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Coconut Honey Ice Cream

Coconut Honey Ice Cream

O.M.G. I think I just died and went to coconut heaven.

I think I am going to live in the container of this ice cream. Yeah, sure, it will be cold, but I’ll get over it. I’ll wear a parka.

This ice cream doesn’t contain any egg yolks or cream so I don’t know if it technically qualifies as ice cream since you don’t have to make a custard, but skipping that process makes this so much easier to prepare. It is so light and creamy with a touch of sweetness from the honey. It’s almost like frozen whipped cream. And it’s dairy-free!


I used one can of light coconut milk and a can of regular coconut milk to cut the fat down, but if you want it to be a thicker and creamier consistency, then use two cans of regular coconut milk. You can try using two cans of light coconut milk, but the ice cream might not be as creamy.

Coconut Honey Ice Cream

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Coconut Honey Ice Cream

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes (plus chill time)


  • 2 cans coconut milk (both full-fat, or 1 light and 1 full-fat)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup honey (to taste; can also use agave nectar)
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)


  1. Pour the coconut milk into a sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Stir in the honey until the honey dissolves. Stir in the cinnamon. Remove from the heat and let cool, refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
  2. Pour the chilled mixture into the bowl of an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Coconut Honey Ice Cream


64 Responses to “Coconut Honey Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Nami | Just One Cookbook — May 9, 2012 at 1:55 am

    I just finished one kind of ice cream and put the bowl back in freezer. I can’t wait to try this. I’m debating if I should do one light one reg. or both reg as I like creamy… I can’t wait to try this!!!! Looks simple and yummy. I love coconut too!

    Thanks for your comment, Stephanie! I’ve been really busy with the kids too. I’m just happy that you stopped by!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Nami! It was pretty creamy for me with just one of the regular fat, but I would imagine it would be even better with both regular fat cans!

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    Carol — May 9, 2012 at 5:29 am

    this is cool and YUMMY flavor that everyone will like it. thanks for this post!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:00 pm

      Thank you, Carol!

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    Ramona — May 9, 2012 at 5:42 am

    I love coconut milk… so I gotta try this!! Looks great! I also love your idea.. where parka… eat more ice cream! Sounds like a plan to me. :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

      Glad you agree with the plan! :)

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    Baker Street — May 9, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Oh my! This does sound heavenly Steph! Absolutely love the combination and your pictures are just stunning.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      Thank you!

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    Ridwan — May 9, 2012 at 6:42 am

    WOW….I use coconut milk so often,i like both light or regular,sound really simple and more healthier than regular Ice cream,welldone,I can’t wait to try this :)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:08 pm

      Thanks, Ridwan! It is healthier in that there is no heavy cream or egg yolks. Coconut milk does contain a lot of fat, but it’s good fat. So I feel less guilty indulging! :)

  6. #
    Tina@flourtrader — May 9, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I love frozen coconut milk, so this one is a winner in my book. Love that you used honey instead of sugar. Simply delicious!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Tina! The honey gives it a nice flavor that just plain sugar would not give!

  7. #
    Cassie — May 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

    This is beautiful ice cream, Stephanie! I love how you used coconut milk here!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:09 pm

      Thanks, Cassie!

  8. #
    Carolyn — May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Sounds like a coconut heavenly combination! ;)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

      Thanks, Carolyn! It was heavenly!

  9. #
    myfudo — May 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

    I think I’d go with the not cutting on the fat version…Let’s go 2 cans of regular coconut milk! Yey! I want the creamier one. If I have to do another mile running, so be it. This looks really yummy! I’ll see you in coconut heaven ;)

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:10 pm

      Haha! Sounds like a great plan to me! Totally worth that extra mile!

  10. #
    Kiri W. — May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

    How interesting – I’ve never had cinnamon with coconut, but since I am an utter lover of all things coconut, I bet I’d adore this.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      The combo is pretty wonderful! You can always cut back on the cinnamon too if you are not sure if you would like it!

  11. #
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table — May 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I died and went to coconut heaven just reading this! I love the honeyed component.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 9th, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

      Thanks, Laura!

  12. #
    Cucina49 — May 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I am LOLing at the idea of living in a container of ice cream. Seriously, that looks gorgeous–just the right amount of creamy and sweet.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:23 am

      Thanks! I was surprised how creamy it is!

  13. #
    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — May 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    It sounds delicious, and I love that the recipe is so simple! Sometimes those are the best ones!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:23 am

      Thanks, Jen! I totally agree!

  14. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    So pretty and light, I love this!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:26 am

      Thanks, Claire! :)

  15. #
    Choc Chip Uru — May 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    Delicious flavours my friend – love coconut in everything :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:27 am

      Thanks! I love it too!

  16. #
    Kim Bee — May 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Oh wow, this looks so good. I adore coconut ice cream. Or coconut anything. Or just coconut.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:27 am

      Hehe, thanks, Kim! I’m pretty in love with it too!

