Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (SRC)

April 26, 2015 at 10:00 pm 16 comments

I’m all about frozen desserts. Anytime of the year you can bet I’ll have something sweet in my freezer, and this toasted coconut ice cream might just be the next staple!

toasted coconut ice cream bowl

Not overly sweet, but thick and creamy, this toasted coconut ice cream is scrumptious on it’s own yet compliments add-ins or toppings as well.Are you a fan of Almond joy or Mounds candy bar flavors? Stir in or top with chocolate chips and toasted slivered almonds…or you prefer a more fruity, tropical route, crushed pineapple or diced mango and a splash of rum makes for a sophisticated treat. It’s allergen-friendly too: free of egg, dairy, nuts, gluten, soy, grains, refined sugars and it’s vegan, so even sensitive tummies can enjoy this dessert! toasted coconut ice cream scoop1

This recipe was lightly adapted from Emily’s Toasted Coconut Ice Cream from Life on Food. I was assigned Emily’s blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club reveal and loved searching through her site! Emily shares a love of food and the importance of family meals like me, plus she has adorable baby photos that will make you smile while you look through tons of recipes that will make you hungry. While I ultimately chose ice cream, I also had my eye on her Salmon Burgers with Carrot Slaw, Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Corn Risotto Stuffed Peppers…all of which I will be trying soon 🙂

I made a few little swaps based on preferences and what I had in the kitchen. I used two cans of full-fat coconut milk instead of one light and one regular; I don’t mind the extra fat since it creates a really smooth base for this ice cream. Also, I used coconut palm sugar in place of white sugar, I really wanted to play up the coconut trifecta 🙂 I wound up adding a pinch of sea salt, it’s habit but feel free to leave this out if preferred.  I wound up saving a couple tablespoons of the toasted coconut for garnish, but you can toss it all into the base like Emily if you want.

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (lightly adapted from Life on Food)

2 (13.5 ounce) can full-fat coconut milk (OR 1 can light coconut milk and 1 full-fat)
1/2 – 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar (or granulated sugar)*
1/2 cup unsweetened and shredded coconut
pinch of sea salt

1. Place the coconut milk, sweetener and vanilla in a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until chilled, about two hours.
2. Place shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toast in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch closely, coconut toasts quickly. Cool and set aside.
3. When you are ready to make the ice cream, stir in 6 tablespoons of the toasted coconut with the coconut milk mixture. Set aside two tablespoons for garnish.
4. Process mixture in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions then transfer to a container with a lid and freeze until firm, about 2 hours more. Scoop, sprinkle with toasted coconut and enjoy!
*This ice cream isn’t crazy sweet, so you like your desserts a little sweeter, bump up the sweetener to your liking. Taste the base before you chill it. You want it a bit sweeter than you like your ice cream, since the freezing process dulls the sweetness a bit. I am sure agave, another liquid sweetener or even date paste could be substituted for the sugar if you’d like!

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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie  |  April 27, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Oh my gosh I need this asap. Toasted coconut is my love.

  • 2. Rebekah @ Making Miracles  |  April 27, 2015 at 7:58 am

    Oh my that sounds AMAZING!! Yummmm!!

  • 3. Lynsey @ Lynsey Lou's  |  April 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Coconut ice cream? Where have you been all my life! This sounds amazing!

  • 4. Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories  |  April 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    That looks so tasty. Love the toasted coconut on top!!

  • 5. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm  |  April 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Toasted coconut, yum and I love your idea of adding chocolate to it.

  • 6. Sarah E. (@sjanee11)  |  April 27, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    When I was younger, I wasn’t too big on coconut. But as an adult, I just love it. This ice cream sounds dreamy! 🙂 Great pick for reveal day!

  • 7. Melissa  |  April 27, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    I have got to get myself an ice cream maker this summer. I feel like I’m missing out on so much deliciousness! Great pick this month 🙂

  • 8. Amy (@amy_donovan)  |  April 27, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Oh, this looks SO fantastic! I love love love coconut, so I know I’d be all over this. Awesome pick for this month’s SRC! =D -Amy @ Fearless Homemaker

  • 9. turnips 2 tangerines  |  April 28, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Happy Reveal Day! Looks so cool and creamy…would love a scoop on Coconut Cake~

  • 10. Susan @ foodbabylife  |  April 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    Oh that looks fabulous!! I’m dairy-free as are 2 of my 3 kids but I think this would please everyone. Great pick! 🙂

  • 11. Emily @ Life on Food  |  April 29, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I am so glad you liked the recipe. I need to empty my freezer out a bit so I can put the ice cream bowl in again. I haven’t made ice cream for too many months. Happy Reveal Day!

  • 12. sallybr  |  April 29, 2015 at 11:41 am

    I absolutely MUST make this… my husband will go crazy for it, I just know it…

    beautiful choice for this month!

  • 13. lk529  |  May 4, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    I worked at an ice cream shop in high school and the toasted coconut was my favorite flavor! Yummmm

  • 14. Judy Adolph  |  May 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm


    As you can see, I was unable to view any of this message because of the format. And I LOVE coconut anything! Can you please resend?

    Thank you, Judy

    Sent from my iPhone


  • 15. The Wimpy Vegetarian  |  May 7, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    I would absolutely love this!! Toasted coconut is just the best!!! Saving!

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