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Keto Coconut Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

 

This keto coconut ice cream is the perfect summer treat! Made with canned coconut milk and a few other simple ingredients, it’s both dairy-free and vegan. Plus, it’s low in carbs so you can enjoy it without guilt.

Since this recipe only uses a handful of ingredients, it’s a great alternative for those who want a delicious, creamy cold treat but without the dairy. 

It’s a simple keto vegan ice cream that can be made with or without an ice cream maker. 

Do you know what else is great about this coconut milk keto ice cream recipe? It uses only three easy-to-source ingredients! You really can’t get an easier way to enjoy homemade keto ice cream

If you’re looking for another keto-friendly, dairy-free ice cream, be sure to also check out our keto mocha coconut milk ice cream for another flavor option.

As an ice cream fan, be sure to also check out our entire collection of keto ice cream recipes for more delicious options.

 

Keto Coconut Ice Cream Recipe (Vegan)

Keto coconut milk ice cream served in a coconut half

Keto coconut milk ice cream served in a coconut half

Enjoy a keto-friendly ice cream that is completely dairy-free, and easy to customize. 

It’s a coconut milk ice cream recipe that is sure to fool your taste buds!

With only 3 net carbs per serving, it’s a way to enjoy a frozen treat that fits into your keto macros easily and won’t raise your blood sugar levels.

Plus, with 21 grams of fat, you can confidently declare that it’s keto. Especially since these are healthy fats from coconuts we are using. 

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This sugar-free coconut ice cream takes only a few minutes to prep and uses four basic ingredients if you don’t include the pinch of salt.

I added sugar-free coconut flakes to my recipe for a little added flavor and texture. However, you could leave the desiccated coconut if you prefer for a creamy texture.

I’ve included instructions for you to make this recipe both in an ice cream maker and without so you have options.

When using an ice cream maker it normally takes between 25-30 minutes before it has the perfect scoopable consistency. Allowing you to enjoy a delicious, homemade ice cream in about 30 minutes from start to finish. 

If making churn-free, it will take a little over three hours before it’s ready since you’ll need to stir the frozen mixture every hour to prevent ice crystals to form.

With that being said, it’s important to remember that homemade ice cream will not exactly have the same consistency as say store brought. This is especially the case with a dairy-free recipe.

Making ice cream at home means you can control exactly what goes into the recipe, so it will be void of fillers, preservatives, and chemicals.  Which gives you a much healthier option.

This means this recipe doesn’t need guar gum, xanthan gum, vegetable glycerin, and citric acid. Which makes it an easy-to-source ingredients treat.

Keto Coconut Ice Cream Ingredients & Tools Needed

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keto coconut ice cream being scooped from an ice cream maker

keto coconut ice cream being scooped from an ice cream maker

The following is a list of materials and ingredients you’ll need to make this keto-friendly coconut milk ice cream so you can enjoy the taste of summer with just a few easy steps.

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Is Coconut Milk Keto-Friendly?

Coconut milk is a keto-approved ingredient and is a staple in the keto diet for many. It’s especially welcomed by those doing keto who want the creaminess of heavy whipping cream but without any dairy to be concerned about.

Coconut milk is made when the coconut flesh (coconut meat) has been boiled and allowed to reduce. Then the shredded coconut is removed with a very fine mesh or cheesecloth.

It has a very similar consistency to whole cow’s milk and is most commonly sold in cans.

The lighter version of coconut milk typically comes in a carton and isn’t a good option for dairy-free ice cream. This is because it won’t have much fat and is not as creamy.

Does Coconut Ice Cream Contain Dairy? 

This recipe is entirely dairy-free since it uses only coconut milk.

Coconut milk is a fantastic substitute for individuals wanting a rich creamy ice cream without any real cream. Just keep in mind that it needs to be a full-fat option.

How To Make Keto Coconut Ice Cream

Keto coconut milk ice cream served in a hulled coconut shell

Keto coconut milk ice cream served in a hulled coconut shell

The measurements for this recipe are for a 1-quart ice cream maker. If you are using a larger ice cream maker you can double the recipe easily. 

