Coconut Coffee Ice Cream

Creamy coffee ice cream made with coconut milk. A dairy free ice cream option!

A creamy coconut-coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel DAIRY FREE!

Happy June! How on earth is it already June? It may not be technically Summer quite yet, but it’s never too early for ice cream.

You should know by now how I have a total obsession with ice cream. I’m pretty sure I always have been obsessed with ice cream. And really, who could blame me? It’s delicious! In a bowl, with or without a cone topper, in a cone, with or without sprinkles, hot chocolate sauce, whipped cream, strawberries… you name it.

Are you hungry yet?

A creamy coconut-coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel DAIRY FREE!

I’m partial to certain flavors, as I’m sure we all are. And depending on the day, definitely want one over another. Totally normal. But never in a million years did I think I’d be making my own ice cream. Of course, I’ve been at it for years now, but it still amazes me how out of this world delicious and creamy homemade ice cream is.

It’s SO much better than any store bought variety. And I’m not just saying that. If you’ve ever had homemade ice cream, I’m sure you can agree. And if you haven’t, what are you waiting for?! Oh… an ice cream maker? We’ll get to that in a bit…

A creamy coconut-coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel DAIRY FREE!

Having a child who has a food allergy has made me more aware of how prevalent other food allergies and sensitivities are. I won’t get into the statistics, but it’s alarming. It’s hard enough navigating a world around one allergy at times, I can’t even begin to imagine what others go through who have multiple allergies or several children with different allergies.

We may not be sensitive or allergic to dairy here, but I’m all for trying new things and giving delicious options to those who can’t have it. A world without ice cream is sad. And every person deserves delicious creamy ice cream in their lives!

So, here’s a DAIRY FREE ice cream for you to try! This coconut coffee ice cream is made with coconut milk, not cows milk or any heavy cream but you’d never know it from how amazingly creamy and delicious it is! The coconut and coffee pair beautifully, both playing off each other. It’s a perfect match! Top it off with your favorite ice cream toppings or eat it as is, either way, this is an absolute must make this summer!

Still need an ice cream maker to whip up this delicious treat?! Check below for the details!

A creamy coconut-coffee ice cream recipe from @bakedbyrachel DAIRY FREE!

Coconut Coffee Ice Cream

Creamy coffee ice cream made with coconut milk. A dairy free ice cream option!
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time1 day
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Ice cream
Servings: 4 plus


  • 2 13.5 oz cans coconut milk
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/4 C light brown sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 C coffee syrup
  • 5 large egg yolks


  • In a small bowl, whisk egg yolks. Set aside.
  • Whisk or blend coconut milk until smooth. Add 1 cup coconut milk to a large bowl with a mesh strainer set on top.
  • Add 2 cups coconut milk to a small saucepan, along with sugars, salt, vanilla extract and coffee syrup. Cook over medium heat. Stir well to dissolve sugar. When mixture begins to steam, slowly pour 1 cup warm liquid into yolks, while continuously whisking. Transfer egg mixture into saucepan. Stir occasionally, cooking over medium heat until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Pour mixture through mesh strainer into reserved coconut milk. Stir and cool to room temperature. Cover and chill thoroughly overnight.
  • Churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer to a freezer safe container, freeze until solid.
  • Top off with hot fudge sauce and sprinkles, if desired.


Recipe serves roughly 4-6, yields 1 quart.
*Store remaining coconut milk and use as desired.
An original recipe from Baked by Rachel

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46 Responses to “Coconut Coffee Ice Cream”

  1. #
    Chloe @ foodlikecake — June 2, 2014 at 6:08 am

    That ice cream looks amazing!

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks Chloe!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — June 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    This ice cream looks amazing! I love that it’s dairy free too. Coconut milk is such a great ingredient. Yum!

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Brandy :)

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    Mary — June 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Love homemade ice cream. So much better than store bought and healthier. Will definitely be making this one & soon.

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      I agree! And I hope you try it and enjoy it as much as we did!

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    Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — June 2, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Coconut and coffee, what a perfect combination!

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Ilona!

  5. #
    David Church — June 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    What is Coffee Syrup? (I’ve never noticed it in supermarkets.)

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      It’s a coffee concentrate, usually found near other liquid and powder add-ins for milk. I’ve linked to it within the post if it is not available locally.

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    Matt Robinson — June 2, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    LOVE the flavors in this ice cream, Rachel, so great! We are pretty obsessed here too:)

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Matt! :)

  7. #
    Leah | So, How's It Taste? — June 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I would have never thought to put coconut and coffee together but it sounds fantastic! I love that bowl in the pic!

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      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks so much Leah :)

  8. #
    Carla | Carla's Confections — June 2, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Oh my heavens, these flavors sound off the charts!

    • #
      Rachel — June 2, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      They really are! You’d love it!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — June 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Love coconut and coffee together – such a flavor match-made in heaven!! I love that it’s dairy-free…because of you, I’m so much more aware of allergies now :)

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      Rachel — June 3, 2014 at 7:28 am

      It really is such a perfect flavor combo! And I’m really glad to hear that about the allergy awareness :) Every little bit helps!

