This is a basic dairy-free ice cream recipe that can be used for any flavor ice cream. Add berries, chocolate shavings, nuts, cinnamon… whatever your heart desires.

Cool and creamy ice "dream" made from coconut milk.

  • 1/3 cup cool filtered water
  • 2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pure stevia extract powder (optional, I didn’t use it)
  • 1/8 teaspoon finely ground, unrefined sea salt
  • 3 1/2 cups (two 14-ounce cans) unsweetened, full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Add 1/3 cup water to a small saucepan. Slowly sprinkle with gelatin or agar agar powder. let stand for 2 to 5 minutes to soften. Warm over medium-low heat, without stirring, until gelatin or agar agar dissolves. Scrape the mixture into a blender, vita-mix, or food processor. Cover and process until smooth.

Add honey, stevia and sea salt. Blend. Add the coconut milk and vanilla, and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides with a spatula. For a sweeter taste, add an additional 1/8 teaspoon stevia and/or 1 tablespoon honey. Blend, taste and repeat if needed. Pour into one or more wide-mouth jars. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Scrape the chilled custard into the canister of your ice cream maker. Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve immediately or spoon into several 8- to 16-ounce freezer-safe containers. Cover and freeze for 3 or more hours for a firmer texture. Soften solidly frozen dessert by placing it in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes or on the counter for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.

To make without an ice cream maker: After chilling, scrape the custard into a glass or stainless steel container. The more shallow the container, the faster the freezing process. Freeze for 45 minutes. After 45 minutes remove custard from freezer and use a fork or other device to mix the custard well. Break up all of the ice crystals. The smaller the ice crystal structure, the better texture your ice dream will be. Place custard back in freezer and repeat process every 30 minutes until ice dream is the texture of a firm soft serve, approximately 3 hours. If a firmer texture is desired, place the ice dream back in the freezer and remove 15-30 minutes before serving.

Originally found at Nourishing Days