Foolproof Vegan Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

This ice cream gets its intense creaminess from a mix of coconut milk and coconut cream, which you can find in Asian groceries or online. Do not use cream of coconut or creamed coconut instead—they're different products and can't be substituted.

If your diet permits white sugar refined with bone char, feel free to substitute an equal volume of it for the raw sugar in this recipe for a cleaner flavor.

Read more on the technique behind vegan ice cream.

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the New York editor and ice cream maker in residence at Serious Eats. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

Foolproof Vegan Vanilla Coconut Ice Cream

About This Recipe

Yield:makes about 1 quart
Active time:40 minutes
Total time:5 hours
Special equipment:blender or food processor, ice cream maker
This recipe appears in: How to Make Great Vegan Ice Cream


  • 1 13.5-ounce can (about 1 3/4 cup) coconut milk
  • 1 14-ounce can (about 1 3/4 cup) coconut cream (see note above)
  • 1/4 cup "light" (clear) corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup raw (turbinado) sugar (see note above)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Scotch, bourbon, or Irish whiskey
  • 3/4 to 1 teaspoon kosher salt, to taste


  1. 1

    In a medium saucepan combine coconut milk, coconut cream, corn syrup, and sugar and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a simmer. Transfer mixture to blender, cover very tightly, and blend for 30 seconds. Pour into an airtight container, stir in vanilla extract and whiskey, then add salt to taste.

  2. 2

    Cover mixture and chill in refrigerator until it is very cold (at least 45°F, about 4 hours), then churn in ice cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to an airtight container and chill in freezer until ice cream is firm enough to scoop, about 5 hours.


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