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Sep 1, 2009 09:41 PM

Coconut Milk Ice Cream or other dairy free ice cream

Looking for good recipes for ice cream made with coconut milk or rice milk. Don't really like the taste of soy- so not into those.

My son just got diagnosed allergic to dairy, so trying to find some ice cream recipes I can make. We love coconut milk products-- so thought that might be a good route. Anyone have some recipes for ice cream made with coconut milk or rice milk??

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  1. I have made coconut ice cream in the past so I know it's possible. I have to dig up the recipe, however, so I'll try to post it tonight. If I remember correctly, I may have just substituted coconut milk for a Philadelphia-style ice cream recipe (as opposed to one based on frozen custard.)

    There is a product called MimicCreme, containing cashew and almond milks, that can be used as a vegan substitute for cream. On other boards, I have heard people successfully make ice cream with these. Of course, it's a no-no if your son also has nut allergies.

    There is also a vegan ice cream recipe book called "Vice Cream" or something like that. I don't have a copy but it uses nut milks as a substitute. I agree that there is something off-putting with the taste of soy-based ice cream. Coconut milk seems like the way to go.

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    1. re: amy_wong

      On the Kosher board, there's been some discussion of using MimicCreme to make ice cream here: (starting about halfway down the thread).

    2. My favorite calls for blending avocado, sugar and coconut cream. Add a touch of salt and lime to balance out the flavors. Freeze and periodically re-blend. After about 6 hours you have a creamy and interesting flavor that you'd never know was dairy-free.

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      1. re: JungMann

        Would you mind posting the recipe? The combination of acoconut, avocado and lime is interesting. I was thinking of making coconut+purple yam (taro).

        1. re: amy_wong

          I follow the directions above but use a 15 oz. can of coconut cream and 8 oz. of coconut milk along with a pinch of sugar. The recipe doesn't even require an ice cream maker.

          Ube and coconut are a wonderful combination! I wonder if there might be any benefit to using fresh/frozen ube as opposed to powdered.

          1. re: JungMann

            Thanks for the link! That is a very luscious shade of green, and the texture must be heavenly. I need to make this ASAP since summer is almost over here in Boston.

            The frozen ube will probably be better since the powdered stuff tastes a little artificial to me. The main difficulty will be how to ensure a smooth coconut milk+ube mixture. Hmmm, maybe use a blender then strain through a food mill?

      2. coconut milk is NOT dairy free - it is an infusion of coconut into milk.

        coconut water is the liquid in coconut, and it is not creamy at all.

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        1. re: thew

          I'm not sure where you're getting that information from. Coconut milk is the product of soaking grated coconut in water and then squeezing the juices out.

          1. re: JungMann

            i believe it can be made either way actually. so let me rephrase

            coconut milk is not necessarily dairy free.

          2. re: thew

            What JungMann said. I'm lactose intolerant where milk is concerned. I can have coconut milk NO problem.

          3. David Lebovitz's coconut chocolate sherbet is wonderful. I imagine you'd have to check the chocolate for dairy content, no?

            1 cup water
            1 cup sugar
            Pinch salt
            8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
            2 cups coconut milk (not cream of coconut)
            1/2 teaspoon vanilla

            Warm water, sugar and salt in medium saucepan, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and whisk until chocolate melts thoroughly. Whisk in coconut and vanilla. Chill thoroughly before putting it in your ice cream freezer.

            1. I know your said not soy - but we keep kosher and my kids love these after a meat meal - - they like them as much as the the dairy version -