3 Ingredient Vegan Coffee Ice Cream




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I love coffee!

But what I love almost as much as coffee is ice cream. However, sometimes ice cream doesn't love us all back. Vegans and those who are lactose intolerant are typically relegated to the less diverse menu of sorbets. Don't get me wrong, I've had some wonderful sorbets, but few that compare to a delicious bowl of ice cream.

My goal for this project was to create an ice cream that me and my wife, who is allergic to dairy, could eat together

Step 1: Ingredients

Ingredients are super simple and easy:

  • 1 can of coconut milk (13.5 to 13.66 ounces)
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 2 tbs coarse ground coffee

Make sure you get the canned, full fat coconut milk, not the cartons meant to be a dairy milk substitute. The fat content should be around 25%. Also, any ground and type of coffee will do, but it's best to have coarse ground coffee (french press style).

Step 2: Tools

You'll need a few things from around the kitchen:

  • Ice cream maker (we have the stand mixer attachment)
  • Small sauce pot
  • Kitchen sieve or cheese cloth
  • Bowl with lid
  • Freezer safe bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons

You will also need to use your refrigerator and freezer (obviously).

We have an attachment for our stand mixer that makes excellent ice cream so this 'ible will cover that method. If you have another type of ice cream maker, please consult your manual.

Step 3: Prepare the Liquid

Prepare the liquid by putting all ingredients into the sauce pan and heating under low heat, stirring occasionally. Once the liquid begins to warm, any coconut milk solids will liquefy and the sugar will dissolve.

Continue to heat until the mixture is about to boil (you will notice the liquid begin to froth), turn off the heat and let sit for 3 minutes. Once the three minutes is up, pour the liquid through the sieve into a bowl and cover it.

You want your liquid to be at room temperature before proceeding to the next step. You can speed this process along by refrigerating it, however be vigilant, the coconut milk will begin to harden at refrigerator temperatures.

Step 4: Churn Into Ice Cream

Once your liquid is at room temperature, remove your ice cream maker attachment from the refrigerator and mount it to your stand mixer. Place the adapter on the rotor, pour in the liquid and put the ice cream paddle in. Lower the head of the mixer into place and turn on to stir.

Allow the mixer to churn for 20 to 30 minutes before turning off.

Step 5: Finished!

You now have delicious home made vegan coffee ice cream!

Eat it immediately for soft serve ice cream or leave it in the freezer for one day for hard ice cream.

Step 6: Variations

The benefit of making your own ice cream is that you can tailor it to whatever flavors you like. Here are some ideas:

  • Add chocolate chips for coffee chocolate chip ice cream
  • Add 2 tbs of cocoa powder for a mocha ice cream
  • Add a tsp of vanilla extract or steep a vanilla bean in the liquid for a vanilla coffee ice cream
  • Add a tsp of almond extract and a ½ tsp of vanilla extract for amaretto ice cream
  • Add chopped hazelnuts or pistachios for a biscotti ice cream
  • Add caramel right before turning the mixer off for dulce de leche late ice cream
  • Add chopped chocolate covered espresso beans for an extra jolt!
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    3 years ago

    Great ible. My family can't have milk either. Coconut whip cream is an option for a topping. Just put the coconut cream can in the freezer until the cream and liquid separate. Then whip just the cream with conf. Sugar. Enjoy

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    3 years ago

    Nice instructable! Thanks for posting it.

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    3 years ago

    And so how long does it take with an hand held electric beater? I don't have an ice cream mixer :(

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi acabrera7! That will depend on your chilling method. Just keep your mixer on the lowest setting and continue until it reaches the consistency of soft serve. It's been awhile since I've used that method (about 20 years in fact) but I remember it being about the same length of time (20-30 mins).