Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk)

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

Nearly two years ago I started this blog in an effort to share my peculiar eating habits, practice food styling, and someday contribute to the ministries I support. In the last two months my traffic has increased over 150%, and when I looked into why I found that one of my simplest and oldest recipes just hit the right chord with the internet. To everyone who has contributed to this recent boom, thank you! Along with the spread of this recipe has come a barrage of questions, so this repost is to answer every question I’ve ever received about the recipe…and to give it a new look :)

Scroll down for the recipe and FAQs.

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

Strawberry Ice Cream
2 cans coconut milk
6 ounces frozen strawberries OR 1 ½ cups fresh strawberries
1/3 cup raw honey

Using only the fat* from the canned coconut milk, blend all ingredients. Now there are several ways to freeze the ice cream base, and there are several ways to process the ice cream.

Freezing and processing options:
-Freeze ice cream base in ice cube trays. Once frozen process in a food processor until creamy.
-Freeze ice cream base in ice cube trays. One frozen press through a Champion Juicer.
-Pour ice cream base into a bowl and stir occasionally as it freezes. Eat as soon as it reaches a thick consistently.
-Pour ice cream base into a large shallow dish (like a casserole dish). Once frozen scrape the solid mass with a fork until soft enough to serve.
-Freeze ice cream base in popsicle molds.
-Use an ice cream maker.

*Canned coconut milk will separate into fat and water. Do not shake the can and you will be able to remove the fat from the can while leaving the water at the bottom. You will need 2 cups of coconut milk fat for this recipe.


Where do I buy canned coconut milk?
I buy Native Forest Organic coconut milk from VitaCost. Most grocery stores carry Thai Kitchen coconut milk, and every health food store carries some brand of coconut milk. Although unmarked, I read that Native Forest uses BPA free cans, which is why I prefer their brand.

How many cans do I need?
Two. Every brand of coconut milk is slightly different, but two cans is enough for this recipe.

How many servings does this make?
Four servings

Can I use coconut cream?
Yes. Trader Joes sells a canned coconut cream, which is the same as coconut milk but it has more fat and less water in each can. You need 2 cups of coconut fat (cream) for this recipe.

Can I use coconut oil?
No. Coconut oil is just the oil pressed from the meat of the coconut. You want coconut milk, which is the meat and water blended together.

Can I use coconut butter?
Yes. Coconut butter is dried and ground coconut meat. Blend ¼ cup coconut butter and 2 cups water to make milk before adding the strawberries and honey.

Can I use a base other than coconut milk?
Yes. You can use cream or yogurt, and if you don’t eat dairy you can make your own nut cream. Just make a simple nut milk, but use less water for a thicker consistency and a more creamy ice cream.

Can I use a sweetener other than honey?
Yes. Agave, maple syrup, and date paste work well in place of honey. Stevia can be used to taste.

Can I make other flavors?
Yes! Raspberry, chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, mint, and many more flavors can be made.

What if I don’t like coconut?
Try using vanilla extract to mask the flavor of the coconut milk.

What if I do not have a high-speed blender?
You do not need a high-speed blender for this recipe. When using frozen strawberries just thaw before hand for easiest blending.

What if I do not have an ice cream maker?
You do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe. See above for a list of options for freezing and processing the ice cream.

What can I do with the remaining water in the can?
You can use it in smoothies, to make popsicles, bake with it, or wherever else you may need a liquid in a recipe.

Remember, this is ice cream :) Enjoy!

Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :
Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk) :

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51 Responses to Strawberry Ice Cream (coconut milk)

  1. Hello!
    I cannot eat coconut, can it be replaced with another non-dairy, lactose-free liquid (soy milk, almond milk, etc.)?
    Thank you!

  2. Kiki: Yes, you can use a nut milk to make the ice cream, but I would recommend making it from scratch. If you use less water per amount of nuts then the more creamy the milk will be and the more creamy the ice cream will be.

  3. I have made this several times and it is sooo good! So happy to have a healthy dessert that my DD enjoys. Thank you!

  4. Sounds FABULOUS! Can I use a food processor instead? And for strawberry measurement, whole, sliced? Thx!

  5. Going strawberry picking is fun, but what’s also fun is trying new recipes with everything that you pick! I’m always looking for new recipes to share with customers and to try on my own!

  6. How do you think this would turn out if I just blended the frozen strawberries and the coconut fat?

  7. I just wanted to know if you knew any uses for the leftover watery amount left in the cans of coconut milk, after you’ve skimmed off the top?

