How To Make Simple Coconut Milk Ice Cream | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jul. 26. 2013

Simple Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Jul. 26. 2013
McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Hill Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Founder of Nutrition Stripped and the Mindful Nutrition Method™

A simple recipe for a thick and creamy non-dairy ice cream.

There’s a new type of ice cream in town that fits most dietary preferences – coconut! It’s non-dairy, gluten-free, vegan and paleo.

This is a simple coconut milk ice cream that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. It’s easy to make and so delicious!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Full fat coconut milk is a great alternative for non-dairy ice cream. It creates that thick, creamy mouthfeel that traditional ice cream has.

Coconut is full of saturated fat and mostly made up of medium chain triglycerides. In a nutshell, medium chain triglycerides are digested completely differently than standard fats in our diet (a.k.a. long chain fatty acids), and are more easily used as energy.

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The Foundational Five Nourish Meal is any meal that contains all 5 elements within the Foundational Five, non-starchy carbohydrates, starchy carbohydrates, healthy fat, protein, and the Flavor Factor. By following this simple template it keeps food flexible, fun, and nourishing.

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Foundational Five

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The Foundational Five supports you in nourishing your physical body so you can learn what to eat, which is the first step in mindful eating. The remainder is knowing how to eat and to experience your food positively.

Eating in this way supports your physical body on a cellular level ensuring you’re consuming the nutrients you need to have a sharp focus, calm digestion, lasting energy, sound sleep, and vibrant long-term health.

Here are the following Foundational Five Elements in this recipe:

1 • Non-starchy Carbohydrate

  • Add rhubarb

2 • Starchy Carbohydrate

  • Dates
  • Banana

3 • Healthy Fat

  • Coconut milk

4 • Protein

  • Add peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or crushed walnuts

5 • Flavor Factor

  • Vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Sea salt

The Recipe

Serves 4



2, 15 ounce cans of organic full fat coconut milk

4 large dates, pitted (stevia sugar-free option)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

dash of cinnamon

pinch of sea salt

No ice cream maker recipe

1 banana, frozen

ice cubes to thick 15-ounce

ounce cans of organic full fat coconut milk

4 large dates, pitted (stevia sugar free option)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

dash of cinnamon

pinch of sea salt



Step 1

Chill the full-fat coconut milk cans overnight.

Step 2

Combine all ingredients into a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until thick and creamy.

Using Blender

Step 1

Use frozen bananas and ice along with the remaining ingredients to have an instantly frozen treat.

Step 2

You may also put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to one hour to “harden” up if this texture is still too soft.

Using Ice Cream Maker

Step 1

If you have one, you can use it and get the best results. After blending, you simply add the mixture to your ice cream maker and let it do the work for you.

Step 2

Enjoy chilled with typical ice cream garnish and toppings.

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