Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Coconut Ice Cream

Not long ago the audio editor who works on the show with me was telling me he couldn’t find just plain coconut ice cream anywhere. And this man loves ice cream. He proclaimed he could find coconut with nuts, coconut with chocolate, coconut with this, that, & the other, but not the plain coconut he wanted. I love any excuse to make ice cream, so next time I was out grocery shopping I picked up the ingredients for this incredibly simple, yet very delicious ice cream.

I don’t have a problem making ice creams that require tempering egg yolks, but if I can find a rich & creamy version without egg yolks, it just means the ice cream is easier to make!  And I’m all about fewer steps to achieve ice cream! The creamy texture of this one reminds me a lot of another favorite of mine, Cinnamon Ice Cream. This was a great summer flavor, and I’m really glad it was requested! I’m also glad to have someone to share my ice cream with. 🙂


Coconut Ice Cream

Prep Time: 5 min

Two words of wisdom from me: First, if you're looking for the cream of coconut, look in the cocktail mixers section. Don't confuse it with coconut milk or cream. You're most likely to find the Coco Lopez brand, and this is exactly what you'll need. Second, whenever I make this again, I'll chop up the sweetened flaked coconut pieces a bit. I found the long chewy pieces distracting, but still enjoyed the taste & texture it added.


1 cup milk
1 14oz can cream of coconut
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut (optional)


Combine the milk and cream of coconut in the container of a food processor or blender, and mix thoroughly. Stir in cream and flaked coconut.

Pour into the container of an ice cream maker, and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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14 Responses to “Coconut Ice Cream”

  1. 1
    jaclyn — July 5, 2011 @ 8:32 pm

    i’m so addicted to anything coconut, and this ice cream looks crazy good, lady! does it ship well to florida? 😉

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    Alan Cooke — July 5, 2011 @ 8:34 pm

    I was so excited when I saw your tweet about this post. A friend used to make coconut i.c. and I haven’t had it for ages. So looking forward to making it again. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

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    Lesley Eats — July 5, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I’ve been meaning to use my coconut milk in the pantry for ice cream. This sounds good, too but tell your friend that the Asian market on Powell near the Ferguson and Home Depot has coconut ice cream in a coconut and it’s wonderful!

    ps–so with you on the eggs. thank goodness for my immersion blender.

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    This is beyond perfect! I adore icecream and absolutely LOVE coconut, but dont think ive ever had coconut ice cream..and the fact this doesnt need the whole egg yolk shabang is brilliant for lazy people like myself 🙂 but wait…cream of coconut is NOT the same as coconut cream? cos i have bought both coconut milk and cream in the past but didnt know there was a third option!!

    • Erin replied: — July 6th, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

      Correct! There’s coconut milk, coconut cream, and cream of coconut. I actually spent about 15 minutes wandering around the grocery trying to figure it all out!

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    Jessica — July 6, 2011 @ 10:09 am

    I love that this only has 4 ingredients!!

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    Beth — July 6, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Oh my gosh, I would drink every last drip of this from my bowl! And I want to try that ice cream in a coconut that Lesley speaks of too 🙂

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 6, 2011 @ 4:32 pm

    Looks so good and a 5 minute prep time!

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    Kerstin — July 6, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

    Mmmm, I love how simple this is and it looks soooo refreshing!

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    Simply Life — July 9, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    Oh this looks AMAZING!

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    Franco — July 13, 2011 @ 5:24 pm

    Can I substitute heavy cream with half and half??

    • Erin replied: — July 13th, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

      I’m really not sure, but I suppose you could try. I’ve only made it as directed. But Taste of Home says you can, apparently. Good luck!

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    CrumbGuy — July 31, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

    oh. my. gosh. This sounds divine. Is it anything like the one at PF Changs?

    • Erin replied: — August 1st, 2011 @ 5:33 am

      I’ve never had ice cream at PF Chang’s, so I can’t compare. But this version was delicious, I can tell you that!

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