Easy, homemade coconut ice cream

Amazon: Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk, 13.5-Ounce Cans (Pack of 12)

A homemade dessert I literally whipped up using stuff that was already sitting in my pantry. My son and I were talking about how much we love frozen fruit bars…especially the coconut ones. And then…I got all excited and made this ice cream. It took me five minutes to put together, and it's DELICIOUS.

I'd love to claim complete credit for this recipe, but I'm sure the inspiration came from this recipe for fresh fruit "creamsicles." Still, I'm pretty proud of myself…enough to crow about it here!

(If you don't have an ice cream maker, try freezing the mixture in freezer pop molds.)


1 can coconut milk (regular or light)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 t. vanilla (optional)
1/8 c. (or to taste) shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)

(Optional: toast the coconut in the microwave for a few seconds, stir and let cool.)

Pour the coconut milk, sweetened condensed milk and optional vanilla into a blender; blend until combined. Freeze in an ice cream maker. When the ice cream has stiffened, stir in coconut.

I store my ice cream in a Zak Designs ice cream tub — it's insulated and has a gel top that can be frozen to keep the ice cream cold while out of the freezer.

Indian kulfi variation: Omit vanilla and shredded coconut, add 1/8 t. ground cardamom (or more if you like it), a pinch of saffron, and a pinch of turmeric for color. Once the ice cream has stiffened, fold in (or top with) toasted pistachios.

Related: Ziploc ice cream


  1. says

    I made a similar thing the other day when I was trying to make coconut popsicles. I ended up with some of the mix left over…so I poured it in my iced coffee. That was pretty delicious, too!

  2. says

    Nope. Coconut milk comes in a can, often in the grocery section with ethnic/Asian/Thai foods. (or, try an Asian grocery store.) I think full fat is the best to use here, but you could try the light coconut milk as well (Trader Joe’s has it). Note, do NOT use “cream of coconut” which would make the whole concoction way too sweet.