Chocolate chunk coconut ice cream

Chocolate chunk coconut ice cream

I surprised Thom with an ice cream maker months ago. It was one of those gifts that, surprisingly, wasn’t something I bought for him just because I wanted it. I had no desire to do anything with an ice cream maker. At all. Until I found it in the back of one of our closets – unused after five months of ownership – and decided that if Thom wasn’t going to use it, I was. So one night last week, I set out on a quest to make ice cream. But by the time the mixture was ready to use, it was late and I was groggy from 90 minutes of yoga in a 105˚F room. What was I thinking? I’ll tell you. I was thinking my quads have been sore for three weeks, now. And my calves hurt so bad that I have to crawl, literally, out of bed each morning. From my bed, to the living room. ON ALL FOURS. So I was thinking I wanted to do 90 minutes of uninterrupted stretching in a really, really, really warm room, to help ease the tension in my legs.

So, anyway. It was late, I was tired and watching Ryan Gosling play super dreamy getaway guy with perfect hair and a distracting, shiny gold jacket put me in a trance. I had prepared the ice cream base hours before and it was ready to be put into the ice cream maker. So in it went, on turned the machine and.. ice cream started pouring from the bottom. I said the F word a few times and screamed, NO! NO! NO! NO! NOOOO! Because I forgot to put the ice cream bowl into the ice cream maker. The worst part is, I had assembled the churn without even realizing it didn’t fit properly. But, to my defense, I was all out of sorts from the 90 minutes of torture I endured earlier in the day. I’m dehydrated and groggy, I told myself. And pause the freaking movie, Thom. HOW DARE YOU CHEAT ME OUT OF SEXY RYAN GOSLING TIME. Now help me clean up this mess, please.

Chocolate coconut ice cream

Notes: The first four ingredients are for the ice cream base – if you want to add chocolate chunks and coconut, be my guest. But if you’d prefer other add ins, you can do that, too. If you’re going to make fruit flavored ice cream, I recommend replacing one of the cans of coconut milk (13.5 ounces) with 16 ounces of coconut yogurt, as it lends the perfect amount of tanginess to the ice cream. If you don’t have xanthan gum, no need to fret – simply omit it. I only added it because it helps to reduce the formation of ice crystals, therefore creating a smooth/creamy texture.


3 1/3 cups full fat coconut milk (2 cans)
1/2 cup cane sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp xanthan gum
, optional
3 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup shredded coconut

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the milk and sugar. Bring to a boil and continue whisking for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Sift in the xanthan gum, whisking to combine. Transfer to a glass bowl and refrigerate until cooled. Once cooled, pour mixture into the bowl of your ice cream machine and mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add toppings once the ice cream starts to thicken. It takes 30 minutes for my machine to make ice cream, and I added the toppings after 10. Eat ice cream immideately (it will be somewhat soft) or transfer to a container and freeze until ready to consume. Thaw for about 10 minutes before serving.

Yield: 6 servings


  • Reply Allysia 12 June 2012 at 1:10 PM

    Oh man! That’s totally something I would do, the whole ice cream maker catastrophe! On the plus side, your re-telling of it was highly enjoyable. :) And I’m definitely bookmarking this recipe – my mom just got an ice cream maker, and I’ve been meaning to go over there and play with it!

  • Reply Elpoo 12 June 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Shall I send you my mailing address so that you can send me a money order to cover the new wardrobe I’m going to have to buy one size up because of you? You are to blame. Yes. You!

  • Reply xvavaveganx 12 June 2012 at 1:42 PM

    This sounds so yummy and refreshing! I just inherited an ice cream maker. It’s sitting in my car but now I have a reason to actually bring it in the house. I totally understand the need for something cool and refreshing after hot yoga. I get into Bikram Yoga for about 3 months at a time and after that third month I often have the “what the hell was I thinking?!” thought. Bookmarked for sure!