  10. #
    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily — June 2, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    O.K. I SWEAR I’ve never said this before but….. I have never wanted to jump through my computer screen and devour something so bad ever, the HD screen isn’t helping! ;p This. is. perfect.

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      Rachel — June 3, 2014 at 7:27 am

      Thanks so much Gwen! :)

  11. #
    David Church — June 2, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Thanks Rachel. I completely missed that “Coffee Syrup” was a link in the post. (Of course you would have provided a link. Duh.)

    Coffee Syrup might be an American thing. I’ve definitely never seen that particular product here in Canada.

  12. #
    David Church — June 2, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    FYI for Canadians:

    Amazon Canada carries a product which appears similar to the Coffee Syrup linked by Rachel.

    Nescafe Iced Java Cappuccino Coffee Syrup, 470ml Bottle by Nescafe

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      Rachel — June 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Thanks for the link, David! That’s very helpful. :)

  13. #
    Caiti — June 2, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    The recipe for this coconut coffee ice cream is what caught my eye. I’m lactose intolerant and coffe ice cream is my fave! Also the apple salted Carmel looks amazing too. Wonder if I could substitute for coconut milk with that one too?

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      Rachel — June 3, 2014 at 7:26 am

      I don’t see why it wouldn’t work! Just know that it will obviously have a coconut flavor to it. :)

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    Taylor @ What Vegetarians Eat — June 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Hi Rachel! That ice cream looks so good and it combines my two favorite things, ice cream and coffee! I was hoping since it is made with coconut milk that it would be vegan. Any ideas how to make it without the egg?

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      Rachel — June 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      You can try skipping the eggs completely. Follow the recipe up to that point and then skip ahead. It will likely be harder after freezing, so keep that in mind.

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    Leslie H — June 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Thank you for the recipe…it looks like perfection. The pic caught my eye and then the bowl did too…would you mind sharing where you got the great bowl or who makes them?

    Kind regards,

    • #
      Rachel — June 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

      The bowls are no longer available but I purchased them a few years back from anthropologie.

  16. #
    Leslie H — June 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Love them, love Anthropologie…thanks for getting back to me!

  17. #
    Debbie — October 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Hi – I use the really rich coconut milk from Trader Joes, so think that I may be able to skip the syrup and simmer espresso beans in the milk to get the coffee flavor. With the sugars, coconut fat and egg yolks, I am thinking that added sugar is not needed to keep this scoopable. What do you think? Thanks, Debbie

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      Rachel — October 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

      You can certainly give it a try that way. I don’t think it’ll have quite the same flavor in the final product but it’s worth a shot! Good luck and enjoy!

  18. #
    Angela — December 21, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I don’t have an ice cream maker, do you think blending it in a Nutribullet and then pouring it into popcicle molds would work?

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      Rachel — December 22, 2014 at 7:24 am

      I really can’t be sure how they’ll turn out with that method but you’re more than welcome to give it a try!

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    Darnell Moser — May 30, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Thanks for sharing your recipe, Rachel. I’m another ice cream lover. Saw this comment in a greeting card a while back, & it sounds like you’re a person who would appreciate it:

    “There are days when ice cream can solve any problem.”

    • #
      Rachel — May 31, 2015 at 8:07 am

      That is definitely a great quote! :)

  20. #
    Jessica — June 21, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Do I need to have the eggs or may I omit them?

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      Rachel — June 22, 2015 at 7:54 am

      An egg based ice cream is much creamier, but you can certainly try omitting them. Just be aware that it won’t be as creamy and will be much harder from the freezer.

  21. #
    Tracy — May 14, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    Just made the base for this and it is cooling now. I made my own coffee syrupas I was impatient and couldn’t find it locally.

    I will be churning it tomorrow so I will try to remember to let you know how it turns out. I made it because my friend and I LOVE coffee ice cream but she is lactose intolerant.

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      Rachel — May 16, 2016 at 11:32 am

      I hope you both enjoyed it!

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      Tracy — May 20, 2016 at 2:08 am

      I did churn the ice cream and I love it! It came out very creamy which I enjoyed very much. My friend thought it tasted good but she would rather it be less creamy. However she also likes no fat milk while nothing less than 2% milk will do for me. Although that didnt stop her from eating the rest of the first container.

      I put a big stamp of approval on this recipe. Ooh, and add some chunks of chocolate to really send your taste buds for a ride. Whichever human first thought to pair chocolate and coffee should be nominated for sainthood, lol

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      Rachel — May 20, 2016 at 7:23 am

      So glad you enjoyed it! And I couldn’t agree more – coffee and chocolate go great together! :)

  22. #
    Bethany — May 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Could you do this in a vitamix on the ice cream setting?

    • #
      Rachel — June 1, 2017 at 7:18 am

      That would not work as you need frozen ingredients for the blender to turn it into ice cream.

  23. #
    Stevie — July 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Love your Ice cream. My husband I love to make homemade ice cream. His favorite is your Strawberry Cheesecake . Can’t wait to give this one a try.

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      Rachel — July 26, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

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