  8. Kathleen: You can use it in smoothies, to make popsicles, bake with it, or wherever else you may need a liquid in a recipe :)

  9. Hello,

    I had cans of Goya coconut milk on hand, 13.5 oz. After taking out of the fridge for a few days I only got about 1/3 cup of cream off the top of each can. Is there a minimum size can you use in order to get the 2 cups?

    Thank you … Can’t wait to try this ice cream!

  10. How does it freeze? I have been having a problem with my coconut ice creams getting too hard in the freezer.

    Also do you know how to harden coconut ice creams with alcohol? I make a rum one that melts too fast.

  11. Cathy: Each brand varies, so I would suggest using more cans or trying a different brand. Trader Joe’s sells coconut cream, which is mostly coconut fat with much less water.

  12. Julie: The freezing options are right under the recipe ingredients. No, I haven’t tried alcohol in ice creams yet. I wonder if you have to cook it down with one of the other ingredients first…now I’m curious! I’ll have to try it.

  13. Can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m diabetic and I think this will fit into my diet. The honey is debatable, however, so is the coconut cream/milk. I’ll have to check the can. Thanks. It would be far better than strawberry ice cream, which I love.

  14. I made this with what I had – a can of coconut cream and a can of coconut milk, 2 peaches, and 1 tsp of vanilla. Blending peach ice cream cubes didn’t work out very well in my Blendtec! I added a splash of lactaid whole milk, and a 3rd peach, and once I finally got it smooth (working in 2 batches), it was liquidy, so I had to freeze it in bowls. I stirred it a couple times and ultimately, it was pretty creamy and delicious. I would love any tips on blending more easily with my Blendtec! Thank you for the yummy recipe! :)

  15. Leila: I wouldn’t recommend using a Blendtec to process the frozen cubes unless you have a plunger attachment. I food processor works perfectly or a Champion juicer.

  16. I just made this tonight & it was delicious! The coconut cream I found had sugar in it, so I think the honey was overkill with fresh, seasonal strawberries. Is there coconut milk or cream w/o sugar so I can adjust to taste or the berries I have? It froze up very creamy after I stirred it about every hour. Thanks for the recipe. :)

  17. Leslie: Hmmm I get coconut milk from VitaCost, but you can also get it at Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Just check the label to make sure the ingredients is just coconut (and usually guar gum).

  18. Hi Hannah,
    Thank you for this great blog.
    I just tried making coconut ice cream with coconut milk that I made with 4 cups water and 1/2 cup coconut milk but the texture is not great. I did not want to add berries, so I simply added 1/2 cup of honey. Any suggestions?
    J (I mixed coconut butter, water and honey in Vitamix blender, then added to ice cream machine)

  19. Janis: Well thanks :) I found that the coconut butter and water would separate into a very undesirable consistency after blending. However, keep blending. The two eventually blend into a creamy milk, which is what you need for the ice cream. Also, if it’s too watery, use less water. If it’s too “cakey” (still like butter) use more water. Hope that helps!

  20. Bailey: I would assume so. Do you mean is it ok to use coconut milk that’s already frozen? Yes, if you blend it with the other ingredients it should work just the same.

  21. I was more than happy to uncover this website.
    I wanted to thank you for your time due to this fantastic read!!
    I definitely savored every little bit of it and i also have you book marked to check out new things on your website.

  22. Sarah: I just roughly estimated the total calories of two cans of coconut milk and 1/4 cup raw honey and it was around 440. The serving size is really up to you :)

  23. LOVE all the questions you put with the recipe for alternate ways/ingredients!! A BIG thanks!! :)

  24. made it , loved it! thank you for the question and answers . now all my questions have been answered!

  25. I’m using the aroy-d coconut cream and wondered how much coconut milk fat your 2 cans of milk had so I can modify it? Thanks! Making it for my daughter’a birthday this week.

  26. Thank you so much for this recipe, it was delightful! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this blog for people you may never meet. Bless you!! – Allie :)

  27. Hello !
    I discovered your blog yesterday, looking for recipes I could make with the food processor I intended to buy myself today. And I did buy the processor, and Iimmediatly made this easy-peasy recipe with frozen raspberry and agave syrp and god, it is so good (even not that much iced) !
    It’s totally becoming my new fa, and I can’t wait to decline it with other fruits :)

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