here’s to us thinking twice next time. 😉

  9. OMG! Tina! I’m laughing but feel awful about your terrible experience! That reminds me of when I was a kid and did that on more than one occasion. Seems I had a hard time learning my lesson! Jeeze! It is so painful! I hope you’ve recovered and are back enjoying your ice cream, which sounds delightfully amazing (BTW – I eat icecream year round too)! I haven’t made dairy free ice cream with coconut milk yet, only cashews, so I am excited to try this! Thank you, Tina!

    1. Tina says:

      You were a kid…what was my excuse? 😉 I think you’ll love to use coconut milk for “ice cream.” I’m wondering it will compare to cashews and if it will be easier to make so you’ll have to keep me posted if you end up trying it.

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