Coconut Milk Ice Cream!

Vanilla Ice Cream, with Coconut Milk

6 egg yolks

2/3 cups sugar

2 cans coconut milk (19 oz can)

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

a dash of salt

In a large mixing bowl beat egg yolks. Slowly add sugar until fully blended.  In a slow stream, add coconut milk and continue to mix thoroughly.  Add vanilla and salt.  I used an older electric ice cream machine that I picked up several years ago at a garage sale for $5 (It has been one of the best garage sale finds ever!).  If you have the version that requires you to freeze the inside container prior to use, you may need to make a smaller batch. I also used Mae Ploy brand coconut milk from ‘Cash and Carry’.  Most brands you buy at the market will only be a 13.5 oz can so be sure to adjust your recipe accordingly.

Freeze following your machine’s instructions. 

Eat immediately!!  If you have left overs it will become very hard in the freezer. So–that means you should invite all your friends and neighbors over to insure that you can finish the batch in one sitting!


A few modifications I made in the following batches:

I cut the sugar in half and added 2 pints of fresh pureed strawberries.  VERY tasty! 

I also used the whole egg instead of just yolk.  This resulted in a little bit lighter (airy?) texture.

My favorite way to enjoy…a scoop layered on top of slices of a juicy peach! 

Written by Natalie

Natalie Taylor has been participating in sports and fitness activities for over 25 years. She was both a competitive gymnast and swimmer and these activities led into coaching jobs as she earned her degree in physical education. Natalie is a graduate of the Chico State teaching credential program and has been teaching physical education or coaching for nearly 20 years. She has coached both High School and Junior High Volleyball, and the Cross Country and Track and Field intramural program at the local junior high school. Her interest in running and triathlons as well as her background in gymnastics create a superior combination for clients wanting a balanced workout of endurance and strength or clients interested in supplementing their endurance activities with much needed power/speed training and oft neglected flexibility. Finding time for fitness isn’t always easy—however, in just one hour with Natalie you will work multi-joint strength development, speed, stamina and flexibility. What keeps clients coming back? Every session is unique, so boredom never stands a chance! Natalie holds her NSCA CPT, as well as a variety of Cross Fit certifications. Natalie will help to make fitness a functional and successful part of your life.

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  1. Christina

    Mmmmmm….if I make this on Saturday, I bet for sure it will keep me away from Jon & Bons.  Do you have to have an ice cream maker to do this or will a food processor work too?

  2. Christina

    You need an ice cream maker…but I’ve got two if you want to borrow mine!

  3. Marc Valcarenghi

    Depending on who you ask, eggs are actually considered dairy. Are Eggs Dairy products? It’s not a simple Yes or No Answer, interestingly enough, the answer depends on your religion.

    But those milk shakes do sound good.  I cheated on my diet last night and had a strawberry milkshake with my protein burger. :(

  4. Christina

    Sounds good. I may borrow it and see if I can get all fancy with the flavors by adding Green Tea…maybe Yerba Mate, but not sure about the Mate.

    Wait a minute.  Hold the phone.  Now I’m confused…. or am I?  How are eggs considered dairy?  I always thought it was a common misconception because in the grocery store, they’re located near the milk and cheese and therefore people often confuse them for “dairy”.  But since eggs were once animal embryo, wouldn’t it be considered part of the “meat/protein” category?  I’ve never heard of milk or cheese having the ability to develop a pulse, heartbeat or internal organs.

  5. Christina

    Okay, back again.  Natalie, was that you saying I could borrow one of your ice cream makers or is there an additional “Christina” out there I’ve yet to meet!?  Over and out…

  6. I did some research once, and I still don’t really understand it, but somehow a certain religion or 2 actually consider eggs dairy.  But I think that the rest of the world considers them poultry….

  7. I’m new at all this… If I wanted to make a Milk Shake that more closely follows the paleo guide lines, Could I use Coconut Milk for that as well?

  8. Deanna Leah

    Oh Natalie – here I have had visions of you chowing on pints of Ben and Jerry’s all these weeks I’ve been hearing about you eating ice cream again or you and Chrissy or you and Sarah.  I should have figured this much. Will have to try this recipe. Probably cleaner than “Coconut Bliss” which certainly isn’t low calorie. Thanks!

  9. Natalie

    Christina–that was me, Natalie…not sure how your name came up there…but yes..I have two ice cream makers…you’re welcome to ‘em!