  • Reply Jessica 12 June 2012 at 1:51 PM

    This looks beautiful and really simple to make! I also happen to have all these ingredients… Hmmm, that can only mean one thing ;)

  • Reply kasandrabracken 12 June 2012 at 1:57 PM

    Haha! I know that hot yoga feeling, that “I look like a drowned rat and need to go sit in a bath of coconut water” kind of thing? – that said, ice cream is a great post-yoga treat, and this one looks amazing! Now only to get an ice cream maker…

  • Reply 12 June 2012 at 1:58 PM

    oh Ryan Gosling…he’s almost as beautiful as that ice cream of yours! hahaha….it looks so delicious! perfect for summer! thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Caitlin 12 June 2012 at 3:39 PM

    i assume we’re talking about drive here? dayv and i saw that in the theater and i was on the edge of my seat the whole time..every ryan gosling movie is worth seeing in my opinion. even blue valentine, where the entire movie i wanted to slap michelle williams across the face and scream, “HE LOVES YOU, B*TCH!” anyway…(i also loved him as a drug addict teacher in half nelson.)

    this is my favorite way to make ice cream, too! coconut milk, sugar, and vanilla extract! so simple but soooo good. i love that you added coconut to make it even more coconutty!

    when i made dayv’s ice cream birthday cake, i added mini chocolate chips immediately when it started churning and it was an AWFUL experience. the all immediately froze to the bowl and i had to stop the process to strain the icecream to get the chocolate out. i assumed it was just never a good idea to add chocolate until after it was finished churning and then mix them in. it’s good to know i just need to be patient and wait 10 minutes ;)

  • Reply cookingwithlysa 12 June 2012 at 4:02 PM

    haha your posts always make me laugh, your recipes are always so delicious looking and you have beautiful photos! what an amazing blog you have

  • Reply 12 June 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I just made a really delicious and really similar ice cream last night with coconut milk. Amazing!

    I also just watched Drive too. Equally amazing. Mostly just because of Ryan Gosling… :)

    The first time I used my ice cream maker I couldn’t figure out why the ice cream wasn’t freezing. THEN I read the instructions and figured out that the bowl has to be frozen first… DUH. And I don’t have hot yoga as an excuse.

    Gorgeous photos girl!

  • Reply Richgail @AstigVegan 12 June 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Oh no! I couldn’t blame you for the mess though hehe. The ice cream looks divine and simple to make. I too have just started dabbling into making my own ice cream. And it is definitely worth the time and effort.

  • Reply Katie 12 June 2012 at 7:31 PM

    This sounds like the best ice cream I’ve ever heard of in my entire life. And I’m a HUGE ice cream fan, so I know my flavors! :)

  • Reply Kristy 12 June 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Stupid ice cream maker, trying to cheat you out of Ryan Gosling time! Who does he (let’s assume your ice cream maker is a “he”) think he is? From the looks of the gorgeous pictures, though, it seems like you showed him what’s what. Great recipe and great post!

  • Reply Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack! 13 June 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Awesome! Another delicious recipe that I can use in my new ice cream maker! I’ve definitely done stuff like that in the kitchen, the other day I almost put some linens in the refrigerator. What? ha ha

  • Reply Spencer 13 June 2012 at 4:44 AM

    Looks absolutely delicious! I would so love to try some. It looks really refreshing.

  • Reply Nina 13 June 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Aaah! Sounds like just the sort of kitchen disaster to befall me! I suspect I would have actually cried.
    This ice cream looks absolutely AMAZING! Do you think it would work just as well with coconut cream (instead of milk)? Or would that make it too thick? Penny for your thoughts on the matter.
    Thanks for posting just great food porn. :)

    • Reply Ashlae 13 June 2012 at 1:55 PM

      I’m pretty sure ice cream can never be “too thick” – so go on with your bad self and use that coconut cream. And if you do end up trying it, please let me know how it turns out!

    • Reply Nina 14 June 2012 at 9:03 AM

      Thanks for responding so promptly Ashlae. I WILL making this, with the coconut cream. I promise to let you know how it goes. If it looks halfway as good as yours I’ll post a photo on your fb page. :)

  • Reply Ruby 13 June 2012 at 4:00 PM

    That definitely sounds like something that would happen to me. First, however, I need to get myself an ice cream maker. The mess looks like it was worth the pay off! Yum!

  • Reply The Shenandoah Vegan 14 June 2012 at 12:33 AM

    I refuse to buy an ice cream maker. I don’t care how fantastic your output looks.

