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Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream (dairy-free, gluten-free)

“Oh my God – this tastes like real ice cream!” Erik exclaimed. After years of dairy deprivation, he makes do with soy and coconut milk ice creams from the store, but he rated this far above all of them. It’s very rich, creamy, and easy (3 main ingredients), and adapted from a great recipe on Savory Sweet Life, with a little rum and vanilla added in. It could easily be made almost no-carb by using liquid Stevia instead of some of the agave (agave covers up Stevia’s bitterness). T1 lowdown – this is very low GI, and we’ve ended up just correcting down rather than bolusing for it up front. Enjoy!


1 14 oz can coconut milk  -> 3 carbs
Use full fat coconut milk rather than “light” or “reduced fat” for full-on, ice cream richness!

1/3 cup agave syrup  -> 80 carbs

2 tablespoons cocoa powder   -> 4 carbs
Favorite brand: Ah!Laska Baker’s Cocao – very, very chocolatey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon rum/orange liquor – big flavor booster

Optional additions (may change carb factor): shredded coconut, chopped chocolate, shot of cold espresso, cinnamon, cayenne pepper (for Mexican version)


Put everything in a blender.

Blend everything for 30 seconds (or beat by hand like we did for several minutes!), pour into ice cream maker, and follow manufacturer’s directions.

Totals (serves about 4 people): 510 grams/18 oz, 87 carbs

Carb factors: .17 carbs/gram, 5 carbs/0z

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yummo. I love Coconut Milk.

    July 23, 2011
  2. Jen #

    That sounds awesome! I am always buying Coconut Milk Ice cream at the store. I would like to make this but..I need an ice cream maker! Maybe someday!! Tell Erik that, in case he doesn’t know, Bluebird Ice Cream down on Pike always has a vegan ice cream on tap..made with coconut milk! Also..Healeo has vegan soft serve ice cream! Thanks for taking me in the other night..I put the Dex on Addison’s arm last night while he was sleeping. So far so good! Seeing Luke’s and talking to you both gave me the courage!

    July 25, 2011
    • Ooh – I didn’t know Bluebird has vegan! I’ve heard they’re great – and they’re on our weekend loop. 🙂 We have had Heleo, and that was really good. Glad we could be some help – at least, I hope Dexie likes his new location on the arm!

      July 26, 2011

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