Making this coconut milk low-carb ice cream is a super easy recipe. You’ll start by adding the full-fat coconut milk cans, vanilla extract, sugar-substitute, and salt into the blender and blend for about 30 seconds.

Next, you’ll add the coconut flakes into the blender along with the rest of the ice cream base and process for another 15 seconds until all the mixture is completely incorporated.

If using an ice cream maker pour the coconut milk mixture into the ice cream maker and process it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. It took my machine about 20-25 minutes to process.

Store any leftovers in a well-covered airtight container. You will need to allow the ice cream to melt on the kitchen counter until it’s scoopable again.

No-Churn Ice Cream Instructions

Don’t have an ice cream maker? No problem you can also make this recipe without it.

To do so, once the ice cream mixture is made pour it into a metal pan or pans depending on what you have. Then place the ice cream into the freezer for about an hour.

At the one-hour mark, remove the ice cream from the freezer and stir with a spoon. Then place it back into the freezer. You will repeat this step two more times for a total of three hours.

It’s at this point that the no-churn ice cream will have the perfect consistency close to regular ice cream and be ready to scoop and enjoy.

If you have any leftovers, you will need to allow the ice cream to melt on the kitchen counter until it’s scoopable again.

Best Sugar-Substitutes For Keto Vegan Coconut Ice Cream

low carb vegan coconut milk ice cream

low carb vegan coconut milk ice cream

When it comes to choosing your sweetener for this sugar-free ice cream recipe, I have several low-carb options that work well with this keto ice cream recipe.

I really like Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener because the texture is spot on and because there is barely any aftertaste.  Plus it uses only natural ingredients.

This is a great one especially if you are new to sugar substitutes because it mimics sugar the most in my opinion.

I’m also partial to Swerve an erythritol blend. Although you should keep in mind that it does have a bit more of a cooling aftertaste that some people dislike. 

Alternatively, you could also use a stevia and erythritol-based brand like Pyure.  This is if you prefer to use stevia in your baked goods. If you go this route you need to reduce the amount by half since it is twice as sweet. 

Lastly, if you can’t easily find a more natural sugar substitute you can also use Splenda with great success.

I know not everyone would agree with me here and I respect that but in my book, it’s still better than regular sugar. 

How To Store Homemade Ice Cream

Store your homemade keto ice cream in an airtight container in the freezer. These reusable ice cream containers are made specifically for ice cream. 

Add a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to the top of the ice cream and store for up to three weeks. 

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keto coconut ice cream served in a wooden dish

Keto Coconut Milk Ice Cream (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freeze Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

This keto coconut ice cream is the perfect summer treat! Made with canned coconut milk and a few other simple ingredients, it's both dairy-free and vegan.

Instructions

  1. Pour the cans of coconut milk, sugar substitute, vanilla extract, and salt into the blender and blend for about 30 seconds.
  2. Add the coconut flakes and process for about 15 seconds until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  3. If using an ice cream maker pour the coconut milk mixture into the machine and process it according to the manufacturer's instructions. My ice cream machine took about 20 minutes to process.
  4. Store any leftovers in a well-covered airtight container. You will need to allow the ice cream to melt on the kitchen counter until it's scoopable again.

No-Churn Ice Cream Instructions

  1. Once the ice cream is made pour the mixture into a metal pan or pans depending on what you have. Then place the ice cream into the freezer for about an hour.
  2. At the one-hour mark, remove the ice cream from the freezer and stir with a spoon. Then place it back into the freezer. You will repeat this step 2 more times for a total of 3 hours. The no-churn ice cream is now ready to scoop and enjoy.
  3. If you have any leftovers, you will need to allow the ice cream to melt on the kitchen counter until it's scoopable again.

Notes

This recipe makes about 1 quart but can easily be halved or doubled.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 12
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 200Total Fat: 21gSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 4gNet Carbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 2g

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