  • Reply Richa 14 June 2012 at 2:37 AM

    this loooks sooo soo gooood!

  • Reply SCDer 14 June 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Whoopsies!! :) Here it goes again! I love your blog! It’s positively adorable!!!! You’ve got beautiful photographs, too. Everything looks incredibly delicious!!!! My mom cannot wait to make your coconut scones. MMMMM! Can’t wait to see more posts from you! Here’s to happy cooking/baking!

  • Reply Willow 14 June 2012 at 1:33 PM

    This sounds like a great recipe! I have to admit, even though I’m a huge ice cream fan I’ve only made coconut ice cream once before. Sounds good!

  • Reply Lovejoy 14 June 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Hi Em! Thanks for stopping by my blog and so glad to find YOU. I can tell I will be back often. And you’ve got me motivated to pull out my neglected ice cream maker from the basement too. You do really feel like a rock star when you make your own ice cream.

  • Reply Pat Raugust 15 June 2012 at 1:43 AM

    I can’t have any dairy so I am very excited to try your recipe! Thanks so much!!

    • Reply weiter lesen 25 July 2013 at 8:53 PM

      Oh my god, I never heard about vegan Ice cream.Thanks for the recipe! btw do you know how many calories have?

  • Reply sarah@thesweetlife 18 June 2012 at 8:02 PM

    I have been flirting with the idea of buying an ice cream maker this summer. this ice cream sold me! it looks devine!

  • Reply Julia 19 June 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I forget about my ice cream maker, poor thing. But this year I promised it I wouldn’t. Next on my list is this dairy free concoction of sweet goodness!

  • Reply kelsey 21 June 2012 at 9:31 PM

    This wins. Definitely. Looking forward to tonight! :)

  • Reply Katelyn Calautti 13 July 2012 at 4:31 PM

    Where can I get that silver pan/dish/container that you have the ice cream in?

    • Reply Ashlae 13 July 2012 at 4:42 PM

      I can’t remember where I got it, but it’s a Chicago Metallic loaf pan.

  • Reply Anonymous 5 August 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Wait so what happened with the ice cream maker? Does it still work? I ask because I just did the sane thing and I’m worried I broke it forever. -Emily

    • Reply Ashlae 5 August 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Yes, it still works :) Apparently that little hole is there to allow water to drain (from the frozen bowl) – it never made it’s way to the machines working parts. Thank goodness!

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    Do you think something like this could work with almond milk? I am on a strict diet (not vegan, but no dairy/sugar) and can’t have coconut milk.

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  • Reply shelby 27 April 2014 at 1:26 PM

    This looks delicious! I am refined sugar free, would i be able to use coconut nectar, coconut palm sugar, or honey to sweeten it instead? And do you have any freezer ice cream containers u recommend?

    • Reply Ashlae 27 April 2014 at 2:19 PM

      H Shelby –

      I’m not sure as I haven’t tried it, but I don’t see why not. And I don’t know the name of my freezer safe containers, but I got them at the Container Store.

  • Reply Elyse 2 August 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Made this and your raw cacao ice cream for my girls’ birthday party (joint, we are the only vegans) and they were both hits. Thanks for both recipes!

  • Reply Inês 29 May 2015 at 6:20 AM

    Hi Ashlae!

    Can I say first that I absolutely love your recipes? You are my biggest source of inspiration when it comes to vegan desserts. :)
    So now I want to develop my ice-cream obsession and start making my own ice-creams. However, I’m getting crazy with so many bad reviews. Do you have any suggestion on which ice cream machine should I buy? I don’t want to spend a lot of money but I want to have something that actually works.

    Thank you!


  • Reply Doreen Forbes 4 August 2015 at 7:27 PM

    I was surprised when I saw that you included xanthan gum in your recipe!

  • Reply Kat 31 January 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Hi. My ice cream did not freeze in the ice cream maker. I followed both yours and the machines instructions. It still did not freeze and I was left with soup. What happened?!

    • Reply Ashlae 31 January 2016 at 6:11 PM

      Hi Kat –

      Sounds like the bowl of your ice cream maker wasn’t cold enough.

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