  17. #
    foodwanderings — May 9, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Love coconut ice cream. I made a different version a year or so ago but yours definitely looks tempting! I use my churner yearround and I think next is coconut ice cream!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:28 am

      Thanks! I’m trying to use mine more often!

  18. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — May 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    What a fabulous combo of flavors for ice cream! I bet this would be even better with a whole handful of fruit on top. Lovely recipe, Stephanie!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:30 am

      Thanks, Georgia! I think a pile of fruit on top would be so perfect!

  19. #
    CJ at Food Stories — May 9, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    This looks amazing. I’ve never used coconut milk for ice cream before but I have used soymilk so I bet yours is great!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:33 am

      Thanks, CJ! This was the first time I used coconut milk and it turned out really well!

  20. #
    Liz — May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Can I move into this container with you???? This sounds sensational!!!!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:38 am

      Certainly, Lizzy! There is plenty of room for us all! In fact, the more the merrier! We can keep each other from freezing to death! :P

  21. #
    Colleen — May 9, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    This sounds incredible! I love that it’s healthier than typical ice cream, but I’m sure it tastes heavenly too.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:41 am

      Thanks, Colleen! It does taste pretty heavenly!

  22. #
    Baking Serendipity — May 9, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I am so ready for a summer ice cream like this one! I love your lighter adaptation and the honey in this!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:42 am

      Thanks! I am ready for summer and more ice cream too!

  23. #
    Maggie @ kitchie coo — May 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    This is SOOOO unfair! I want an ice cream maker so bad I can taste it. And coconut ice cream? I’ll live in that container with you! I have been dropping all sorts of crazy hints to my hubs hoping to get one for Mother’s Day or my birthday in June…I pray he will come through for me. :-) This would be one of the first ice creams I would make. Mmmm….

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:43 am

      Thanks, Maggie! I hope you get one too! Tell hubs the baby needs it! ;)

  24. #
    Samantha — May 10, 2012 at 12:19 am

    Ever since I purchased our ice cream maker I’ve been curious about trying out coconut milk instead of cream. You have inspired me. This looks wonderful!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 10th, 2012 @ 12:45 am

      This was the first time I used coconut milk and I was really pleased with the results! I’m thinking it might work well with other recipes too!

  25. #
    Beth Michelle — May 10, 2012 at 5:29 am

    Great call using the coconut milk for this!! It looks amazing. Im for sure trying it out.

  26. #
    Suzi — May 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

    This looks fantastic. Hard to believe that something so creamy and dreamy is dairy-free. Umm I want to make this.

  27. #
    dena — May 10, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Oh my goodness! Now I have to go find my ice cream maker STAT!

  28. #
    RavieNomNoms — May 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    This looks like heaven in a bowl! I bet those flavors just taste SO amazing together. Nicely done. Gorgeous ice cream

  29. #
    Heidi @ Food Doodles — May 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    This looks fantastic! I can hardly believe it’s so simple – must try!

  30. #
    Kelly @ Inspired Edibles — May 10, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    I love coconut milk so make some room in that container for me too! :). Love your beautiful robin’s egg blue bowls.

  31. #
    Suzanne — May 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    Yum this ice-cream sounds fabulous. I do love coconut milk. I wonder how it would work with the Silk brand coconut brand that you can use as a milk alternative.

    • Stephanie replied: — May 11th, 2012 @ 9:24 am

      Hey Suzanne, I have not had the Silk brand, but as long as the fat content is there, I would think it would work just fine.

  32. #
    Amy @ FragrantVanillaCake — May 11, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Love the combination of flavors you have combined in this ice cream! It sounds amazing with the coconut and honey, and I love the addition of the cinnamon!

  33. #
    Helen — May 13, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    I just made this with the addition of a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a cup of toasted, large-flaked coconut. It’s amazing, thank you!

    • Stephanie replied: — May 13th, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, Helen!

  34. #
    Emily @ Life on Food — May 15, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Can I move it too? This looks amazing. I am bookmarking for later.

  35. #
    ellen — May 15, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    This looks like a nice, easy recipe, so thanks. Could you tell me what ice cream maker you use? I’m looking for one and there are so many to choose from! Also, have you thought about using coconut crystals as a sweetener instead of honey?

    • Stephanie replied: — May 16th, 2012 @ 12:03 am

      Ellen, I use the KitchenAid Ice Cream maker attachment. I really like it and recommend it if you have the stand mixer.

      As for the coconut crystals, I have to admit I am not familiar with them! But, you’ve piqued my interest and I will have to look them up!

  36. #
    Nichole@Dulce Delicious — May 19, 2012 at 7:09 am

    This looks delicious! I love that its dairy free. I can see why you’d want to live in a container of this. You may have just inspired me to go buy a parka!


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