Coconut Milk Ice Cream

206/365 On a Ledge #mostly365

I’ve had ice cream on my mind these past few days, I know it’s a strange time to want ice cream; it’s rainy and cold.
I made coconut milk ice cream all summer long, I’ve decided ice cream is good all year round so I’m going to keep at it.

I’ve been making this coconut milk ice cream for several years now, it’s why I started buying canned coconut milk, and now I’ve found so many other uses for it – from baking to whipped cream. I have a few too many cans of coconut milk in my pantry, and this weekend we’re making ice cream!

This recipe has evolved, and I suspect it will continue to; lately I’ve been adding a arrowroot powder to the mix and I do get great creamy results.

202/365 Making Coconut Milk Ice Cream #mostly365
Sugar Arrowroot

Coconut Milk Ice Cream

  • 2 (400 ml) cans of full fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup sugar (or other sweetener)
  • ½ over-ripe banana (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ tablespoon arrowroot powder (2 tablespoons if omitting banana)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Toasted coconut flakes/sprinkles/nuts (for topping)

Done! Spoon & Sprinkles


  1. In a small bowl, mix arrowroot with a small amount of coconut milk (slurry), and set aside
  2. Blend the rest of the coconut milk with sugar and banana in a blender or food processor
  3. Pour the blended mixer into a saucepan and bring to a boil
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the arrowroot slurry, mix well
  5. Let the mixture cool completely (in the fridge if necessary, I leave mine in overnight)
  6. Transfer mixture into ice cream maker and process according to manufacturer’s instructions
  7. Pack the ice cream into an airtight container and cover and freeze until firm
  8. Enjoy!

I quite like it; a comforting bowl of ice cream on a cold rainy day.
It’s no bowl of soup but this works too!
I try to keep a variety of toppings on hand; toasted coconuts flakes, nuts, sprinkles and sauces… mango, chocolate, strawberry…

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  • Reply Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen

    Elsa, I have never had coconut milk ice cream. Neither do i have an ice cream maker. This is a rare ice cream flavor. But I love coconut milk and i love ice cream! so i know I would just have to wait to try yours :p

    30 November, 2011 at 6:45 pm
  • Reply Judith De Haan

    Hi Elsa,
    I just bought an ice cream maker and I love the look of your recipe! I am curious, though, about the arrowroot. Can you help me to understand its addition to the recipe? Thanks so much!

    3 May, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Hi Judith, the arrowroot powder helps thicken the ice cream but you don’t need it. I’ve made this ice cream other times without arrowroot and it turned out fine.
      Congrats on the ice cream maker,:-) enjoy!

      6 May, 2013 at 12:49 pm

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